Parsons Hole (aka Telegraph Hole)

Climbs 29 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 25m a.s.l – Faces SE

Crag features
Secluded sun-trap, dries quickly after rain. The main cliff is an amazing slab. Why not try Crinoid (E1 5b), Flash Dance (E3 5c) and Blinding Flash (E4 6a). Beware that some of the old pegs on the main wall are rusty!

Access notes
Drive towards the centre of Torquay, heading for the harbour. Go around this, passing a clocktower-roundabout, drive up past the Imperial Hotel, and follow signs fofr Daddyhole Plain (on Daddyhole Road). These head to a car park with views across the bay towards Berry Head Quarry.

Follow the path from the RH end of the car park (looking seaward) under an arch. 30m on, a vague path leads L through some bushes toward the sea. Keep going down the path to a quarried wall; climb over this to a rocky rib, and follow to the quarry floor.

Guidebooks
South Devon and Dartmoor (1995)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
 THE SEA WALLS  
2SalineS 4a 35
3PralineVS 5a 33
4AquilineHVS 5a 24
5Telescopic ArmsE1 5b 2
 OVERHANGING BAY  
7MegatartsVS 4c 5
8StatagemVS 4c 6
9StratatartsHVS 4c  
 THE MAIN FACE  
11Mad HatterD 28
12Mock TurtleM 12
13Nardly Stoad's ClimbS 82
14White QueenS 60
15Slithy ToveHVD 37
16Bird ScarerE2 5c 47
17Let Your Fingers do the WalkingE4 6a *4
18Blinding FlashE4 6a ***26
19FlashdanceE3 5c ***82
20CrinoidE2 5c ***153
21Midas TouchHVS 5a **113
22Link-up with LeninE2 5c 4
23Total ControlE1 5b 4
24Liaison With LeninHVS 5a **81
25BuzbyE2 5c 4
26Discuss the Thoughts of Chairman MaoVS 4b 46
27JerichoVS 4a  
28Swing LowS 3
29Mighty AtomE1 5b 4
30Mighty CheeseS 4
31Plimsole line continuationE1 s1 *7
32EventideM 5c 2
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Some of the stumps getting soft and crumbly July 14. Usable, but getting worse.
jayjackson - 20/Jul/14
Tree stumps useable December 2013.
JaffaCakes - 04/Dec/13
Tree stump belays still useable as of December 2011.
Dave 88 - 07/Dec/11
Tree stumps still usable May 2011, but as Quadmyre says they will rot away eventually. Worth considering bringing a set up line to make it easier to rig belays from the trees further back.
jayjackson - 18/May/11
Just been down to Torquay wondering about in the rain and all the trees at the top of Telegraph hole have been cut down. That makes the rim descent a bit more serious in places as it's quite muddy and no trees to hold on to but more importantly the belays for the majority of the routes are now gone. The stumps will probably be fine girth-hitched for a while but will inevitably rot away and without the roots the top of the crag is likely to start to erode. Not good. I assume this is connected with the coastguard watchtower which I see has been done up and now has a watchman in (rather than being an abandoned shack for tramps).
Justin T - 16/Jan/10