Climbs 140
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 20m a.s.l
Faces S

Fluffed the final move on The Cider Soak © quiffhanger

Crag features

A quite amazing venue with plentiful routes at all grades, both trad and sport, with single-pitch routes up to 90ft, multi-pitch to 180ft. If you can manage it, Tuppence (8b) is an amazing trip. The rock is generally sound on the bolted sections - some of the trad routes can be loose in places - helmets definitely advisable! Full of hard routes which are brilliant; Postman Pat, Poppy, Chimera are just a few to name.

Be aware that when climbers are on P2 of Sunshine which traverses above Upper Ferocity (or on the Upper Ferocity routes) any rocks dislodged tend to whistle down near the lower path to Ferocity - take care!

Anstey's trad December 2014

Anstey's trad climbs have been looking neglected for some time. Many have recently been restored to a climbable state and are often much better than they look. So now may be a good time to check out the SW's sunniest trad venue.

The following routes have been gardened to some degree, the gear checked/upgraded and given the ok for onsight attempts:

Sev to VS; Little John, The Cope, Epoc, Era, Time Passages, Little Wonder, Gut Bucket

HVS to E1; Small Change, Tiny Tim, Weeble, Pluto, Moonshot, Melange,Groove and Slab, Acheron

E2 to E5; Charlie, Big Bills, Timeless Skies, White Winds, Nebulous Crab, Starless and Bible Black, White Dwarf, Shooting Stars, Lumpy Universe, Sod the Cosmos Sniff the Coke

The logbook descriptions have been updated accordingly.

Approach notes

The DIY car park per guidebook is now OK to use once more - parking signage and cameras have been removed. Follow your nose to the stinking dog-walkers bin next to the "No Frills" DIY supermarket which marks the path up to the downs. Walk bearing slightly RW across Walls Hill Downs to a retaining fence near where the "No access" signs are. Although these are in place and the fence has recently been repaired access appears to be tolerated.

Cross the fence by the "danger of rockfall" signs and follow the concrete steps which are followed to a path that runs alongside the steep flank of Empire wall (on your left) to the bottom of Mitre buttress. Walk under this to access Ferocity and from there toward the sea to Moonshot / Cocytus areas.

Please be aware that there are some extremely rare limestone-loving trees trying to grow amongst the undergrowth which are tagged and registered.

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Parking update 23rd april 2015 The car park is now owned by The Range and they will begin clamping cars staying over two hours next week.
phil456 - 23/Apr/15
Last time we went, the cameras on the garden centre car park were gone. We have parked there several times recently without problems.
JohnS - 28/Oct/09
Alternative parking accross the main road on a side street (turn right out of the carpark and then the next left) . only adds a minute to the approach. Mark Glaister 19/7/2008
Mark Glaister - 19/Jul/08
Note that the car parking seems to be 2 hours only since the DIY centre changed hands. Alternative parking nearby is scarce
midgets of the world unite - 01/Jul/08
That fence has been there for years. Midgets... is right, the rockfall is old, the cafe now gone and climber's access is still via the fence above the Empire wall. No change there. Just be discrete. However, popped down July 25th, parked at the hotel and walked in from Anstey's Cove proper across Redgate Beach. Just as enjoyable a walk and perhaps better than the permanent dog-shit in the alley next to the (now)cheap DIY and garden shop.
Ben Thorne - 17/Aug/05
with respect to access comments above - redgate beach was closed following the rockfall which affected the cafe. The climbing is unaffected and most climbers cross the fence by the closure signs and descend a short, steep slope to the path. To my knowledge, there has been no problems encountered by anyone at this crag.
midgets of the world unite - 13/Jul/05
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Opposite Empire 
2Proper CharlieE3 6a **4
3CharlieE3 5c *18
4Small ChangeE2 5c **17
5Big BillsE2 5c 2
6Little JohnHS 10
 Empire Wall 
8Big Jim
E1 5b 10
9Tiny Tim
HVS 5a *31
10Timeless SkiesE2 5c 14
11White WindsE3 6a 6
12Sirens of TitanE4 6a  
13Crook BruceE4 6a *4
E5 6b *2
15Heathen Man7b **41
16Heathen Man (Left Hand Finish)7b *6
17Rise 'n' Shine7b+ *2
18Rise 'n' Shine (Uzi Start)
7c **1
19Uzi in My Pocket
7b+ **9
20Empire of the Sun7b+ ***292
21Empire Direct
7b+ *53
22The Shire8a+ ***1
23Triple Crown8a *10
24Leather whip Mick8a ***28
25LWM (Empire Finish)8a ***1
26Kingdom8a **4
27Not Just Empire7c ***35
28Just Revenge
7c+ ***72
29Avenged7c+ ***46
30Avenged Direct8a **6
31Might and Main6c+ **253
32Machine Gun Funk7a+ **6
33DTR7b *1
34Helium7c **5
35Fusion Reactor7c ***2
 Mitre Buttress 
37Mitre Direct
E4 6a *10
38The MitreE3 6b ***32
39Imperial8a **1
40How the Mighty Fall7a+ **117
41Waffle Supremacy
7b+ *8
42The Mightier
7c+ **13
43The Mightiest
7a+ 3
44The CopeS 8
 Mitre Wall Bouldering 
46Crook Bruce to Might and Main Traverse
f6A+ 3
47Might and Main to Crook Bruce Traversef6A **21
48Might and Main to The Mightiest Traverse (low version)
f7A **3
49Might and Main to The Mightiest Traverse (high version)
f6B *17
50Might and Main to Crook Bruce Traverse (There and Back)
6b **2
8b+ ***7
102Brian8c+ ***1
103The Cider Soak8a ***77
104The Lynch7b+ ***92
105Pet Cemetery
8a+ **8
106Rawhide7a 19
 Saint Gregory Area 
108MarsHS 4a 1
109Sunshine6a *102
110Saint Gregory The Wonder WorkerHS 4b *59
111St MongoHVS 5a 2
112Hell's TeethHVS 5a 4
 Moonshot Wall 
114WeebleE1 5a 4
115Nebulous CrabE3 6b 1
116Starless & Bible BlackE4 6a 1
117White DwarfE4 6b 1
118Shooting StarsE4 6a 8
119The Lumpy UniverseE3 5c **20
120PlutoE1 5c *6
121MoonshotE1 5b *26
E1 5b 3
123Sod the Cosmos, Sniff the CokeE2 5b 3
124Little WonderVD 3
 Cocytus Wall 
126Cocytus Traversef6C+ ***4
127Blue Sky5c *63
128St Jude
S 4a 5
S 8
130Dumb Blonde
E3 6a 6
131American Express7a+ **100
132Torbay or Not Torbay
7b *26
133CocytusE3 6a ***202
134Cocytus, More Steam Connection
7a **46
135More Steam, Bigger Women7b ***68
136Blonde BombshellE5 6b **4
137Blazing Apostles
7b+ *3
138The Shroud
E5 6b  
139Boy George8a **4
140Groove & SlabE1 5b 8
141AcheronHVS 5a *37
142LetheVS 4c 6
143Deadly AssassinE3 6a  
144Agent Orange
E3 6a 1
145Gut BucketS 2
146Walking on Sunshine
 Sport Routes in Original State 
148Empire of the Sun (Original)E6 6b ***2
149Just Revenge
E8 6b/c ***1
150One Way Street *E1 5b 1
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