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Anstey's Cove


Climbs 107 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 20m a.s.l – Faces S

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 (8a+) 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!

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!

Access 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.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

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South West Climbs Volume 2 (2014), West Country Climbs (2010), South Devon & Dartmoor New Routes Supplement (2007), South Devon and Dartmoor (1995),
Out of print: Dorset 2005 - Fax19 (2005)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1Crooked ManHS 4a  
2Sour GrapesE1 6a 2
3CharlieE3 5c *10
4Small ChangeE1 5c **12
5Big BillsE2 5c 1
6Little JohnS 6
8Big JimE1 5b 9
9Tiny TimHVS 5a *24
10Timeless SkiesE2 5c 10
11White WindsE3 6a 6
12Sirens of TitanE4 6a  
13Crook BruceE4 6a *1
14Avant-gardeE5 6b *1
15Heathen Man7b *29
16Sun of Righteousness7b+ * 
17Rise 'n' Shine7b+ *1
18Uzi in My Pocket7b+ **8
19Empire of the Sun7b ***234
20Empire Direct7b+ *29
21Triple Crown8a ***4
22Kingdom8a **2
23Leather whip Mick8a ***16
24Not Just Empire7c ***23
25Just Revenge7c+ ***51
26Avenged7c+ ***36
27Avenged Direct7c+ **2
28Might and Main6c **184
29Machine Gun Funk7a+ **1
30Helium7c **5
32Mitre DirectE4 6a *5
33The MitreE3 6b ***22
34How the Mighty Fall7a+ **87
35Waffle Supremacy7b+ *6
36The Mightier7c+ **9
37The Mightiest7a+ 2
38The CopeS 7
40Time Bandits6c+ 44
41Bandit's End6b 13
42End of an Era6a 140
43EpocVS 4b 3
44EraVS 4c *10
45Time PassagesHVS 5a 14
47The Creaming Dream7a+ * 
48Peak 8b7a+ *1
49Cry Creamdom6c *5
50Tasty SnappersE2 5c  
52Nowt ta do with me7a 29
53Flo Rida7a **13
54Devonshire CreamE5 6a ***58
55Sole FusionE5 6a *9
56Cream ToppingE6 6a *5
57La Creme Direct8a 4
58La Creme7c+ ***13
 Climb nameGradex
59Postman Pat8a+ ***4
60Postman Pat - Tuppence8a+ **2
61Postman Pat - Tuppence Ha'penny8b **2
62Cyberdog8b ***4
63Tuppence8a+ ***6
64Tuppence Ha'penny8b *4
65A Fisherman's Tale8b ***3
66Poppy8b+ ***6
67Brian8c *** 
68The Cider Soak8a ***59
69The Lynch7b+ ***58
70Pet Cemetery8a+ **8
71Rawhide7a 15
73MarsHS 4a 1
74Sunshine6a *74
75Saint Gregory The Wonder WorkerS 50
76St MongoHVS 5a 2
77Hell's TeethHVS 5a 3
78Little WonderVD 3
80WeebleE1 5a 4
81Nebulous CrabE3 6b  
82Starless & Bible BlackE4 6a  
83White DwarfE4 6b  
84Shooting StarsE4 6a 3
85The Lumpy UniverseE2 5c **14
86MoonshotE1 5b *13
87MelangeE1 5b 3
88Sod the Cosmos, Sniff the CokeE2 5b 2
90Blue Sky5c *36
91St JudeS 4a 4
92AornisS 8
93Dumb BlondeE3 6a 4
94American Express7a+ **78
95Torbay or Not Torbay7b *20
96CocytusE2 6a ***149
97Cocytus, More Steam Connection7a **39
98More Steam, Bigger Women7b **49
99Blonde BombshellE5 6b **4
100Blazing Apostles7b+ *3
101The ShroudE5 6b  
102Boy George7c **3
103Groove & SlabE1 5b  
104AcheronHVS 5a *29
105LetheVS 4c 6
106Deadly AssassinE3 6a  
107Agent OrangeE3 6a  
108Gut BucketS 1
109Walking on SunshineVS  
111Might and Main to Crook Bruce TraverseV2 5c **14
112Might and Main to The Mightiest Traverse (high version)V3 6a *14
113Chimera *8b+ ***1
114Patpence Extension *8b ***1
115Fusion Reactor *7c ***1
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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