Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Charlotte climbing at Fleswick Bay, with some amazing jewels in the foreground! © Tom Peckitt
The central bay come cove which separates the North and South headlands of St. Bees Head. This is also a great spot to swim, chill and relax when the weather becomes just too hot to climb.
Much of the original bouldering activity in the bay was concentrated on the base of the crag, to the rear of the shingle beach. This contains numerous good quality easier lines and the odd harder problem and project along its length. Unfortunately, the ledges and breaks along this section of cliff take a great deal of year-round seepage, which not only effects the problems, but is also hard to predict - often appearing, via a delayed reaction, seemingly days (and even weeks!) after the last wet weather. More recently, a small but excellent circuit of blocks on a small platform at the southern end of the beach have been documented. These offer some very good problems up to 7c/V9.
Guide available here:
|Further, actually only "Jump the Shark" and "The Hebsonator" remain intact on Boulder Number 2 (http://www.lakesbloc.com/crags/north-west/290-fleswick-bay.html). The top of the block has gone from the crack at "Turn of the tide" down to a horizontal break at what was 2/3's height.|
JLS - 17/May/16
|At the South boulders, the big block containing "The Hebsonator" has been partially washed away taking with it about half the problems on that block.|
JLS - 17/May/16
|Fleswick Bay is part of the St Bees sandstone sea cliffs.The recorded and developed routes are at the Northern end of St Bees. Routes were done at Fleswick going back to the mid sixties but are not generally regarded as climbable now. I am not sure if this area may come under the RSPB banned section in any event|
Bob Bennett - 01/Mar/07