Berry Head (The Old Redoubt)

Climbs 106 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 46m a.s.l – Faces E

Crag features

Amazing and surprisingly sound rock which creates both epics and magic days. Perhaps best known for Moonraker (HVS 5a) - is it the best HVS in the country? - Dreadnought (E3 5c), Caveman (E6 6b) and the vast sea traverses of Magical Mystery Tour and Rainbow Bridge.

It is now also a mecca for Deep Water Soloing (DWS) with the publication of the Rockfax Deep Water Guide. The Wizard of Oz is a new extended variation of Rainbow Bridge is touted as "Britain's Best DWS Traverse" and could it really be the best climb in the UK? Article here

Dave Henderson's website provides excellent miniguides to the DWS here

New route info is also found at


Approach notes

BIRD BAN MARCH 1st TO JULY 31st. nb. the start date is now earlier than that published in the 1995 South Devon & Dartmoor Guide. There is a £1,000 fine for breaking this, and a camera monitors the cliff, so don't hope. There is a variable access agreement for some parts of Rainbow Bridge but there is no access by the Great Cave. Check the details here IF YOU ARE NOT SURE PLEASE DON'T CLIMB.

DWS : The BMC now requests Deep water soloists to phone Brixham Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre before starting on (01803) 882 704. In 2009 climbers have caused a number of false call outs - this creates significant problems for the rescue service and may jepordise future access on the Nature Reserve.

Park as for Berry Head Quarry.
Footpath from the seaward end of the car park leads down a steep grassy slope to the sea. Take the rocky scoop to the R, leading to the easy (but very exposed) sea traverse to a non-tidal platform. Don't fall off.

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

South West Climbs Volume 2 (2014), West Country Climbs (2010), Deep Water (2007), South Devon & Dartmoor New Routes Supplement (2007), South Devon and Dartmoor (1995)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2Magical Mystery Tour FullE1 5b ***17
3Magical Mystery Tour 16a+ ***317
4Magical Mystery Tour 2 (Blue Grotto pitch)6a+ **59
5Magical Mystery Tour 34a 9
6Magical Mystery Tour 46b **9
8The Wizard of Oz7b ***13
10Yard Trimmings6b+ **4
11Gulliver's TravelsXS 6a  
12Green Grotto Traverse6c **2
13Cave of Dark DeedsXS 5b  
14Cod is a DJXS 6a * 
15This is my ChurchXS 6b ***1
16Let it goXS 5c * 
17In the MoodXS 5b 1
19Moving TargetVS 4c 2
20The Long goodbyeE1 5a 1
21Lost ArrowHS 2
22Uncul-PatterE1 5a  
23L'ObticianE4 6a  
24King CrabE1 5a *4
25Anti-matterVS 4c 2
26Sea-Earth-EnergyE5 6a ** 
27False AlarmsE3 5c * 
28How to Steal a MillionE5 6a ** 
29AukE2 5b  
30Guinness6b+ **3
31The High TraverseHVS 5a 1
32The Seventh CircleE2 5b  
33MelindaE1 5a 1
34PikadonHVS 5a 2
35Goddess of GloomHVS 5a **31
36Lunar seaE3 5c *1
37The QuakerE3 6a *1
38The HoodE3 5c **2
39CrocodileE2 5b  
40BarbicanE3 5c **1
41DreadnoughtE3 5c ***77
42MoonrakerHVS 5a ***294
43CavemanE6 6b ***12
44Seventh DreadE1 5b ***9
45Seventh Dread - Caveman link upE2 5b **1
46The Earthsea Trilogy #3E6 6b *** 
47Savage/Earthsea ConnectionE6 6c *** 
48SavageE6 6c *** 
49Terra CottaE6 6b *** 
50CromagnumE8 6c ***1
51The New Stone-ageE6 6b *** 
52Killa Gorilla7b *5
53The CurseA4 *** 
54Lip tripE5 6a ***1
55Depth ChargeE5 6a ***5
56CocoonE8 6c *** 
57Man O' warE6 6a **1
58Lost IdentityE6 6a * 
59WarspiteE5 6a * 
60The Sub Low ExtensionE4 6a * 
61Hands off Whizzy6c ** 
62Warspite in brief6b ** 
63YardarmE2 5b **16
64SloopE1 5b 2
65Sandshoe ShuffleE1 5b *4
66The Ultimate TrundleVD  
68Rainbow BridgeE4 6b ***182
69Rainbow Bridge Diluted6a+ ***52
70Drop Squad5a 15
71The Gill6b *16
72Yokel Hero6b+ *3
73Way Down5a *25
74Cutlass8a+ ***7
75Verdon Dreaming7a ***20
76Rainbow Scoop6c ***60
77Puppy Onsight6b *11
78Chrome Bum6b+ *11
79The Pink Slit6c *4
80The Lost Locals6b+ ***39
81Aeronautics6c ***27
82Show goes on6a+ *13
83Inimitable toenails6b *5
84Stripper Robertson6b 2
85Cyborg Crocker6a 3
86The Holes6a 7
87Strawberry Seal7b+ **8
88Barrel Traverse7c ***19
89Look, before you leap6b *25
90Disco Inferno7b *4
91Bronski Beat7b ***2
92Into the fire7b+ * 
93The Cauldron7a+ ***35
94Soft Cell7c+ ***5
95Nor' Wind Blows5c *6
96Eight Ball4c **32
97Salmon Fishcake7a+ *2
98Cod Tympani7a+ ***44
99Fartin' RockerXS 6a ** 
100The Wave6c ***63
101The Wave Continuation6a+ *2
102Hear My Boat A Comin'XS 6a * 
103Torpedo Dive6b **2
104Dolly DaggerXS 6a  
105Mr Whippy6a 2
106Terminal Slab4c *9
107Yum Yum6c *3
108Up Yer Bum6b+ *7
109A Tear Drop in the Sea6c *4
110Robbie's Brown Wall6b+ 1
111Gluteas maximus7a **14
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Car Park - Watch out for the new hostile car registration recognition system. You risk a fine by simply entering the car park. It would be nice if the machines were simpler to use and didn't reject half your coins.
Kafoozalem - 10/Aug/15
Top pitch of Dreadnought cleaned and Melinda cleaned, regraded and re-described - see logbook.
Kafoozalem - 29/Sep/14
Goddess of Gloom cleaned Sept 2014. I have exhumed holds and gear placements from the soil on pitch two. Get on it whilst it's in good nick. A superb adventure route a little harder than Moonraker.
Kafoozalem - 18/Sep/14
Terminal Zawn DWS has suffered from much misreporting. Rockfax Deep Water has several errors. Comeback Kid is Up Yer bum (sorry about that). Terminal Viscosity is really only an inferior RH finish to A Tear Drop in the Sea. Terminal Twelve has possibly never been climbed - there is an awesome line there if you fancy it. I have updated the logbooks accordingly.
Kafoozalem - 25/Aug/14
In case anyone is planning a climb in the Great Cave before the official bird ban; we went to climb Goddess of Gloom today but lots of Guillemots have started to nest already. So wise to make different plans.
Mr Tickle - 09/Feb/13 Our ascent of Moonraker.
Stanners - 31/Oct/12