Final pitch of suicide wall at Bosigran. © George Salt
Faces both E and W. The island runs N to S, connected to the mainland by tidal boulders - submerged at high tide and in heavy seas. Interesting "alpine-style" routes up to 330ft for those disdaining Bosigran's offerings. But note access below - do not climb here. Wait for the access ban to end (and no, climbing here when the ban is on will not end it sooner.) [UKC Ed 12/02]
** Access is discouraged. See the BMC access notes for more details**
It's an agreed voluntary ban, it would not help to break it. DO NOT CLIMB HERE.
For historical note: Tidal. Not accessible for two hours either side of high tide. Beware heavy swell.
Approach as for Bosigran (NT car park by the two mine-stack ruins off the B3306). Descent directly below Ledge Climb on Bosigran's Main Face. Care required, and an eye on the state of the sea.
Portmoina has been identified as a sanctuary area for wildlife, particularly nesting birds. This is a voluntary arrangement that has been agreed by the West Penwith Environmental Liaison Group (which includes the Lands End CC, BMC, National Trust, English Nature and others). The arrangement will be kept under review.
|On a calm day, it is/could be really good to swim out and leap off the top of the landward side into the sea, at ever increasing heights according to your bottle. If there weren't any access problems, of course.|
- - 04/Dec/02