/ Climbing with children in Cornwall

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Ines on 09 Jul 2013 -

we (from Germany) want to visit Cornwall in August/September. Can anybody give me an advice which areas would be suitable for small kids (4,8), easy to get to and bolted or with the possibility to go toprope?

Thank you!
jayjackson - on 10 Jul 2013
In reply to Ines:
There are very few bolted routes in Cornwall, there are some at the Cheesewring Quarry but they are mostly 6b or harder and it doesn't have a friendly sport climbing feel.

You could have a great day top roping on Roche Rock, lots of easy stuff, and some small slabs and bouldering problems too....

Owen W-G - on 10 Jul 2013
In reply to Ines:

Cornwall is very traditional (no bolts) and has lots of seacliffs which don't have easy access.

You might consider climbing with the kids on granite tors of Dartmoor in south Devon. Smaller, shorter, easy access. Crags like Haytor, Hound Tor, Bonehill (all near Widdecombe on the Moor, which has a good campsite and pub) would be good choices.
The Green Giant - on 10 Jul 2013
In reply to Owen W-G:

What's wrong with the granite tors of Cornwall? Hawks Tor, Hellman tor (for bouldering)and as already mentions Roche Rock.

There's some sport in Luxulyan as well as Cheesewring.

Other options are places like Lantic bay, or Looe Beach with a small volume off routes each but have beaches to keep the kids entertained. Both on the south cast so less wind which will be warmer for prolonged beach sessions!

There is also stuff on the north coast which would be child and top rope friendly, I'm just not that familiar with it.
Skip - on 10 Jul 2013
In reply to Ines:
Halldrine Cove, next to Bosigran is relatively easy to get to, has plenty of easy routes and be top-roped.
Ines on 16 Jul 2013 -
In reply to everybody:
Thanks you very much for the advices, that helped a lot!

Mark Kemball - on 16 Jul 2013
In reply to Ines: Probably your best bet in West Cornwall is Trewavas - this is single pitch, not tidal, easy access and OK to set up top ropes, yet it has the feel of a much bigger sea cliff. I've taken my kids climbing there -, also taken groups of teenage beginners, and been there with other parents and their kids. The tors on Bodmin Moor are also good (recommended above), but not as much fun as Trewavas. I wouldn't bother with bolted climbs - although there are a few in the granite quarries, they are mainly in the higher grades, not suitable for young kids and not really what Cornish climbing is about. If you are in North Cornwall, Vicarage Cliff could fit the bill, it's tidal, but you're climbing off the beach. You'd need to led the routes to set up top ropes though and the descent to the beach needs care - there's stakes and a hand-line in place, but you might want to put your little ones on a rope just in case.

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