The Culm Coast and Baggy Point Product News

© James Mann

At 408 pages and containing over 1200 routes and boulder problems, the long awaited Culm Coast and Baggy Point guidebook has finally landed. Covering the area from Baggy Point to just beyond Bude, this fantastic guide contains a variety of delights for those who wish to spend time climbing on the marvellous margins of a wild and largely unspoilt coastline.

Routes range from enjoyable well protected classics to technical high standard test pieces with a selection of serious loose living thrown in for lovers of that sort of thing. Grades from Diff to E9 should provide something for all abilities. There has been a great deal of bouldering development over the past twenty years and the best of these are detailed here in one place for the first time with many great problems described from f4 to f8b+.

Detailed aerial photographs and maps are included along with accurate information (including grid references) for approaches making access as straight forward as possible. There are also detailed topos for all but a couple of the coast's most subterranean routes, making identification of climbs and abseil access points clear.

Detailed information is given to the time before low tide required to access each crag and where crags/routes are non-tidal this is made clear. This should really help non-locals make the most out of their visits. A super selection of action shots pack the guide with inspiration for those long winter evening dreams of sharp crimps beneath fingers, the sound of the sea and the glow of the sun falling into the west.

For more inspiration check out the Culm Dancing series, which recounts the area's rich history:

For more information visit The Climbers' Club

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Somehow I had missed that Culm Dancing series - what a treat. I can never work out whether MM is wearing a rock-covered rucsac in that picture on Breakaway, or whether there is a protruding round ledge beside him no doubt about to drop off.


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