Rockfax Description
Space-walking stuff on its final pitch and with plenty of interesting climbing throughout. Quite tough at the grade. Start above the 'Suicide Pool' at a deep, narrowing chimney.
1) 4b, 24m. Bridge up the chimney and where it narrows move out onto its left rib. This point can also be gained by climbing the corner-crack right of the chimney to a ledge and then moving left. Move up and then step right to a ledge on the main buttress. Climb to a small stance at the left end of the roof that comes in from the right. This pitch can be split above the initial chimney.
2) 4a, 17m. Traverse rightwards above the lip of the overhang and follow cracks up the centre of the wall in a fantastic position until a leftward line can be followed to a big ledge and belay blocks.
3) 4b,11m. The line of steep thin cracks above the centre of the ledge provides an excellent but short lived finish. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Connoisseur's Classic Rock, West Country Climbs, 50 Best HS Routes in the UK., HS Climbs to do in Summer 2014, Best Multi-pitch Severe and Hard Severe, South West VDiff-HVS, CUC Climbing Club, Part 1: The Classics, Paul's pre-Kendal Kernow ticklist.

2602steve 28/Aug AltLd
Pixie-Andy 23/Aug AltLd O/S

Tricky bold start and tricky move to finish up Diocese. Felt VS in tricky parts IMO.

Tommy yorke 30/Jul AltLd O/S
with Rosa, Iain peters
Luke_92 23/Jul AltLd O/S
ClimbingAlex 18/Jun Lead O/S

Led P1/P3. Thought the bridging pitch was a bit necky for HS - steady climbing but gear was a bit spaced. Jaw dropping exposure on P2!

with Matt
rurp 29/May Lead O/S

Intimidating start then juggy paradise

with emma rowland, ben rowland
Hidden 28/May AltLd
loonylovegood93 27/May AltLd O/S

Led P2&3

Hidden 10/May AltLd O/S
rachelpearce01 10/May AltLd O/S
bedmaster_3000 29/Apr AltLd O/S

Cal led first, I led second, Clarke led third and Cal led final pitch.

with Clarke Bloultier, Callum law
Clay C 29/Apr AltLd O/S
with Steve C
JenShelley 21/Apr Solo O/S
FlavioL1989 21/Apr Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Apr AltLd O/S
Hidden 15/Apr AltLd O/S
DanChad 14/Apr AltLd O/S

I led pitch 2.

lizbarilepage 14/Apr AltLd
with Jonathan Turner
featuresforfeet 14/Apr AltLd O/S
with Jimbo
Chris Murray 14/Apr AltLd

Great bridging moves up the chimney. Not much gear in the first 20'

Claireybloomers 13/Apr 2nd
with Andy
andy dunn 13/Apr Lead O/S
with Claire
Rob Seymour 21/Jan Lead

Big seas running, too high to get into bottom pitch.

with Iain Peters, James Mann
Rob Seymour 18/Sep/16 Lead O/S

Chimney was dripping wet so came in from the big ledge on the right, second pitch was dirty and a bit disappointing. Top pitch as described is top pitch of Diocese (but always a pleasure).

with Ron Chambers
efrance24234 22/Aug/16 Lead O/S
Peeley.b 07/Aug/16 2nd
with Rick Gibbs, Kev Gibbs
Jim Malo 21/Jul/16 2nd O/S
with Stu
Hidden 13/Jul/16 AltLd
Vilius A. 18/Jun/16 AltLd O/S

2nd & 3rd pitches as one

with Khalid
Hidden 04/Jun/16 2nd O/S
Matt Smith 04/Jun/16 Lead O/S

Lead all pitches. Really good route. Perplexing 1st pitch, looks very unlikely at the grade. 2nd pitch another stunner as well. Belayed above chimney then combined rest of 1st pitch with 2nd.

Hidden 03/Jun/16 2nd
neilstubbs 02/May/16 AltLd rpt

I led p1 & p3

with Stefan Parkin
Darron ??/2016 -
Steveb27 31/Aug/15 AltLd
Hidden 31/Aug/15 AltLd
Matt Harmon 07/Aug/15 Lead O/S

led all pitches in 2 pitches- lovely climb, climbed right side of crack and stepped across on P1, would've taken a while to commit but tide was coming in so had to be quick. top two pitches as the sun was setting was awesome

Sarah Roscoe 07/Aug/15 2nd
Wevcore 02/Aug/15 Lead O/S
with Jen Gilbert, Rich
Luxulyan 02/Aug/15 2nd
with Jen, Wevcore
Tom Schofield-Graham 21/Jul/15 Lead O/S
with Fred Graham
AJM 20/Jun/15 AltLd O/S

Via the indirect approach as the chimney was wet and covered in brown slime. A very misty day.

with David Barlow, Ali Morris
Marti999 17/May/15 Lead O/S
with Debbie
neilstubbs 12/Apr/15 AltLd rpt

Me P1 (climbed up right of the chimney which was soaking)and P3, Stef got a bit lost on P2...

with Stefan Parkin
JenDurden 04/Apr/15 AltLd O/S
with Floris
Hidden 28/Oct/14 2nd
Hidden 02/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
Simon Caldwell 02/Sep/14 AltLd O/S

In 4 pitches, I led 1 and 3. Made a complete fist of the first pitch, couldn't work out how on earth it could be bridged as per the guidebook, nor to back-and-foot as recommended by a passing climber, so thrutched it instead, slithering back down a few times while I worked it out, I still have the scars 2 weeks later. 3rd pitch had nice exposure but disappointingly easy. Last pitch was quite hard, more Rockfax's 4b than the CC's 4a. Overall, a quality route though maybe a bit disjointed, not quite the uber-classic I was expecting.

with Carmen
masa-alpin 21/Aug/14 Lead O/S

The wide P1 has a good character! The line of the last short pitch above the ledge described in the definitive guidebook was dirty, being covered with lichen, so I followed the top-out of Diocese (4c?), which was the crux of the route.

with Loz K
bencole 27/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Jayne, Rach, Nick, Dad
wnlwy 27/Jul/14 Lead
Hidden 27/Jul/14 2nd
Bob M 23/Jul/14 AltLd
BLodge 17/Jun/14 AltLd
steveprice.exmouth 13/Jun/14 AltLd rpt

led 1 and 3

with Graham Mead
OliverRoss 13/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Brilliant climb with 'belay heaven' for the second anchor. 1st pitch is incredible if you enjoy chimneys. I imagine it's almost always wet.

with Dan Biggin, Tom Wilding-Steele
twildingsteele 13/Jun/14 2nd
StaffsAndy 18/May/14 AltLd
Hamish777 17/May/14 AltLd O/S

Andrea P1, I lead P2 and P3. This was my first attempt at chimney, having watched Andrea glide up it I thought I had the technique nailed. Needles to say when I got on it I forgot everything I had seen. Instead I used the "Ass-wriggle" method of steadily moving one buttock up higher than the other, the crazy thing is it worked! This was a lovely climb, I really enjoyed it.

with Andrea
andrea83 17/May/14 AltLd O/S

Lead P1 which was great and not really wet. Can't imagine it would be nice on a winters day or even a cold day. Lovely climb. Hamish lead P2 and P3.

with Hamish
LovelyMrTom 19/Apr/14 AltLd O/S

Paul lead pitch 1, I lead middle bit, Paul lead final pitch.

Paul Baxter 19/Apr/14 AltLd O/S

Led P1 and final pitch. Struggled in the initial chimney, but got it in the end. After that everything felt easy.

RichardN 18/Apr/14 AltLd

Stopped first pitch early after ending up a long way above my gear and being scared. Alan led remained of first pitch to correct ledge then ran pitches 2 and 3 into one. Pitch one: Not too hard climbing but bold moves and hard to protect Pitch two: good climbing, good gear Pitch three: Reasonable to protect, hard climbing for the grade. Overall definitely at the top of the grade.

daprince ??/2014 -
Alfie Conn ??/2014 AltLd
whiteexplorer 03/Dec/13 2nd O/S

good climb that has a bit of everything

with Dave Piper
Ribbit 03/Dec/13 Lead
with Tom
crobinson 14/Nov/13 AltLd

Brilliant climb, stunning setting above stormy seas with Tom Last.

with Tom last
Hidden 14/Nov/13 AltLd O/S
arandall 11/Oct/13 2nd O/S

Brilliant climb, also i soloed the first two pitches afterwards as Dom didn't know he had to take the gear out

with Dom, Joe Coxson
JoeCoxson 11/Oct/13 Lead O/S

Lead the route in 2 pitches no worries.

Helen Boothman 18/Sep/13 AltLd O/S
Steve Lenartowicz 11/Jul/13 Lead
with Clare
janegallwey ??/2013 Lead
westong ??/2013 -
Hidden 29/Sep/12 AltLd O/S
Mayo 06/Sep/12 Lead
Jack.H.92 26/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
MinHazeldine 15/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
The Ivanator 04/Jun/12 AltLd O/S

I led the first pitch then we escaped off left to avoid congestion.

with Jez
jezb1 04/Jun/12 AltLd

So busy on the BH all the good routes were busy ....

Headjamm 26/May/12 2nd O/S
with Geoffers
Geoffers 26/May/12 Lead O/S
with Lauren
Slick 06/Apr/12 AltLd
Kylie 06/Apr/12 AltLd O/S

Lead pitches 2 and 4. Really enjoyed the route, the chimney was fun! Came very close to slipping off near the top - first time that's happened!

Hidden 06/Apr/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Apr/12 AltLd
mullermn 06/Apr/12 AltLd O/S

Me p1&3, Kylie p2&4. P1 is a flared salty narrowing crack. Not really hard but not particularly welcoming. P2&3 nice easy climbing on good holds. P4 is surprisingly hard for the grade, Kylie nearly fell off on lead.

JonG ??/2012 -
Hidden 18/Aug/11 Lead O/S
milkyjoe 14/Aug/11 AltLd

led 2nd pitch, for which we did the more direct pitch from diocese.

with andy
elbeanio 14/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Country_Boy 26/Jul/11 2nd O/S
with Stu Bradbury
Hidden ?/Jul/11 Lead O/S
neilstubbs ?/Jul/11 AltLd O/S

I led p1&3

with Stefan Parkin
highfivekrissy 02/Jun/11 AltLd
peter myers ?/Jun/11 AltLd

missed out the horrible looking chimney at the start!

Hidden 23/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Different Steve 22/Apr/11 Lead rpt

bypassed minging initial chimney!

with Clare
jeffb 19/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
with Calder
Calder 19/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
with jeffb
dickypips 18/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
with Roy Thomas
jakenichol 03/Apr/11 Lead O/S

very pleasant, easy climbing. very atmospheric second pitch above the roof : )

haylow 03/Apr/11 2nd
Hidden ?/Apr/11 Lead O/S
steveprice.exmouth 05/Mar/11 AltLd
with Emgrant
Hidden 05/Mar/11 AltLd
Bob M 25/Oct/10 AltLd
nickstephens 30/Aug/10 Lead O/S
MH123 29/Aug/10 AltLd O/S
PastyBoy84 08/Aug/10 2nd O/S
with Ben Mayo
mr phil morton 17/Jul/10 2nd
Hidden 27/Jun/10 2nd
Hidden 27/Jun/10 2nd
Em66 13/Jun/10 AltLd
with Matt, Mat
1651SP 30/May/10 AltLd O/S
with Mark van vleit
cham749 28/May/10 AltLd O/S

Lost No. 8 nut on first pitch, in the chimney. Back and footed up the chimney.

with Ollie Warren, Stan Norrie
Hidden ?/May/10 AltLd
rd20 04/Apr/10 AltLd dnf

Wet and slimey, neither J nor I could climb chimney

kleinej 04/Apr/10 AltLd dnf

Abbed in which was a bad idea as it was still wet and slippery and neither Robert nor I could find a way to bridge up the chimney. Abandoned.

nickdonohue ?/Feb/10 Lead
with Simon Reynolds
ushi ??/2010 -
Homes ??/2010 AltLd
with Sam A
Hidden ??/2010 -
John Brayshaw 25/Oct/09 AltLd O/S

missed pitch 1 due to tides

with Erica
erica 25/Oct/09 AltLd O/S

Omitted first pitch. Led 3rd pitch

with John
Hidden 20/Aug/09 AltLd O/S
mbambi ?/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with nic
Roger Cruse 09/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
with Kris & Buffy
Hidden 03/Jun/09 Lead
Blisco 24/May/09 Lead rpt

Dave led p2.

with Dave Milner
garywong 12/Apr/09 AltLd O/S

Led 1st and 2nd pitches. Patrick did a massive traverse across the buttress ending up on the belay stance of The Mitre, but traversed back on route and finished up Diocese. Amazing, varied climb; probably better than the proper route!

Hidden 24/Aug/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/08 2nd
Hidden 28/Jun/08 AltLd O/S
JonHarvey 28/Jun/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 11/Jun/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Jun/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/08 2nd O/S
Blisco 24/May/08 AltLd O/S

Led p2 and p4, which I think was actually the last pitch of Diocese.

manwithacam 24/May/08 AltLd

Great route. Climbed in wet, couldnt find much gear on bottom chimney and that fell out

with Dave G
flytzen 12/May/08 AltLd O/S

Sean lead the first and last pitch. I lead the middle pitch, which is very easy - more like diff really. Beautiful exposure on the top pitch with 150+ feet of air below your feet on plentiful, if slightly small, holds.

with Sean Worthington
adrianj 05/May/08 AltLd
Hidden 05/May/08 AltLd O/S
existing debt 04/Apr/08 -
with Iain a
Bob M 25/Mar/08 AltLd
Mark Kemball 12/Feb/08 2nd
with Mark Lewis
Dilwat 20/Oct/07 Lead O/S

p1-4 may have finished on last pitch of Diocese.

with Bart
Hidden 15/Sep/07 AltLd O/S
Mark D 07/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Dave Duggan
Huntlyfiddler 30/Jul/07 AltLd
bpmclimb 30/Jul/07 AltLd O/S
with Clare
jon clayton ?/Jun/07 Lead O/S
with cherry
tomtherockboy ?/Jun/07 AltLd RP
with Dave Ross, Dave Prady
Hidden 05/May/07 AltLd
Hidden 17/Apr/07 2nd O/S
Jon_Warner 17/Apr/07 2nd O/S

Found the start quite hard for the grade. Brilliant route.

with Mark Glaister
camillaclifford 08/Apr/07 2nd
with mrtom
mrtom 08/Apr/07 Lead O/S

Awesome climb!

pezzerrr 03/Apr/07 AltLd O/S
Gav J 28/Aug/06 Lead

Best climb of the weekend - very glad to escape that chimney before the disco legs set in! Top pitch definitely strenuous if you stop for photos

with Kate & Liz
mooseloose 13/Aug/06 AltLd rpt

Flannel/towel required for the bridging pitch only (1)

with Robo
featuresforfeet 04/Aug/06 AltLd O/S
with Liz
Mike Gee ?/Aug/06 2nd O/S
with Jonathon Morton
crossdressingrodney 31/Jul/06 AltLd O/S

High tide start.

victim of mathematics 31/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 31/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 22/Jul/06 Lead O/S
stuart100 28/Jun/06 Lead O/S
with Claire Graham, Lee Mcinnes.
Kyuzo ?/Jun/06 AltLd
with Hal Watts
hal ?/Jun/06 -
GrahamHP 31/May/06 AltLd O/S

bridging start and amazing exposure on pitch 3

with Tony Walentowicz
Nigel Coe 29/May/06 AltLd
with Steve Berry, Norman Wright
Hidden 13/May/06 Lead
Rob Davies 29/Apr/06 AltLd

P1 chimney was very hard for 4b, though protectable

with Phil Ashton, Jacques Durand
Hidden 18/Jun/05 AltLd β
Si dH 16/Jun/05 AltLd O/S
with Alex Gaastra
Hidden 01/May/05 AltLd
Hidden 09/Aug/04 AltLd O/S
Hidden 09/Aug/04 AltLd O/S
Hidden 05/Jul/04 2nd
Bob M 30/May/04 2nd
Norman_P_W 30/May/04 Lead
with Bob M
Paz ?/Feb/04 AltLd O/S
with JS
Hidden ??/2004 Lead
Hidden 25/Aug/03 AltLd
Hidden 03/Aug/03 AltLd
duncana 21/Jun/03 2nd

Lovely chimney (?) and delicious exposure on the traverse

with Claire Warren, Pippa Archer
Antoine1 17/Mar/03 AltLd
with Andy Platell
Antoine1 17/Mar/03 AltLd
with Andy Platell
Hidden ??/2003 AltLd O/S
Scotsken ??/2003 -
Rob Pitt ??/2003 Lead O/S
DerwentDiluted ?/Aug/02 AltLd
with Laurie Smith
nickdonohue ?/May/02 Lead

hard to start

with Kath Donohue
Red Leader ?/Sep/01 AltLd O/S

One of my all time favourites.

Hidden 13/Aug/01 AltLd
Hidden 18/Jul/01 AltLd
BALD EAGLE 09/Jun/01 AltLd
with Duncan Bender
Hidden 07/May/01 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/00 AltLd
oscaig ?/Sep/00 AltLd O/S
with Steve Reeves
Hidden 29/Aug/00 2nd rpt
Hidden 03/Aug/00 -
tapley 05/Jul/00 Lead
with Simon Tapley, Alison Tapley
Steveb27 ??/2000 AltLd
Boxy 28/Aug/99 AltLd
with Jon H
Bob M 01/May/99 AltLd
with Jill Stevens
colin milton 15/Mar/99 AltLd

variation start

with eric milton
andy_pemberton ??/1999 -

no details

PaulTanton 13/Aug/98 Lead O/S
Rog Wilko ?/Aug/98 AltLd

Why only **?

with Debbie Wilkinson
stokienomad ?/Jul/98 Lead O/S

With Dave Mountford.

mike fenwick ?/Jul/98 Lead
with Lucy
timreynolds 02/May/98 Lead
with Paul Bastiaiens
Raggar 08/Mar/97 AltLd
with Andy J
belay bunny turned bad ??/1997 Lead
Hidden 09/Sep/96 AltLd O/S
Budge ?/Aug/95 AltLd O/S
with Adrian Fox
michael burrows 27/Jul/95 Solo
colin milton 18/Mar/95 AltLd

not p1

with eric milton
TobyA ?/Sep/94 Lead O/S
with Olly
Hidden 27/Aug/94 Lead O/S
timreynolds 28/May/94 Lead
jim_randell 09/May/94 Lead O/S
with WW
tompercy 13/Mar/94 AltLd
with Chris Lear
charlesmfrench 14/Nov/92 Lead O/S
with Adrian Draper
RichardMc 13/Apr/90 AltLd
with Angel Vila
alan moore ??/1990 -
Hidden ?/Aug/89 Lead O/S
Iain Thow 06/Apr/88 AltLd

Led 3&4

with Steve Ball
Hidden 10/May/87 Lead O/S
Richard Weller 25/May/85 Solo
malc 09/Apr/84 2nd
ill_bill ?/Apr/83 AltLd
Gordon Stainforth 09/Apr/82 AltLd
with Mike Harber
Richard Weller ?/Apr/82 AltLd
with Richard White
Hidden ??/1982 -
Will Webb ?/Aug/81 -
with Nick Watkins
rogerskews 10/Aug/80 AltLd

Halfway up pitch 1 Keith leading shouted "there is a big one coming!". I looked seawards and was immediately swept away underwater. Fortunately belayed, I eventually surfaced in a slot, drenched, and continued my duties as my trusty and dry leader continued upwards !

with Keith Jenkins
Hidden ?/Jul/80 -
jmr 26/May/80 AltLd
with Bob Howard
Chris Terrey ?/May/80 Lead
with John Gray
Steve Lenartowicz ??/1980 -
Steve Woollard ??/1978 Lead
kjacks ?/Jul/77 Lead

Nothing of much difficulty after the first 2 pitches. Not a 3 star route.

with Marian Birkett
Dave Musgrove 05/Jun/77 AltLd
RichardMc 08/Apr/77 AltLd
with Dave Langmead
Simon cook ?/May/76 -
Bolt Phobia 05/Apr/76 AltLd
with John Broadwell
Paul Clarke ??/1976 -
with Mike Lynch, FMC
Nigel Bond 11/Apr/74 Lead
with Alan
Martin Bennett 29/Jul/73 -
with Maggie Dow
jon 25/Dec/72 Lead
with Elaine
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