Rockfax Description
One of the earliest and very best rock climbs of its grade discovered on the peninsula. Although described in three pitches it is often accomplished in one. Start at some right-trending cracks and holds above the lower of the smooth ledges at the base of the face.
1) 17m. Take the good holds and cracks to a stance and belay.
3) 17m. Follow the crack to another good ledge below an overhang.
3) 8m. Move up under the overhang and traverse right to an easy finishing slope. © Rockfax

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West Country Climbs, CUC Climbing Club, Part 1: The Classics, Colin Kirkus' routes

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UserDateStyleNotes & Partners
alexporter 30 Jun Lead O/S Suprisingly highly enjoyable. Pasty, scone, jam, and cream, and cappuccino with gold dust sprinkles at Portgwarra cafe added greatly to the outing!
Suprisingly highly enjoyable. Pasty, scone, jam, and cream, and cappuccino with gold dust sprinkles at Portgwarra cafe added greatly to the outing!
Hidden 30 Jun 2nd
Hidden 15 Jun Lead
Hidden 15 Jun 2nd
lucyh 27 May 2nd
Poco Loco 27 May Lead O/S Lovely sheltered spot out of the wind, with a short scramble down. Did the main part in one pitch. Well protected fun climbing.
with Claire, lucyh
Lovely sheltered spot out of the wind, with a short scramble down. Did the main part in one pitch. Well protected fun climbing.
with Claire, lucyh
climbdevon 25 May -
Hidden 6 May 2nd
GuyC 5 May AltLd O/S
with Jon Bell
with Jon Bell
AOC 4 May 2nd Wasn't sure what we were on, strung both pitches together
Wasn't sure what we were on, strung both pitches together
MikeyP 1 May Lead
alanblyth 21 Apr AltLd O/S Did in 2 pitchs, I did the second. Variation finish looked fun but requires a belay at the needle and removal of backpack!
with Tewe
Did in 2 pitchs, I did the second. Variation finish looked fun but requires a belay at the needle and removal of backpack!
with Tewe
Steve Waters, Mynydd 16 Apr AltLd
mtempest 16 Apr AltLd
bonoid 24 Mar AltLd
with Duncan McLaughlin
with Duncan McLaughlin
John MacQuarrie 30 Sep, 2018 Lead O/S Second climb of the day, as a cool down after pendulum chimney. Ab in good gear, option to go into the cave at the top and squeeze through a hole(to try next time)
Second climb of the day, as a cool down after pendulum chimney. Ab in good gear, option to go into the cave at the top and squeeze through a hole(to try next time)
funkyvin1 15 Sep, 2018 AltLd O/S Lead pitch 2. Nice climbing all the way up.... Enjoyed this one.
Lead pitch 2. Nice climbing all the way up.... Enjoyed this one.
yllo 15 Sep, 2018 AltLd P1. Good fun considering the 'reaction' I had to St Austell's delicious Proper Black IPA.
P1. Good fun considering the 'reaction' I had to St Austell's delicious Proper Black IPA.
Hidden 14 Sep, 2018 Lead O/S
Graeme Hammond 1 Sep, 2018 AltLd O/S
with Becky E
with Becky E
Hidden 28 Aug, 2018 Lead O/S
Hidden 28 Aug, 2018 2nd
Hidden 25 Aug, 2018 AltLd O/S
gillyml 24 Aug, 2018 Lead rpt
with Rudy
with Rudy
JoeLucas 16 Aug, 2018 AltLd O/S First sea cliff climb with the bro
First sea cliff climb with the bro
Hidden 28 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
Hidden 16 May, 2018 Lead O/S
Hidden 12 May, 2018 Lead O/S
Hidden 12 May, 2018 Lead O/S
Rob Seymour 6 May, 2018 AltLd Worth doing if you are here anyway but otherwise not worth "three star" billing. Previous CC guidebooks gave it one star, probably fair.
Worth doing if you are here anyway but otherwise not worth "three star" billing. Previous CC guidebooks gave it one star, probably fair.
Hidden 13 Feb, 2018 AltLd O/S
Matt Smith 13 Feb, 2018 AltLd O/S P1 and 3. Had to traverse in to p1 from high ledge because of big waves. A nice climb but not 3*
P1 and 3. Had to traverse in to p1 from high ledge because of big waves. A nice climb but not 3*
overdrawnboy 5 Feb, 2018 Lead Very pleasant.
with mc
Very pleasant.
with mc
Jim blackford 27 Aug, 2017 Lead O/S Want to return for roof crack!
Want to return for roof crack!
Phill_ Thompson 12 Jul, 2017 AltLd O/S
with Lucy Prins
with Lucy Prins
Hidden 10 Jul, 2017 AltLd
jhobbs 10 Jul, 2017 2nd O/S Arrived at midnight, just in time for low tide...it had to be done!!!
with Pete Belfield
Arrived at midnight, just in time for low tide...it had to be done!!!
with Pete Belfield
Hidden 2 Jul, 2017 Solo O/S
Rob Davies 29 May, 2017 2nd Biggest challenge was getting Phil down the descent!
with Phil A
Biggest challenge was getting Phil down the descent!
with Phil A
Hidden 17 Apr, 2017 2nd
Hidden 15 Apr, 2017 Lead O/S
Trace 14 Apr, 2017 -
with John Fallowfield
with John Fallowfield
EllieWoods 17 Mar, 2017 Lead O/S In one pitch
In one pitch
Gympaul 29 Dec, 2016 Solo
Hidden 18 Dec, 2016 2nd O/S
benclimbing 18 Dec, 2016 Lead O/S
Raggar 1 Oct, 2016 2nd
with Ian M, Jon B
with Ian M, Jon B
Hidden 17 Sep, 2016 Lead O/S
Hidden 1 Sep, 2016 2nd
Hidden 1 Sep, 2016 Lead
gillyml 31 Aug, 2016 Lead
Tommy yorke 25 Aug, 2016 Lead O/S
Hidden 25 Aug, 2016 2nd
smolders 24 Aug, 2016 Lead O/S MO P1, Katy P2 & P3 together
MO P1, Katy P2 & P3 together
Tom Phillips 16 Aug, 2016 Lead
with Penny
with Penny
Hidden 6 Aug, 2016 2nd O/S
Alison Cairns 10 Jul, 2016 Lead O/S
Hidden 13 Jun, 2016 AltLd O/S
partz 13 Jun, 2016 Lead O/S
Alex Wade ?Jun, 2016 AltLd
with a2clow
with a2clow
Hidden ?Jun, 2016 AltLd O/S
2602steve 30 May, 2016 Lead
with Lancer
with Lancer
Lancer 30 May, 2016 2nd O/S
with Age, 2602steve
with Age, 2602steve
perrys 27 May, 2016 Lead O/S
with Alex Beuchert
with Alex Beuchert
Jess Carr ?May, 2016 2nd O/S
with Rich Pollard
with Rich Pollard
JC95Evans 6 Mar, 2016 2nd O/S
Hidden 6 Mar, 2016 Lead O/S
dripdry1 6 Mar, 2016 Lead O/S
Lizard Ollie 6 Mar, 2016 Lead O/S Left it a tad late in the day and had to dodge waves to start the route
Left it a tad late in the day and had to dodge waves to start the route
scott titt 19 Sep, 2015 -
Hidden 5 Sep, 2015 Lead
K_Maywood 27 Aug, 2015 AltLd
ChrisGard 27 Aug, 2015 AltLd O/S Climbed as a three introduction to climbing for Dean Bettle
Climbed as a three introduction to climbing for Dean Bettle
Steve Lenartowicz 23 Jun, 2015 2nd
with Clare
with Clare
John Brayshaw 21 Jun, 2015 AltLd O/S
with John Ward
with John Ward
Marti999 16 May, 2015 2nd O/S
Gentleman Joe 7 Apr, 2015 Lead O/S Lead in 2 pitches with Nash and Lucas. Good(ish) climb but with a greasy, tricky start.
Lead in 2 pitches with Nash and Lucas. Good(ish) climb but with a greasy, tricky start.
JenDurden 5 Apr, 2015 AltLd O/S
with Nexonen
with Nexonen
Rob Morgan 4 Apr, 2015 AltLd Lead first pitch. Scrambled off third.
with Louis, Win
Lead first pitch. Scrambled off third.
with Louis, Win
Legs 3 Apr, 2015 Lead O/S
cas smerdon 3 Apr, 2015 2nd Max led
with Suzanne, Max
Max led
with Suzanne, Max
clams ?Apr, 2015 Solo
seanprendiville 17 Feb, 2015 Lead Tessa 5 months pregnant.
with Tessa
Tessa 5 months pregnant.
with Tessa
Shaw Brown 20 Oct, 2014 AltLd
judith neaves 20 Oct, 2014 AltLd
Martin Bennett 14 Sep, 2014 -
with Ali
with Ali
Hidden 27 Aug, 2014 -
Joel Perkin 15 Jul, 2014 Lead O/S
with Bryce Pudding, James Richards, Pork Pie
with Bryce Pudding, James Richards, Pork Pie
timreynolds 4 May, 2014 2nd
with Simon
with Simon
DaveGoesClimbing 3 May, 2014 Lead O/S I lead the first pitch, Mark lead pitches 2 and 3 in one go. Really nice route.
I lead the first pitch, Mark lead pitches 2 and 3 in one go. Really nice route.
duckhead 19 Apr, 2014 2nd
Wendy Watthews 22 Nov, 2013 AltLd
arandall 22 Nov, 2013 Solo O/S
JoeCoxson 22 Nov, 2013 AltLd O/S Easy climbing, Wendy lead pitch one and I lead pitch 2.
Easy climbing, Wendy lead pitch one and I lead pitch 2.
Hidden 21 Sep, 2013 Lead O/S
Hidden 11 Aug, 2013 2nd O/S
benny_m 8 Aug, 2013 Lead O/S
Hidden 8 Aug, 2013 2nd
Mark Kemball 6 Aug, 2013 Lead
with Solomon Kemball Dorey, Alison Dorey
with Solomon Kemball Dorey, Alison Dorey
Hidden 1 Aug, 2013 Lead O/S
Hidden ?Aug, 2013 Lead
jhb0510 19 May, 2013 AltLd O/S I lead the first two pitches in one, Dave lead the 3rd.
with Dave Webster
I lead the first two pitches in one, Dave lead the 3rd.
with Dave Webster
jakenichol 24 Feb, 2013 AltLd O/S
Hidden 2 Feb, 2013 2nd
gg4419 ?Feb, 2013 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??, 2013 Lead O/S
Hidden 22 Aug, 2012 AltLd
nickdonohue ?Aug, 2012 Lead
with Peter Hart
with Peter Hart
Hidden 30 Jul, 2012 2nd
aljezurusrf08 9 Jun, 2012 AltLd O/S
Misha 4 Jun, 2012 Lead O/S
with Holly
with Holly
hazeysunshine 11 Apr, 2012 Lead O/S
with Fred
with Fred
cas smerdon 8 Apr, 2012 AltLd
with Dave Emmett
with Dave Emmett
Chris Ellis 6 Apr, 2012 AltLd
Tarryn ?Apr, 2012 2nd O/S
Hidden 31 Mar, 2012 Lead O/S
Sarah Welsh 11 Mar, 2012 Lead O/S Led all 3 pitches as a single pitch
with Emgrant
Led all 3 pitches as a single pitch
with Emgrant
Hidden 11 Mar, 2012 AltLd
mikeydee135 11 Sep, 2011 Lead O/S
with Goater, fletch73
with Goater, fletch73
coffeepot 29 Aug, 2011 2nd
with Nick shuttleworth
with Nick shuttleworth
Jon Read 19 Aug, 2011 Solo
paul horabin 18 Aug, 2011 Lead O/S
pezzerrr 13 Aug, 2011 AltLd O/S
nick arding 1 Aug, 2011 2nd
with Philippa Arding
with Philippa Arding
Philippa Arding 1 Aug, 2011 Lead
with nick arding
with nick arding
fi15 ?Aug, 2011 2nd
FragOcon 26 Jun, 2011 AltLd
Hidden 26 Apr, 2011 Lead
Hidden 26 Apr, 2011 2nd
BALD EAGLE 23 Apr, 2011 AltLd
with Rob Horler
with Rob Horler
vickytee ??, 2011 TR
mark_jee ??, 2011 TR
erinbastian 30 Dec, 2010 Lead
with martin
with martin
crobinson 3 Nov, 2010 AltLd big big swell
with Southern Man
big big swell
with Southern Man
Tom Last 3 Nov, 2010 AltLd O/S Soaking wet, big swell and very windy. Good fun - more like diff though.
Soaking wet, big swell and very windy. Good fun - more like diff though.
Orifice 23 Oct, 2010 AltLd O/S
with Stafford Dyer
with Stafford Dyer
andrea83 10 Oct, 2010 2nd O/S Hamish lead all pitches. Very easy and well protected. Lovely, relaxed sunny day. Had some cake and tea in the little cafe.
Hamish lead all pitches. Very easy and well protected. Lovely, relaxed sunny day. Had some cake and tea in the little cafe.
Hoyes 2 Sep, 2010 AltLd O/S
with Batt
with Batt
Batt 2 Sep, 2010 AltLd O/S Fun while waiting for tides at Chair Ladder. Is just about ok even not at low tide in calm sea. Belayed well back for short first pitch up to ledge to get away from the sea!! Rest of the route is lovely easy ambling up cracks.
with Hoyes
Fun while waiting for tides at Chair Ladder. Is just about ok even not at low tide in calm sea. Belayed well back for short first pitch up to ledge to get away from the sea!! Rest of the route is lovely easy ambling up cracks.
with Hoyes
cas smerdon 30 Aug, 2010 AltLd
with Ann Shaw
with Ann Shaw
Ann S 30 Aug, 2010 AltLd O/S led second pitch
with Carole
led second pitch
with Carole
royal 31 Jul, 2010 Solo O/S Wet weather but climbing was still great. Nice route.
Wet weather but climbing was still great. Nice route.
nickstephens 17 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S
andy jennings 15 May, 2010 Lead O/S
with Momber
with Momber
nickstephens 5 Apr, 2010 AltLd O/S With an interesting variation on the exit through a hole in the cave roof on the right at the top. Not for those with a generous waistline :-)
with Peter Jones
With an interesting variation on the exit through a hole in the cave roof on the right at the top. Not for those with a generous waistline :-)
with Peter Jones
Dilwat 11 Mar, 2010 Lead O/S
with Pete
with Pete
dpe 3 Aug, 2009 2nd
with Dave
with Dave
Hidden 3 Aug, 2009 Lead O/S
Roger Cruse 8 Jul, 2009 AltLd O/S
with Kris & Jill & Roger H
with Kris & Jill & Roger H
Hidden 14 Jun, 2008 Lead
Hidden 15 Jul, 2007 2nd O/S
Hidden 28 May, 2007 Lead O/S
Hidden 17 Oct, 2001 2nd
Samuel Palmer 17 Jun, 2001 2nd
with Farmer Paul, Gareth
with Farmer Paul, Gareth
Bob M ??, 2001 -
with Jill Stevens
with Jill Stevens
babymoac 12 Apr, 1998 -
with George
with George
jim_randell 19 Sep, 1997 Lead O/S Susi avoided the final variation pitch and finished directly.
Susi avoided the final variation pitch and finished directly.
Rog Wilko ?Apr, 1997 2nd
with Debbie Wilkinson
with Debbie Wilkinson
auld al ?Apr, 1996 AltLd O/S
Iain Thow 23 Mar, 1989 Lead Dowser's Route & Porthgwarra Face are different routes! Soloed both 10/5/96
with Dave Morris, Cath Hollis
Dowser's Route & Porthgwarra Face are different routes! Soloed both 10/5/96
with Dave Morris, Cath Hollis
Gareth Griffiths 29 Jul, 1987 Solo
Nigel Bond 29 Aug, 1981 Solo
DonnyDave 20 Aug, 1980 AltLd
with Richard Tuting, Simon ????
with Richard Tuting, Simon ????
Dave Musgrove 6 Jun, 1971 Solo
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