Altitude 16m a.s.l
Old mine buildings on the approach to Freedom Zawn - BMC International Sea Cliff Climbing Meet 2010 © Harald
A quintessential greenstone/killas arena featuring all the typical features of two steep and impressive walls at right angles to each other, an only partly-tidal broad rock platform sloping into the sea, a delightful location and good gearing up spots, obligatorially greasy in the morning and a furnace in the afternoon but when conditions are good it provides spectacular long climbs in the mid-extremes (pre-placed belay rope from easy anchors recommended for the right hand wall). Well recommended as an alternative to the honeypots. Be warned that several of the CC topo lines are wrong and the grades are tough.
Park at the Botallack Mine National Trust carpark (clean and free toilets at the cafe, feel free to leave a donation as these facilities are a lot more generous than some stingy places (White-sands in Pembroke with pay parking AND pay toilets, I'm looking at you, you miserly sods). Walk seawards then take an obvious path rightwards to the extremely scenic Crowns Mine twin buildings above sea-level. Continue on a narrow trail after the first mine building until a flat area and a barbed wire fence and a great view of the Zawn (head up right to a good grassy contour path above the right wall to pre-place the belay rope), then scramble carefully down to the platform.
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