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BEWARE PARKING FINES. A camera clocks you entering and leaving. No longer can visiting climbers sleep in the car park!

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR, NOVEMBER 2018 UPDATE: The latest in a series of rockfalls has  made the original finish of swimming the cave to the Promontory impossible since it is now impossible to safely scramble back onto the mainland. All future ascents will need to finish through the very excellent Blue Grotto via excellent climbing or failing that, by swimming. 

Amazing and surprisingly sound rock which creates both epics and magic days. Perhaps best known for Moonraker (HVS 5a) - is it the best HVS in the country? - Dreadnought (E3 5c), Caveman (E6 6b) and the vast sea traverses of Magical Mystery Tour and Rainbow Bridge.

It is now also a mecca for Deep Water Soloing (DWS) with the publication of the Rockfax Deep Water Guide. The Wizard of Oz is a new extended variation of Rainbow Bridge is touted as "Britain's Best DWS Traverse" and could it really be the best climb in the UK? Article here

Dave Henderson's website provides excellent miniguides to the DWS here

New route info is also found at


Approach notes

BIRD BAN MARCH 1st TO JULY 31st. nb. the start date is now earlier than that published in the 1995 South Devon & Dartmoor Guide. There is a £1,000 fine for breaking this, and a camera monitors the cliff, so don't hope. There is a variable access agreement for some parts of Rainbow Bridge but there is no access by the Great Cave. Check the details here IF YOU ARE NOT SURE PLEASE DON'T CLIMB.

DWS : The BMC now requests Deep water soloists to phone Brixham Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre before starting on (01803) 882 704. In 2009 climbers have caused a number of false call outs - this creates significant problems for the rescue service and may jepordise future access on the Nature Reserve.

Park as for Berry Head Quarry.
Footpath from the seaward end of the car park leads down a steep grassy slope to the sea. Take the rocky scoop to the R, leading to the easy (but very exposed) sea traverse to a non-tidal platform. Don't fall off.

Restricted Access

It is important that climbers wanting to deepwater solo on these crags MUST call Brixham Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre on (01803) 882 704 before descending to the base of the cliffs. Climbers have caused a number of false call outs in the past - this creates significant problems for the rescue service and may jepordise future access on the Nature Reserve.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 March to 31 July

Reason: Nesting Birds

Berry Head is becoming a mecca for deep water soloing, but it is also an important breeding site for many seabirds. Historically, access was completely restricted during breeding but thanks to the efforts of local climbers, the BMC and Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, the restriction has been made variable. This means it will be lifted as soon as nesting has been completed. The variable restriction has been granted on the condition that the following is adhered to:

1) The Great Cave and pitch 1 of Rainbow Bridge is still covered by the restriction (1st March to 31st July) and NO ACCESS is permitted. This is because the birds frequent the large platform. The standard approach for Rainbow Bridge (and The Great Cave) crosses this platform and will disturb the birds so climbers must choose one of the following options: a) Abseil from the metal post en route to The Great Cave (just beyond a red access notice) to an in-situ thread at the end of pitch 1. b) Down-climb HVS rock just to the left (looking out) of the post. This is not recommended for those who don't know the route.

2) The final Terminal Zawn (pitch 11) is still restricted. A marker just before this shows the extent of the ban. Climbers should exit up VS territory above the marker.

3) Access restrictions still apply to the following: - White Rhino Tea Buttress (Barnacle Traverse Continuation) - The Oz Wall - The Ledges above the Oz wall, beyond the Terminal Zawn. - The Great Cave and Bismark Wall. Markers have been positioned at both ends of the "open" section and these will show whether or not you are allowed on the traverse. This can be checked by contacting the Berry Head Rangers office (01803 882619).

Please contact the ranger if you are confused about cliff accessibility. A few other considerations: If you fall into the sea (during the restricted nesting season) getting out is now much more problematic as you must NOT get out at the Great Cave ledge (doing so would disturb the nesting birds). Those concerned by this should opt to abseil in (see b above) - doing this allows you to leave a rope through the in-situ thread at the base of the abseil to facilitate pulling out of the sea....or make the big swim to the ‘ Red Walls’ area.


West Country Climbs

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Deep Water

Mike Robertson's award winning Deep Water guide, covering DWS on the English South Coast, Pembroke, Scotland and throughout the world.
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The Cauldron Rope Bridge (Rainbow Bridge cliff) is back in place Sept 2016. Inspect it and form your own opinion of its safety before using it.
Kafoozalem - 26/Sep/16
August 2016 - The Hood has been cleaned and restored to its former glory. See logbook notes.
Kafoozalem - 04/Aug/16
Car Park - Watch out for the new hostile car registration recognition system. You risk a fine by simply entering the car park. It would be nice if the machines were simpler to use and didn't reject half your coins.
Kafoozalem - 10/Aug/15
Top pitch of Dreadnought cleaned and Melinda cleaned, regraded and re-described - see logbook.
Kafoozalem - 29/Sep/14
Goddess of Gloom cleaned Sept 2014. I have exhumed holds and gear placements from the soil on pitch two. Get on it whilst it's in good nick. A superb adventure route a little harder than Moonraker.
Kafoozalem - 18/Sep/14
Terminal Zawn DWS has suffered from much misreporting. Rockfax Deep Water has several errors. Comeback Kid is Up Yer bum (sorry about that). Terminal Viscosity is really only an inferior RH finish to A Tear Drop in the Sea. Terminal Twelve has possibly never been climbed - there is an awesome line there if you fancy it. I have updated the logbooks accordingly.
Kafoozalem - 25/Aug/14
In case anyone is planning a climb in the Great Cave before the official bird ban; we went to climb Goddess of Gloom today but lots of Guillemots have started to nest already. So wise to make different plans.
Mr Tickle - 09/Feb/13 Our ascent of Moonraker.
Stanners - 31/Oct/12
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Magical Mystery Tour Traverses
2 Magical Mystery Tour Full E1 5b *** 116
3 Magical Mystery Tour 1 6a+ *** 508
4 Magical Mystery Tour 2 (Blue Grotto pitch) 6a+ ** 95
5 Magical Mystery Tour 3 4a 19
6 Magical Mystery Tour 4 6b ** 15
  Britains Best DWS Traverse
8 The Wizard of Oz 7b *** 15
  Magical Mystery Tour 1 Area
10 Yard Trimmings 6b+ ** 6
11 Gotcha E2 6a  
12 Gulliver's Travels XS 6a  
13 Big Green Meanie 7a **  
14 Green Grotto Traverse
6c ** 6
15 Cave of Dark Deeds
XS 5b  
16 Cod is a DJ XS 6a *  
17 This is my Church XS 6b *** 1
18 Let it go XS 5c *  
19 In the Mood XS 5b 1
  The Great Cave
21 Moving Target
VS 4c 2
22 The Long goodbye
E1 5a 1
23 Lost Arrow HS 2
24 Uncul-Patter
E1 5a  
25 L'Obtician
E4 6a 1
26 King Crab E1 5a * 4
27 Anti-matter
VS 4c 2
28 Sea-Earth-Energy
E5 6a ** 1
29 False Alarms
E3 5c *  
30 How to Steal a Million
E5 6a **  
31 Auk
E2 5b  
32 Guinness 6b+ ** 4
33 The High Traverse HVS 5a 1
34 The Seventh Circle
E2 5b  
35 Melinda E1 5a 1
36 Pikadon HVS 5a 4
37 Goddess of Gloom HVS 5a ** 54
38 Lunar sea E3 5c * 1
39 The Quaker E3 6a * 3
40 The Hood E3 5c ** 6
Climb name Grade
41 Crocodile
E2 5b  
42 Barbican
E3 5c ** 3
43 Dreadnought E3 5c *** 113
44 Moonraker HVS 5a *** 503
45 Caveman E6 6b *** 17
46 Seventh Dread E1 5b *** 25
47 Seventh Dread - Caveman link up E2 5b ** 1
48 The Earthsea Trilogy #3
E6 6b ***  
49 Savage/Earthsea Connection E6 6c *** 1
50 Savage E6 6c ***  
51 Terra Cotta E6 6b ***  
52 Cromagnum E8 6c *** 1
53 The New Stone-age
E6 6b ***  
54 Killa Gorilla
7b * 9
55 The Curse A4 ***  
56 Lip trip
E5 6a *** 1
57 Depth Charge E5 6a *** 6
58 Cocoon E8 6c ***  
59 Man O' war E6 6a ** 2
60 Lost Identity E6 6a *  
61 Warspite E5 6a *  
62 The Sub Low Extension E4 6a *  
63 Hands off Whizzy 6c ** 1
64 Warspite in Brief 6b **  
65 Yardarm E2 5b ** 22
66 Sloop E1 5b 2
67 Sandshoe Shuffle E1 5b * 5
68 The Ultimate Trundle VD  
  Rainbow Bridge Area
70 Rainbow Bridge E4 6b *** 329
71 Rainbow Bridge Diluted 6a+ *** 122
72 Drop Squad
5a 26
73 The Gill
6b * 23
74 Yokel Hero
6b+ * 8
75 Way Down 5a * 63
76 Cutlass
8a *** 20
77 Verdon Dreaming 7b *** 48
78 Rainbow Scoop 6c *** 128
79 Puppy Onsight 6b * 35
80 Chrome Bum 6b+ * 32
Climb name Grade
81 The Pink Slit 6c * 21
82 The Lost Locals 6b+ *** 77
83 Aeronautics 6c *** 52
84 Big Deal 6a+ * 5
85 Show Goes On 6a+ * 16
86 Inimitable Toenails 6b * 6
87 Stripper Robertson 6b 2
88 Cyborg Crocker 6a 3
89 The Holes 6a 9
90 Strawberry Seal 7b+ ** 17
91 Barrel Traverse 7c *** 43
92 Look, Before you Leap 6b * 38
93 Disco Inferno 7b * 9
94 Bronski Beat 7b *** 4
95 Into the Fire 7b+ * 3
96 Cilla-Into the Fire Link-up 7b ** 1
97 Cilla Black 7b+ *** 1
98 The Cauldron 7a+ *** 46
99 Soft Cell 7c+ *** 13
100 Nor' Wind Blows 5c * 12
101 Eight Ball 5b ** 65
102 Salmon Fishcake 7a+ * 2
103 Cod Tympani 7a+ *** 84
104 Winter Love 7a+ ** 1
105 The Wave 6c *** 112
106 The Wave Continuation 6a+ * 2
107 Hear My Boat a Comin' 6c *  
108 Torpedo Dive 6b ** 4
109 Dolly Dagger 6c  
110 Mr Whippy 6a 2
111 Terminal Slab 4c * 14
112 Yum Yum 6c * 5
113 Up Yer Bum 6b+ * 8
114 Manilow Magic 7b+ ***  
115 A Tear Drop in the Sea 6c * 4
116 Robbie's Brown Wall 6b+ 1
117 Gluteas Maximus 7a ** 22
118 Latissimus Dorsi 7a **  

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