Climbs 36
Rocktype Culm

Faces NW

Climbers on Blackchurch Rock © EddieBauer

Crag features

An area featuring the "delights" of XS routes (up to 300ft) featuring some splendid crumbly rubbish and imaginary protection. But also features the fantastic and more normal pleasures of slab climbs such as Sacre Coeur (E2 5b) and Jamaican Dub (E3 5c) - which make it well worth turning up.

Approach notes

Tidal on some parts.

Approach feasible from Clovelly and then walk along the coastal footpath. Alternatively, park at Brownsham Farm (SS 286 259) and walk (1mi) through woods to the old limekilns at Mouth Mill, by the crag.

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A short video of a grand day out on the amazing sea stack formation of Blackchurch Rock on the Culm Coast near Hartland in North Devon. There are a number of most excellent routes (including 2 nice VS's at either end) on this fantastic foreshore pinnacle, complete with two walk-through tunnels, but the jewel in the crown is the superlative and most photogenic E2 5b/c "Sacre Coeur" first climbed by the legend Pat Littlejohn in 1974. The route is rightly described by UKC and Rockfax as "a majestic pitch of flawless quality" and a super-classic in the South West of the UK: All constructive feedback or comments welcome and hopefully it may inspire a few folks with sacred hearts and strong calves to climb on Blackchurch Rock and visit this beautiful part of the UK!
BALD EAGLE - 12/Jun/14
Left side of main cliff, Savage God etc, all looked absolutely horrendous, green and yellow slime and lichen, vegetated...cap off to Mr Littlejohn...I can't imagine anybody seeing those routes and wanting to do them...I wonder how many ascents they have had?
HappyTrundler - 24/Jul/11
The Main Cliff looked well grim!
The Pylon King - 30/Aug/07
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 The Main Cliff 
2The Shrine
XS 5c *1
3Rude NudeE3 5c **2
4The Almighty
E1 5a *7
XS 5b  
6The Big Sheep
E3 5c *1
7Savage God
E4 5c **12
8Savage God Direct
E4 6a  
E3 5b *1
10The Heathen
XS 5b  
E3 5b 3
E3 5b 1
13The VergerE1 5a *25
14Machineries of Joy
E2 5c  
15Crucial Bunny
E2 5a  
E1 4c 7
17Loose WomanE1 5b *121
E1 5a 1
E1 4c  
20The Sexton
E3 5c **3
21The ArchtemperE3 5b **21
22Lord BaftaE5 5c/6a ** 
23GodspellE5 6a **9
24The Naked GodE6 6a **3
25Making Plans for Nigel
XS 5b  
26The Ghost of Belle AireE6 6b/c **2
27Eraser Blade
E1 5a 2
 Blackchurch Rock 
E2 5b 1
30Noir et Blanc
HVS 5a 4
31Rite of SpringVS 4c *84
32Les Invalides
E2 5c 2
33Sacre CoeurE2 5c ***443
34Sacre Coeur Direct
E3 5c ***2
35Dance on a Volcano
E3 5c *7
36Jamaican DubE3 6a ***77
37RantE3 6a *1
38Notre DameVS 4b 109

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