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At UKC we are all climbers and we understand the strong urge to be outdoors as the weather is finally improving, but we feel this is no longer socially acceptable. You can read our statement here.

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Climbs 25
Rocktype Volcanic tuff
Altitude Tidal
Faces W

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Oliver Wheeldon on the Stunning "Purple Haze" © John Henry Wynn

Crag features

Includes the amazing Il Duce (E5 6a) and other multi-pitch climbs up to 370ft - value for your money. Access details important: this has taken a lot of BMC negotiation.

Approach notes


Park at Tintagel. Reach the seaward part of the headland by taking a narrow footbridge - may have to pay toll.

Restricted Access

Permission from English Heritage must be sought before climbing at Tintagel Head by emailing or sending a letter to: The Property Supervisor, Tintagel Castle, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HE. Permission is unlikely to be denied, but English Heritage need to brief climbers before they visit on a number of points, so don't cut corners and avoid contacting them. Also ensure you contact them well in advance of your visit to give enough time for the team at Tingagel to deal with your request.

Access is only available during normal opening hours which are:

  • Nov-Mar (Sat and Sun only): 10am – 4pm
  • Apr–Jun (daily): 10am – 6pm
  • Jul-Aug (daily): 10am – 7pm
  • Sep (daily): 10am – 6pm
  • Oct (daily): 10am – 5pm

Rockfax App

Available in the Rockfax App

The Rockfax App brings together all the Rockfax climbing information with UKC logbooks and presents it into a user-friendly package for use on Android and iOS devices.


West Country Climbs

West Country Climbs is a major Rockfax guide to one of the UK’s most celebrated, sunny and diverse climbing regions. The book is fashioned in Rockfax’s award-winning layout and design, and copiously illustrated with action photographs of the climbs and cliffs that reflect the quality and variety of climbing experiences to be had on offer in the UK’s most popular holiday destination - the West Country. This is a selected route and buttress guidebook which covers the best 900 routes from the crags listed below.
More info
More Guidebooks:
South West Climbs Volume 2 (2014)

Out of print:
Douglas Richardson Property Supervisor English Heritage Tintagel Castle Tintagel PL34 0HE Tel: 01840 770328 Fax: 01840 772105
petegunn - 19/Apr/14
the disciption says II duce is E4 6a but the route list says E5 6c....
The Green Giant - 29/May/09
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  North Cliff
2 Dark Comedy
HVS 5a  
3 A Weekend on Mars
E3 5c *  
4 Astroslide
E3 5c ***  
5 Overkeel
E5 6b ***  
6 Wicked Gravity
E4 6a *** 1
7 Chancelot
E5 6a ***  
8 One Stood against Many
E5 6a ***  
9 Knights of the Intriguing Niche
E4 5c *  
10 Legend Has It
E2 5c *  
Climb name Grade
11 Frank's Crack
E2 5b *  
12 Frank's Corner
E3 5c **  
13 Gypsy Queen
E6 6b ***  
  High Cliff
15 Isle of Avalon
E5 6b *  
16 Vagabond E4 5c *** 3
17 Ocean Colour Dream
E6 6a ***  
18 Il Duce E5 6a *** 42
19 Faschisti
E5 6b **  
20 King's Arete E4 5c ** 4
Climb name Grade
21 The Republican Start (to King's Arete)
E2 5b  
22 Trail Blazer
HVS 4c  
23 Travelling Man
E4 5c  
24 Pathfinder
E5 5c **  
  South Cliff
26 Houdini
VS 4c  
27 The Break
28 Astral Weeks
E5 6a ***  

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