Rocktype Mica schist
The Cull on the Lizard, the first ascent in 1986. © Steve Bell
A steep black cliff that, although not particularly high, has some wild pitches that are both challenging and charming. The rock is mainly solid, if slightly brittle, and, although protection is generally available, it requires careful placement since some of the rock is a little fragile.
The cliff gets plenty of sun and dries quickly. The base of the cliff is tidal, and the ledges below the climbs are exposed for around 3 hours either side of low water.
From Helston, follow the A3083 to Lizard village and park on the large village green in its centre. From the parking on the village green follow a road east (Beacon Terrace), past Ann's Famous Pasty Shop to a right turn signed to 'The Housel Bay Hotel'. Follow signs to the hotel and join the coast path just before the entrance. Once at the coast path, turn left and follow it for 400m to the distinctive Lloyds' Signal building. Walk down to the promontory directly in front of the building from where the leaning wall of The Cull is seen in profile. Descent to the base of the cliff can be made at low tide via easy climbing down the right side (facing out) of the cliff, or more usually at low-to-mid tide and in calm sea conditions, by abseil directly to ledges below the climbs.
|The Cull is a superb soft touch E3, and its neigbhour Dawn is a fine soft touch E4. Worth a visit just for those two routes alone.
Al Evans - 08/May/08
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