Cornwall at it's best. Illustrated Man E2. © Kafoozalem
Carn Barra has a sunny aspect, high quality rock, classy climbs, easy access and little in the way of tidal constraints, making it a reliable and favoured venue. The routes are single-pitch and the grade coverage is good, although the very best climbs are in the E grades.
May 2019 Update - the large pinnacle block on the upper section of Criss, Winged Victory and Niche Wall is gone leaving an obvious scar. Routes have not been climbed so impact on grades not ascertained.
From the car park in Porthwarra, take the road to the right, up the hill and through a gate. At the first left bend, carry straight-on along a footpath. The path leads across open country and arrives at a distinctive wall made up of huge rocks. Cross the wall and continue for about 250m. Just before the headland of Carn Barra, a wide gully drops down to the cliff edge and the top of the Socket Wall Area. From here, the cliff fans out to the left and right, and the top of each sector can be accessed by scrambling along the cliff edge to the various abseil access points.
|Crack In The Sky, Grand Plage and Marisco Striptease all affected by rockfall.
Crack In The Sky now shorter and slightly easier.
Grand Plage now reported to be E4 6b with a loss in quality.
Marisco Striptease suffering minor loss to crux jug probably making it more difficult.|
Ian Jones - 13/Apr/15
|Very large flake gone from bottom of grande plage as of 16th Feb 2013. Start will be harder now- a guy who shunted it thought 6b.|
Bristoldave - 19/Feb/13
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