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Climbs 150
Rocktype Granite
Altitude Tidal
Faces SW

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Cornwall at it's best. Illustrated Man E2. © Kafoozalem

Crag features

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.

Approach notes

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.

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Guidebooks

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.
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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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