Climbs 167
Rocktype Greenstone
Altitude Tidal
Faces W

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Jess Carr on Four For Texas (E2) on the Triple Buttress at Carn Gowla. © Mike Hutton

Crag features

Crag database finally sorted out!! Including: Sub-dividing into the many buttresses, putting the routes in the right areas, adding the correct grades and stars, adding daggers that don't have enough information to locate/identify. Hopefully this is useful - please provide any updates to repeated climbs (a lot of climbs in the guide are daggered / unrepeated).

Arguably the best crag in Cornwall but also one of the most complicated, consisting of many separate areas with different abseil approaches and complicated buttress-finding on first acquaintances. A bit of persistent and patience will reveal a host of adventurous routes from single pitch slabs to epic multi-pitches weaving through overhangs. There are classic routes of all grades but due to the nature of the terrain, an experienced and sensible approach is recommended.

Approach notes

From St Agnes on the N coast follow the minor coast road to a turning on the R. Follow rough track to parking near the coastguard station. Due west are most of the buttresses, except 400m NE are Black Walls and America Buttress. Some areas are tidal and abseil approaches are usually required.

Restricted Access


3 March 2023 update: Peregrines and other seabirds are either prospecting or nesting on this crag.

A temporary ban has been put in place by the National Trust covering the area of cliff between Tubby Head and Bawden Cliff, so includes all of the major route locations up to and including the America Buttress. Once the exact locations of any nests have been identified, restrictions may be lifted.

from 03/03/0023

Further to previous comment and a general lack of updating by the moderator: Demerara is E2 5a with a huge fall potential from the slopey slab crux in the middle, this would be extremely dangerous for a VS leader to get on. Rotwand at least E1 5a - E1 pitch is the top 4c pitch with huge run out on fragile holds and mud. The extremes are better graded.
Fiend - 19/Jul/16
The routes listings are all from the older guidebook. There have been many changes since then to the grades, stars, and even existence of some routes.
Fiend - 26/May/07
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