Climbs 39
Rocktype Killas slate
Altitude 39m a.s.l
Faces SW

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Carn Vellan in largish seas. Is this the steepest crag in Britain? © DaveHK

Crag features

Carn Vellan is a fine crag of great character, with a good selection of routes. It can become a suntrap on a sunny afternoon, although in winter the combination of sea-spray and seepage means it is best avoided. The cliff's main feature is a massive overhang on the right-hand side, and slightly less steep rock to the left. Beneath the left side of the massive overhang are some huge wedged boulders, known as The Gnomes.

Approach notes

Approach along a wide track leading northwards from the village of Botallack, keeping left of Botallack Manor, to reach ample parking just past the Botallack Count House (National Trust). From here, continue along the wide track passing some houses. About 500m beyond the houses the rocky tower of Carn Vellan can be seen seaward.

Follow the track to where it dips down into the shallow valley, and follow the right side of the stream bed downhill. Pick up a path which follows the line of an old water course along the grassy shoulder to the tower, which is split where the water course was blasted through the rock. The base of Carn Vellan is easily gained by going leftwards (facing out) down the slopes below the tower to the cliff edge, and working back to the sea to reach big ledges beneath the cliff.

Has the lid had many accents.
AndyPandy - 26/May/11
MMDYL, is a great route, has anyone climbed The Lid, recently, as in the last 2 or 3 years?
riddle - 14/Apr/09
try zero gravity or hot rubber,well worth for the de bolting on the main wall,if you think yer ard enough.Funny no one has displayed any balls yet,wonder why? rain sucks
bag rat - 09/Jan/06
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