Restricted Access

The crag is south facing for the most part and quick drying, especially with a bit of sea breeze. However, it's worth bearing in mind that traversing along the platform at the base of the crag (needed to get to most routes) can be exciting in anything other than calm seas. The traverse is generally accessible 3 hours either side of high tide for most of the crag and the base of Terrier's Tooth and Bishop's Buttress for slightly longer, although these times are significantly reduced during neap tides. During high tides or when big seas are running, it is also possible to abseil in to the upper pitches of several routes.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 15 March to 30 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

The restriction applies to all routes on Bishop's Buttress - from Lacertion to The Mitre inclusive (route 82, page 153 to route 14, page 159 in the 2017 Climber's Club guidebook).

Routes within Zawn Rinny (Consolation Climb to Shark Alley) are also restricted during the same period, but the Zawn Rinny descent for the western end of Chair Ladder is fine to use. 

53m, 3 pitches.

Rockfax Description
Engrossing and varied climbing up the right-hand side of the buttress. The initial slab is often damp and needs a little afternoon sun on it to dry it out. In these conditions, the slightly harder Direct Start is a good option as it dries out quickly. Start in the deep shady corner on the right side of the buttress.
1) 5b, 13m. Move up and traverse leftwards across the slabby wall (spaced protection) to a small ledge below a left-facing corner that rises to the stepped overhang. Make some difficult moves up the corner and pull over the overhang, then continue to a stance just beneath the next overhang.
Direct Start, E2 5c - The thin crack/seam up the slab to join the parent route at its small ledge.
2) 5a, 20m. Climb the wall on the left to another overlap and traverse a crack steeply left until it is possible to pull up through yet another small overlap onto the wall above. Climb the wall via the most obvious crack to a good ledge.
3) 20m. Finish easily up and left to the summit of the buttress. © Rockfax


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Problybeokthat 27 Sep, 2022 Show βeta
βeta: Great granit e1 !
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βeta: Great granit e1 !
DaveThexton 21 Sep, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Best to link pitch 1 and 2. Some fun moves on both.
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βeta: Best to link pitch 1 and 2. Some fun moves on both.

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A Sackful of Clowns

Grade: E1 5b ***
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