Altitude 47m a.s.l
CE getting his leg over... © Anaconda
Forgotten after the initial explorations, the set of crags beneath the parking area became smothered in ivy and littered with refuse. In 2016 the impetus of guidebook preparation saw the Eastern Face 'come into age'. Loose rock was trundled, paths were opened up and ivy was cleared to inspire a new wave of development.
South facing, quick drying, just above sea level and non-tidal, a sheltered sun-trap of weathered natural limestone. An easy and safe 3 min path access to the base of the crag and solid belay posts every 2m at the top of the routes. The routes are generally no higher than 22m and with railings all the way along the top has great top rope potential. The Ravine is now fully accessible via the path and routes are appearing from under the ivy. The crag will only improve with greater use and 2023 is a great opportunity to get this crag back into regular use and also new route potential.
From Torquay's Harbour, follow signs for Daddyhole around its Marina, past the now closed 'Living Coasts' bird sanctuary and up the hill. A number of signed turnings eventually lead to the Daddyhole car park.
Walk left (facing out) down steps and follow a small path off right. where the steps end, turn south towards the sea across a flattish area of cleared ground to a heavily coppiced sycamore stump at the edge of the cleared area. Follow the path steeply at first down the side of the sycamore then contour west and then up through Holm Oaks to reach the base of the cliff.
It is also possible to abseil in directly from the car park railings or take a very exposed traverse (watch for bad step) in from the top edge of the cliff by hoping over the railings half way down the steps.
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