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Climbs 45
Rocktype Granite
Altitude Tidal
Faces SW

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The Muzzle © Grahame N

Crag features

Fox Promontory is composed of excellent vertical granite and, although tidal and less easily accessed than many of its neighbouring cliffs, it sees a steady trickle of visits. The climbs are all worthwhile, following good lines that are generally well-protected. The only drawback is the need for dry conditions on the Northwest Face, which are not freuqently found. The location is magnificent, and the views from the cliff are breathtaking.

The Promontory is very exposed to the elements. The Northwest Face is prone to dampness and often needs the evening sun to dry it out and bring it into top condition. 

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 after around 50m head left to the edge of the cliffs where the long jagged ridge of Fox Promontory is easily seen. Drop down to the start of the Promontory and scramble out along its ridge to a gearing-up spot about halfway along, just before some boulders perched on the top of the Promontory. To descend, scramble to the seaward end of the Promontory and abseil down the Northwest Face to ledges.

The base of the Promontory is only accessible for 3 hours either side of low water in calm seas. At high tide and in calm seas, the higher ledges at the base of The Nose can be accessed by an abseil directly to them from the very tip of the Promontory.

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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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