Richard Pollard moving out across the base of the Right Angle Zawn headwall on Behemoth (E2) Gurnard's Head © Mike Hutton
Gurnard's Head is a dramatic feature. It was the site of an Iron Age cliff-castle and still has the remains of ancient hut circles on its eastern slopes. There are three main areas of climbing - The Gurnard's Head, Right Angle Zawn, and Kittiwake Zawn.
The climbs are very intimidating and require good judgment of conditions to be enjoyed to the full. The rock is generally excellent, and has good friction when dry. However, the routes are susceptible to persistent greasiness and are therefore best attempted in the sun or after long dry-periods.
Most of the climbs are affected by both tide and sea state. Although it is possible to do Right Angle at high tide if the sea is calm, all the other lines require a low tide and calm sea-conditions.
Take the B3306 St. Ives - Pendeen road to the Gurnard's Head Hotel and park on the verge opposite the hotel. Walk down the lane to the right of the hotel, past cottages, and follow a signed footpath towards the coast, taking the higher, left-hand path where it splits. Gurnard's Head is the large, rocky headland directly ahead. Right Angle Zawn is easily located on the left, at the beginning of the headland. Kittiwake Zawn is the deep and narrow zawn immediately to the west of Right Angle Zawn.
|Behemoth will rarely come in to condition. You need low tide and very little swell (under 3ft)and if the sun is needed to dry it your ascent will be after 6pm.
Kafoozalem - 26/Mar/12
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