Altitude 7m a.s.l
Ally lowering off the super steep Stiff Upper Lip © Chriswallis2
A super-steep cave houses burly, juggy routes for bumpy boys and girls, while tucked away in a series of small concealed zawns are to be found hidden gems - the adventurous sport routes in Dutchman's Zawn shouldn't be missed. There's also a super little Deep Water Solo wall - ideal for first-timers - with short routes above clear splashdowns (and could there be more potential hereabouts?). Finally, this is a delightful spot for swimming, fishing or simply sunbathing on rock platforms by the sea.
Pigeon's Cave, TMS Zawn and Dutchman's Zawn all face north and receive little sun. The DWS routes on the right-hand wall (looking out) of Gateau Zawn get sun from midday, the left-hand DWS wall gets sun from about 4pm. As with the other tidal venues on the Ormes, grease can be a problem on still or humid days, and this is accentuated by the sheltered nature of the main cave and the zawns - a stiff breeze always helps conditions.
Park beneath the overhanging buttress on the left-hand side of the String of Pearls Wall. Go through a gap in the stone wall and follow the path down to a non-tidal rock platform. TMS and Gateau Zawns are hidden below, Pigeon's Cave is around to the left (looking out) and Dutchman's Zawn is 150m along the platform to the right.
Dates: 14 September to 1 December
Seals are breeding here again in 2020 and have young pups on the beach. Please do not approach the seals and do not get between the seal pups and the mother, as this could cause the pup to be abandoned. Seals can also be quite aggressive when defending their young! Seals are protected species and distrubance when pupping is an offience. Climbers are asked to avoid the routes and bouldering in the cave and on Pigeon's Beach to the west until Dec 1st.
Restrictions are back in place for 2020 Thanks to all for observing the restrictions.
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