Climbs 88
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 9m a.s.l
Faces S

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Springboard (f6b S2) Plymouth Hoe © Kafoozalem

Crag features

The best climbing the Plymouth area has to offer is the seafront bouldering. On a calm summer evening it can have a charming atmosphere and is often a sun trap. There is even a little DWS to do when the tide is high. Most of the problems were done in the 1980s and many have been rediscovered and retro-claimed over the years. Many of the routes are eliminates and there is much fun to be had by exploring hold variation!

Popular with all types of locals throughout the year although you can still get the place to yourselves and avoid the classic "Just walk round the side mate!"

Lots of brilliant new routing and rediscovery going on at the Artifical Wall area on the descent path above the main area. Still working out how best to include this buildering, but routes should aim to use quarried faces and stone work only. Please aim to avoid mortar holds and gaps and any manipulation as this could damage the wall and give Plymouth City Council a dim view of climbers. 

UPDATE - The repair work to the storm damaged steps has been completed. Work has seen the addition to up to 12 inches of new concrete to the bottom of the main area. Exisiting routes are still accessible, although there are some losses of low level foot holds. Some sit start routes such as glory arête or anything using Hold Nine may be significantly harder. Interestingly the Glass Bottom Rock area seems to have gained 6 inches of floor space! Sadly there do not appear to be any new routes either!

Approach notes

Drive through Plymouth's historic Barbican and follow the coast road towards Smeaton's Tower lighthouse. Park as close to the descent steps  as possible (pay and display) by a small ice cream kiosk.


Noticed beat the hoe has become significantly easier than before. Think a couple of holes have been enlarged. Please keep modifications accidental only. Wiwwim sept 2016
wiwwim - 09/Sep/16
Some nice video of some of these problems from 2007 here
Kafoozalem - 25/Jun/11
At long last the Council have removed the unsightly and dangerous fence. Now a long traverse can link together many of the best problems for some endurnce training.
Kafoozalem - 24/May/11
Currently making a site for bouldering at the hoe, check it out!
Haydn Jones - 20/Jan/11
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