Altitude 5m a.s.l
Fighting the pump on Incubus Direct, Sanctuary Wall. © Brian H
"Some of the most spectacular and nerve-racking climbing in Devon", which is saying something.
Sanctuary wall underwent a heavy wave of development in the 80s and 90s and has seen a small revival associated with the 2018 guidebook launch. Some routes have been resored with updated fixed gear which is just as well given that the odd hold creaks unnervingly when weighted. The lower grade offerings in particular are still regularly travelled and offer some of the best climbing in the most superb setting in the area.
Compact, hard, sheltered limestone. Generally overhanging, multi-pitch routes up to 180ft. Beware ageing in-situ gear - back up pegs if possible. Recommendable wild routes to whet your appetite include Sacrosanct (HVS 5a - possibly one of the best routes at the grade in Devon?), Incubus (E0!), Incubus Direct (E3), Call to Arms (E4), False Gods (E4/5), Southern Comfort (E6).
DO NOT PARK in The Range in Babbacombe. There are now number-plate recognition cameras up and heavy (although technically unenforcable) fines involved. Instead park considerately in Perinville road opposite, keeping as low a profile as you can, then head back and along the path next to the DIY centre as per the guide.
Access to Sanctuary Wall can be gained from either Anstey's Cove or Long Quarry Point via the Long Traverse (around 2hours either side of low tide) or abseil from a spike on the RH side of the Quarry Pinnacle of LQP.
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