8 pitches. Often done as two outings: woody bay / wringapeak to hollowbrook and then hollowbrook to Hedddons mouth. Very quick teams with exceptional conditions will manage it in one day. Grades given for rare dry conditions - usually all pitches feel a grade higher.

Grade 3 scramble to big bluff > low tide cave > great bastion VD > Hollowbrook > black wall VS 5a > A cave HS 4b > red slide buttress VD 4a > Flying buttress HVS 5a / A1 easiest option > traverse of claw VD > Heddons mouth.

Older sources mention walking through the corridor under flying buttress bypassing the VS pitch at about VD. Today the tide is never low enough to walk this dry, but it looks potentially wadeable on the lowest tides - getting out the other side doesn't look easy though so would reccomend one of the following:
HVS 5a - traverse in high above the boulder beach (VD) and gain and follow the horizontal hand jam crack rightwards with no feet. once past the arete make an awkward move down
HVS/E1 5b/c or A1 - at very low tides, the corner with crack (4m high) to the left of "the corridor" can be reached dryshod. It its often wet and slimy which makes free climbing it hard (E1 5c) in good conditions expect HVS 5b). It is also aidable with a rack of cams and foot slings.


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