Climbs 25
Rocktype Volcanic tuff
Altitude 15m a.s.l
Faces W

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Penny Orr reaching the stance at the end of the main pitch of Il Duce (E5) on High Cliff at Tintagel. © Rob Greenwood

Crag features

Includes the amazing Il Duce (E5 6a) and other multi-pitch climbs up to 370ft - value for your money. Access details important: this has taken a lot of BMC negotiation.

Approach notes


Park at Tintagel. Reach the seaward part of the headland by taking a narrow footbridge - may have to pay toll.


At present (September 2021) English Heritage are not allowing climbing. The BMC is trying to negotiate. 

Access Advice

Further to discussions between English Heritage and the BMC in late 2021 / early 2022 the following access agreement was reached in May 2022:

1. Climbing is allowed in April, May, June, July & September only; climbing is not permitted in August.

2. Climbers must be current BMC members and hold public liability insurance to the value of £15 million (note: this is standard with BMC membership).

3. Permission must be sought no less than 5 days in advance by contacting the English Heritage Tintagel office (email:; your BMC membership will be checked before permission is granted, please provide the following for each climber in your email: full name, date of birth, address, date you intend climbing at Tintagel

4. Climbers must report to the main site entrance office (near the new bridge) between 9.00-10.00am; English Heritage staff will then accompany climbers to the access point before the site is opened to the public at 10.00am.

5. It is assumed that climbers will come well-prepared with up-to-date guidebook information detailing the nature of climbing and the particular access points for High Cliff (Il Duce) and North Cliff.

6. Access is limited to 4 climbers per day and the normal admission charge will apply.

Sensitivities do still remain over climbing at Tintagel so please respect these arrangements. The site is a popular tourist destination so please keep a low profile and out of view as much as possible (when gearing up etc).


Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 October to 1 April

Reason: Public Safety

The 'permitted climbing' months are April, May, June, July & September. Climbing is not permitted in August as this is the busiest month for general visitors to the site.
Douglas Richardson Property Supervisor English Heritage Tintagel Castle Tintagel PL34 0HE Tel: 01840 770328 Fax: 01840 772105
petegunn - 19/Apr/14
the disciption says II duce is E4 6a but the route list says E5 6c....
The Green Giant - 29/May/09
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