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Climbs 28
Rocktype Granite
Altitude Tidal
Faces SW

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Dave Talbot on Madonna of the Sea © henry castle

Crag features

Although something of an outlier, this secluded little cliff is well worth a visit; access is straightforward, the rock quality generally excellent, and the outlook delightful. 

Approach notes

From the car park at Porthgwarra, walk back towards the cove, turn left and pick up signs for the coast path. Walk east on the coast path for around 1km to a distinct split in the path (note 50m prior to the split in the path, the cliff can be viewed in profile). Take the right branch of the path for 100m and then turn right on a faint path that leads down to the top of the cliff (20 mins). Either abseil to the base or scramble down to the left (facing out).

The cliff is tidal, the bases only being accessible for around 3 hours either side of low water in calm sea conditions. However, the bases of the cliff become wave-washed in moderate seas.

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West Country Climbs

West Country Climbs is a major Rockfax guide to one of the UK’s most celebrated, sunny and diverse climbing regions. The book is fashioned in Rockfax’s award-winning layout and design, and copiously illustrated with action photographs of the climbs and cliffs that reflect the quality and variety of climbing experiences to be had on offer in the UK’s most popular holiday destination - the West Country. This is a selected route and buttress guidebook which covers the best 900 routes from the crags listed below.
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