Climbs 27
Rocktype Killas slate
Altitude 16m a.s.l
Faces NW

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Pitch one Astral Stroll © Kafoozalem

Crag features

This is one of the most dramatic areas in which to climb in West Cornwall. Zawn Duel (the Devil's Zawn) truly deserves the epithet 'awesome' while the West Face of Carn Gloose is equally impressive though more open to the light.

The climbs are on excellent rock that has good friction when dry. The rock is prone to greasiness and is therefore best climbed on in the sun or after long dry periods. Zawn Duel is wet during most of the winter and can be wet in places even in summer.

Approach notes

Take the B3306 St. Ives - Pendeen road to the Gurnard's Head Hotel and park on the verge opposite the hotel. Walk down the lane to the right of the hotel, past cottages, and follow a signed footpath towards the coast, taking the higher, left-hand path where it splits. Follow the path to where it meets the coast path (Gurnard's Head is directly ahead) and turn left. Carn Gloose is the large rocky ridge 500m west. Zawn Duel is the deep gash which lies a short distance to the east of Carn Gloose summit.

Access Advice

Tidal in Zawn Duel, non-tidal on the W face of Carn Gloose, but beware swells on Astral Stroll!

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 26 March to 30 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

A restriction is in place for nesting choughs covering Zawn Duel only.

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