Rocktype Killas slate
Altitude 44m a.s.l
Two Hours from Midnight (Zennor Head in June) © PontiusPirate
The Zennor cliffs offer a variety of styles of climbing from the friendly outcrop atmosphere of the Upper Tier to zawn adventures on the Lower Tier and in Rainbow Zawn. The cliffs are over 50m high in places, jet black in their lower sections, and bearded with green and gold lichen above mid height. Some of the rock needs to be treated with care but it is generally good with positive holds and ample protection.
Take the B3306 St. Ives - Pendeen road and turn off into the hamlet of Zennor and park on the road or in the car park. Walk between the pub and the church and pick up a track that cuts back left behind the pub and heads out towards the coast. Where the track ends at a house entrance, continue on a footpath that meets up with the coast path. Turn right and follow the coast path to a rocky summit with a memorial plaque. From the memorial plaque, descend to the left (facing out) down to a grassy-ledge below the wall.
|I had my only leader fall to date at this crag, on the VS 4c Sheep Dog Black Crag (or something like that), near the R end (looking in) of the upper crag. A hold came off when I tried to lunge past the first break.
You get a rapidly developed sense of exposure when you climb on the other routes on this cliff. A few feet above the narrowish grassy ledge from which you start and you become aware of the big black hole beneath you.
The landlord at the Tinners Arms in Zennor is now a very nice man, which is a very welcome change from the surly unpleasant git that was there a few years ago
mbh at work - 08/Aug/03
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