5 Rock Climbing Spots in Cornwall

Cornwall is a brilliant spot to head to if you are looking for some fabulous rock climbing in the south of the UK. There are plenty of places to choose from and many a good country pub and some lovely places to stay to make your break a good one. Whether you choose to camp on the lizard, stay in Rock Cottages on the north coast, or book a hotel in Falmouth, you will not be far from some exceptional climbing. Here are our top 5 rock climbing spots in Cornwall to get you started off…

1. Sennen Crag

Located, just north of Penzance, Sennen crag provides some spectacular climbing, hanging over the Atlantic Ocean. For this reason it is important to check swell reports and be prepared to get a little wet towards the bottom! The rock is granite and super good for climbing and the views are stunning too. There are a few routes to pick from here, suitable for established climbers.

2. Bosigrain

This spot, a little further round from Sennen on the north coast, is another one of Cornwall’s true climbing gems. The cliffs are 150ft high here, making for some long and challenging climbs. The views out over the sea are equally as stunning. Other climbers at this spot tend to be very friendly, which always makes for an even better day. Go for a pint at The Star pub in St Just afterwards. They do a good pint of ale and you can often some local folk music too.

3. Chair Ladder

Park at Portgwarra and walk to this great little crag, best accessed at low tide via Zawn Rinney. There is a whole range of routes to choose from ranging from easier to quite challenging, all really fun and with a lovely look out over the Atlantic. Check out ‘Diocese’, as we think this is the best route on the crag. And don’t forget you can get a great pasty from the café at Porthgwarra, so grab one on the way down or make sure you remember to stop by on the way back out. They are not to be missed!

4. Roche

This impressive 70ft high tor with a chapel built on top makes for a fun little climbing spot, not more than 150 yards off the A30. Out favourite route on this crag is called ‘Porky’ and takes a direct line up the south face. The granite here is lovely and a little easier on the fingers than the rougher stuff towards Land’s End. Don’t forget to bring a camera, as the views from the top are really stunning and well worth the climb. There’s plenty of bouldering to be had surrounding the tor as well, great if you have absolute beginners with you or fancy something fun and easy.

5. Pordenack Point

This secret little spot is a twenty-minute walk from Land’s End, making it far less crowded and far more fun to climb. The best route is the ‘Nut Route’, which is moderately easy, with plenty of fun challenges and good sound rock. Land’s End itself is best avoided, as it is really just a tourist trap, so head to nearby pub First & Last at Sennen afterwards, for a good pint of Cornish ale and some local banter.

These are just a handful of brilliant climbing spots and Cornwall has many more. So get planning today and you can be having some fun climbing adventures before you know it!