CLIMBING IN CORNWALL
Variety is the spice of life, and in climbing terms, Cornwall offers lots of variety, all on magnificent rock - big climbs, little climbs, easy climbs, hard climbs, inland crags, sea cliffs, granite, killas, greenstone, amphibolite, pillow lava, culm.
With its long coastline and grassy moorlands, Cornwall has long since been a favourite destination for climbers. It's wild & wonderful coastline offers some of the best traditional (trad) sea-cliff climbing in the UK, if not the world and, as such, it is of major importance for this type of climbing. The golden granite cliffs around Lands End have been climbed on since the early 1900's and still continue to offer up new routes of all levels of difficulty, even to this day. Climbs such as Bosigran (Commando) Ridge, Demo Route, Terrier's Tooth, Doorpost, Right Angle, Little Brown Jug and Bishop's Rib, have become revered national classics, and are much sought after by many visiting climbers. Recent development of the cliffs around the Lizard peninsula have seen more climbers venturing to this unique and beautiful part of the cornish coast.
Jutting as it does, out into the Atlantic, Cornwall is also blessed with having the mildest and sunniest climate in the United Kingdom. This can make climbing on some south-facing cliffs almost unbearable on some summer days, yet winters here are amongst the warmest in the country, meaning that you can be climbing in the sun, in t-shirts, in January! However, we do occasionally get wet stuff coming down from the sky (Liquid Sunshine), but using local knowledge and experience, it is usually possible to find dry rock, even on the wettest days. In fact it can be raining at the Carn Galver (Bosigran) car park, yet dry on the cliff, just a quarter of a mile away.