Cutting Edge Area

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Sport
Sun and Shade
5 mins
Level
Sheltered

The left-hand end of the main section of The Cuttings has a few good hard routes, interspersed with some equally good easier corners, cracks and aretes.
Approach - Follow Church Ope Road under an arch and down to a flat area with some benches. From here, take the coast path (not the path to Church Ope Cove) to a wide track which leads to The Cuttings in a couple of minutes. The wall begins as the track below the crag comes close to the edge of the cliff. The first feature is the prominent square-cut arete of the excellent The Cutting Edge - a crag classic.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
The Cutting Edge
The much-fancied, striking arete is short, but immaculate. Most finish on the left at the top of the arete, but the right-hand...
9 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
6c+
2
Dumbfounded
The blank-looking wall just to the right of The Cutting Edge is possibly 7b+ for shorties, but only 7a+ for the tall.
6 user comments
 
1 Stars
Reachy
Technical
Crimpy
7b
3
Chalkie and the Hex 5
The appealing full-height crack demands good technique.
11 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
5c
4
The Ramp
The ramp right of Chalkie and the Hex 5. Pass the roof on its right and move up to a lower-off. Can be climbed left of the roof...
8 user comments
 
1 Stars
Strong
5a
5
Lusty Wedlock Needs Coil of Prevention
A hard and fingery sequence well suited to the boulderer.
2 user comments
 
Technical
Crimpy
7b
6
Rusty Chubblock Seeks Oil of Lubrication
This route has stumped many over the years. The first bolt is shared with Lusty Wedlock Needs Coil of Prevention.
5 user comments
 
1 Stars
Reachy
7c
7
Evening Mistress
A very good little pitch. Climb the blank dihedral by some technical bridging and strenuous layback moves.
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
6b
8
Men Behaving Badly
Climb the wall and flowstone rib right of Evening Mistress. Stepping in from the left lowers the grade to 7a.
 
1 Stars
Reachy
Technical
7a+
9
Amen Corner
The slim corner in the arete is the line of this intense pitch. Pull up steeply to gain the corner and follow it all the way to...
16 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
5a
10
Mousefolk
Delicate arete climbing. Keep out of the groove.
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
6c
11
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth
A fingery and tenuous little wall climb with a distinct crux. Keep away from the crack of Jam on the right.
11 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
6b
12
Jam Top 50
Climb the jamming crack - that doesn't necessarily need to be jammed - right of Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth.
15 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
4c
13
Chips with Everything
The crack, small overhang and short corner.
9 user comments
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
5a
14
Quality Family Day
A very pleasing climb that tackles the flake and flowstone corner to a high lower-off.
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
4c
15
True Love
Move up over ledges and climb the committing arete direct on its left side. Move right at the top to a lower-off.
 
Technical
6b+
16
The Mind Terrorist
The flying arete is bouldery, powerful, hard and very good.
7 user comments
 
2 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
7c+
17
Knockout Punch
A short-lived, but intense test-piece direct up the centre of the face.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Reachy
Technical
7b+
18
Levitation by Proxy
Take the pleasant wall to a narrow corner/groove and climb this via some extremely technical moves to a steep final move.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
6c
19
Finesse
The arete right of Levitation by Proxy, starting up the wall to its right. Climb to a ledge, then step left to climb the arete...
 
Technical
7a
20
Hidden Treasure
Using the bolts of Finesse, climb the same lower wall, then the left side of the three-part flake to join Finesse on top of the...
 
1 Stars
6a