Welcome to Berry Head, Devon's deep water soloing Mecca, with its profusion of isolated grottos, incredible lines and pumpy traverses. The multi-coloured, jug-infested overhanging walls have long been a testing ground for deep water soloists, drawn to the headland's classic high quality traverses and numerous 'up' routes. The huge walls of the Old Redoubt Fort atop Berry Head date back to the times of the Napoleonic Wars, when Torbay was used for anchorage and served as a re-supply point for the British Channel Fleet. The headland was chosen to house a formidable battery of very large guns. You'll see the huge walls, built between 1795 and 1806, all around the headland, including the Berry Head Quarry area.


73 dws routes (4a...7c)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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    Magical Mystery Tour
    "Brilliant!" 08/Sep top50

    Magical Mystery Tour
    "Possibly the most fun route in the world. Did it for the first time last Saturda..." 17/Aug top50

    Cod Tympani
    "great climbing with a real out there feel; you're maybe 30ft above the sea, 10ft..." 24/Sep

    "Pretty good although I thought the shallow scoop in the face to the left (not su..." 12/Aug

    Barrel Traverse
    "On-sighted 2005, by mistake! I thought this was Rainbow bridge! Awesome though!" 10/Jul

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