NARE HEAD


The deep water soloing of Cornwall's isolated Nare Head was discovered in July 2005, when the author spent nine days paddling a sea kayak from Sidmouth to Falmouth in search of fresh crags. Nare Head's climbing is actually found 1km east of Nare Head itself, and features mainly vertical walls offering technical climbing on small edges, mostly based around the aretes and walls of a sheltered, rectangular zawn. The zawn's entrance faces south-east, with the Black Tower getting light from dawn to mid-morning; the sun then swings around to bathe the Big Blue Face in sun from midday onwards. Nare Head's rock is of volcanic origin, and, although similar in appearance to some of the Lizard's rock, is actually known as Greenstone.

Routes

18 dws routes (4...7b+)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Rosen Bay
Rosen Bay is the big, curved bay found just west of the Black Tower. The climbs are on good rock.
6
DWS
Morning sun
Downhill

10 mins

Tidal
143
The Black Tower
The best routes at Nare Head are located on the Black Tower which gives excellent face climbing on...
6
DWS
Early morning sun
Downhill

10 mins

Tidal
144
The Big Blue Face
The Big Blue Face is easy to identify, being much lighter in colour and more ochre-stained than its...
6
DWS
Afternoon sun
Downhill

10 mins

Tidal
145
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    Luc Besson
    "the bottom is deffinanly the hard part, can be greasy around sea level, some loo..." 26/Mar

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