The overlapping, high-angled slabs that dominate the jutting prow of Compass Point have been climbed on since the early days of exploration on the Culm Coast. The cliff's close proximity to the large beach at Bude, the quality of its routes and the quick-drying nature of the rock mean that Compass Point is one of the coast's most popular venues. All of the climbs described are on the friendly side of vertical, very sustained, and on Compass Point's best rock, which although generally solid does need some care as the very top of the ridge is approached. The ridge on which the climbs finish has seen periods of instability over the years but less so in recent times. The starts of the landward routes are only briefly underwater at high tide in calm conditions, and dry very quickly, making Compass Point one of the Culm Coast's most accessible venues.


6 trad routes (D...E2)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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    "The back of the fin is collapsing so although the route still looks available th..." 13/Apr

    "The route no longer exists. An attempt to climb the remains of the corner result..." 14/Sep

    "Low in the grade for E2 & probably 5b" 07/Sep

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