Come and join us in N-Devon! Marvel at James Pearson’s Walk of Life (E9 6c or E12 7a, depending on who you believe!). Take a stroll along the rugged coastline, drop down, and immerse yourself into some of Britain’s most atmospheric and adsorbing climbing! – or come surfing it’s up to you
The climbing is numerous and spread across all grades, (both trad and sport available) however due to the nature of the climbing (seacliffs) and some of the adventurous approaches this meet is not suitable for beginners. Many of the routes are serious in nature, involving abseil-in tidal starts and few escape points on the route.
If you want to climb on this meet, please ensure that you are confident:
– Leading trad routes. We suggest that you can climb grade HS and above to get the most out of the area
– Climbs with tidal starts
HOWEVER, North Devon is a beautiful location to visit, with loads of fun adventures to be had apart from just climbing! So, if you fancy any of the following, then come along with us for a fun-filled, and possibly cider-fueled weekend 😉
- Quad biking
- Mountain boarding
- The Red Barn for Cider and Ale!
- Fudgies pasty shop – see fudge being made!
- The UK’s oldest nightclub
We are staying at the Mullacott Camping Barn, near Ilfracombe. Accommodation consists of above ground platforms (20 spaces) spread across several rooms. The Kitchen is fully equipped but is coin operated (£1 meter). There are showers and toilets + ample parking.
Please note there are no mattresses – bring a roll matt or thermarest. you will also need sleeping bags and pillows.
Climbing is varied and exciting. Mostly on seacliffs there is a spread of grades from Diff to E-Silly. Baggy point (lots of easy routes) is just 15 min away from the barn, also nearby is Hartland point, Lynmouth bouldering, and Valley of Rocks.
Some of the best surfing in the country is to be found here too, so if you are into waiting for the perfect wave you stand a pretty good chance of catching it here!
Surf reports here
Things to take
Sleeping bag, pillow and roll-mat
Climbing gear: harness and climbing shoes are a must; helmet (can be borrowed if you don’t have one); and any other gear you have (ropes, trad rack, etc).
Wet weather gear (I know it is summer, but it is also England so always a chance of rain!)
Sunny weather gear: sun screen, hat, sunglasses and swimming cossie if you want to take a plunge in the river 🙂
Sturdy shoes for the approach (Boots, approach shoes)
Day rucksack (~40-50 Litres)
Personal first aid kit + any medication you require
Drinks bottle (~1L)
As always, dinner will be provided on the Saturday night, as will breakfast on both mornings (in the form of porridge; there is usually bread for toasting too). Friday night dinner is your choice.
Please bring enough food for lunch each day (there are also shops a short drive away).
This is a round-trip of 336 miles (Southampton to Mullacott Farm) so based on a car of four sharing this works out at around £8.50 per person for petrol – so please remember to reimburse your driver! If you don’t have a car fear not; there will be plenty of cars going – lifts will be sorted closer to the time at the wall or over Facebook.
There will be a few of these knocking about, and the club has a copies of these, but if you want your own:
N-Devon and Cornwall – Climber’s Club
West Country Climbs – Rockfax