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West Penwith

International > Europe > United Kingdom > England > S West > Cornwall


South-western tip of Cornwall with many granite sea-cliffs but also other types of rock(e.g. greenstone). An important location for traditional climbing for over 100 years. Some cliffs are tidal but many have easy access. Weather is mixed but typically is a bit warmer and sunnier than most parts of the UK, certainly much better than in mountain areas.

Getting There

Some of the best climbing in England is to be found on the sea-cliffs at its south-west extremity. This is quite a distance from the UK's main cities, but it's well worth the effort. Recent improvements on the A30 have shortened travel times significantly. The main local towns are Penzance and St Ives. Once off the main roads, driving is slow: narrow, twisty lanes with walls of very robust granite.

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Evening light at Sennen (photo by Phil Ashton)
[Hide Photo] Evening light at Sennen (photo by Phil Ashton)