Elevation: 100 ft
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Shared By: Rob Davies UK on Oct 21, 2010 · Updates
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Description

The most classic climbing area of Cornwall, and one of the finest crags in England. Single- and multi-pitch routes in a wide range of grades, generally on excellent sun-baked granite. Most are accessible without having to worry about the state of the sea and tides. There are 3 main areas at Bosigran: (1) the upper/main cliff, with something for everyone; (2) the Great Zawn, more serious; (3) Bosigran Ridge, a pseudo-Alpine outing.Expect rapid shifts in weather, it is possible to be in light rain belaying at the cliff top while your second is comfortably on dry rock. Similarly, the Seaward cliff can be dry even if Alison's Rib is wet. Even when the air is still along the base of the cliff and on the climbs, it is often aggressively windy at the cliff top/edge, so belay jackets are often a good idea. All belays are gear anchors.  At the top you can usually just wrap your rope around a boulder and use that. The main cliff of Bosigran is entirely non tidal, though rough seas can make the Seaward Cliffs (Ding/Dong and leftward) ill-advised. Great Zawn similarly is not safe in large swells. Only the first pitch (which can be bipassed) on Bosigran Ridge is tidal.

Getting There

Park adjacent to the Climbers' Club hut, by an old chimney (at Carn Galver) on the B3306 (15 min drive from St Ives). Follow a path gently downhill for about 10 minutes. The path to the upper cliff branches right (another 5-10 min), while Bosigran Ridge is obvious on the left (due west).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bosigran

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
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Trad 8 pitches
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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 8 pitches
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