The Culm Coast is a 20 mile stretch of crenulated coastline found in north Devon and Cornwall, and Compass Point near Bude is one of its most popular climbs. Those who tackle the high-angled slabs of this jutting prow will be climbing the routes that have been used since the first days of exploration along this stretch of coastline.
Compass Point is one of the Culm Coast’s busiest climbing venues thanks to its location close to Bude’s large sandy beach and the rock’s ability to dry out quickly. The routes are also great quality, so it’s little wonder the slabs have withstood the tests of time and continue to attract climbers. The many climbs at Compass Point are extremely sustained and on the right side of vertical, and although much of the rock is solid it’s important to approach the top ridge with caution. Most climbs finish at the ridge, and although it’s been generally stable recently the years have known it to be occasionally unstable.
Compass Point is one of the easiest venues to access on the Culm Coast, and although high tide places some of the starts of the landward routes underwater, they’re quick to dry out. The approach walk is around ten minutes, and there are six routes to choose from at Compass Point. Compass Point routes include Snapping Bubblies, Crimptyphon, Detroit, Chicago, Easter Risings and Every Rose has a Thorn.