Church Bay to Alton Hill

Coasteering - Bermuda Rock Climbing Topo
 
For coasteering aficionados this traverse in and around the inter-tidal zone ticks all the boxes. You will find all the desired features; slot canyons, pinnacles, sprints across wave washed coves etc. It has the potential to be a serious undertaking. There are a number of escape routes in Part1 but Part 2 is committing. Be prepared to get wet. Gloves recommended. Good climbing and swimming skills are desirable. Allow 2 to 3 hours.

 

Part 1 Church Bay to High Point

Coasteering - Bermuda Rock Climbing Topo

Start from Church bay. Walk westwards to the end of the beach. Some climbing and then scrambling is required to reach the tiny Turtle Bay. More scrambling leads to the point containing a bay with a prominent slot canyon. This is marked as “High Point” on the map.

Part 2 High Point to Alton Hill

Coasteering - Bermuda Rock Climbing Topo

From the point, continue into more serious territory with obligatory climbing or swimming to negotiate a number of zawns. Any easterly swell gets funneled in here. Turn the overhanging final point. More complex scrambling leads to the big cliff below Alton Hill. Continue underneath this to a platform where the underwater cable emerges. Follow the cable up the big rotten cliff to the mast above. The track leads back to the road.
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The start. looking West from Church Bay beach. High Point in the distance.

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First bit of climbing between Church Bay and Turtle Bay.

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Turtle Bay.

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Some climbing west of Turtle Bay.

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Wave washed cove.

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Approaching the slot canyon.

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Slot canyon.

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Looking back east from the slot canyon.

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The end of Part 1 and the beginning of Part 2. Overhanging Point in the distance is halfway to Alton Hill.

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Approaching the Overhanging Point.

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The first zawn.

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Passing the Overhanging Point is the crux of the traverse.

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Another zawn.

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The section between Overhanging Point and Alton Hill.

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Looking back towards the Overhanging Point from below Alton Hill.

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The big rotten cliff below Alton Hill with fresh rock scars.

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The way out.

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Looking eastwards from the top of Alton Hill to Overhanging Point.