The Route Cards will be available to collect from Needle Sports, The Climber’s Shop or George Fisher from the 4th May – 31st August. Once you’ve ticked off your route/s don’t forget to hand them back in again to claim your free Arc’teryx T-shirt or beanie.
This selection of routes has been but together in association with the Fell and Rock Climbing Club, which has produced the rock climbing guides to the Lake District for many years. The routes are a selection of good routes throughout the Lake District, but on the less popular crags, and hopefully this will help to open up more routes and crags to climb on and enjoy.
There are two categories this year, ‘Valley Routes’ and ‘Mountain Days’. Below you can find a list of the routes or click on the link below to view a pdf route card.
Check out Charlie Woodburn and Katy Whittaker climbing ‘Substitute’ E1 at Yew Crag from the Valley Routes card.
If you want to climb on readily accessible, clean valley crags with a good selection of routes to quench the climbing appetite – try these ones !
AW’REET – Up to MVS
- Route 2 (HS), Raven Crag Walthwaite, Langdale: A gem of a route giving very accessible climbing.
- Red Slab (S) Kettle Crag, Langdale: A hidden crag with quick-drying Gimmer-like rock which basks in the afternoon sun – well worth hunting out.
- Nameless (MS) Wallowbarrow Crag, Duddon: The definitive trad crag with a fine selection of “Aw’Reet” routes. Exposed and satisfying climbing.
- Bowderstone Pinnacle (VD), Bowder Crag, Borrowdale: A mini-adventure – not on the scale of Troutdale Pinnacle – but well worth the flog up from the Bowder Stone. Also, climb Woden’s Needle while you are here.
- Ambling Ant (MVS) Steel Knott, Borrowdale: Steel Knott catches the sun early and has collection of good quality routes on excellent clean rock. This route ambles up in an interesting way.
- Via Media (S) Castle Rock, Thirlmere, Eastern Crags: The South Face is a delight in the afternoon and evening with a collection of fine routes.
- Kennel Wall (MS) Gouther Crag, Swindale, Eastern Crags: Swindale is a gem of a location, hidden away on the east side of the Lakes, but remember it is quite close to the M6 (J39). Once visited you will return!!
- Glenwillie Groove (HS) Armathwaite, Eden Valley: Outside the main Lake District the Eden Valley has been described as Cumbria’s best kept secret and is often dry when the Lakes are wet. Recent large scale clearance of trees at Armathwaite now makes it much more open and can be climbed on, weather permitting, at any time of the year.
GOOD ON YER – VS–E1
- The Palestinians (E1) White Ghyll, Langdale: Often overlooked but a good line with an interesting rib to finish as for Slip Knot.
- Behind the Lines (HVS) Hodge Close, Slate: A big “hole in the ground” – there is something special starting a route with an abseil. This gives a great adventure with fine climbing.
- Bellerophon (VS) Heron Crag, Eskdale: A fine crag in the Upper Eskdale area – an excellent route with good positive holds.
- Buckbarrow Needle (VS) Buckbarrow Crag, Wasdale: Wasdale to most means Scafell and Gable – but lower down the valley is Buckbarrow Crag with a good selection of routes at all grades and well worth keeping on the radar.
- Brackenclose Climb (HVS) Overbeck Crag, Yewbarrow, Wasdale: A quite accessible but often forgotten crag near the head of Wasdale.
- Substitute (E1) Yew Crag, Buttermere: Clean, quick drying and south facing crag with a fine selection of routes in the E1 area.
- Spinup (VS) Falcon Crag, Borrowdale: There is certain serious feel at Falcon – easily accessible with stunning views over Derwentwater – with many adventures awaiting.
- The Reiver (HVS) Bleak How, Borrowdale: A compelling and fine route – beware of midges though – a breeze will help!
- Granolithic Groove (E1) Iron Crag, Thirlmere, Eastern Crags: Iron Crag has a collection of routes through the Extreme grade. This route provides excellent climbing in a forgotten part of the Lake District.
REET’ARD – E2 +
- Solstice (E3) Brandy Crag, Duddon: One of many great crags in the Duddon Valley – with some well starred routes.
- Falcon Crag Buttress – Route 1 (E3) Falcon Crag, Borrowdale: That crag again – and the imposing Upper Crag with “that” fine corner shouting – “Come and climb me!”
- Wheels of Fire (E4) Hell’s Wall, Borrowdale: Hell’s Wall packs many punches – this is one of the many excellent and serious routes here.
Mountain routes introduce a whole range of extra considerations such as longer approaches, more serious weather, condition of routes, drying out periods, aspect of crags, longer days and less frequented crags – against that a day on a mountain crag can give memorable ascents with the “full package” of a fantastic feeling away from the world below, views over the surrounding fells, intricate route finding and reliance on yourselves – get up there and try these !!
AW’REET – Up to MVS
- Stoat’s Crack (HS) Pavey Ark, Langdale: Pavey is such a fine crag with many excellent routes. This finds the easiest way through a big area of steep rock.
- Evening Wall (HS) Lining Crag, Borrowdale: A great location on a fine crag on excellent rock with a true mountain feel.
- Original Route (S) Great How Crag, Dow: Fine positioned crag well above the Coppermines Valley. The route can be used as a start of the ridge up to Swirl How or combined with some climbing on Little How Crag.
- Pisgah Buttress Direct (S) Scafell Crag, Scafell: The “forgotten buttress” left of Scafell Pinnacle. A fine route weaving up the centre of the buttress.
- Sledgate Ridge (HS) Gable Crag, Great Gable: There is a special feel about Gable Crag – especially late on a summer’s evening. Carry rucksacks and ascend to the summit of Gable.
- North Climb (HS) Pillar Rock, Ennerdale: First climbed in 1891 – should be a piece of piss – but beware!! A superb D with a S finish which has been the scene of many epics – nuff sed!
- Tower Buttress (VD) Black Crag, Ennerdale: If you want to get away from the world – go here. Superb rock in a stunning situation!!
- Direct Route with the Bolt Finish (S) Waterfall Buttress, Newlands: Newlands is hidden away to the west of Borrowdale – but a has good collection of crags with some fine routes – this is one of them!
GOOD ON YER – VS–E1
- Sword of Damocles (E1) Bowfell, Langdale: Classic route first climbed by Pete Greenwood and Arthur Dolphin way back in 1952
- Thunderclap (VS) Little How Crag, Dow: Great little crag with a selection of fine routes on immaculate rock
- Square Chimney / Medusa wall (VS) Esk Buttress, Eskdale: A day on Esk Buttress is like a day in paradise !
- The Centaur (HVS) East Buttress, Scafell: What is a classic route – straight as a die or weaving up a crag? This is very much of the weaving variety – into stunning positions and magnificent climbing.
- Long John (VS) & Not a Cairn in the World (HVS) The Napes, Great Gable: A great combination working up the crags – good to take rucksack – to end at Westmorland Cairn and one of the finest views in the Lakes.
- Megaton (HVS/E1) & The Devil’s Eliminate (HVS) Pillar Rock, Ennerdale: When you have got to Pillar you want to make the most of the climbing there – try this combination!!
- Brandywine (VS) Grey Crag, Newlands: Don’t forget about Newlands – Grey Buttress has some very good routes on steep solid rock.
- Clubfoot (VS) Dovenest Crag, Borrowdale: An unusual crag with a built-in cave. This route makes a fine frontal attack.
REET’ARD – E2 +
- Pink Panther (E2) Dow Crag: “Cat-like” – that is what you have to be around here on this immaculate wall.
- Air on a Bowstring (E3) Bowfell, Langdale: The rock right of Bowfell Buttress is something special and this route goes right up the centre!!
- Cutting Edge (E3) Round How, Scafell: The stunning looking arete on this fine crag.
- The Cayman (E2) Napes, Great Gable: Back to the birthplace of rock climbing – but in a more modern idiom. Excellent face climbing with Napes Needle in the background.