BORROWDALE


Great End which the dominates the head of the valley, ranks alongside Helvellyn as being one of the most popular venues for winter climbing in the Lakes. It is frequently in condition and offers some very reliable ice. Raven Crag Gully in Combe Ghyll is one of the classic Lakes ice routes and the corrie also offers some good mixed outings. In cold spells good ice can be found in the ghylls further down the Valley. Raven Crag Gully and Force crag are not to be missed. A prolonged cold snap is needed for these routes to come into condition , but Great End is always worth a look in.

Routes

35 winter routes (I...VI)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Ashness Gill
NY 283193 500m NW Facing In a very cold spell the beck gives a nice little icy scramble with a...
1
Winter
Afternoon sun
Roadside

10 mins

Eel Crag
NY 193208 600m N facing The North Facing crag at the back left side of the Force Crag corrie....
2
Winter
No sun
Uphill

60 mins

Gillercombe
GR.221124 460m N facing If you take a slightly more modern view on winter climbing conditions,...
1
Winter
Early morning sun
Uphill

45 mins

Great End (Sprinkling Tarn)
GR 228086 670m. NE Facing. When it's in condition this is unquestionably the most popular crag...
21
Winter
Early morning sun
Uphill

60 mins

Little Stanger Gill
NY 264131 300m NE Facing The obvious gill seen from the Langstrath Hotel. Approach: Leave...
1
Winter
Early morning sun
Uphill

30 mins

Righead Quarry
NY 238153 500m NE Facing Seepage in the highest of the quarries forms various ice...
1
Winter
No sun
Uphill

45 mins

Scott Crag
NY 195204 770m NE Facing The North East face of Crag Hill. The Ice line of Arctic Spring can be...
2
Winter
Lots of sun!
Uphill

90 mins

Sergeant Crag
GR.274114 370m NW Facing A good little route that quite quickly comes into condition during a...
1
Winter
No sun
Uphill

45 mins

Sourmilk Gill
NY 233122 150m E Facing An easily accessible icy scramble if it is in condition, it serves as an...
1
Winter
No sun
Level

10 mins

Force Crag
NY 197215 300m NE Facing Force crag offers a brilliant open ice route. Funny conditions are...
2
Winter
Early morning sun
Uphill

60 mins

Taylor Ghyll Force
NY 229109 300m N Facing Rarely in condition the gill gives a good steep ice pitch Approach:...
1
Winter
Early morning sun
Uphill

20 mins

Walla Crag
GR.274212 300m NW Facing In an exceptional cold spell the Gill in the centre of the crag forms...
1
Winter
Evening sun
Uphill

20 mins

Black Crag (Borrowdale)
GR.263174 300m W facing It is hard to imagine Troutdale Pinnacle with a big cornice and clad in...
1
Winter
Evening sun
Uphill

25 mins

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  • Latest Comments

    For BORROWDALE

    Left Hand Groove
    "Did this a couple of times in years past. Whole route first time and just the i..." 21/Feb

    Cust's Gully
    "Last week it was an easy snowslope (with a decent sized cornice), the week befor..." 21/Feb

    Central Gully Right Branch
    "When we did this in March other parties reckoned the crux to be about IV, a bit ..." 31/Aug

    Cust's Gully
    "Does shallow but good snow and fairly thick ice on the two steps not count as in..." 24/Mar

    Central Gully Right Branch
    "Standard grade II when in condition" 23/Mar

    Cust's Gully
    "How likely is it that there will be enough snow to make this grade 1 I agree wit..." 13/Feb

    South East Gully
    "Did this in lean conditions - plenty of ice, no significant snow buildup. Top pi..." 16/Mar top50

    Cust's Gully
    "i say the iced up steps are more like grade 2 tops, i descended them the other w..." 10/Mar

    Cust's Gully
    "Climbed in great conditions, but no snow just ice, there were several steps whic..." 28/Feb

    Window Gully
    "Found this quite tough at the grade but probably not done in ideal conditions. ..." 28/Feb top50

    Central Gully Right Branch
    "3 in the dark" 15/Feb

    Window Gully
    "Very reliable route. In general this takes 3 days of frost (ie night frost, dayt..." 15/Mar top50

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