CRATCLIFFE


Cratcliffe Tor is in an extremely rural setting with a view out over tranquil farmland rather than distant moors. It is home to a small but superb set of climbs. The main event are the sheer walls of Owl Gully. Here the many breaks offer fine pumpy climbs often traversing out of the gully into impressive positions on the exposed faces. The breaks usually offer plenty of protection, though being fit enough to hang on and place it is crucial. Around the corner from the gully is the dramatic tall face tackled centrally by Suicide Wall. The recent felling of the trees that used to shroud the face have revealed it in all its glory - surely the finest wall in all Gritdom?
Located south of the main edges, and lacking much in the way of quality climbs in the lower grades, it is seldom busy, though the area is popular as a bouldering venue.

Routes

52 trad routes (M...E9)
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
Hermit's Cave and The Amphitheatre
The first section is dominated by a huge yew tree, next to a dark cave. The walls here offer some...
20
Trad
Early morning sun
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
Owl Gully
The impressive sheer walls that flank either side of the deep rift of Owl Gully contain some of the...
10
Trad
No sun
Up and down

0 mins

sheltered
Suicide Wall
A dramatic name for a magnificent wall, although perhaps it gives the wrong impression since,...
15
Trad
No sun
Up and down

0 mins

sheltered
The Grimoire
The removal of the trees revealed the boulder/buttress below and right of the soaring face of...
4
Trad
Early morning sun
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
The Girdles
There are three excellent girdles (well two girdles and a bit of a spiral) that make their...
3
Trad
No sun
Up and down

0 mins

sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For CRATCLIFFE

    Genocide
    "Changed from E6 6c ** to E6 6c ***, 100% of 1 vote for ***" 23/Mar

    Suicide Wall
    "Bloody hard and intimidating at the grade. I did it in a single pitch on sight a..." 28/May top50

    Bean Stalk
    "Should be all one word i.e. 'Beanstalk'" 24/Jan

    Suicide Wall
    "Brilliant route, atrocious guidebook description and grade. Clearly 5b for the m..." 07/Oct top50

    Escape/Boot Hill
    "Well I am 5' 6" and no choice but to lean off that dimple and tip toe up th..." 15/Dec

    The Nemesis Exit
    "Flared mossfest. About the same grade as the Unprintable, whatever that may be....." 05/Jul

    Bean Stalk
    "Lovely route, fun climbing from the start. I couldn't get a small wire in, but ..." 04/May

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