RAVENSDALE


A fine tall west-facing buttress that rises above the attractive wooded valley of Cressbrook Dale and has a good set of middle-grade climbs. The main face is Raven's Buttress, rising directly above the cottages, this has several fine climbs and a fair smattering of loose rock and ivy. For something less intimidating there is a good cluster of shorter climbs surrounding the impressive natural arch of the Flying Buttress Area over to the left. Currently most of the worthwhile routes are reasonably clean and solid, although there may still be some loose rock, and some of the holds are very polished. Encroaching vegetation is an ever-present problem.

Routes

41 trad routes (VD...E5)
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
Beachcomber
50m left of the Flying Buttress is a slim tower of rock, with ivy on its left side, and one...
4
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

15 mins

Flying Buttress
To the left of the big face of Raven's Buttress is a hidden natural archway with an angular bay to...
19
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

15 mins

Malpossessed
Between the delights of the Flying Buttress Area and the main Raven's Buttress, is a wide wall with...
4
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

15 mins

Raven's Buttress
The main event at Ravensdale is the superb barrel-shaped buttress that juts out towards the...
14
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

15 mins

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