Rockfax Description
18m. A classic 'jug-fest'. Climb the groove on the right then step out left and climb the flaky wall to ledges and finish out right. © Rockfax

FA. Arthur Birtwhistle 1936

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit: Top 50, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, 50 Best HS Routes in the UK., The Peak: past and Present, World Graded List, Moorland Grit - The Essential Selection (Over The Moors), Northern (Yorkshire !?) Climbs for a Southerner, Peak Rock/4/ Universities,Teams and Clubs in the 1930's.

PeteWilson 02/Oct Lead O/S

lots of boomey rock, good route but not worth 3 stars IMO

with John P, Dave
Hidden 29/Aug 2nd
cem 08/Aug 2nd
Pero 08/Aug Lead
jamesturnbull 10/Jul Lead
with adam brown
Brown 10/Jul 2nd
with James T
BTphonehome 04/Jul Lead rpt

Always great fun

with Cass
bryce.dorin 04/Jul 2nd O/S
with Corty
Bisto15 04/Jul 2nd β
Hidden 30/Jun Lead
gavinpeach 04/May 2nd rpt

Brilliant. Best HS in the Peak. Interesting climbing throughout.

with Hellen
saintlade ??/2015 -


matt.stevenson 12/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Aug/14 2nd
Stuart Hurworth 03/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Excellent route, hard for the grade with some steep moves, good handholds but can be out of balance. Tired myself out on one of these placing gear! Then reassessed after a rest and went up with a completely different move and was fairly easy. Nice.

Hidden 19/Jun/14 Lead
jshields 18/May/14 Solo

Previous solo Aug. 2003

MikeDowsett 18/May/14 2nd
ben.phillips 16/Apr/14 2nd O/S
with Jared Kitchen
Robaduck 16/Apr/14 Lead
Iron Face 05/Oct/13 TR O/S

Beautiful end to the day.

with Lozza
samvimes1982 28/Sep/13 2nd β
with Tim Higgins
john lynch 19/Aug/13 Lead

good times, did another arete on nether tor which was great but not sure of name/grade - on left hand end lower, about vs 5a..

with Bethan D
gazfellows 14/Jul/13 Lead
with Nic
BALD EAGLE 06/Jul/13 Lead
with Rob Horler
peachos 09/Jun/13 Lead O/S

great climb!

with Alvaro
BTphonehome 25/May/13 Lead rpt
with Kasha
kasha_gregson 25/May/13 2nd O/S
with Bram
sev ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 Solo
Frank the Husky ??/2013 -
Pete Rigby 21/Oct/12 Lead O/S
with Kelli Roberts
kelliroberts3 21/Oct/12 2nd
xphoenix0 10/Oct/12 Lead
with John M
BTphonehome 29/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Baron
baron84 29/Sep/12 2nd
with BramT
Jim Slater 15/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Graeme Hammond 15/Sep/12 2nd rpt
with Jim
johnpuddephatt 12/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Aug/12 2nd
tradguy 12/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Rob Munday
Bry 12/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Mowglee 11/Aug/12 2nd O/S
with John Puddephatt
Will Hunt 11/Aug/12 2nd O/S
with Tom Nichols
Hidden 11/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Rob Davies ?/Jul/12 Lead rpt
with Phil Ashton
Sam Cooke 26/May/12 2nd O/S
stevetheleg 26/May/12 Lead O/S
with Sam Cooke
gavinpeach 14/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Dan Mclaughlin
shafiq lalloo 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S


Hidden 01/Oct/11 Lead O/S
richyg 01/Oct/11 -
claregardiner 01/Oct/11 2nd
zvm ?/Oct/11 -
mnorman88 22/Aug/11 2nd
tatz45 09/Jul/11 Lead rpt
Hidden 02/Jul/11 Lead
Hidden 02/Jul/11 2nd
CRiddiford 02/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Lisa
jez_palmer 26/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Jun/11 Lead
tmawer 26/Jun/11 2nd O/S
with andrea
Graeme Hammond 04/Jun/11 2nd rpt
with Becky E
Becky E 04/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Mr G 22/Apr/11 Lead O/S
LivinITlarge 27/Mar/11 Lead O/S
with Joe
Hidden 27/Mar/11 2nd rpt
jack robinson 27/Mar/11 Lead RP
jack robinson 12/Mar/11 TR RP
Hidden 12/Mar/11 TR rpt
joese7en 20/Oct/10 2nd O/S

VS 4c for sure!

Hidden 26/Jun/10 2nd
Ketu 20/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Graeme Hammond 20/Jun/10 2nd rpt

slogged up the hill again, but 'totally worth it dude' :D

with Rob
Hidden 18/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Graeme Hammond 22/May/10 Solo O/S

Once in every gritstoner's life they should heed the call and make the pilgrimage (or slog up the hill in the blazing sunshine) to honour this total CLASSIC!! Soloed twice as once wasn't enough and in case I don't ever make it back up the hill

Hidden 15/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Apr/10 2nd
JRae 22/Mar/10 Lead O/S
with E Shawcross
Ken Taylor ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 Lead
James_D 06/Sep/09 Lead O/S

Blowing a gale, bit of rain, no chance of communication with belayer, stuck ropes, etc etc. Best climb i've done for ages :-)

with Esther
Hidden 09/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Mark Collins 05/Jul/09 Lead O/S

Made a right a hash of it, but managed to get up some how.

with Neil Henson
Neil Henson 05/Jul/09 2nd

Steeper than it looks.

with Mark Collins
mark20 24/Jun/09 AltLd dnf

Alex fell so lowered off then I completed first pitch but abbed off the belay. We will be back!

tanssop 24/May/09 Lead O/S
with Andy
Hidden 24/May/09 Lead
colin milton 02/May/09 2nd
with ibbo
andybeanland 18/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Rachel
Hidden 18/Apr/09 2nd O/S
edmitchell 12/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with kai ren
Hidden 06/Apr/09 TR
popebenedictus 04/Apr/09 Lead O/S
edd rab 04/Apr/09 TR O/S
Powder Puff Girl 04/Apr/09 2nd
with Ben H
DerwentDiluted 29/Jun/08 Lead
with Nicola Pettit
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Hidden ??/2008 -
gazfellows ??/2008 Lead
with shaun d
gazbonutter 11/Aug/07 Lead O/S

starting to get more comfortable on HS climbs now and this one was a pleasure with only one part where I didn't plan my moves and protection and had a brief moment of worry. A superb example of what three star climbs are all about, exciting positions and moves that just stretch you a little for the grade, awesome!

with Jo Kennedy + Luke
poofish 11/Aug/07 2nd O/S
with Gary
Tim W 09/Jun/07 Lead O/S
with Janna Trevorrow
andybeanland 28/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Chris Hanson
Steve Waters, Mynydd 22/Apr/07 2nd O/S
with Ann Sanderson
lewisl 07/Oct/06 Lead
with Russ
Hidden 06/Aug/06 Lead O/S
Simon Caldwell 08/Jul/06 Lead O/S

Disappointingly ordinary

with Carmen
LakesWinter 01/Jul/06 Lead O/S

This must be the best route of its grade in the Peak!

with Cake
Cake 01/Jul/06 2nd
with Matt
Bokonon ?/Nov/05 2nd
with Andy
Si dH 01/Sep/05 2nd O/S
with Neil Furniss
Dave Mahon ??/2005 Lead


with Mark Moody
Hidden 16/Aug/04 Lead O/S
Alaric 07/Aug/04 2nd

Very hot day - Climbed in bare feet

Tom Stoddart ?/Aug/04 Lead

Nice climbing, but it is the lovely setting that gets the route 3 stars

with Tom Slade
chrishedgehog 04/Jul/04 Lead O/S
with Mark Gill
Hidden 15/Jun/04 Lead O/S
chris sm ?/Aug/03 Lead O/S
with Pippa Froggatt
Hidden 19/Jul/03 Lead
Hidden 09/Jul/03 Solo O/S
Laramadness 18/Apr/03 2nd β
Hidden ??/2003 Solo
Urgles ??/2001 Lead O/S
rlrs ??/2001 Lead
Hidden 16/Jul/00 Lead O/S
Nigel Coe 11/Jul/99 2nd
with Ian Smith, Bob Moulton
Ian Archer 09/Dec/97 2nd O/S
with Tony Morris
Gordon Stainforth 02/Apr/95 2nd

Good and hard for grade (HS)

with Mark Clark, Mike Pearce, Paul--?
daprince ??/1995 -
Rog Wilko ?/Jul/94 Lead

Solid VS.

with Debbie Wilkinson
Hidden 30/May/94 Solo
Yourlead 26/Mar/94 Lead
Andy Say 23/May/93 Solo O/S
uphillnow 04/Sep/91 Lead
Roget 30/Jun/91 Solo O/S
with jon
steve prior ?/Jun/91 Lead
with Chris S
Rob Davies ?/Nov/90 Lead
with Angus McLean
Sean Kelly ??/1980 -
tapley 13/May/79 Lead
with Jug Jarvis, Alison Tapley
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