Rockfax Description
18m. Climb the groove then traverse awkwardly right along ledges to the groove of Rambling Route. Finish up its left arete. © Rockfax

FA. Rowland Edwards 1963

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List.

MatthewH 17/May 2nd O/S
Hidden 17/May Lead
Hidden 08/May 2nd O/S
jonathan_doyle 07/May 2nd O/S

I decided to layback the first section.. made it way more difficult in my opinion. The traverse was fine, although my leader left the entire section unprotected for me...

with Ollie Livesey, Matthew Morris
tomB 05/May Lead rpt
with Juliette
Oldmanofsalford 05/May Lead O/S
tobydunford 17/Apr Solo O/S
with Kirsty Kerr
stratandrew 06/Apr Lead rpt

dry-ish on ascent. hailstorm once on top. tensioned traverse for dan. very cold and wet evening.

with Dan O'Brien
dan_o_b 06/Apr 2nd rpt
duncana 19/Mar 2nd

Good route, not much for hands on traverse, but I used a small crimp above top break

with Pippa Archer
JenShelley 24/Feb Lead rpt

In the dark

with John Rogers
john_mx 24/Feb 2nd
with jen shelley
JenShelley 15/Oct/15 Lead O/S
with Mike
MichaelGallimore 15/Oct/15 2nd rpt

Finished up cheat.

Phijinator 11/Oct/15 Lead O/S
Tommy_shaw 14/Sep/15 Lead β
Unknownbiker 05/Sep/15 Lead
with Roger
datoon 05/Sep/15 Solo
stratandrew 02/Sep/15 Lead rpt
with Jim Symon
gav 16/Aug/15 Lead O/S

Nice warm up for the day. Traverse a bit delicate.

with Katie M, Deb
K Mckay 16/Aug/15 2nd O/S
with Gavin Willingham
Hidden 03/Aug/15 2nd
ChrisGreen 03/Aug/15 Lead rpt
martintom 30/Jul/15 2nd rpt
with Lesley Smith, Chris Hart
chris74 30/Jul/15 Lead O/S
with leslie, martin
Steve Shorrock 16/Jul/15 Lead O/S
katiet 16/Jul/15 2nd
Hidden 30/Jun/15 Lead O/S
BenedictIEP 30/May/15 2nd O/S

Well led by Sam. A terrific climb. Harder fir the tall (as a short person)

Leleanor93 30/May/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 21/May/15 2nd O/S
Chris Oldfield 15/May/15 Lead O/S

hardest lead to date, was definitely scared on the traverse.

with James Buckley
philgillespie 14/Mar/15 Lead
adie84 ??/2015 -
thetradlad 26/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Laurence Everitt 26/Oct/14 2nd O/S
switch 21/Sep/14 2nd rpt
with Leanne
stratandrew 17/Sep/14 2nd

very small cams useful.

Clay C 17/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Andy S
Hidden 10/Sep/14 Lead O/S
j.buckley87 10/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Sep/14 Lead rpt
Hidden 31/Aug/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 13/Aug/14 Lead
maria85 09/Aug/14 2nd O/S
with Brett, Neil
D.botts87 05/Aug/14 Lead O/S
with Johnny W
g1m147 05/Aug/14 Lead
Hidden 05/Aug/14 2nd
AnneMarie 23/Jul/14 2nd O/S

Led by Mike Preece

miketong 23/Jul/14 2nd O/S

Led by Mike Preece

with Mike Preece, AnneMarie Walsh
Hidden 20/Jul/14 2nd rpt
switch 29/Jun/14 Solo O/S
pete40 24/Jun/14 Lead
martintom 19/Jun/14 Lead O/S
with Nikki Morrison
Calder 16/Jun/14 2nd
with Charlie
pedrosanpb 14/Jun/14 Lead O/S
with Soren waters
jordan taylor 11/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Jun/14 Lead rpt
Charlie Zephyr Booth 26/May/14 AltLd
with martin broadhurst
bantamdave 15/May/14 2nd rpt
with Neil B
colin milton 30/Apr/14 Lead
with shaun l
Woodiee 19/Apr/14 Lead O/S

bring a confident second or pendulum lover..

Stig 16/Apr/14 Lead rpt
with Greg
The Norris 10/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Matt
Matt Bill Platypus 10/Apr/14 2nd O/S
with Simon
Gooders ??/2014 Lead
with Dave
Hidden ??/2014 AltLd
Hidden 14/Sep/13 2nd O/S
Will Gordon 14/Sep/13 Lead O/S
michael burrows 14/Sep/13 2nd rpt
with tony shelmadine
bantamdave 29/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Murray
Hidden 27/Aug/13 Lead O/S
rustaldo 27/Aug/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 11/Aug/13 TR RP
Elliot King 06/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Easy was looking at cheat would like to bag this as clean on site just need to grow some!!

with Brian Hull
MikeLeeds 27/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Connolly8684 09/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Partner: Slim

ndraper1 21/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Jun/13 2nd
Matt Rowat 18/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Fran
Law1980 07/Jun/13 Lead
Hidden 06/Jun/13 TR O/S
Moritz L 20/May/13 Lead O/S
David Kay 20/May/13 2nd
SuperMike64 06/May/13 2nd O/S
monkeyman79 06/May/13 Lead O/S
with mike hargreves
Fragmod 07/Apr/13 2nd
Hidden 07/Apr/13 Lead O/S
Alex Munnery 12/Mar/13 2nd O/S
with Luke Duckworth
Andrew Holden ??/2013 Lead
Russ_Critchley 06/Sep/12 Lead dnf

With Gaz

lost.arrow 02/Sep/12 -
mike_w18 01/Jul/12 Lead O/S
RichyBOYY 19/Jun/12 Lead
jvarmstrong 20/May/12 Lead


jon_gill1 13/May/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/May/12 2nd rpt
Steve Waters, Mynydd 04/May/12 Lead

Exciting traverse. Looked once then put another piece of gear in before committing. Interesting and memorable.

with Carl Whinham
erbridger 16/Apr/12 2nd
MichaelGallimore 01/Apr/12 Lead O/S

Started up the crack of Ann to the right, then finished traverse across Eliminate. A recommended variation!

with Ibrahim
Hidden 30/Mar/12 Lead rpt
Jim Slater 25/Mar/12 Lead O/S

No pushover, the swing potential makes for scary moves on the traverse.

Graeme Hammond 25/Mar/12 2nd rpt

did the traverse to easy ground then reversed back and finished up Cheat

with Jim
mike.rigby 18/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Jackspratt 26/Oct/11 Lead O/S

thought from the ground i could protect the traverse but the fates can be cruel. exciting middle traverse move non the less

agibb 15/Oct/11 2nd O/S
Graeme Hammond 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with Cleo
Clee 15/Oct/11 2nd
with Graeme
Dave Latimer 30/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Aug/11 Lead
lost.arrow 21/Aug/11 -
carl_123 31/Jul/11 Lead O/S
eccyamigo 20/Jul/11 Lead

i fell off after a wibble on the traverse!! barney held me well and i climbed back up to finish it off!!

with phil kendrick
Hidden 01/Jul/11 Solo O/S
john lynch 19/Jun/11 Lead O/S

with the direct (cheat) start

with Dave Barber, Lewis Andrew
Hidden 11/Jun/11 2nd
stratandrew 18/May/11 Lead

Dave led the first half and couldn't get his head round the traverse. belayed me up to the ledge and i tried it. dropped down and did the lower version. finishes easily. tough for a VS.

with Dave Wylie, Trish Cranston
adamjeffs 29/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Apr/11 2nd O/S
bwestwood 19/Apr/11 2nd
Hidden 28/Mar/11 Lead
PeteH 25/Mar/11 Solo O/S
OliBangbala ??/2011 2nd dog

Took a fall on the matched move before the traverse... The traverse is hairy but fun, pumped out feet! need to work on technique

jkarran 30/Oct/10 Lead

Felt oddly hard, both the lower groove and the traverse are significantly trickier than they appear.

with Sarah
JYates 17/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with Chris Wilson
Rachel Slater 28/Sep/10 Lead O/S
lrandall 07/Sep/10 Lead O/S

Finished direct up the corner of Ann as it was the obvious line. Still felt like VS, HVS at a push. Worth seeking out.

with Mandy
bigglesbutcha 02/Sep/10 Lead rpt

Always enjoy this route, bloody great

with Brian Hull
Pilch 31/Aug/10 Lead O/S

lead after Graham didn't fancy the traverse, committing and polished

with Graham, Ed
t8t9t8 18/Aug/10 2nd β
Ben Griffiths 11/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Aug/10 2nd dog
wrapped in bacon 30/Jul/10 Lead O/S

Good fun! The small holds on the traverse a ample - you have to 'use the force luke' with placing the feet. More of a country dancing shuffle! (I imagine!!)

with John
Hidden 03/Jul/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Jun/10 Lead
The Bad Cough 30/Jun/10 Lead O/S
with Christian Minett
crag_hopper_Jay 24/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Toby B 1985 20/Jun/10 Lead
Hidden 20/Jun/10 2nd
Hidden ?/Jun/10 Lead O/S
d_evo20 28/May/10 2nd O/S
with James Brownhill
Rob Rocket 27/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Murray
mbambi 19/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with steve
rylett 15/Apr/10 2nd

abbed off the prow in total darkness

with Dave Heaton
Dave Heaton 15/Apr/10 Lead
alimckay 14/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with goodstuff
Hidden 12/Apr/10 Lead O/S
hellboundblr 12/Apr/10 Lead
with John Carlin
Hidden ?/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Simon Rackley ?/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with tracy baldwin
Hidden 05/Mar/10 2nd O/S
tomvet2b 03/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Scary but fun climb. The traverse is bold and nervy with no protection and a certain deck out with a fall, but with careful and delicate climbing its not too hard!

with Emma uni
hardoreVdiffBen ??/2010 2nd

Finished up the adjacent E1 rather than traversing - probably 5a but plenty of gear!

with Owen_P
dave mann ??/2010 Lead O/S
efrance24234 ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 Lead O/S
Lunar25 ??/2010 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Oct/09 Lead rpt
dannyboy83 25/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with Alice
wheelo 21/Sep/09 Lead
with chris g
ChrisGreen 21/Sep/09 2nd rpt
with John W
wahniel 17/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with Hugh Squire
John Southworth 06/Sep/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 08/Jul/09 2nd rpt
bigglesbutcha 01/Jul/09 Lead O/S
with Rich Bostock
mickJ 25/Jun/09 Lead
with simon
richorme 14/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Paul Watson
Hidden 03/Jun/09 Lead rpt
RCrockford 26/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Chris F and Sheila
ColinD 13/Apr/09 2nd
with Nick Allsop
Si dH 13/Apr/09 Lead O/S

Nice climbing up groov and along traverse (which has good gear despite other comments - cam at start in upper break and small nut in lower break half way along), but let down by the rest, which is a constant struggle to make VSclimbign out of the arete, which is about E3, and the mod, which is a mod (if its supposed ot finish up the mod, the description should just say so, instead of finishe up the left arete of the mod, which basically just means use as few of the holds on the mod as you can - silly)

with Neil Furniss
Hidden 13/Apr/09 2nd O/S
Barry D 02/Apr/09 Lead
with Dick Williams
kjbix 16/Mar/09 2nd
dicky79 01/Nov/08 Lead O/S
with James W
crossdressingrodney 31/Jul/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/Jul/08 2nd O/S
Chris Lyon 30/Jun/08 Lead O/S

First lead with 1/2 ropes

with Tom Whitehead
steven 24/Jun/08 Lead O/S

Just finished before the rain. No gearon the traverse. Finger pockets on the wall.

with Simon Holden
Hidden 08/Jun/08 2nd
clive-greenwood 30/May/08 2nd
with Mark PJ
John Postlethwaite 25/May/08 Lead O/S

Liam set me off up the first part of Ann! Quite a chalenge at that time, was pumped silly by the time I arrived at the balancy traverse.

with liam
Booey 11/May/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 31/Mar/08 Lead O/S
climbingpixie 01/Mar/08 2nd

An interesting and thought-provoking route with just about adaquate gear.

with Cider nut
TonyP ??/2008 Lead O/S
with KENNY
daveagriff ??/2008 2nd
Sean Kelly ??/2008 -
datoon ??/2008 Solo O/S
LozM ??/2008 2nd
MartF ??/2008 Lead
with Bob
Hidden 21/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Aug/07 2nd O/S
psychicbread 19/Jul/07 Lead O/S
with Max and Jon
Rob Davies 08/Jul/07 Lead
Tony Little 05/Jun/07 2nd
with steve
Hidden 05/Jun/07 Lead O/S
ChrisGreen 21/May/07 Lead RP
with Laura M
kevin 02/May/07 Lead O/S
with steve
Hidden 02/May/07 Lead
Stig 01/May/07 2nd rpt
with Maciek
dhdaveuk ?/Apr/07 Lead rpt
with Leo
Maciek ?/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with James R.
Hidden 31/Mar/07 TR dog
tomB 26/Mar/07 Lead rpt
rick1fugazi 13/Mar/07 2nd rpt

Why was this so hard last year. NB follow lower less obvious traverse.

with Tom Phillips
Tom Phillips 13/Mar/07 Lead rpt
with rick (Blackpool)
Hidden 02/Mar/07 Lead O/S
bigglesbutcha 02/Mar/07 2nd O/S
jscoles 08/Feb/07 Lead
with Tim Griffin
Stuart Wildman ??/2007 -
with Rob Hill
Hidden ??/2007 Lead O/S
kingholmesy ??/2007 2nd O/S
with SteveOc
LozM ??/2007 2nd
Shad ??/2007 Lead
Pete E 13/Oct/06 2nd O/S
with Mark
Cameron13 29/Sep/06 Lead O/S
with Mark
Hidden 03/Aug/06 2nd O/S
Hidden 20/Jul/06 2nd RP
Hidden ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Whitt 31/May/06 Lead O/S
with Tom
rick1fugazi 11/May/06 2nd dog

Tricky at one point start when couldn't find a foothold for left foot and swing round into chimney/finish but exciting and not that bad.

with Murray
tomB ?/Apr/06 TR O/S
robman 21/Mar/06 Lead O/S

bit ballsy but fun

with James
Hidden ??/2006 -
stuc ??/2006 2nd
with mackie
Simon Holden (LCandCC) ??/2006 Lead
chrishedgehog 18/Oct/05 Lead O/S
with Mark Gill
o g tim 13/Aug/05 Lead RP

a tricky traverse

with conrad bower
Hidden 08/Aug/05 2nd O/S
ChrisGreen 01/Aug/05 Lead RP

great climb, love that traverse.

with John C
steveb2006 27/Jul/05 Solo
Hidden 29/May/05 Lead O/S
michael burrows 24/Apr/05 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Apr/05 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2004 Lead
FrankW ?/Nov/03 Lead O/S
with Laura
shazhooper 10/Sep/03 Lead O/S
with Jon Harvey
JonHarvey 07/Sep/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Aug/03 Lead O/S
gonggashan ?/Jul/03 2nd
with Dave
Mark Collins 07/Jun/03 2nd O/S
with Andy Timms
jsw1 07/May/03 2nd O/S
with Andy Bond
Ann S ?/May/03 Lead O/S

Cannot be 4c if I led it onsight!!! which I did.

with John Carlin
Hidden 17/Apr/03 Lead O/S
Stig ?/Apr/03 2nd O/S
with Jonathan Teale
Mark A Humphries 15/Feb/03 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2003 Lead O/S
Mark Collins 17/Nov/02 Lead O/S
with Neil Henson
Neil Henson 17/Nov/02 2nd

Want to lead this one.

with Mark Collins
Hidden ?/Oct/02 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/May/02 2nd O/S
dan_o_b ?/Jun/01 Lead O/S
Trobbo 30/May/01 2nd
with martin bennett
Martin Bennett 30/May/01 -
with Terry Rob, MT
Hidden ??/2001 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/00 Lead
A Crook 14/Apr/99 Lead O/S
innesmac ??/1999 -
Hidden ?/May/97 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Apr/97 Lead
Roget 03/Apr/97 Solo O/S
Phil West 18/Aug/96 Lead O/S
with David Atherton
Hidden ?/Jul/96 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Jun/96 2nd
nai 10/Jun/95 Lead
with PrestonGang
Hidden ?/Jun/95 Lead O/S
Andy Say 27/May/95 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Apr/95 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1995 Lead
Hammy 28/Aug/94 Lead
with Pete Robinson
Hidden 02/Feb/94 Lead
Hidden 12/Jul/93 2nd
adi bryant 04/May/93 Solo
Mick King 21/Apr/93 2nd
with Steve Hill
ellie macpherson ?/Oct/91 Lead
with Neil Macpherson, Graeme Jarvis
Hidden 08/Sep/91 Lead
craig h 05/May/91 Solo O/S
mattnuttall ?/Apr/91 Lead
with Scott Abraham
Mick King 18/Aug/90 Lead
with Paul "Doc" Lishman
John Marsland 14/May/90 Lead
with John Connearn
badgy ??/1990 Lead O/S
Nick Rundall ??/1990 Lead O/S
with Dad
jlancashire ??/1990 Lead
mattnuttall ?/Sep/89 Lead
with Alan Holden
steve taylor ?/Oct/87 Solo
with Nick Smith (BB)
Chris the Tall ?/Jul/87 Lead rpt

Had seconded it the previous year

with Bernadette
goi.ashmore 29/Mar/87 Lead O/S
with Rob Scott
BigHairyIan 23/Sep/84 Lead O/S
GordonHart ??/1983 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/1980 Lead
Hammy 09/Jun/79 Lead
with Alan Watson
Hidden 08/Jun/79 Lead O/S
Hammy 24/Jul/78 Lead
with Jonathon Stacey
climbing_goose ??/1977 Lead O/S

glad to see it featured on the cover of the lancs guide

with pete hall
Derek Ryden ??/1972 -
Hidden 13/May/70 Lead O/S
Dave Westby ??/1968 Lead O/S
with Rob Lewis
Hidden 30/Jun/66 Lead
Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Hidden, neilfish, ben bainbridge
High HVS
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High HS
Mid HS
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High 5a
Mid 5a
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High 4c
Mid 4c
Low 4c
High 4b
Mid 4b
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Style of ascent
Alt Leads
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