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41m, 3 pitches. An interesting route tackling a great part of the left side of the cliff. Wait for a good dry-spell. 1) 30m. Start at a prominent boulder, 15m right of a chimney. Climb straight up to the ledge at 8m, then onto a rightward-leaning ramp. 7m above the ledge, at the top of the ramp, trend slightly leftwards and then continue straight up to another ledge. Follow the final rampline rightwards to a belay in the corner. 2) 4a, 25m. Skirt the steep wall above via a slab on the right. Pull back left and tackle the crux to reach easier ground. © ROCKFAX
Eeeek!! Take snorkel and Marigold gloves. May dry out once every Preston guild but you HAVE been warned!!!! Highly recommend that you take approach shoes to change into for all end of climbs on this crag.
prj harding, cwf noyce 30/Jan/1949

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Very wet even though the start looked quite dry, still quite enjoyable had to create a line on the 3rd pitch which linked the dry patches of rock together
benny_m - AltLd O/S - 28/Sep/13 with Su

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Sep/13

Very nice, the top out is far more serious than the rest of the route.
SGD - Solo - 21/Jul/13

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/13

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Jul/13

sparse gear, still damp inspite of 2 weeks of no rain, midgy as hell. Not reccomended, but the sunset was good.
Lucylou19 - Lead - 17/Jul/13

danpyrs - Lead - 08/Jul/13

rbharries - AltLd O/S - 13/Jun/13 with neils EW

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/13

JamesLloyd - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13

Dan724 - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with James Lloyd

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/May/12

SarahA - AltLd - 27/May/12

lcullum7 - 2nd O/S - 27/May/12 with Sarah Acheson, Rich Jones

1st pitch
kdalzell - AltLd - 25/May/12 with Jill Plummer

Led P2. The selection of this route as 'first of the day' turned out to be a poor one. Pitches 2 and 3 were dripping wet but were clearly dry at the end of the day (the weather was warm and sunny at the end of March 2012). I put more gear in P2 than in either of the routes we subsequently climbed (both E1). Steve's lead of the (wet) final pitch was cool as a cornichon.
Falko - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/12 with Steve M

Hidden - 26/Mar/12

Meh, sparse gear and damp in areas.
jezb1 - AltLd - 25/Mar/12

IAmAStone - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead - 20/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

PAJames - 2011

PAJames - 2011

very wet!
rustaldo - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/10 with Tom

Led P1, easy climbing but fairly sparse gear. Lee strung P2 and 3 together.
MikeLell - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/10 with Lee Harrison

Route was dry. Easy climbing with some harder moves at the very top.
Big Lee - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/10 with Mike Lelliot

sdkoutdoor - Lead - 27/Jun/10 with Timo

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/10

barni - AltLd rpt - 22/Jun/10 with Justin Hughes

Renegade_Pony - AltLd - 22/Jun/10 with barni

alwyn101 - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/10 with Simon Roberts

Elizabeth Noyes - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Jun/10

Hidden - Solo - 31/May/10

feilx - Solo O/S - 28/May/10

P1 - Tim P2 - Me
nrhardy - AltLd O/S - 15/May/10 with Tim

mr bounce - AltLd O/S - 15/May/10 with Neil Hardy

Hidden - Solo - May/10

Hidden - Solo - May/10

Jon lead 1st pitch.
Alex Thompson - AltLd O/S - 28/Apr/10 with Jon Thompson

hedgehog77 - Lead - 26/Apr/10

fizzychewitt - AltLd - 22/Apr/10 with Jayne

tobydunford - Solo O/S - 13/Apr/10

Ows - 2nd - Apr/10

Hidden - Apr/10

krusty23 - 2nd - 2010 with Malcom Fraser

Col Kingshott - Lead O/S - 2010

Eeeeek!!! Take snorkel and Marigold gloves. This climb may dry out once every Preston Guild but you HAVE been warned!!
Ann S - 2nd - 12/Sep/09 with Jim Hall

loads of people/climbers winging about this route, found it to be quite enjoyabl myself !
mr mills - Solo - 30/Jun/09

Led 2nd pitch, andy led 1st and 3rd
porridgefan - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/09 with Andy Barnes

Andy_B39 - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/09 with Phil Wilkinson

Wet and not the best route in the world :S
Noodles - Lead - 21/Apr/09 with Alice Walton

Od - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/09 with Gail Stride

Ish
wupert - Lead O/S - 2009

Led P1, Adam P2. Despite not having rained for a week or so, it was wet, green and slimy in many parts. Climbing wasn't all that interesting and gear was sparse. Doesn't rate well with me.
kleinej - AltLd - 27/Sep/08 with Adam

SMc - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/08 with Anne

petellis - 2nd - 15/Jun/08 with Jenny Clarke

barni - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/08 with Liam fleming

crag_monster - Lead - 06/Jun/08

Led first pitch. Nice and steep. Very wet in places.
ickleiz - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/08 with Duncan Willey

grassy slope at top was terrifying....!
Jenny Clarke - Lead O/S - Jun/08 with Pete

Hidden - 2nd - 31/May/08

John Dale - AltLd - 30/May/08 with Erik Schaberg

Did the route when it was dry. Thought the gear was reasonable (we used a few friends in places). Went slightly off route at the top and only noticed the "Crown of Thorns" (thorn bush) to my right after topping out.
My Gravity - AltLd O/S - 26/May/08 with Ben P

Ran pitch 1 and 2 together. Slowness of the party above meant we had to do an alternative belay.
Fatclimber - AltLd O/S - 24/May/08 with Jason Garnham

Elsier - Lead O/S - 24/May/08 with Ciorstaidh, Jo

horible only climb here if it's been dry for a week min
dave4430 - Lead O/S - 10/May/08 with rob short

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/May/08

edpd1b - AltLd - 01/May/08 with Kelly Hillyer

crag_monster - AltLd - 01/May/08 with murphydave

First proper outdoor climb
Doby - 2nd O/S - May/08 with Elsie

Sean Kelly - 2008

Hidden - Lead - 12/Oct/07

Gear was rubbish, rock was wet and slimy and a hold broke on me, just managed to stay on the wall, which was good as I was 25ft above a poor horizontal nut. Glad I didnt do this when severe was my limit
bendurance - Lead O/S - Sep/07 with JC

PondLife - 2nd - 26/May/07 with David McMeeking & Dave Walsh

craig h - AltLd O/S - 05/May/07 with Janet Hannah

adam06 - 2nd - May/07 with stefan roberts

stefan7n - Lead - May/07 with The Radcliff

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/07

mlmatt - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/07 with chris jones

emlynroberts - AltLd - 2007 with Pete Smith

KatieEmily - AltLd O/S - 10/Sep/06 with Lewis

A bit wet so climbing was quality had to take your time to look around for good holds.
lewisl - AltLd O/S - 10/Sep/06 with Katie

Rampikino - Lead - 23/Jul/06 with MMC Various

Hammy - AltLd - 15/Jul/06 with Ian Barker

No gear but easy.
Zoomer - AltLd - 10/Jun/06 with Will Brant

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Jun/06

sammoore - Lead dnf - Jun/06 with Russ Tong

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/05

mikeyjbs - AltLd O/S - 24/May/04 with sven hassle, will woodhead, jeremy leicester, dan, paul kenny, hans allnut, simon ball, farrow

five - AltLd O/S - Jun/03

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Jul/01

zero six - Lead O/S - 2000

BenTiffin - Lead - 31/Jan/99 with Alex Bond

JiveWeasel - Lead - 20/Apr/97 with Mrs Weasel

phardman - Solo - 31/Dec/95 with Guy Maddox

Ched - Lead O/S - 1995 with Glanfor

DavPk - AltLd - 1992 with Gareth Wood

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Jul/90

Hidden - Lead - 22/Jun/88

nigehughes - Lead - Jul/83 with John Horn

Winter conditions (Grade 5-ish)
Chris Craggs - Lead - Feb/80 with Steve Warwick

Ian Jones - AltLd O/S - 1977

mikej - AltLd - 08/Jun/76 with Tony Waite

RichardMc - Lead - 31/Mar/74

Tom V - AltLd - 1972 with Ray Pitchforth

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Style of ascent

Soloed8 of 114 (7.0%)
Lead33 of 114 (28.9%)
Followed13 of 114 (11.4%)
Alt Leads51 of 114 (44.7%)
Unknown9 of 114 (7.9%)

'Climbed'59 of 114 (51.8%)
clean O/S53 of 114 (46.5%)
clean rpt1 of 114 (0.9%)
dnf1 of 114 (0.9%)