Climbs 209
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 232m a.s.l
Faces all

Fern Hill © Dave Foster

Crag features

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.

Since the vandalism in Feb 2013 please be very weary of the boulder problems with chipping - The exposed core in incredibly soft. It's going to take decades to recover.

Approach notes

Park as for Robin Hood's Stride.

There's also limited roadside parking below the crag on the B5056 (SK 228618). Follow the track leading to the left of the Tor.

Access Advice

No access issues reported.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Cratcliffe Middle 
 Middle Slab 
3Middle Slab
V0 *168
4Middle Slab Right
V2 *107
5Look at Me!
V6 *59
6Look Right Left ArÍte
V6 9
7Look Right
V1 *168
8Look Right Sit Start
V5 *83
 Razor Roof 
10Razor ArÍtef7A *38
11Razor RoofV5 ***695
12RZA RoofV7 **84
13RZA Roof Right-Hand Finishf7B 18
14Razor Traverse Reversef7A 4
15Cave Wall
V2 *296
 Right of Razor 
17Slab in the Middle
V2 2
18CrimpsV1 4
19The BlobV6 *1
20Green Lipped Musclef7C **1
21Thrutch Overf6C *1
22Blob OverV4 2
 Low Slab 
24Low Slab Left-Handf5 6
25Low Slab Archf5 5
26Low Slab Middlef4 4
27Low Slab Traversef5+ 5
28Low Slab Right-Handf6A 5
 Top Boulders 
31Christmas Shoppingf7A+ 1
32The Squirm
V1 **373
33Scoop ArÍte
V0 *353
VB *331
35Chips SlabVB 146
V0 61
 Top Rib 
38Flake Problem
V0 *282
39Left ArÍte Left-HandV5 4
40Left ArÍteV3 **182
41Top Rib
V2 **361
 The Blob 
43Blob Mantel
V2 82
44Wall Right of Blob Mantel
V0- 28
45Bob MantelV0+ 65
 Hidden Boulder 
47Suicide Bummer
V3 14
48Hidden ArÍte with Traverse
V2 *15
49Hidden ArÍte
V1 *66
 Junior Boulder 
51Junior FlakeV0- **185
52Junior Flake Sit-Start
V0 **13
53Junior ArÍteV0+ 169
54Junior SlabV0 *191
55Junior Chips
VB 88
56Hidden WallV0 84
 Last Boulder 
58Last ArÍteV4 **50
59Last ArÍte Stand Start
V0 102
60Through MantelV4 31
61Lip SlapV5 45
62Johnny's GrooveV4 103
63Foot TicklerV0+ *99
64Right Slab
V0- *129
 Pink Slab 
66Easy SlabV0- *153
67Pink SlabVB **454
68Pink ArÍteV0- **433
69Pink Slab RightV2 **292
70Pink Slab Right - With Chips
V0 132
71Pink Slab Right - No ArÍteV3 **108
 Blind Pocket Wall 
73Blind Pocket Rib - Left EscapeV0+ 39
74Blind Pocket RibV2 277
75Blind Pocket Wall
V2 **292
76Blind Pocket ArÍteV2 **249
77Blind Pocket Traverse
V2 39
 The Ramp 
79The Romp
V0+ 40
80The Ramp
V0 *210
81The Ramp - No Hands
V3 *30
82The Ramp Trending Right
V0- 25
 Tree Boulders 
 The Egg 
85Left Egg ArÍte
V0- 155
86Scrambled Eggsf6A+ *11
87Left Egg
V2 *238
88Eggy Scoops
V1 *293
89Egg ArÍte Left
f5 83
90Egg Arete
V4 *324
91Eggs is Eggs
V8 *7
92Eggs is Eggs - Easier StartV6 42
93Egged On
V2 100
 T Crack 
95T Crack
V8 ***205
96Mr Tf7B 1
97T Crack Slabf6C 1
 Below Jerry's 
99Slopey Green TraverseV5 5
100Green Slopey TraverseV5 *27
102Robin Mantel
V1 *10
103Little Robin
V2 82
104The LarkV5 **123
105The Lark Left-Handf7A *1
106Optimistic MegV4 *9
107Jerry's Traverse
V8 ***175
108Jerry's Reversef7B+ **1
V5 *12
111Shunting Biscuits
V7 2
112Munching Biscuitsf5 2
113Tim's Flutef5+ 3
114Marc's Schemef5+ 2
115Les and Lenf5 4
116Sam's Gamef4 1
118Divertedf3+ 1
119Convertedf7B ** 
120Oatibix Flakef3+ 3
 Low Slung 
122Low Slung
V6 *37
123Lower SlungV9 1
125The Tit Traverse
V6 *7
 Main Crag 
 Hermit's Cave 
E1 5c  
129The Nemesis ExitHVS 5b *10
130Burning Buddhist
E4 5c  
131Creeping Friend
E5 6b  
132Hermit's Cave Traverse
V4 ***73
133The FenceV0+ *35
134The Bishop
V3 35
135Chip and ThinV1 *50
136Hermitage RibV3 *19
137Hermitage GrooveS 5a 13
138Tomorrow's Women
E4 6b  
139Sleight of Hand
E4 6a 3
140Hermitage CrackVS 5a *23
141Hermitage Hand JamV0+ 22
 Upper Tier 
143Reticent Mass MurdererE4 6b ***18
144GenocideE6 6c ***8
145Hermitage ChimneyM 15
146The VariantHS 4b 4
147Tom ThumbE2 5c **98
148Enigma VariationsE5 6a *2
149The Giant's StaircaseHVS 5a *146
150No PeruE4 6a *2
151Magic Beans
V5 7
152BeanstalkE2 5c **137
 The Amphitheatre 
154Amphitheatre CrackM 8
155Bramble GrooveVS 4b 21
156Bramley's TraverseHS 4b 5
157Oblique ChimneyVD *28
158Darren Hawkins' Invisible NeckE4 5c  
159Elliott's UnconquerableHVS 5a *98
160Mephistopheles ExitHVS 5a *1
161Elliott's Right-HandE1 5c 16
162Hey Turkey NeckE2 5c 5
163Weston's ChimneyVD 32
 Owl Gully 
165Escape/Boot HillE3 5c ***199
166Trick or TreatE3 5c **1
167Three Hundred Pounds of Musclin Manf7C+ ***2
168Percy's Cornflake
V7 **2
169The GrooveE9 7b *** 
170NutcrackerE2 5c **14
171Fern Hill IndirectE4 5c ***15
172Fern HillE2 5c ***484
173Owl GullyVD *142
174Tiger TraverseE2 5b *20
175Sedimental JourneyE4 6a *1
176Nettle WineE4 6b ***35
177Five Finger ExerciseE2 5c ***457
178Liquid AssetsE4 6b *1
 Suicide Wall 
180Bower Route 1HS 4b *149
181Direct StartVS 4c *5
182Pleasant Streetf7A  
183RenaissanceE2 6a *3
184RequiemE3 6a ***78
185Bailey Bridge
E2 5c 8
186The Long Distance RunnelE5 6c **2
187Suicide WallHVS 5b ***945
188Suicide Wall DirectE1 5c **6
189The Children's HouseE5 6c **3
190Oak Tree ChimneyVD 26
191Stihl LifeE5 6a **2
192SepulchraveHVS 5a **120
193MordauntE2 5b ***25
194Savage MessiahE2 5c **134
 North Wall 
196Stretch LimoE5 6b *2
197North ClimbS 4a *93
198The Little Greenie
E2 6a 1
199Niche DirectVS 4c *15
200Oak Tree Gully
M 2
201Pinchers' Wallf7A+ **2
202North WallVD *12
203Jimmy's CrackHVS 5b *73
204Invasion of the Cider Women
E4 6c 1
205Invasion of the Cider Women Directf7A ***8
206Samantha Muesli
E3 6a  
208QuercusE4 6b *1
209Slot Ladderf6A 3
210Edgucationf6A+ 4
 The Grimoire 
212Whose Line Is It Anyway?HVS 5a **12
213Rocky's RevivalVS 4c *4
214Oi Grimer!E1 5b 3
215Bagu YaguV8 **1
216Chess BoxerE6 6c **1
217GrimoireE6 6c **7
218Bonfire of the Manateesf7A *1
220Sparrow/My Best Friend the Water Melon
V9 ** 
221Sparrow Right-Wing
V8 * 
222Nymphs and SatyrsE1 5c 1
223Thigh MasterV5 * 
 Cratcliffe Woods 
 The Arch 
226Arch ArÍtef6A  
227The Arch
V5 *3
229Brian's Private ArÍte
V8 **21
 Brain Dead 
233Near Death Experience
V8 * 
234Brain DeadV4 ***93
235Skin DeepV7  
236Little ArÍte
238Moss RidgeV2 *1
239House of the Holeyf7C **3
240Chapel of Rest
V6 **24
V7 ***73
242No HuecoV5 **55
 Above Hueco 
244Soaperstitionf6B+ 6
245Soap Dogerf6C *4
 P Crack 
V6 *31
248Seventy-Two Direct
V7 *5
249P Crack
V8 **6
251Brother Lee Love

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