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 *167
4Middle Slab Right
V2 *106
5Look at Me!
V6 *58
6Look Right Left ArÍte
V6 9
7Look Right
V1 *164
8Look Right Sit Start
V5 *74
 Razor Roof 
10Razor ArÍtef7A *38
11Razor RoofV5 ***665
12RZA RoofV7 **67
13RZA Roof Right-Hand Finishf7B 17
14Razor Traverse Reversef7A 4
15Cave Wall
V2 *294
 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 5
25Low Slab Archf5 4
26Low Slab Middlef4 3
27Low Slab Traversef5+ 4
28Low Slab Right-Handf6A 4
 Top Boulders 
31Christmas Shoppingf7A+ 1
32The Squirm
V1 **368
33Scoop ArÍte
V0 *346
VB *324
35Chips SlabVB 142
V0 58
 Top Rib 
38Flake Problem
V0 *277
39Left ArÍte Left-HandV5 3
40Left ArÍteV3 **176
41Top Rib
V2 **352
 The Blob 
43Blob Mantel
V2 80
44Wall Right of Blob Mantel
V0- 27
45Bob MantelV0+ 63
 Hidden Boulder 
47Suicide Bummer
V3 14
48Hidden ArÍte with Traverse
V2 *15
49Hidden ArÍte
V1 *66
 Junior Boulder 
51Junior FlakeV0- **179
52Junior Flake Sit-Start
V0 **13
53Junior ArÍteV0+ 167
54Junior SlabV0 *186
55Junior Chips
VB 86
56Hidden WallV0 81
 Last Boulder 
58Last ArÍteV4 **50
59Last ArÍte Stand Start
V0 98
60Through MantelV4 30
61Lip SlapV5 45
62Johnny's GrooveV4 101
63Foot TicklerV0+ *97
64Right Slab
V0- *129
 Pink Slab 
66Easy SlabV0- *150
67Pink SlabVB **445
68Pink ArÍteV0- **426
69Pink Slab RightV2 **285
70Pink Slab Right - With Chips
V0 128
71Pink Slab Right - No ArÍteV3 **103
 Blind Pocket Wall 
73Blind Pocket Rib - Left EscapeV0+ 39
74Blind Pocket RibV2 268
75Blind Pocket Wall
V2 **284
76Blind Pocket ArÍteV2 **244
77Blind Pocket Traverse
V2 39
 The Ramp 
79The Romp
V0+ 41
80The Ramp
V0 *211
81The Ramp - No Hands
V3 *30
82The Ramp Trending Right
V0- 25
 Tree Boulders 
 The Egg 
85Left Egg ArÍte
V0- 152
86Scrambled Eggsf6A+ *11
87Left Egg
V2 *234
88Eggy Scoops
V1 *284
89Egg ArÍte Left
f5 81
90Egg Arete
V4 *312
91Eggs is Eggs
V8 *7
92Eggs is Eggs - Easier StartV6 42
93Egged On
V2 100
 T Crack 
95T Crack
V8 ***197
96Mr Tf7B 1
97T Crack Slabf6C 1
 Below Jerry's 
99Slopey Green TraverseV5 5
100Green Slopey TraverseV5 *27
102Robin Mantel
V1 *8
103Little Robin
V2 80
104The LarkV5 **122
105The Lark Left-Handf7A *1
106Optimistic MegV4 *9
107Jerry's Traverse
V8 ***171
V5 *12
110Shunting Biscuits
V7 2
111Munching Biscuitsf5 2
112Tim's Flutef5+ 3
113Marc's Schemef5+ 2
114Les and Lenf5 4
115Sam's Gamef4 1
117Divertedf3+ 1
118Convertedf7B ** 
119Oatibix Flakef3+ 3
 Low Slung 
121Low Slung
V6 *37
122Lower SlungV9 1
124The Tit Traverse
V6 *7
 Main Crag 
 Hermit's Cave 
E1 5c  
128The Nemesis ExitHVS 5b *10
129Burning Buddhist
E4 5c  
130Creeping Friend
E5 6b  
131Hermit's Cave Traverse
V4 ***73
132The FenceV0+ *35
133The Bishop
V3 35
134Chip and ThinV1 *50
135Hermitage RibV3 *19
136Hermitage GrooveS 5a 13
137Tomorrow's Women
E4 6b  
138Sleight of Hand
E4 6a 3
139Hermitage CrackVS 5a *23
140Hermitage Hand JamV0+ 22
 Upper Tier 
142Reticent Mass MurdererE4 6b ***15
143GenocideE6 6c ***8
144Hermitage ChimneyM 15
145The VariantHS 4b 4
146Tom ThumbE2 5c **97
147Enigma VariationsE5 6a *2
148The Giant's StaircaseHVS 5a *142
149No PeruE4 6a *2
150Magic Beans
V5 7
151BeanstalkE2 5c **137
 The Amphitheatre 
153Amphitheatre CrackM 8
154Bramble GrooveVS 4b 20
155Bramley's TraverseHS 4b 3
156Oblique ChimneyVD *28
157Darren Hawkins' Invisible NeckE4 5c  
158Elliott's UnconquerableHVS 5a *98
159Mephistopheles ExitHVS 5a *1
160Elliott's Right-HandE1 5c 16
161Hey Turkey NeckE2 5c 5
162Weston's ChimneyVD 32
 Owl Gully 
164Escape/Boot HillE3 5c ***192
165Trick or TreatE3 5c **1
166Three Hundred Pounds of Musclin Manf7C+ ***2
167Percy's Cornflake
V7 **2
168The GrooveE9 7b *** 
169NutcrackerE2 5c **14
170Fern Hill IndirectE4 5c ***15
171Fern HillE2 5c ***482
172Owl GullyVD *140
173Tiger TraverseE2 5b *17
174Sedimental JourneyE4 6a *1
175Nettle WineE4 6b ***35
176Five Finger ExerciseE2 5c ***453
177Liquid AssetsE4 6b *1
 Suicide Wall 
179Bower Route 1HS 4b *148
180Direct StartVS 4c *5
181Pleasant Streetf7A  
182RenaissanceE2 6a *2
183RequiemE3 6a ***73
184Bailey Bridge
E2 5c 8
185The Long Distance RunnelE5 6c **2
186Suicide WallHVS 5b ***934
187Suicide Wall DirectE1 5c **4
188The Children's HouseE5 6c **3
189Oak Tree ChimneyVD 26
190Stihl LifeE5 6a **2
191SepulchraveHVS 5a **120
192MordauntE2 5b ***25
193Savage MessiahE2 5c **134
 North Wall 
195Stretch LimoE5 6b *2
196North ClimbS 4a *92
197The Little Greenie
E2 6a 1
198Niche DirectVS 4c *15
199Oak Tree Gully
M 2
200Pinchers' Wallf7A+ **2
201North WallVD *12
202Jimmy's CrackHVS 5b *73
203Invasion of the Cider Women
E4 6c 1
204Invasion of the Cider Women Directf7A ***8
205Samantha Muesli
E3 6a  
207QuercusE4 6b *1
208Slot Ladderf6A 3
209Edgucationf6A+ 4
 The Grimoire 
211Whose Line Is It Anyway?HVS 5a **12
212Rocky's RevivalVS 4c *4
213Oi Grimer!E1 5b 3
214Bagu YaguV8 **1
215Chess BoxerE6 6c **1
216GrimoireE6 6c **7
217Bonfire of the Manateesf7A *1
219Sparrow/My Best Friend the Water Melon
V9 ** 
220Sparrow Right-Wing
V8 * 
221Nymphs and SatyrsE1 5c 1
222Thigh MasterV5 * 
 Cratcliffe Woods 
 The Arch 
225Arch ArÍtef6A  
226The Arch
V5 *3
228Brian's Private ArÍte
V8 **18
 Brain Dead 
232Near Death Experience
V8 * 
233Brain DeadV4 ***74
234Skin DeepV7  
235Little ArÍte
237Moss RidgeV2 *1
238House of the Holeyf7C **3
239Chapel of Rest
V6 **24
V7 ***59
241No HuecoV5 **46
 Above Hueco 
243Soaperstitionf6B+ 6
244Soap Dogerf6C *4
 P Crack 
V6 *31
247Seventy-Two Direct
V7 *4
248P Crack
V8 **6
250Brother Lee Love
251Jerry's Reverse *f7B+ **1
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