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Finedon Slabs Northamptonshire, ENGLAND
Climbs 27 – Rocktype Artificial – Altitude ? – Faces ?
The "rock" is actually concrete - the remains of an ironstone crushing plant whose cracked and weathered remains now provide Northamptonshire's only entry in a climbing guide. A perfect opportunity to use the word "esoteric". [Liz Asquith]
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Out of print: Leicestershire Climbs (1993)
Climbs at this crag
From the junction of the A6 and A510 at Finedon, turn into Orchard Rd, and then into St mary's Avenue. About 100m down the lane, turn left onto a footpath, and follow this for another 100m until the crag is reached.
It's in the "Pocket Park", which is a wooded ex-quarry. The flat top of the "slab" is clearly visible in the aerial photo.
guidebook => "Leicestershire climbs" - Cordee
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We had some fun here today... it's more scrambling than climbing, but then I am seriously starved of climbing. :-)
RobC1 - 06/May/07
Sad to say, there is a guide book covering Finedon Slabs - "Hitler's Buttock" just about says it all....
It actually used to be quite good practice (10 years ago), but was a right mess last time I visited
Brian S - 04/Oct/06
In reply to Colin: You mean it was once useable! Tried to seek it out in desperation once when I lived in Towcester. Biggest anti climax in the world. Just turned around and came back. You would have to be seriously starved of climbing to consider climbing here.
Jon Dittman - 28/Feb/06
I used to live in finedon, and tho i know nothing about climbing, this 'slab' is actually just a wall. it is behind a few houses, on the entrance into the country park, (if it can be called that). it is vertical, but i wouldnt say it was worth travelling to! and from what i remember, the council have locked it up behind a wire fence!!
CHARMAINE - 01/Dec/05
Still there behind the houses but in a real mess would need a lot of work to get it useable again.
Colin Barwell - 06/Dec/04
DOESN'T EXIST!! It has been turned into a housing estate and has all been removed.
t horne - 09/Nov/04