Classic routes include Red Pencil (S), Red Pencil Direct (HS), and Gladiator (VS 4b).
Access is via the summit ridge, the correct descent point can be hard to find on a first visit.
Approach from either the Pennine Way from Dale Head (roadside parking at SD843724) or footpath from Brackenbottom (parking, cafAccess notes
Approach from either the Pennine Way from Dale Head (roadside parking at SD843724) or footpath from Brackenbottom (parking, cafˇ & toilets in Horton in Ribblesdale).
At the junction of the footpath and Pennine Way at SD837728, the right hand end of the crag (facing in) is visible on the skyline, above and behind a band of broken limestone.
Continue along the Pennine Way to the summit. Cross the wall and walk back along the wall, keeping it on your left hand side and following two gentle bends to the left. After approximately 500 metres and at the closest point of the wall and cliff edge, walk directly away from the wall. This leads to a depression in the cliff edge which is the top of the descent route.
Yorkshire Gritstone (1999)
|1||21 Weeks Today||MVS 4b **|
|2||Little Mahia||E2 5c **||1|
|4||Agnostic's Arete (Right Hand Variant)||S||4|
|6||Red Pencil||S 4a ***||92|
|7||Red Pencil Direct||HS 4b ***||139|
|8||Gladiator||VS 4b ***||35|
|9||Damocles Groove||HS 4b *||19|
|10||Brass Monkey||HVS 5a *||14|
|11||Christian's Crux||HVS 5a||4|
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|If going up there, Gladiator is far far better than either of the Red Pencil routes.|
Reggie Perrin - 20/Sep/14
|Red Pencil Direct has NOT fallen down! Climbed it 31 may 2005 - all there, good condition. Some rubble nearby, but not from this route. Classic Rock ticking can continue!!|
rob foster - 04/Jun/05
|did red pencil direct on 02/04/05. not as loose as it's made out to be but is very green at the moment. watch out for a hollow flake in the first groove, dave|
Dave Ayris - 03/Apr/05
|climbed red pencil direct 15/8/04. lots of fallen rock near by. not sure how the top 30 foot of the climb are holding on.great route great location. do it soon.|
steve - 19/Aug/04