Climbs 253
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 564m a.s.l
Faces W

Scott Mckensie © DuncanR

Crag features

Rough, well-weathered buttresses in an amphitheatre containing the famous Downfall. Sandy, wet and green a good part of the year. Worth a visit in summer (particularly mid week - less Pennine Wayers!). Routes of all grades up to 25m high, in an easily accessible, but seemingly remote location. Classics are Zig Zag Climb (VD), The Mermaid's Ridge (30m! HS 4b,4c), The Great Chmney (HS 4b), Extinguisher Chimney (VS 4c), The Dark Side of the Moon (E3 5c) and The Gallows (E3 6a).

Approach notes

From Hayfield (SK 037868) follow the road towards Kinder Reservoir to parking (SK 048868). Continue along the road past the LHS of the reservoir and a well-used path leading up to the LHS of the amphitheatre (40min).

Guidebooks

Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Scrambles in the Dark Peak (2012)
Over the Moors (2012)
On Peak Rock (2003)
Peak Climbs - Kinder and Bleaklow (1990)

Out of print:
Walk in time is closer to 2 hours than 40 minutes. The climbs are generally steep and very traditional with an intimidating air about them. The rock is invariably green and lichenous even in a dry spell. Definitely not a climbing venue for the faint hearted. Nevertheless the setting is spectacular and very atmospheric and well worth a visit even if you don't get a lot of climbing done. Couple of half decent scrambles in the vicinity too.
Gerry_Doncaster - 09/Oct/15
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Mill Hill 
2Ultra Left
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VD 2
3Outside Left
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S 4a 3
4Right WingerHVS 5b  
5Inside Left
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VS 4c 3
6Inside Right
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VS 5a *1
7Mill Hill Corner Climb/Outside Right
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VD  
8Kilkenny Rib
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HVS 5b ***1
9Mill Hill Crack/Pioneer's CrackVD 2
10Pioneers' Slab
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D 1
11One KnowsVS 4b  
12Two Eyes
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S 4b  
13Give it UpE4 6b * 
14Crescent ArÍteE1 5a  
15Crescent Wall
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HVS 5a  
16Velleity
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E3 5c  
17Gregory's Flake
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HS 4b  
18Trifle
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S 4a  
19Yorick's Dilemma
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HVS 5c  
 Square Buttress Area 
21Meander
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VD  
22Leander
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D  
23Via Left Hand Finish
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VD * 
24Timewatch
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E2 5b * 
25The Eliminate
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E2 5c * 
26Square Buttress Crack
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HVS 5a ** 
27Sheep in Situ
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E2 5c  
28Central Wall
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S 4a  
29Long Buttress Arete
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S 4a  
30First Time
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VS 4b  
31Two TimerVD  
32Twist
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HVS 5a  
33Poor Outlook
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VD  
 Upper Western Buttresses 
35Wall and Rib
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VD  
36Snuff Buttress
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VD  
37Lower Chimney Route
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S 4a, 4a *4
38Jolsen Finish
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VS 4b **4
39Pythagoras crack
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S 4a 1
40Pythagoras ArÍte
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HVS 4c  
41Memphis
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VS 4b  
42Spike ChimneyD **12
43A Sticht in Time
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E2 5b  
44Disgust
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VS 4b  
45One in the Eye
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E2 5c  
46Right Hand Route
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S 4a 2
47Central Gully
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S 4a  
48Once in a Blue MoonE3 6a ** 
49The Dark Side of the MoonE3 5c ***8
50Extinguisher ChimneyVS 4c **5
51Candle ButtressHVS 5a *11
52Leaf ShelfVS 4c 6
53Intermediate RouteHS 4b 8
54South WallVD **38
55Pedestal ClimbD *14
5645 DegreesHVS 5b 3
57Curving CrackS 4b 12
58Rock ReptileHVS 5b  
59Singer CornerS 4b 5
60M.G. RouteHS 4a 7
61Magic Monkey
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E1 5c * 
62Monkey MagicHVS 5b * 
63Esgee Crack
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S 4a  
64The FunnelHS 4b  
65Eastern PromiseHVS 5b  
66Eastern CrackS 4a *16
67Eastern AreteHVS 5b  
68End WallVS 4c *7
 Lower Western Buttresses 
70October Groove
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VD 4
71October Flakes
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VD 3
72October Front
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VD 3
73Miser
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D 3
74Cake
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VD 2
75The Niche
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S 4a *2
76Big Vee
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D 3
 Kinder Buttress 
78West Wall Climb
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HVS 5a * 
79ForeignerE3 5c * 
80The Mermaid's RidgeHS 4c ***70
81Mermaids Ridge alt. start (Moron's Stunt)
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S  
82Glory BoysVS 4c  
83Left Twin ChimneyHS 4c **4
84Pumping IronyE3 5c * 
85Right Twin ChimneyHVS 5a ** 
86SemiE5 6b ** 
87Final JudgementE3 5c ***3
88Blessed are the Interplanetary One
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E5 6a * 
89Boulevard TraverseS 4a 1
90Neptune
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HVS 5a  
91AtoneE1 5b  
92Jinny
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VS 4b  
93The Ring
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HVS 5b  
94Unnamed
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HVS 5b * 
95Siren's Wall
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E1 5b  
96Annexe Chimney
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S 4a  
97Annexe Crack
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VS 4c * 
 Path Side Buttress 
99Finger in the Volcano
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E1 5b **1
100The Bud SamaritanE2 6a * 
101AT Arete
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E1 5c  
102Front Face
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VD 3
103Cleft Route
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D *1
104Shallow Crack
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HS 4c  
105Little Buttress Roof
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E1 5b  
106Little Buttress
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M  
107Little Buttress Route 3
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VS 5a  
108Little Buttress Route 4
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VD  
109Greater Than
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S 4a  
110The World in the Evening
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E3 6a ** 
111The World was Silent When We Died
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HVS 5b  
 ---------- The Amphitheatre Area ---------- 
 Two Tier Area 
114Time for an Epic
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HVS 5b  
115Hurry Crack
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VS 5a  
116Sign of the Times
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E3 6b ** 
117Slanting Crack
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VS 5a  
118Loose Block Arete
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HS  
119Camel Ride
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HVS 5a  
120The Squeeze
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VS 4c  
121Classic
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VD 2
122Royal
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HVD 2
123Royal Tower
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VS 5a  
124Dubris
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HS 4a  
125Autumn Chimney
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VD  
126Mushroom Rib
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HS 4a  
127Niche Arete
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VS 4b  
128Incut Wall
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HS 4a  
129Suprise, Suprise
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E1 5a *2
130Not So Suprising
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VS 4c  
131Friends Arete
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E1 5b  
132Heaven sent
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E3 6a **2
133Moac Crack
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E1 5b * 
134Block Buttress Chimney
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VD  
135Withering Arms
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E3 6a * 
 The Amphitheatre 
137Belial
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VS 4c *1
138Wild Horses
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E1 5b  
139Italian Stallion
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E2 5b ** 
140Monkeys Only
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E5 6a *1
141Oddity
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HVS 5b  
142Minstrel Crack
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VS 4c  
143Domino WallE1 5b *4
144The Ledge ShufflersE6 6c ** 
145Raggald's WallE1 5a **12
146Great Chimney Left-handVS 4c **1
147The Great ChimneyHS 4b ***30
148The Ensemble ExitHVS 5a **4
149Loose ControlE8 6c *** 
150Sorry Lads
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HVS 5a  
151Professor' ChimneyD *18
152Professor's Chimney DirectVD *6
153Pegasus Left-handE1 5b * 
154Pegasus Right-handVS 4c *2
155Left Fork ChimneyD *22
156Right Fork ChimneyS 4a *7
157Embarkation ParadeVS 4c *2
158Final Frontier
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E2 5b  
159Crooked OverhangVS 4c 2
160Crooked AreteHVS 5a *4
161RodeoVS 4c *5
162ZigzagVD ***163
163Zigzag CrackHVD *10
164Spin-upHVS 5b *2
165Toss upHVS 5a 1
166Chockstone ChimneyVD *26
167The Last FlingE2 5b *5
168Amphitheatre CrackS 4b *1
169Amphitheatre Face ClimbHS 4b *6
170Five TenS 4a 4
171PlaytimeS 1
172Square Chimney
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M 10
173Dribble
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VS 4c  
174Drabble
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VS 5a  
 Kinder Downfall 
176Germination
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VS 4c  
177Hibernation
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E2 5c 1
178Termination Rib
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HVS 5b *1
179Terminal
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E2 6a  
180Wombat WallVS 4c  
181My Part in his DownfallE6 6c *1
182North Tier ClimbVS 4c *2
183Grotter's Gully
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VS 5a  
184Stuck In A GrooveE2 5c 2
185Dud ChimneyE1 5a  
186Slip Sliding AwayE3 5c  
187The Glorious TwelfthE2 5b 1
188The HunterE3 5b *1
189The BeastE2 5b 1
190The Bloody ThirteenthE1 5b *4
191Shotgun GroovesHVS 5b *1
192Poacher's CrackHVS 5a *6
193Downfall GrooveHVS 5a * 
194The GamekeeperE5 6b *2
195Independence CrackE2 5c *2
196Hard TimesE2 5c *1
197Downfall ClimbM **65
 The South Tiers 
199Downfall South CornerVD **15
200HarvestHVS 5a * 
201Two Penny Tube
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VD **1
 Great Buttress 
203Trbutary Crack
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HS 4b  
204Recess Route
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VD  
205Pezulu
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VD  
206Wall and Rib (Great Buttress)
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HS  
207Central ChimneyD *1
208Central Chimney Direct
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VS * 
209Pillar Route
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HS  
210Don't Look BackHVS 5a **1
211In Anger Finish
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E1 5b * 
212Gomorrah
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VS 4c * 
213The Go Between
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E1 5b  
214Sodom
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VD 1
215Saint's Wall
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HVS 4c * 
216Trio Wall
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VS 4c *2
217Pigeon Corner
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VS 4c  
218Pocket Wall
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VS 4b **3
219Flake Climb
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HS 4b *1
220Bolster Chimney
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S  
221The Gallows
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E3 6a * 
222Crescendo Crack
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HS 4b  
223Great SlabS 4a *3
224Arpeggio Arete
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S 4a  
225The Girdle Traverse
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VS 4c * 
 Grin and Bear It 
227Double Quick
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VS 4c  
228Treble Time
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D 1
229Charango
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E1 5b * 
230Room to Rome
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HVS 5a  
231Refuse to Lose
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VS 4c  
232Hamster Damaged
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E1 6a * 
233Grin and Bear It
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VS 4c  
234Entombed
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HVD 1
235Birch Vale 6a
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E1 5b * 
236Fragments of Freedom
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VS 5a  
237Silent Seasons
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VS 4b  
238Time Machine
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VS 4b  
239Disguise in Love
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HVS 5b  
240Asian Travellers
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VS 4c  
241Sir Plumb
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HVS 5b  
242Constrictor
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VS 5a  
243Robert the Bruce
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HVS 5b  
244Bob the Builder
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S 4c *1
 Near Red Brook 
246Last Fling
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VS 4c  
247Lost Without Trace
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HVS 5a  
248Ambulance Brigade
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E1 5b  
249Sunshine Cracks
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VS 4c  
250Lassewe
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VS 4c  
251Kinderman
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E1 5c  
252Respect My Authority
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VS 5a  
253Comic Relief
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HVS 5b  
254Wysecrack
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HVS 5b  
255The Long Arm of the Law
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HVS 5a  
256Justice is Served
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D 4a 1
 Winter Routes 
258Kinder Downfall (Direct Route)IV **43
259Kinder Downfall, (Central Direct)III /iv *61
260Kinder Downfall (Downfall Climb)II/III **127
261Mermaid Gully (Winter)I 1
262Square Chimney ExitIII *3
263Red Brook (winter)I **14
264Arpeggio Gully (Winter)II/III **4
 Scrambles - Downfall Area 
266Mermaid Gully (Summer)1 1
267Square Chimney Exit3 2
268Arpeggio Gully (summer)3 ***21
269Red Brook (summer)1 **15
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