Kinder Scout Downfall Area

Climbs 249 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 564m a.s.l – Faces W

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).

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Over the Moors (2012), Scrambles in the Dark Peak (2012), Western Grit (2009), On Peak Rock (2003), Peak Climbs - Kinder and Bleaklow (1990),
Out of print: Western Grit (2003)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2Ultra LeftVD 2
3Outside LeftS 4a 3
4Right WingerHVS 5b  
5Inside LeftVS 4c 2
6Inside RightVS 5a *1
7Mill Hill Corner Climb/Outside RightVD  
8Kilkenny RibHVS 5b ***1
9Mill Hill Crack/Pioneer's CrackVD 2
10Pioneers' SlabD 1
11One KnowsVS 4b  
12Two EyesS 4b  
13Give it UpE4 6b * 
14Crescent ArÍteE1 5a  
15Crescent WallHVS 5a  
16VelleityE3 5c  
17Gregory's FlakeHS 4b  
18TrifleS 4a  
19Yorick's DilemmaHVS 5c  
23Via Left Hand FinishVD * 
24TimewatchE2 5b * 
25The EliminateE2 5c * 
26Square Buttress CrackHVS 5a ** 
27Sheep in SituE2 5c  
28Central WallS 4a  
29Long Buttress AreteS 4a  
30First TimeVS 4b  
31Two TimerVD  
32TwistHVS 5a  
33Poor OutlookVD  
35Wall and RibVD  
36Snuff ButtressVD  
37Lower Chimney RouteS 4a, 4a *4
38Jolsen FinishVS 4b **4
39Pythagoras crackS 4a 1
40Pythagoras ArÍteHVS 4c  
41MemphisVS 4b  
42Spike ChimneyD **12
43A Sticht in TimeE2 5b  
44DisgustVS 4b  
45One in the EyeE2 5c  
46Right Hand RouteS 4a 2
47Central GullyS 4a  
48Once in a Blue MoonE3 6a ** 
49The Dark Side of the MoonE3 5c ***6
50Extinguisher ChimneyVS 4c **5
51Candle ButtressHVS 5a *9
52Leaf ShelfVS 4c 5
53Intermediate RouteHS 4b 7
54South WallVD **33
55Pedestal ClimbD *13
5645 DegreesHVS 5b 3
57Curving CrackS 4b 11
58Rock ReptileHVS 5b  
59Singer CornerS 4b 5
60M.G. RouteHS 4a 7
61Magic MonkeyE1 5c * 
62Monkey MagicHVS 5b * 
63Esgee CrackS 4a  
64The FunnelHS 4b  
65Eastern PromiseHVS 5b  
66Eastern CrackS 4a *15
67Eastern AreteHVS 5b  
68End WallVS 4c *7
70October GrooveVD 3
71October FlakesVD 3
72October FrontVD 3
73MiserD 3
74CakeVD 2
75The NicheS 4a *2
76Big VeeD 3
78West Wall ClimbHVS 5a * 
79ForeignerE3 5c * 
80The Mermaid's RidgeHS 4c ***39
81Mermaids Ridge alt. start (Moron's Stunt)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 OneE5 6a * 
89Boulevard TraverseS 4a 1
90NeptuneHVS 5a  
91AtoneE1 5b  
92JinnyVS 4b  
93The RingHVS 5b  
94UnnamedHVS 5b * 
95Siren's WallE1 5b  
96Annexe ChimneyS 4a  
97Annexe CrackVS 4c * 
99Finger in the VolcanoE1 5b **1
100The Bud SamaritanE2 6a * 
101AT AreteE1 5c  
102Front FaceVD 2
103Cleft RouteD * 
104Shallow CrackHS 4c  
105Little Buttress RoofE1 5b  
106Little ButtressM  
107Little Buttress Route 3VS 5a  
108Little Buttress Route 4VD  
109Greater ThanS 4a  
110The World in the EveningE3 6a ** 
111The World was Silent When We DiedHVS 5b  
 ---------- THE AMPHITHEATRE AREA ----------  
114Time for an EpicHVS 5b  
115Hurry CrackVS 5a  
116Sign of the TimesE3 6b ** 
117Slanting CrackVS 5a  
118Loose Block AreteHS  
119Camel RideHVS 5a  
120The SqueezeVS 4c  
121ClassicVD 2
122RoyalHVD 1
123Royal TowerVS 5a  
124DubrisHS 4a  
125Autumn ChimneyVD  
126Mushroom RibHS 4a  
127Niche AreteVS 4b  
128Incut WallHS 4a  
129Suprise, SupriseE1 5a *2
130Not So SuprisingVS 4c  
131Friends AreteE1 5b  
132Heaven sentE3 6a **2
133Moac CrackE1 5b * 
134Block Buttress ChimneyVD  
135Withering ArmsE3 6a * 
137BelialVS 4c *1
138Wild HorsesE1 5b  
139Italian StallionE2 5b ** 
140Monkeys OnlyE5 6a *1
141OddityHVS 5b  
142Minstrel CrackVS 4c  
143Domino WallE1 5b *4
144The Ledge ShufflersE6 6c ** 
145Raggald's WallE1 5a **9
146Great Chimney Left-handVS 4c **1
147The Great ChimneyHS 4b ***28
148The Ensemble ExitHVS 5a **3
149Loose ControlE8 6c *** 
150Sorry LadsHVS 5a  
151Professor' ChimneyD *18
152Professor's Chimney DirectVD *5
153Pegasus Left-handE1 5b * 
154Pegasus Right-handVS 4c *2
155Left Fork ChimneyD *17
156Right Fork ChimneyS 4a *7
157Embarkation ParadeVS 4c *2
158Final FrontierE2 5b  
159Crooked OverhangVS 4c 2
160Crooked AreteHVS 5a *4
161RodeoVS 4c *5
162ZigzagVD ***89
163Zigzag CrackHVD *10
164Spin-upHVS 5b *2
165Toss upHVS 5a 1
166Chockstone ChimneyVD *19
167The Last FlingE2 5b *5
168Amphitheatre CrackS 4b *1
169Amphitheatre Face ClimbHS 4b *4
170Five TenS 4a 4
171Square ChimneyM 7
172DribbleVS 4c  
173DrabbleVS 5a  
175GerminationVS 4c  
176HibernationE2 5c 1
177Termination RibHVS 5b *1
178TerminalE2 6a  
179Wombat WallVS 4c  
180My Part in his DownfallE6 6c *1
181North Tier ClimbVS 4c *2
182Grotter's GullyVS 5a  
183Stuck In A GrooveE2 5c 2
184Dud ChimneyE1 5a  
185Slip Sliding AwayE3 5c  
186The Glorious TwelfthE2 5b 1
187The HunterE3 5b *1
188The BeastE2 5b 1
189The Bloody ThirteenthE1 5b *4
190Shotgun GroovesHVS 5b *1
191Poacher's CrackHVS 5a *6
192Downfall GrooveHVS 5a * 
193The GamekeeperE5 6b *2
194Independence CrackE2 5c *2
195Hard TimesE2 5c *1
196Downfall ClimbM **50
198Downfall South CornerVD **13
199HarvestHVS 5a * 
200Two Penny TubeVD **1
202Trbutary CrackHS 4b  
203Recess RouteVD  
205Wall and Rib (Great Buttress)HS  
206Central ChimneyD *1
207Central Chimney DirectVS * 
208Pillar RouteHS  
209Don't Look BackHVS 5a **1
210In Anger FinishE1 5b * 
211GomorrahVS 4c * 
212The Go BetweenE1 5b  
213SodomVD 1
214Saint's WallHVS 4c * 
215Trio WallVS 4c *1
216Pigeon CornerVS 4c  
217Pocket WallVS 4b **2
218Flake ClimbHS 4b *1
219Bolster ChimneyS  
220The GallowsE3 6a * 
221Crescendo CrackHS 4b  
222Great SlabS 4a *3
223Arpeggio AreteS 4a  
224The Girdle TraverseVS 4c * 
226Double QuickVS 4c  
227Treble TimeD 1
228CharangoE1 5b * 
229Room to RomeHVS 5a  
230Refuse to LoseVS 4c  
231Hamster DamagedE1 6a * 
232Grin and Bear ItVS 4c  
233EntombedHVD 1
234Birch Vale 6aE1 5b * 
235Fragments of FreedomVS 5a  
236Silent SeasonsVS 4b  
237Time MachineVS 4b  
238Disguise in LoveHVS 5b  
239Asian TravellersVS 4c  
240Sir PlumbHVS 5b  
241ConstrictorVS 5a  
242Robert the BruceHVS 5b  
243Bob the BuilderS 4c *1
245Last FlingVS 4c  
246Lost Without TraceHVS 5a  
247Ambulance BrigadeE1 5b  
248Sunshine CracksVS 4c  
249LasseweVS 4c  
250KindermanE1 5c  
251Respect My AuthorityVS 5a  
252Comic ReliefHVS 5b  
253WysecrackHVS 5b  
254The Long Arm of the LawHVS 5a  
255Justice is ServedD 4a 1
257Kinder Downfall (Direct Route)IV **42
258Kinder Downfall, (Central Direct)III /iv *49
259Kinder Downfall (Downfall Climb)II/III **100
260Square Chimney ExitIII *3
261Red Brook (winter)I **15
262Arpeggio Gully (Winter)II/III **4
264Arpeggio Gully (summer)3 ***7
265Red Brook (summer)1 **11
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