Fairy Steps

Climbs 219 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces W

Crag features
One of the finest crags in the South Lakes - superb rock and seldom busy. Many of the routes are now more commonly done as boulder problems. The boulder problems themselves are excellent with plenty to go at at all grades - for more information see:http://www.lakesbloc.com/crags/south-lakes-limestone/179-fairy-steps.html

Access notes
The Dallam Estate are looking to restrict access to this crag - negotiations are on-going?
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Guidebooks
Lancashire Rock (1999), LakesBloc Website

Climbs at this crag

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  Climb nameGrade
 LOWER STEPS RIGHT - GASLIGHT AREA 
2LimelightVS 4c
3Fire StarterVS 5a
4GaslightVS 5a
5IncandescentHVS 5b
6LanternsHVS 5b
 LOWER STEPS RIGHT - SECTOR NIGHTSHADE 
8Lights Outf6C+
9Feel the DarknessHVS 5c
10NightshadeVS 4a
11Feel the Darkness blocf6A **
12centre of wall (left of feel the darkness)f6C+ **
 LOWER STEPS RIGHT - MOONLIGHT AREA 
14La LunaHVS 5a
 LOWER STEPS RIGHT - TWILIGHT BUTTRESS 
16TwilightHVS 5a
17NeetabulbE2 5c *
18Friday the 13thE4 6a *
19TalcumHVS 4c
20ParasolS
 LOWER STEPS RIGHT - SHADOW WALL 
22The ShadowVS 5a *
23Black MoonHVS 5c
24The Dark SideHVS 5a *
 LOWER STEPS RIGHT - FLAT WALL 
26Shady DealVS 4c
27SolsticeVS 5a
28Roamin' in the Gloamin'HS 4b
 LOWER STEPS RIGHT - AMBRE SOLAIRE AREA 
30Ambre SolaireVS 4c
31CoppertoneVS 5a
32GoleuE2 5c
33Ultra VioletE1 5c *
34Sun SeekerVS 5a *
35Browned OffHS 4b **
36Bronzed Adonisf5+
 LOWER STEPS RIGHT - GLOOM AREA 
38Seen the LightS
39DuskHVS 5b
40Gothic WallE4 6a **
41The Dark AgesE1 5c **
42GloomVS 5a **
43UmbraE1 5c
44UnderworldE3 6b
45Going UndergroundE1 5c
46The TroglodyteS *
47NebulaS
 LOWER STEPS LEFT - CASSIUS AREA 
49PernambucoHS 4b
50RecifeHS 4b
51CassiusS 4a
52Pocket of PainE1 5b
53Morocco CrackVD
54MohammedVD
55Je ne Sais QuoiHVS 5b *
56Short FlakeVD
57TravailHVS 5c
58Inconnu FlakeE1 5c *
59CalcaireE1 5c
 LOWER STEPS LEFT - SECTOR AEON 
61Aeon Crackf6C **
62Aeonf7C *
63Aeonsf8A+
64Aeon Dynof7B **
65Aeon Prowf7C+ *
66Aeon Reversef7C+
 LOWER STEPS LEFT - SECTOR CAPEHORN 
68Horn A PlentyS 4a
69PaineE2 6a
70Cape HornVS 4c
71Paine startf6A *
72Sector Capehorn, Problem 4f4+
 LOWER STEPS LEFT - AFRICA FLAKE WALL 
74Pygmy WarriorE1 5b
75The Missionary PositionHVS 5a *
76White Man's BurdenE1 5c *
77Black Africa FlakeE1 5c
78White Africa FlakeVS 4b *
79Holidays in the SunE3 5c
80ApartheidVS 4c
81Thomson' GazelleVD
82KuduHS 4a
83ZuluVS 4c
 LOWER STEPS LEFT - ZAMBIA FACE 
85ZambiaHS 4b
 LOWER STEPS LEFT - ZIMBABWE AREA 
 LOWER STEPS LEFT - UNCONQUEARBLE AREA 
88Unconquerable AreteVS 4b
89Right UnconquerableVS 4c *
90Out right VictoryE2 5c *
91Left UnconquerableVS 4c
92InsuperableHVS 5b
 LOWER STEPS LEFT - SOUTH AFRICA WALL AREA 
94Vorster's GrooveHS 4b
95Game ReserveHVS 5b
96South African Lawn Tennis AssociationHS 4b *
97Preston's of BoltonS 4a
98SpringbokVS 4c
99TutuS 4a
100Cullinanf6B *
101Cultural Elite Sign-up Sheetf6B *
102SharpevilleHVS 5c
103SimonstownVS 4c
104Democracyf6B
105WildebeestVS 4c
106Dark ContinentS 4a *
107BetelHVS 5b *
108PepulVS 4c
109Two-timerS 4a
110Yew Tree DriveS 4a
111Final ScoreS 4a
112Stranded in the JungleHS 4c
 LOWER STEPS LEFT - EVIL PRIMEVIL WALL 
114Evil PrimevilE1 5b
115Anybody Out ThereHVS 5c
116DarkeningS 4a
 LOWER STEPS LEFT - THE TRICK AREA 
118IsolationHS 4b *
119Left of The Trickf6B+
120The Trickf7A
121The Trick ssf7A+ *
122Trick area isolated boulder traversef5
 UPPER RIGHT TIER - STEPS AREA 
124PuckM
125RobinM
126MerryweatherD
127SourmilkD
 UPPER RIGHT TIER - MEDUSA AREA 
129MedusaD
130StonefaceS 4a
131The SwordS 4a
132The ShieldS 4a
 UPPER RIGHT TIER - DRUIDS' AREA 
134CormachHS 4b *
135CernunnosVS 5a *
136The DruidHVS 5a **
137GofannonS 4a
138EponaS 4a *
139MabonS 4b **
140TaranisS 4a *
 UPPER RIGHT TIER - THE TOWER 
142Tower WallVS 4c
143Tower CrackHVS 5b
144Tower AreteS 4a
 UPPER RIGHT TIER - RUNE AREA 
146ScrawlVD
 UPPER RIGHT TIER - FANTASY AREA 
148CelticaVS 5a
149TaliesinVS 4c **
150MerlinVS 4c
151RheaedVS 5a
152WoodbindD
153The Mote of MarkHVS 5b
154CaerliolVS 5a *
155CelyddonVD *
156The Dark StairM
157GoddeuD
158Et tu Brutef6A+
159Woodbind Traversef6A+ *
160Woodbind blocf4+ *
161The Mote of Mark blocf5+ *
162Merlin blocf5 *
163Taliesin blocf5
164Rheaed blocf6A
165Problem 8f6C *
166Problem 8 SSf7A+ **
167Problem 10 Upper Rightf5+ *
168Caerliol blocf5 *
169Down the Edificef6A *
 UPPER LEFT TIER 
171FantasiaD *
172Mr. TS 4c
173CruellaS 4b
174SilvesteVD
175FelixS 4a
176PopeyeS 4a
177OliveD
178TomVD
179JerryS 4a
180Fairy TalesVD
181SepulchureD
182CrucifixionE1 6a
183Crucifixion SSV4 *
184BarabbasHVS 5b
185Landmark CornerHS 4b
186Chockstone CornerD
187Chockstone ChimneyD
188Pillar FrontHS 4b *
189Bay WatchS 4a
190Home and AwayVD
191Crozzly WallS 4a
192Whin CrackVS 4c *
193Rigg UpS 4a
194Rigg CrackS 4a
195RiggerS 4a
196IntellectE2 6b
197Send You No FlowersHVS 5b
198Whindow DressingHVS 5a
199Last FlingHS 4b
200shadowVS 4c
201Walk Awayf8B ***
202Walk Away (ss)f8C
203Axiomf7C+ *
204Axiom (ss)f8A+ **
205Mook Squadf7C **
206Intellect blocf6C+ ***
207Intellect (ss)f7B+ ***
208Ash Tree Wallf7C *
209Bone Machinef7C **
210The Groovef6C+ ***
211Inner Logicf6B
212Problem 24, Upper Left Tierf6C *
213Technical Dusting (Upper Left)f6B+ *
214Problem 54, Upper Left Tierf5+
215Problem 56.5, Upper Left Tierf4 5a
216Problem 74 Upper Leftf5 *
 UPPER LEFT TIER - THE BECOMING BLOCK 
218The Second Comingf7A *
219The Becomingf6B+ **
220Problem 47, Upper Left Tierf5
221Problem 50, Upper left Tierf7A+
222Problem 51, Upper Left Tierf6B+
 THE SHUCK'S LAIR 
224The Cappelf7B+ ***
225Casimir Effectf7B **
226Casimir Effect Directf7B *
227The Bogle Realmf7A+ *
228Alkaline Jazzf7A+ *
229React Dat Bootyf7B+ *
230Brane Worldf7C+ **
231Hare Devilf6C *
232The Slope-a-Dopef6C+ *
233Alkaline Jazz Extensionf7B *
234Eye of the Stormf8A **
235The Doom Gazef7C
236Hell Houndf6C+ *
237Doodah Dayf6C
238Credof8A+ **
239Kyrief8A+
240The Black Dogf7C+ *
 UNKNOWN 
242broken crackf4+
243The Pheasant Plucker's SonVS 4c
244My Lucky DayE2 5c
245Plucking HellE3
246The Pheasant PluckerHVS 5b
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Went the other night and had mixed feelings, the upper tier has great routes (although rather short, best with just a pad). However the lower tiers are dusty, dirty and overgrown, needs a lot more traffic for the routes to be worthwhile
joe.91 - 17/Jun/10
Fantastic day spent climbing at this super crag. There is lots to go at and some really fun problems. Well worth chicking out.
Fred Sergeant - 28/Mar/09
Just back from an afternoon spent at Fairy Steps in perfect weather. Quite short routes in that grey area between bouldering and soloing. Some really excellent lines, over roofs, up cracks, bridging between massive limestone pillars! Really good fun, and with orange evening sun on your back what more could you ask for? Martin :)
davies00 - 19/Mar/08
Agree with Jim. The Fairy Steps is an excellent crag. It constists of two tiers of quality limestone. There are plenty of short routes, and with bouldering pads a few of these are now seen as boulder problems. I boulder there and i can say that there are loads of excellent problems up to V5, then there are fewer but still worth a visit problems up to V15.
Mike Binks - 10/Feb/06
The Fairy Steps,a quiet but fantastic location,with climbing on impeccable limestone.Fairly short routes with great bouldering,everything from V0-V15!! but the rock needs a couple of days to dry after rain.Parking is a bit of a problem,especially on those summer evenings.A great outlook over the Lake District fells and Kent estuary,with good pubs nearby!!!
jimblack - 05/Feb/05
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