Altitude 390m a.s.l
Rob Hunt on his first ever ice climb. SOLO. © Steven (Swifty)
Situated very close to the Lancashire/Yorkshire border, not far from the town of Todmorden is waterfall that comes into winter condition under a hard freeze. Provides a very decent pitch of Grade III and provides excellent novelty winter fun for 12m. As such it proves very popular with local climbers. The ice can get very fat indeed and most will want to pitch it. The surrounding rocks of the crag are high friable sandstone and not at all appealing, although someone somewhere at some time has bound to have been stupid enough to put routes up on it. They do however give a dramatic atmoshere to the waterfall cupped within their clutches. Easily accessed in ten minutes of steep hiking from the A646.
If heading from Yorkshire and hence west, about half a mile after leaving the village of Portsmouth near Todmorden a layby can be seen on the left of the A646. Park here. Walk back along the road for 100m to a public footpath sign pointing into some woods on the south side of the road. Skip over the fence and head up the left side of the gill to the waterfall.
|Nice little waterfall that will hold 3-4 lines in good conditions. Easy access and good fun to kill an hour or two. The area should really be called Ratten Clough.|
Rampikino - 05/Dec/10