Climbs 35
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 450m a.s.l
Faces NE

high on philistine © fatboyblim

Crag features

Superb selection of medium(HVS-E1) grade routes on superb rock. Indecent Obsession(E2), Foul Play(HVS), Executioners Song(E3), Samson(HVS), Philistine(E1), Lost Colonies(E3), Psycho(E1), High Crag Buttress(HVS), Nebs.. Dream(E1), Gethsemane(E1), Delilah(VS).

Approach notes

45 minute uphill walk from Gatesgarth Farm. Farmer charges £3 to park off road but there is other space nearby.

Access Advice

There have been complaints about climbers approaching over private land near Hagg House. Therefore approach on the public footpath that goes towards Kay Nest but before you get there turn South East & walk above the wall.

Recommend taking two ropes for an abseil. The descent otherwise = follow obvious worn heather path to the left edge of the crag (bit exposed, but okay in climbing shoes) until a square trough corner appears in the heather at your feet for you to scramble down ( this looks easy and is at first until it ends up on a square grass platform near the bottom). Three options from grass platform: 1, recommmended, downclimb the shortest chimney on your right (good holds do appear) 2, scramble down the continuation rocks (bit awkward and precarious). 3, if wearing tweeds throw yourself into the holdless chimney and slide down! Lovely crag, sensational views of Buttermere and Crummock Water.
jimorothy - 24/May/10
The best crag in the Lake district. Lovely rock a texture and situation. I might have been a bit windy on the day but still feel that Philistine is a bit run-out for E1.
tom valentine - 27/Jul/08
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Left Hand Crag 
2Wishful ThinkingVS 5a *4
3FelonyHVS 5a 5
4Indecent Obsession
E2 6a **14
5Foul Play
HVS 5b **49
6Red, Raw and Itchy
E3 6a **1
7The Executioner's Song
E3 6a ***10
8Short Circuit
E1 5c *3
9The Navigator
HVS 5a 1
HVS 5b 1
E1 5c  
 Main Buttress 
13The Three Kings
VS 4c *9
HS 4a 26
15Nameless Route
S 3c 11
16Bunyip Buttress
VS 4b *2
MVS 4b **23
18Resurrection Route
VS 4b *36
19Dry Trim
E1 5b **41
HVS 5a **86
21Close Shave
E1 5b **4
22The PhilistineE1 5b ***141
23The Sun Never Sets
E3 6a *2
E1 5b **14
25The Israelite
E3 5c * 
26The Lost AegeanE2 5c **3
27Lost Colonies
E3 6a **16
28Lost Colonies (Original Start)
E2 5b **6
29High Crag Buttress
HVS 5a ***104
HVS 5a *1
31Nebuchanezzar's Dream
E1 5b **11
32Quest for Wisdom
E2 5c *2
E1 5b **56
VS 4c ***139
35Gatesgarth ChimneyVD *2
36The Girde Traverse
HVS 5a * 
 Winter Routes 
38Gatesgarth ChimneyIV 5 *1

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