Climbs 27
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 400m a.s.l
Faces W

Swirl How © Will Herman

Crag features

Two easy access buttresses - short routes uo to 24m. Two Sizes Too Big(HVS), First One(VS), Midge wall(HS), Burger(E1), American pie(E2), Supertramp(E3), Californian Weirdo(E2).

Approach notes

Up to 30 minute approach from car park at Swirls, Thirlmere.


Nice little crag in a superb position, especially on a sunny afternoon. Maybe I was having a bad day but I found some of the grading very tough and inconsistent. The rock is generally good, but the protection is limited on some routes and moss and vegetation is a factor on some routes.
Rog Wilko - 02/Oct/15
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Upper Swirl Crag 
 Left-Hand Side 
3How Hard
S 4
S 24
5Tight Fit
VS 5a 24
6Two Sizes Too Big
HVS 5b 30
7The First One
VS 4b 58
8Midge Wall
HS 4a *68
9The RaceE1 5c 3
10Midget's Slab
HVS 5a 8
 Right-Hand Side 
12Ballet Mecanique
VS 4c 52
13A Day at the Races
MS 18
HS 28
15CC Rider
HVS 5a 33
16Horse and Farrier Special
VS 4b 8
17The Knacker's YardHS 7
 Lower Swirl Crag 
E1 5b *47
20American Pie
E2 5c **30
HVS 5a 49
22Breakfast In AmericaE4 6a **8
23Californian Weirdo
E2 5c **65
 Unknown Climbs 
25Jackos BeardHS 4c *2
26La Habanera
M 3
27Hot Dog *E2 5c 1
28Helvellyn Gill *
1 2
29Bimbo *
VD 3
30Swirled not Shaken *E3 6a  
31Super Tramp *E3 5c *1
32There's the Rub *E5 6b **1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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