Climbs 100
Rocktype Trachyte
Altitude 210m a.s.l
Faces S

Neil On The Edge © Sean Bell

Crag features

A magnificent landmark towering over the valley with three faces and many three star routes. Central Wall features the Edge (VS), a superb natural arete, offering huge exposure for the grade.

Approach notes

Good car parking. Crag is about 400 metres across a small stream. Look for stepping stones near the broken down wall.


Someone has scratched "XS" and an arrow pointing up to the right of pulpit crack. A route not mentioned in the guide book? And also WTF!?
Stevie989 - 22/Jul/14
Unfortunately the Ravens nest has fallen from it's ledge, probably due to heavy rain. There seems no sign of them atempting to rebuild it. The climbing restrictions should probably be lifted? Any thoughts?
maxtwomey - 05/Jun/12
Twitchers told me that the Perigrines haven't nested here for a few years though there is a raven nest on the Belk at mo
Badam - 09/Apr/11
Follow the path to the big Wallace monument and cross the Irvine by the bridge. No more stepping stones.
halfaseesaw - 10/Dec/09
well was my first time at louden hill today and only had breif time to fit in the one climb as i had been skiing all day at newmilns ski slope(anyway) done the edge and amn what can you say its awsome even seconding on it got to get back there soon!
georgespeirs - 10/Apr/07
Pulpit Crack is a fine climb ***, but the Edge really is amazing, I haven't seen anything in the UK like it, so yes, I agreee with Kinley.
jonnie3430 - 22/Dec/06
Err, it's good but if you think they are two of the best VS's in the UK then you need to travel a bit more!
Dave Kerr - 13/Oct/06
Massively underrated crag. Two of the best VS in the UK (Pulpit crack and The Flake), great views, superb location and a good pub.
Kinley - 26/Jun/05
Some nice mid grade climbs, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon. Foxglove chimney and strife are both particular favourites.
john - 25/Oct/04
The bird loving cop from Strathaven is an ex-Royal Marine Commando, and Strathclyde Police MRT member, as well as a really nice guy,- so I'd do as he say's if I were you! :-)
Davy Virdee - 06/May/04
Beware of a bird loving cop from Strathaven, who will try and keep you off the hill, whether walking or climbing. According to the MCofS, only a few routes to the sides of the nest should not be climbed on, other than this there is nothing to stop you climbing there.
Iain - 07/Nov/02
At the moment [June 02] a pair of peregrine falcons are nesting on one of the faces of the crag with young chicks. There are also a large amount of \"twitchers\" in the car park with telescopes etc who will try their utmost to discourage you from climbing on that wall. There are plenty of routes still available
stuart - 14/Jun/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Pulpit Rock 
2Pulpit Chimney
M 68
3SlingsE4 5c **13
4LungeE3 6a ***41
5Pulpit CrackHVS 5a **254
6Pulpit Crack Direct
E1 5b 1
7Pulpit AreteS ***408
 The Amphitheatre 
9Senile Slab
E4 5c 5
10Amphitheatre Arete
D 85
11Gorse Route
D 34
12Mantelshelf Wall
VS 4c **134
E2 5c 9
14Shattered Corner
S 4a 107
15Frustration Wall
HS 4b **251
16Frustration Wall (RH Finish)
VS 5a 49
17Conclusion Wall
HS 4b *150
18EpitaphVS 4c 117
19Epitaph VariationE2 5c **129
20Coffin Chimney
VS 4b 19
21Busman's HolidayVS 5a 19
 West Face 
23Trench DirectVS 4b 7
24Contortion Groove
VS 4c 4
25Sadist's Groove
HVS 5a 16
VS 4c 1
27Planet X
HVS 5a 1
28Tottering LaybackHS 4b 10
29Quick Skive
VS 4c **49
E2 5c 28
31Dee's Crack
HVS 5a ***93
E1 5b 13
33Automation Eliminate E2 5c *1
34John's Last
HVS 5a *8
E2 5b 3
36The BelkE1 5b ***186
37RingE1 5b *12
S 4a *106
39Rocking Stone Groove
M 10
40Evening Groove
S 4a 14
41Slab and GrooveHS 4b 16
42Cave CrackHVS 4c ***117
43The Troll WallE2 5c *3
44Hobbit Crack
E1 5b *9
45Young's StairwayVD 33
46MurE3 5c **5
47Leftover Crack
HVS 5a *6
 Central Wall 
49The Cat
E1 5b 2
50Original Route
VD 20
51The Left Crack
VD 25
52The EdgeVS 4c ***161
53Foxglove Chimney
S 4a 30
54The SplitsE1 5b **44
55Jackdaw Chimney
VD 30
56Jackdaw Chimney Direct Finish
S 4a 8
57The Vein
VS 4c 1
S 4a 5
VS 4b 1
60The Ramparts
S *36
61Short Term Effect
HVS 5a  
62Staircase Crack
VD 4
 Eastern Buttress 
64The Hand Traverse
HVS 5a 4
65Nose Rib
S 4a 5
HS 4b 5
68Dusk Route
VD **15
S 6
70Wall And Groove
S 5
71The Blitz
VS 1
72SCC Wall
S 2
73Breakfast Route
VD 1
74Boulder Suicide
E2 5b  
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