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Gordale Scar

North Yorkshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 250 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces ?

Crag features
The gaping mouth of Gordale is a sight to leave most climbers awestruck on first aquaintance. The combination of its narrowing overhanging walls and the constant drone of the wind and waterfall make it a place where only familiarity tempers the apprehension. However, once you are acquainted with the place, the climbing experience is easily equal to its more popular counterparts at Kilnsey and Malham, in fact many will find it an even more compelling place to climb be it on a gripping ascent of an adventurous traditional line or doing battle with one of its huge, sustained, forearm-bursting and rope-stretching sport pitches.

Access notes
One of the biggest problems at Gordale is the ever-present danger of rockfall. More often than not rockfall is natural erosion or caused by sheep but that may not stop people blaming climbers. There is little we can do about this but we can make sure that, whenever we do climb here, we take the greatest of care not to dislodge rock onto walkers below. Be very aware that any falling rock could be fatal for those below and even a small incident may result in a total climbing ban here.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

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More: mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire DalesMet Office: Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Limestone (2005), Northern Limestone Route Database (2001),
Out of print: Northern Limestone (2004), Yorkshire Limestone (Millenium Supplement) (1997), Yorkshire Limestone (1992)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
2The GreaserHS 4a 2
3Juggy CornerD 5
4Grey CrackMVS 4b 3
5Old RakeM 2
6The CrescentS 3
7Slanting ScoopVD 4
8Sheep's CrackHVS 5a 1
9Keyhole RidgeHS 4a *5
10Sheep's GrooveVS 4c 1
11Tufted DuckE2 5c **1
12Dinner CrackS 4
14KatydidHS 4b *3
15The RiddlerVS 4c *3
16Tunnel VisionE4 6a *2
17The BulgerHVS 5a 3
18DeceptionS 9
19Parallel CracksHS 4a 1
20The EliminateVS 4c **26
21TiptoeVS 4c *13
22The Black KnightHVS 5a *2
23Overhanging FlakeHVS 5a 6
24BlatHVS 5c 2
25The GafferVS 5a 1
26Narrowing CrackVS 4c *2
27Hang the JokerE2 5c *1
28Paradise StreetHS 4b *7
29Corner Tree ClimbVD 4
30Hidden CornerS 2
31Court JesterE2 5c **9
32The LyncherE2 5c ***8
33yarkE1 5b **8
34BushmasterVS 4c 2
35The ComebackVS 4c *2
36King TutVS 1
38Promises, Promises6a *46
39Special NeedsE4 5c 2
40I'm Forever Threatening6b+ *46
41Nothing to DeclareE5 6a ***11
42Decree NisiE6 6b * 
43Concrete JungleE6 6b **2
44A New UndergroundE6 6a ** 
45The Cement GardenE6 6c ***1
46Mirage8a ***1
47Face RouteE3 6a ***92
48Living Dead ExtensionsE5 6a *2
49Mossdale TripE6 6b **4
50Jenny WrenE5 6a **21
51RevoltE5 6b ***3
52RebelE5 6b ***9
53The CauseE5 6b **4
54The Good, The Bad And The UglyE7 6b ***1
55What God Wants7b 2
56King RatE5 6a **1
57Block And Decker6b+ 5
58The Hungerford Massacre7a+ 2
59MeridianE6 6b 1
60Girdle traverse of the left wallE2 5c **6
62Hoodlum Priest7b+ **7
63Ventura7b **5
64Pedestal WallE1 5b *3
65Pedestal CrackHS 4b *8
66Naked7b+ **7
67Wise CrackE3 5c *4
68Featuristic7a *18
69What Do You Want Me To Do With It7a+ 9
70Don't Matter Just Don't Bite It7a+ 7
71Erotic Nightmare7b+ 1
73Wire WoundE2 5c 1
74Crossley Yarns6b+ *26
75Red Rhinoceros6c **27
76Palming Pavorotti's Peach7b 7
77Horny6c 3
78Soft Option6b+ 13
80Water Margin7b+ 3
81Revel In Your Time7b+ 2
82Green Lipped Mussels7c *6
84Alien Water KissE6 6b ** 
85Darkness BeckonsE6 6b *** 
86MeggazonesE4 6a **4
87Slapstick7c 1
88Who's For Tea7b 3
89In The Red7b+ *1
90Crash Test Dummy7a+ *6
91Green Carpet6b *16
92Moulin Rouge6c **9
93ShadowlandsE2 5c **12
94The Twilight Zone6b+ *5
95SunshineHVS 5a 1
97DarknessE2 5c  
98EnlightenmentE6 6b 2
 Climb nameGradex
99Prince of DarknessE5 6a **8
100LightE2 5c ***37
101CabaretE1 5b ***22
102NightrideE2 5c **2
104DelivertoadE6 6b ***5
105LiberationE5 6b 1
106DeliveranceE5 6b ***18
107RedemptionE5 6a **6
108DolstoneE4 6a 1
109West Face RouteVS 4b *1
110SolsticeE5 6a **14
111The Thrivin'E4 6a *9
112ClimactericE5 6a 1
113Ward 107a 5
114Chemistry SetE6 6b 2
115Ocean Heart6c **7
116Mr Trimby's Guinea Pig6c+ 5
117Pillar and Roof Route7b+ 1
119Ivy GrooveE3 5c *11
120A Squire to MadnessE6 6a * 
121A Squire to Madness - Variation StartE6 6a **1
122Comedy of ErrorsE5 6a **7
123Revival7b ***23
124Revitalised7b+ ***4
125DeconstructionE6 6b 3
126Masochism TangoE6 6c **2
127Come DancingE3 5c 2
128Strictly Ballroom7b *56
129Nothing Lasts Forever7b+ *20
130Strictly Masochism7c ***3
131Strictly Cool7c ***4
132Huecool8b **6
133Supercool8a+ ***27
134A Grand Day Out7c+ ***1
135Cave Route Left (pre-2012 trad version)E6 6c ***16
136Cave Route Left7c+ ***7
137Cave Eliminate7c+ *5
138Cave Route RightE6 6b ***36
139Cave Route (original)A2 ***2
140Defcon 37c+ ***12
141Last Dog7b *71
142Dogpoint7b+ **13
143Pierrepoint7c+ ***33
144Pierrepoint original start7c *1
145Hangman Start7c+ * 
146HangmanE6 6b ***3
147Trubble8a+ *6
148The Inca Trail7c *5
149Well Hung7b ***7
150Gallows Humour7a **19
151Bite It And Believe ItE6 6b **3
152BlissE7 6b ***1
154Lucifer SamMVS 4b 1
155D.K.VD 2
156Willy NillyS 1
157Boy WonderVS 4c 1
158DavidVD 4
159Obtuse CornerS 6
160JonathonVD 2
161Walnut ScoopMVS 4b *3
162December DodosS 1
163GatesS 3
164Faked CardsVS 4c 2
165The JokerVS 4c 2
166The KnaveHVS 5a 2
167The JugglerHVS 5a 3
168FingersS *8
169Pinnacle CrackD *1
170SarcasmS 7
171Jenny SpinnerMVS 4b 2
172Two Flake ClimbHS 4a 3
173Little Flake ClimbVS 4c *3
174DisappointmentHVS 5a 1
175BogsideHVS 5a 1
176TychoVS 4c 1
177S.G.B.MS 2
178The CornerS 2
179The WallHS 1
181Gordale waterfallIII 7
183Gordale Scar Waterfall (Summer)1 12
184Gordale Waterfall Right1 **3
185Ambiguous AreteS 1
186Cat Was WrongHS 1
187StingoVS 5a 1
188The SpinnerHVS 6a 1
189NonsuchE2 5c 1
190Black KnightHVS 5a 1
191The NorperE1 5b4b 2
192Shallow Water Sport6c *1
193Liang Shan Po7a+ *1
194Flood Gates7a *1
195Ruth Ellis7c ** 
196Hang onto your ego7c  
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It is amazing, a good walk. It is very difficult to climb but my dad mum, and me got my 6 year old sister and my 75 year old granny up there so it can't be that bad!
ryony nicholson - 19/Oct/04