Gordale Scar

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.

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 nameGrade
2The GreaserHS 4a 2
3Juggy CornerD 6
4Grey CrackMVS 4b 3
5Dinner CrackS 4
6Old RakeM 3
7The CrescentS 3
8Slanting ScoopVD 5
9Sheep's CrackHVS 5a 1
10Keyhole RidgeHS 4a *5
11Sheep's GrooveVS 4c 1
12Tufted DuckE2 5c **1
14KatydidHS 4b *3
15StingoVS 5a 1
16The RiddlerVS 4c *3
17The SpinnerHVS 6a 1
18Tunnel VisionE4 6a *2
19NonsuchE2 5c 1
20The BulgerHVS 5a 3
21DeceptionS 9
22Parallel CracksHS 4a 1
23The EliminateVS 4c **26
24TiptoeVS 4c *13
25Black KnightHVS 5a 3
26Overhanging FlakeHVS 5a 6
27BlatHVS 5c 2
28The GafferVS 5a 1
29Narrowing CrackVS 4c *2
30Hang the JokerE2 5c *1
31Paradise StreetHS 4b *7
32Corner Tree ClimbVD 4
33Hidden CornerS 2
34The NorperE1 5b4b 2
35Court JesterE2 5c **9
36The LyncherE2 5c ***8
37yarkE1 5b **8
38BushmasterVS 4c 2
39The ComebackVS 4c *2
40King TutVS 1
42Promises, Promises6a *47
43Special NeedsE4 5c 1
44I'm Forever Threatening6b+ *47
45Nothing to DeclareE5 6a ***11
46Decree NisiE6 6b * 
47Nothing to PrepareE5 6a *1
48A New UndergroundE6 6a ** 
49Concrete JungleE6 6b **2
50The Cement GardenE6 6c ***1
51Mirage8a ***1
52Face RouteE3 6a ***100
53Living Dead ExtensionsE5 6a *2
54Mossdale TripE6 6b **4
55Jenny WrenE5 6a **20
56RevoltE5 6b ***3
57RebelE5 6b ***9
58The CauseE5 6b **4
59The Good, The Bad And The UglyE7 6b ***1
60The UnforgivenE6 6b, 6a ** 
61What Grot GotE8 6b, 6c  
62Three WishesE5 6a ** 
63What God Wants7b 2
64King RatE5 6a, 6c **1
65Block And Decker6b+ 5
66The Hungerford Massacre7a+ 2
67Nowt for Nearly6c+  
68MeridianE6 6b ***1
69Girdle traverse of the left wallE2 5c **6
71The Black BottomE1  
72The Missing LinkHVS  
73Hoodlum Priest7b+ **7
74Ventura7b **4
75Pedestal WallE1 5b *3
76Pedestal CrackHS 4b *8
77Naked7b+ **7
78Wise CrackE3 5c *4
79Featuristic7a *17
80What Do You Want Me To Do With It7a+ 9
81Don't Matter Just Don't Bite It7a+ 6
82Erotic Nightmare7b+ 1
84Wire WoundE2 5c 1
85Crossley Yarns6b+ *26
86Red Rhinoceros6c **28
87Liang Shan Po7a+ *1
88Palming Pavorotti's Peach7b 7
89Horny6c 3
90Soft Option6b+ 13
92Shallow Water Sport6c *1
93Flood Gates7a *1
94Water Margin7b+ 3
95Revel In Your Time7b+ 2
96Green Lipped Mussels7c *6
98Alien Water KissE6 6b ** 
99Darkness BeckonsE6 6b *** 
100MeggazonesE4 6a **4
101Slapstick7c 1
102Who's For Tea7b 3
103In The Red7b+ *1
104Crash Test Dummy7a+ *6
105Green Carpet6b *17
106Moulin Rouge6c **9
107ShadowlandsE2 5c **12
108The Twilight Zone6b+ *5
109SunshineHVS 5a 1
111DarknessE2 5c  
112EnlightenmentE6 6b 2
113Prince of DarknessE5 6a **9
114LightE2 5c ***37
115CabaretE1 5b ***22
116NightrideE2 5c **2
118DelivertoadE6 6b ***5
119LiberationE5 6b *1
120DeliveranceE5 6b ***17
121RedemptionE5 6a **6
122Unknown PleasuresE5 6b ** 
123DolstoneE4 6a 1
124West Face RouteVS 4b *1
125Burning DaylightE6 6a *1
126SolsticeE5 6a **14
127The Thrivin'E4 6a *9
128ClimactericE5 6a 1
129Ward 107a 6
130Chemistry SetE6 6b 2
131Ocean Heart6c **7
132Mr Trimby's Guinea Pig6c+ 5
133Pillar and Roof Route7b+ 1
135Ivy GrooveE3 5c *13
136A Squire to MadnessE6 6a * 
137A Squire to Madness - Variation StartE6 6a **1
138Comedy of ErrorsE5 6a **7
139Revival7b ***26
140Hang onto your ego7c  
141Revitalised7b+ ***4
142DeconstructionE6 6b 3
143Masochism TangoE6 6c **2
144Come DancingE3 5c 2
145Strictly Ballroom7b *64
146Nothing Lasts Forever7b+ *23
147Strictly Masochism7c ***5
148Strictly Cool7c ***3
149Huecool8b **6
150Supercool8a+ ***31
151A Grand Day Out7c+ ***1
152Cave Route Left (pre-2012 trad version)E6 6c ***16
153Cave Route Left7c+ ***11
154Cave Eliminate7c+ *5
155Cave Route RightE6 6b ***39
156Cave Route (original)A2 ***2
157Defcon 37c+ ***13
158Last Dog7b *79
159Dogpoint7b+ **15
160Pierrepoint7c+ ***38
161Pierrepoint original start7c *1
162Diminished Responsibility7c ** 
163Hangman Start7c+ * 
164HangmanE6 6b ***3
165Trubble8a+ *6
166The Inca Trail7c *6
167Well Hung7b ***8
168Gallows Humour7a **19
169Ruth Ellis7c ** 
170Bite It And Believe ItE6 6b **3
171BlissE7 6b ***1
172Through TripE6  
174Lucifer SamMVS 4b 1
175D.K.VD 2
176Willy NillyS 1
177Boy WonderVS 4c 1
178DavidVD 4
179Obtuse CornerS 6
180Ambiguous AreteS 1
181JonathonVD 2
182Walnut ScoopMVS 4b *3
183December DodosS 1
184GatesS 3
185Faked CardsVS 4c 2
186The JokerVS 4c 2
187The KnaveHVS 5a 2
188The JugglerHVS 5a 3
189FingersS *9
190Cat Was WrongHS 1
191Pinnacle CrackD *1
192SarcasmS 8
193Jenny SpinnerMVS 4b 2
194Two Flake ClimbHS 4a 3
195Little Flake ClimbVS 4c *3
196DisappointmentHVS 5a 1
197BogsideHVS 5a 1
198TychoVS 4c 1
199S.G.B.MS 2
200The CornerS 2
201The WallHS 1
203Gordale Scar Waterfall (Summer)1 13
204Gordale Waterfall Right1 **3
206Gordale waterfallIII 7
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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