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.

Approach 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.

Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire (2015), 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 4
21DeceptionS 9
22Parallel CracksHS 4a 1
23The EliminateVS 4c **28
24TiptoeVS 4c *14
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 3
39The ComebackVS 4c *2
40King TutVS 1
42Promises, Promises6a *50
43Special NeedsE4 5c 1
44I'm Forever Threatening6c *51
45Nothing to DeclareE5 6a **11
46Decree NisiE6 6b ** 
47Nothing to PrepareE5 6a *1
48A New UndergroundE6 6a * 
49Concrete JungleE6 6b **4
50The Cement GardenE6 6c ***7
51The Perfect Mirage8a ***2
52Mirage8a ***1
53Face RouteE3 6a ***106
54Living Dead ExtensionsE5 6a **2
55Mossdale TripE6 6a **4
56Sweet HereafterE7 6c  
57Jenny WrenE5 6a *22
59RevoltE5 6b **3
60RebelE5 6b ***9
61The CauseE5 6b **4
62The Good, The Bad And The UglyE7 6b ***1
63The UnforgivenE6 6b ** 
64What Grot GotE8 6c  
65Three WishesE5 6a **1
66What God Wants7b 2
67Dead Man WalkingE6 ** 
68King RatE5 6c **1
69Block And Decker6b+ 6
70The Hungerford Massacre7a+ 2
71Nowt for Nearly6c+ 1
72MeridianE6 6b ***1
73Girdle traverse of the left wallE2 5c **6
75The Black BottomE1  
76The Missing LinkHVS  
77Hoodlum Priest7b **7
78Ventura7b **5
79Pedestal WallE1 5b *3
80Pedestal CrackHS 4b *8
81Naked7b+ **7
82Wise CrackE3 5c *4
83Featuristic7a *18
84What Do You Want Me To Do With It7a+ *9
85Don't Matter Just Don't Bite It7a+ *6
86Erotic Nightmare7b+ 1
88Wire WoundE2 5c 1
89Crossley Yarns6c *26
90Red Rhinoceros6c *29
91Liang Shan Po7a+ *1
92Palming Pavorotti's Peach7a+ 7
93Horny6c 3
94Soft Option6b+ 13
96Shallow Water Sport6c+ *1
97Flood Gates7a 1
98Water Margin7b+ *3
99Revel In Your Time7b+ *2
100Green Lipped Mussels7c **6
102Alien Water KissE6 6b ** 
103Darkness BeckonsE6 6b *** 
104MeggazonesE4 **4
105Slapstick7c 1
106Who's For Tea7a+ 3
107In The Red7b+ 1
108Crash Test Dummy7a+ 6
109Green Carpet6b *18
110Moulin Rouge6c *9
111ShadowlandsE2 5c **12
112The Twilight Zone6b+ 5
113SunshineHVS 5a 1
115DarknessE2 5c  
116EnlightenmentE6 6b 2
117Prince of DarknessE5 6a **9
118LightE2 5c **42
119CabaretE1 5b ***22
120NightrideE2 5c **2
122DelivertoadE6 6a **5
123LiberationE5 6b **1
124DeliveranceE5 6b ***18
125RedemptionE5 6a **6
126Unknown PleasuresE5 6b ** 
127DolstoneE4 5c 1
128West Face RouteVS 4b *2
130Burning DaylightE6 6a *1
131SolsticeE5 6a **14
132The Thrivin'E4 6a *9
133ClimactericE5 6a 1
134Ward 107a 6
135Chemistry SetE6 6b 2
136Ocean Heart6c **7
137Mr Trimby's Guinea Pig6c+ 6
138Pillar and Roof Route7b+ 1
140Ivy GrooveE3 5c *13
141A Squire to MadnessE6 6a * 
142A Squire to Madness - Variation StartE6 6a **1
143Comedy of ErrorsE5 6a **7
144Revival7b+ ***34
145Hang onto your ego7c  
146Revitalised7b+ ***4
147DeconstructionE6 6b 3
148Masochism TangoE6 6c **2
149Come DancingE3 5c 2
150Strictly Ballroom7a *90
151Nothing Lasts Forever7b+ *24
152Strictly Masochism7c+ ***6
153Strictly Cool7c+ ***6
154Huecool8b **6
155Supercool8a+ ***40
156A Grand Day Out7c+ ***1
157Cave Route Left (pre-2012 trad version)7c+ 6c ***17
158Cave Route Left-hand7c+ ***16
159Cave Eliminate7c+ **7
160Cave Route RightE6 6b ***47
161Cave Route (original)A2 ***2
162Defcon 38a ***22
163Last Dog7b *102
164Dogpoint7b+ ***36
165Pierrepoint7c+ ***42
166Pierrepoint original start7c *1
167Diminished Responsibility7c ** 
168Hangman Start7c+ * 
169HangmanE6 6b ***3
170The NooseE7 6c  
171Trubble8a+ *6
172The Inca Trail7c *6
173Well Hung7b ***11
174Gallows Humour7a **20
175Ruth Ellis7c  
176Bite It And Believe ItE6 6b **3
177BlissE7 6b ***1
178Through TripE6  
180Lucifer SamMVS 4b 1
181D.K.VD 2
182Willy NillyS 1
183Boy WonderVS 4c 1
184DavidVD 4
185Obtuse CornerS 6
186Ambiguous AreteS 1
187JonathonVD 2
188Walnut ScoopMVS 4b *3
189December DodosS 1
190GatesS 3
191Faked CardsVS 4c 2
192The JokerVS 4c 2
193The KnaveHVS 5a 2
194The JugglerHVS 5a 3
195FingersS *9
196Cat Was WrongHS 1
197Pinnacle CrackD *1
198SarcasmS 8
199Jenny SpinnerMVS 4b 2
200Two Flake ClimbHS 4a 3
201Little Flake ClimbVS 4c *3
202DisappointmentHVS 5a 1
203BogsideHVS 5a 1
204TychoVS 4c 1
205S.G.B.MS 2
206The CornerS 2
207The WallHS 1
209Gordale Scar Waterfall (Summer)1 17
210Gordale Waterfall Right1 **4
212Gordale 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