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.

Guidebooks
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

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
 UPPER LEFT WING  
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
 LOWER LEFT WING  
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 **27
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 3
39The ComebackVS 4c *2
40King TutVS 1
 FACE ROUTE AREA  
42Promises, Promises6a *47
43Special NeedsE4 5c 1
44I'm Forever Threatening6c *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 ***102
53Living Dead ExtensionsE5 6a **2
54Mossdale TripE6 6a **4
55Sweet HereafterE7 6c  
56Jenny WrenE5 6a *21
 REBEL AREA  
58RevoltE5 6b **3
59RebelE5 6b ***9
60The CauseE5 6b **4
61The Good, The Bad And The UglyE7 6b ***1
62The UnforgivenE6 6b ** 
63What Grot GotE8 6c  
64Three WishesE5 6a **1
65What God Wants7b 2
66Dead Man WalkingE6 ** 
67King RatE5 6c **1
68Block And Decker6b+ 6
69The Hungerford Massacre7a+ 2
70Nowt for Nearly6c+ 1
71MeridianE6 6b ***1
72Girdle traverse of the left wallE2 5c **6
 BACKWATER BUTTRESS  
74The Black BottomE1  
75The Missing LinkHVS  
76Hoodlum Priest7b **7
77Ventura7b **4
78Pedestal WallE1 5b *3
79Pedestal CrackHS 4b *8
80Naked7b+ **7
81Wise CrackE3 5c *4
82Featuristic7a *17
83What Do You Want Me To Do With It7a+ *9
84Don't Matter Just Don't Bite It7a+ *6
85Erotic Nightmare7b+ 1
 KAARST BUTTRESS  
87Wire WoundE2 5c 1
88Crossley Yarns6c *26
89Red Rhinoceros6c *28
90Liang Shan Po7a+ *1
91Palming Pavorotti's Peach7a+ 7
92Horny6c 3
93Soft Option6b+ 13
 THE GROTTO  
95Shallow Water Sport6c+ *1
96Flood Gates7a 1
97Water Margin7b+ *3
98Revel In Your Time7b+ *2
99Green Lipped Mussels7c **6
 WATERFALL BUTTRESS  
101Alien Water KissE6 6b ** 
102Darkness BeckonsE6 6b *** 
103MeggazonesE4 **4
104Slapstick7c 1
105Who's For Tea7a+ 3
106In The Red7b+ 1
107Crash Test Dummy7a+ 6
108Green Carpet6b *17
109Moulin Rouge6c *9
110ShadowlandsE2 5c **12
111The Twilight Zone6b+ 5
112SunshineHVS 5a 1
 DARKNESS & LIGHT AREA  
114DarknessE2 5c  
115EnlightenmentE6 6b 2
116Prince of DarknessE5 6a **9
117LightE2 5c **39
118CabaretE1 5b ***22
119NightrideE2 5c **2
 DELIVERANCE BUTTRESS  
121DelivertoadE6 6a **5
122LiberationE5 6b **1
123DeliveranceE5 6b ***17
124RedemptionE5 6a **6
125Unknown PleasuresE5 6b ** 
126DolstoneE4 5c 1
127West Face RouteVS 4b *2
 SOLSTICE WALL  
129Burning DaylightE6 6a *1
130SolsticeE5 6a **14
131The Thrivin'E4 6a *9
132ClimactericE5 6a 1
133Ward 107a 6
134Chemistry SetE6 6b 2
135Ocean Heart6c **7
136Mr Trimby's Guinea Pig6c+ 5
137Pillar and Roof Route7b+ 1
 CAVE ROUTE AREA  
139Ivy GrooveE3 5c *13
140A Squire to MadnessE6 6a * 
141A Squire to Madness - Variation StartE6 6a **1
142Comedy of ErrorsE5 6a **7
143Revival7b+ ***26
144Hang onto your ego7c  
145Revitalised7b+ ***4
146DeconstructionE6 6b 3
147Masochism TangoE6 6c **2
148Come DancingE3 5c 2
149Strictly Ballroom7a *64
150Nothing Lasts Forever7b+ *23
151Strictly Masochism7c+ ***5
152Strictly Cool Masochism7c+ ***3
153Huecool8b **6
154Supercool8a+ ***31
155A Grand Day Out7c+ ***1
156Cave Route Left (pre-2012 trad version)7c+ 6c ***16
157Cave Route Left-hand7c+ ***11
158Cave Eliminate7c+ **5
159Cave Route RightE6 6b ***41
160Cave Route (original)A2 ***2
161Defcon 38a ***14
162Last Dog7b *79
163Dogpoint7b+ ***16
164Pierrepoint7c+ ***38
165Pierrepoint original start7c *1
166Diminished Responsibility7c ** 
167Hangman Start7c+ * 
168HangmanE6 6b ***3
169The NooseE7 6c  
170Trubble8a+ *6
171The Inca Trail7c *6
172Well Hung7b ***8
173Gallows Humour7a **19
174Ruth Ellis7c  
175Bite It And Believe ItE6 6b **3
176BlissE7 6b ***1
177Through TripE6  
 UPPER RIGHT WING  
179Lucifer SamMVS 4b 1
180D.K.VD 2
181Willy NillyS 1
182Boy WonderVS 4c 1
183DavidVD 4
184Obtuse CornerS 6
185Ambiguous AreteS 1
186JonathonVD 2
187Walnut ScoopMVS 4b *3
188December DodosS 1
189GatesS 3
190Faked CardsVS 4c 2
191The JokerVS 4c 2
192The KnaveHVS 5a 2
193The JugglerHVS 5a 3
194FingersS *9
195Cat Was WrongHS 1
196Pinnacle CrackD *1
197SarcasmS 8
198Jenny SpinnerMVS 4b 2
199Two Flake ClimbHS 4a 3
200Little Flake ClimbVS 4c *3
201DisappointmentHVS 5a 1
202BogsideHVS 5a 1
203TychoVS 4c 1
204S.G.B.MS 2
205The CornerS 2
206The WallHS 1
 WATERFALLS  
208Gordale Scar Waterfall (Summer)1 15
209Gordale Waterfall Right1 **4
 WINTER CLIMBS  
211Gordale 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