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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.

Weather forecast

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2.4mm rain
Cloudy
16 °C
17 kph

7.7mm rain
Cloudy
15 °C
14 kph

19.8mm rain
Mainly cloudy
16 °C
5 kph

1.2mm rain
Sun
15 °C
12 kph

0.5mm rain
Sun
17 °C
9 kph
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More: mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire DalesMet Office: Yorkshire Dales

Guidebooks
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
 UPPER LEFT WING  
2The GreaserHS 4a 2
3Juggy CornerD 5
4Grey CrackMVS 4b 3
5Dinner CrackS 4
6Old RakeM 2
7The CrescentS 3
8Slanting ScoopVD 4
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 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
 THE GORGE LEFT WALL (FACE ROUTE AREA)  
42Promises, Promises6a *46
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 ***93
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
60What God Wants7b 2
61King RatE5 6a, 6c **1
62Block And Decker6b+ 5
63The Hungerford Massacre7a+ 2
64Nowt for Nearly6c+  
65MeridianE6 6b 1
66Girdle traverse of the left wallE2 5c **6
 BACKWATER BUTTRESS  
68Hoodlum Priest7b+ **7
69Ventura7b **4
70Pedestal WallE1 5b *3
71Pedestal CrackHS 4b *8
72Naked7b+ **7
73Wise CrackE3 5c *4
74Featuristic7a *17
75What Do You Want Me To Do With It7a+ 9
76Don't Matter Just Don't Bite It7a+ 6
77Erotic Nightmare7b+ 1
 KAARST BUTTRESS  
79Wire WoundE2 5c 1
80Crossley Yarns6b+ *26
81Red Rhinoceros6c **27
82Liang Shan Po7a+ *1
83Palming Pavorotti's Peach7b 7
84Horny6c 3
85Soft Option6b+ 13
 THE GROTTO  
87Shallow Water Sport6c *1
88Flood Gates7a *1
89Water Margin7b+ 3
90Revel In Your Time7b+ 2
91Green Lipped Mussels7c *6
 WATERFALL BUTTRESS  
93Alien Water KissE6 6b ** 
94Darkness BeckonsE6 6b *** 
95MeggazonesE4 6a **4
96Slapstick7c 1
97Who's For Tea7b 3
98In The Red7b+ *1
99Crash Test Dummy7a+ *6
100Green Carpet6b *17
101Moulin Rouge6c **9
 Climb nameGradex
102ShadowlandsE2 5c **12
103The Twilight Zone6b+ *5
104SunshineHVS 5a 1
 DARKNESS & LIGHT AREA  
106DarknessE2 5c  
107EnlightenmentE6 6b 2
108Prince of DarknessE5 6a **8
109LightE2 5c ***37
110CabaretE1 5b ***22
111NightrideE2 5c **2
 DELIVERANCE AREA  
113DelivertoadE6 6b ***5
114LiberationE5 6b *1
115DeliveranceE5 6b ***18
116RedemptionE5 6a **6
117Unknown PleasuresE5 6b ** 
118DolstoneE4 6a 1
119West Face RouteVS 4b *1
120Burning DaylightE6 6a *1
121SolsticeE5 6a **14
122The Thrivin'E4 6a *9
123ClimactericE5 6a 1
124Ward 107a 6
125Chemistry SetE6 6b 2
126Ocean Heart6c **7
127Mr Trimby's Guinea Pig6c+ 5
128Pillar and Roof Route7b+ 1
 CAVE ROUTE AREA  
130Ivy GrooveE3 5c *11
131A Squire to MadnessE6 6a * 
132A Squire to Madness - Variation StartE6 6a **1
133Comedy of ErrorsE5 6a **7
134Revival7b ***26
135Hang onto your ego7c  
136Revitalised7b+ ***4
137DeconstructionE6 6b 3
138Masochism TangoE6 6c **2
139Come DancingE3 5c 2
140Strictly Ballroom7b *57
141Nothing Lasts Forever7b+ *21
142Strictly Masochism7c ***4
143Strictly Cool7c ***3
144Huecool8b **6
145Supercool8a+ ***28
146A Grand Day Out7c+ ***1
147Cave Route Left (pre-2012 trad version)E6 6c ***16
148Cave Route Left7c+ ***8
149Cave Eliminate7c+ *5
150Cave Route RightE6 6b ***37
151Cave Route (original)A2 ***2
152Defcon 37c+ ***13
153Last Dog7b *73
154Dogpoint7b+ **13
155Pierrepoint7c+ ***33
156Pierrepoint original start7c *1
157Diminished Responsibility7c ** 
158Hangman Start7c+ * 
159HangmanE6 6b ***3
160Trubble8a+ *6
161The Inca Trail7c *5
162Well Hung7b ***8
163Gallows Humour7a **19
164Ruth Ellis7c ** 
165Bite It And Believe ItE6 6b **3
166BlissE7 6b ***1
167Through TripE6  
 UPPER RIGHT WING  
169Lucifer SamMVS 4b 1
170D.K.VD 2
171Willy NillyS 1
172Boy WonderVS 4c 1
173DavidVD 4
174Obtuse CornerS 6
175Ambiguous AreteS 1
176JonathonVD 2
177Walnut ScoopMVS 4b *3
178December DodosS 1
179GatesS 3
180Faked CardsVS 4c 2
181The JokerVS 4c 2
182The KnaveHVS 5a 2
183The JugglerHVS 5a 3
184FingersS *8
185Cat Was WrongHS 1
186Pinnacle CrackD *1
187SarcasmS 7
188Jenny SpinnerMVS 4b 2
189Two Flake ClimbHS 4a 3
190Little Flake ClimbVS 4c *3
191DisappointmentHVS 5a 1
192BogsideHVS 5a 1
193TychoVS 4c 1
194S.G.B.MS 2
195The CornerS 2
196The WallHS 1
 WATERFALLS  
198Gordale Scar Waterfall (Summer)1 12
199Gordale Waterfall Right1 **3
 WINTER CLIMBS  
201Gordale 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