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Esk Buttress (Dow Crag)

Cumbria, ENGLAND

Climbs 55 – Rocktype Rhyolite – Altitude 490m a.s.l – Faces SE

Crag features
One of the most impressive blocks of rock in the Lake District with a long approach march and a fantastic sunny location in a remote valley. Wonderful rock. Routes up to 120m long. Red Edge(E1), Square Chimney(VS), Bridges Route(HS), First Last and Always(E7), Central Pillar(E2), Cumbrian(E5), Tresspasser Groove(HVS). The late, great Paul Nunn described Eskdale 'as the most beautiful mountain valley in England'.

Weather forecast

 Today  Sat  Sun  Mon  Tue 

2.0mm rain
Sunny periods
11 °C
9 kph

1.5mm rain
Mainly cloudy
10 °C
13 kph

5.0mm rain
9 °C
17 kph

2.4mm rain
Sunny periods
12 °C
8 kph

1.6mm rain
10 °C
17 kph
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Out of print: Scafell, Dow & Eskdale (1988)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGradex
1AfterthoughtS 1
2MossVS 4c  
3Gargoyle GrooveVS 4c, 4c *26
4Gargoyle DirectHVS 5a 40
5Wild BunchE2 5c *7
6Grand SlamE1 5b **33
7The Red EdgeHVS 5a ***101
8HumdrumE3 5c ***25
9Black SundayHVS 5a ***30
10Medusa WallVS 4c 49
11Square Chimney/Medusa Wall CombinationVS ***64
12PegasusE3 5c *4
13Bridge's RouteHS 4b ***145
14Central PillarE2 5b ***148
15The NorthumbrianE6 6b 1
16The CumbrianE5 6b ***37
17Great Central ClimbVS 5a *5
18Trespasser GrooveHVS 5a ***70
19Bower's RouteHS 4b *22
20The Esk Gorge2 ***9
 Climb nameGradex
21Alehouse RockE4 5c *2
22Boot HillVS 4c, 4c *3
23Esk ApeE5 6a **5
24First and Last and AlwaysE7 6b *** 
25FalloutE5 6a *2
26Desperately Sea KingE6 6b **1
27LooksterE5 6b * 
28AntibodyE4 6a *1
29G.T.IE4 5c *1
30HydraE2 5c 3
31Strontium DogE4 6a 2
32Serpent RouteHS *1
33Big Ben *E1 5b *1
34Wild Bunch Left-Hand *E3 5c *1
35West Point *HVS 5a5a *1
36Harkster *E2 5c *1
37Microbe *E1 5a5b 1
38Amoeba *HVS 5b5a *1
39Apache *E3 5c5a 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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Access notes
One and a half hour plus approach from Brotherilkeld in Eskdale or from Cockley Beck.

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This crag is fantastic, the situation is beautiful and it is quick drying. The walk in may be quite long but it is one of the finest I have done.
James - 28/Aug/02