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The Gelt Boulder

Cumbria, ENGLAND

Climbs 10 – Rocktype Quartzite – Altitude 139m a.s.l – Faces ?

Crag features
A fine little boulder enjoying something of an international reputation on account of its somewhat erroneous inclusion in a guidebook to European climbing.

The Geltstone is situated on the side of the River Gelt about seven miles south-east of Brampton in Cumbria . The boulder is about six metres high and is composed of a fine-grained Quartzite. The climbing is steep, sometimes slightly overhanging and the holds are small, so strong fingers are essential to make the best of it. Even if you can't get up the routes its worth a visit, as just downstream is an excellent swimming pool for all the family in the clean water of the Gelt.

Another reason for trying is the perfection of the landing pad. Give it a whirl, but remember, midges can be a problem on still evenings and of course the visiting hordes of Euroclimbers looking for this 'super-boulder' could lead to some overcrowding.

Access notes
From Brampton on the A69 Carlisle to Newcastle road, follow signs for Castle Carrock. The B6413 leads after about six miles to Castle Carrock and signs lead past the two pubs and uphill to Geltsdale. Park cars on the obvious right-hand bend at Jockey Shield Cottages. A track leads downhill and crosses the river at Hynam Bridge. Turn right and walk under small crags beside the river until the derelict cottage of High Hynam is reached and the main path goes uphill. Continue on a small path by the river and after a couple of minutes a fine little swimming pool with a waterfall is passed. Continue upstream for a couple of hundred metres and the boulder will be found abutting against the path. No access problems exist and the place is popular with walkers and picnickers even though the land is privately owned. Please respect this privilege and observe the usual courtesies. Dogs must be left at home or access problems will occur.

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Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1The river faceV0- 1
2The upstream faceV1 14
3The main face-The areteV3 15
4The main face-Wall to the right of the areteV0+ 21
5The main face-The crackV2 5a-5c 20
 Climb nameGradex
6The main face-wall to the right of the crackVB 16
7Problem ChildV3 5
8Main Face/Upstream Face Traversef4+ 14
9Main Face Right Hand AreteV0- *10
10Lower Traverse of the Gelts *V1 2
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The derelict house mentioned has now been replaced by a new build, though the directions should not really change.
RobinHinson - 27/Mar/11

robie as moderator can you change the location of this crag? maybe 40-50 km east by south east and back into england?haha
dcclimb - 01/Jul/10