Combe Head and Gill, Combe Ghyll Cumbria, ENGLAND
Climbs 3 – Rocktype Rhyolite – Altitude 650m a.s.l – Faces N
A broken outcrop, including Combe Door Crag, with potential for wandering lines at a good variety of grades, including rambling winter ice and snow lines. Although the crag does not really warrent a visit in its own right, it does have a value for climbers wising to spice up their route to Glaramara after topping out on Raven Crag or Dove Nest Crag. Additionally, the classic masochistic scramble of Combe Gill (3s) leads up to the crag from Combe Ghyll. In winter conditions this provides at least one decent pitch of grade III winter climbing, often in condition when Raven Gully proves not to be. The crag's situation offers sensational views of Borrowdale and Skiddaw to the north. NOTE: While the Borrowdale guide lists the crag, it does not describe any specific lines - suggesting routes are 'obvious'. The FRCC website should be consulted for listed climbs, which we will endeavor to list here also.
B5289 Borrowdale. Just before the hump-back bridge and 200m before the turn left for Seathwaite farm a track leads up left to Thornythwaite farm. Follow this for 200m, limited parking on the right. A stile and obvious path lead to Combe Gyhll. Here the crag can be accessed indirectly via Raven crag, Dovenest crag or the Combe Gill scramble; or directly by following the west ridge towards Glaramara and branching off when Combe Head appears to the left of the path above the circular route to Rosthwaite Fell.
Lake District Winter Climbs (2006), Scrambles & Easy Climbs in the Lake District (2003), Borrowdale (2000)
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