Rockfax Description
An impressive line that weaves its way up a series of smooth looking walls. Start at a pillar under a dark stained wall above the lower end of a diagonal band of overhangs. The route is under a drainage line and takes longer to dry than the others.
1) 4c, 24m. Climb up a pillar to below the band of overhangs. Move up right through the overhangs to a sloping ledge. Follow a weakness that leads back left to a groove/crack and spike runner. Move up until a traverse across the smooth wall on the right gains a ledge and belay.
2) 5a, 17m. Go back left to the arete (low nut). Make some delicate moves up the arete before traversing leftwards to an open groove. Climb up the left side of the groove before moving left to a belay under an overhang. A pitch that requires a confident approach.
3) 4b, 30m. Go right to a hanging corner. Pull over into the hanging corner and then head up left to finish up a short chimney. © Rockfax

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Marti999 13 Sep Show βeta
βeta: Pitch 2 is bold a very low good nut is the only gear for traverse. Climbs ok without the missing flake.
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βeta: Pitch 2 is bold a very low good nut is the only gear for traverse. Climbs ok without the missing flake.
The Pulsing Motorik of Neu! 7 Jul Show βeta
βeta: Pulled large flake off start of P2. Grade unchanged but slightly bolder.
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βeta: Pulled large flake off start of P2. Grade unchanged but slightly bolder.
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User Date Style Notes & Partners
Marti999 13 Sep Lead O/S Really nice but thought provoking climbing.
Really nice but thought provoking climbing.
tsl42 8 Sep AltLd O/S Fantastic route! Led P1.
with Fragmod
Fantastic route! Led P1.
with Fragmod
Fragmod 8 Sep Lead
Stanners 8 Aug AltLd O/S
with Alex Rhodes, GT special (aka Georgia T)
with Alex Rhodes, GT special (aka Georgia T)
Bristol_Quornstar 8 Aug AltLd O/S
with Georgia T, Stanners
with Georgia T, Stanners
GeorgT 8 Aug AltLd O/S
with Alex Rhodes, Stanners
with Alex Rhodes, Stanners
Hidden 5 Aug AltLd
Ratfeeder 6 Jul Lead O/S The climbing is nice, no really difficult moves, but protection could be better. Pitch 2 is in reality quite dangerous. The flake on the rib at the start of pitch 2, which provides crucial holds and the only protection for the ensuing traverse left, moves alarmingly. The groove/wall at the end of the traverse is topped by another flake, again crucial for holds and protection, which also moves. I wouldn't want to fall onto either of these flakes. To describe Buckstone How as "comfortably sound", as the 2015 Wired Guide to Lake District rock does, is dangerously misleading. Its reputation for unsound rock is well deserved.
with Karl
The climbing is nice, no really difficult moves, but protection could be better. Pitch 2 is in reality quite dangerous. The flake on the rib at the start of pitch 2, which provides crucial holds and the only protection for the ensuing traverse left, moves alarmingly. The groove/wall at the end of the traverse is topped by another flake, again crucial for holds and protection, which also moves. I wouldn't want to fall onto either of these flakes. To describe Buckstone How as "comfortably sound", as the 2015 Wired Guide to Lake District rock does, is dangerously misleading. Its reputation for unsound rock is well deserved.
with Karl
The Pulsing Motorik of Neu! 6 Jul AltLd
with Rebecca
with Rebecca
lanky 2 Jul AltLd Linked p1 and p2 together
with Del
Linked p1 and p2 together
with Del
Hidden 29 Jun AltLd
jonathan_doyle 15 May AltLd O/S Not overly difficult in terms of tech-grade, only a couple of burley moves, however the exposure is pretty intense with some big runout sections.
Not overly difficult in terms of tech-grade, only a couple of burley moves, however the exposure is pretty intense with some big runout sections.
JohnHartley 15 May AltLd O/S Led P2 good route
Led P2 good route
Hidden 13 May -
PilarMartinez 22 Apr 2nd Good Route but not 3 stars as the guide book says, the beginning is on very dubious broken rock then gets better. The second pitch was my favorite, great constant Vs moves on excellent rock. The last pitch is not too bad but half way there is a flake that looks as it is going to come off any time you pull on stand on it. The very end is again on broken rock that could come off anytime. Two stars is fair.
Good Route but not 3 stars as the guide book says, the beginning is on very dubious broken rock then gets better. The second pitch was my favorite, great constant Vs moves on excellent rock. The last pitch is not too bad but half way there is a flake that looks as it is going to come off any time you pull on stand on it. The very end is again on broken rock that could come off anytime. Two stars is fair.
Julesthe1st 22 Apr AltLd O/S Led all pitches. A really nice route. Crag to ourselves
Led all pitches. A really nice route. Crag to ourselves
JendeHoxar 8 Apr Lead O/S
with Anne
with Anne
Chris Manasseh 28 Mar AltLd Led p2
with Stuart Hesketh
Led p2
with Stuart Hesketh
Hidden 27 Jul, 2018 AltLd O/S
abbeywall 15 Jul, 2018 AltLd O/S Led 1 and 2
with Elsier
Led 1 and 2
with Elsier
Elsier 15 Jul, 2018 AltLd Lead 3rd pitch only. My first intro to this type of rock, which I found quite scary, quite run out in places and the hollow sounding flakes did not inspire confidence either.
Lead 3rd pitch only. My first intro to this type of rock, which I found quite scary, quite run out in places and the hollow sounding flakes did not inspire confidence either.
Hidden 5 Jul, 2018 AltLd O/S
Hidden 24 Jun, 2018 Lead O/S
scottidog 22 Jun, 2018 AltLd O/S
with Dan Roach
with Dan Roach
joe king 11 Jun, 2018 Lead Lead P1 P2 together
with rob coles
Lead P1 P2 together
with rob coles
JSCB ?Jun, 2018 -
climbingpixie 27 May, 2018 AltLd O/S Lovely little route. Not hard but nicely thought-provoking. P1 & 2 felt about the same difficulty.
with Pagan
Lovely little route. Not hard but nicely thought-provoking. P1 & 2 felt about the same difficulty.
with Pagan
Hidden 19 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
Hidden 19 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
Hidden 6 May, 2018 AltLd
Jim Slater 6 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
with samkat
with samkat
oliverk 5 May, 2018 AltLd O/S P2. Great route. First 2 pitches roughly similar in difficulty. Crux on second pitch feels a little bold, but is not super-hard
with Zoe
P2. Great route. First 2 pitches roughly similar in difficulty. Crux on second pitch feels a little bold, but is not super-hard
with Zoe
NickJH ??, 2018 -
birks3746 13 Aug, 2017 AltLd O/S
with joe.91
with joe.91
joe.91 13 Aug, 2017 AltLd O/S
Dave Payne 16 Jul, 2017 2nd
Hidden 16 Jul, 2017 AltLd
Colin Dyer 16 Jul, 2017 Lead Led in two pitches after a partner backed off the lead of the first pitch. Excellent route, steading climbing throughout. Not much difference in difficulty between the first and second pitch.
Led in two pitches after a partner backed off the lead of the first pitch. Excellent route, steading climbing throughout. Not much difference in difficulty between the first and second pitch.
beds74 16 Jul, 2017 AltLd Climbed as 3. Repeat
with Colin Dyer
Climbed as 3. Repeat
with Colin Dyer
Small and weak 16 Jul, 2017 AltLd
Hidden 2 Jun, 2017 AltLd O/S
Samuel Wainwright 27 May, 2017 Lead O/S First pitch was probably more 5a than the second pitch!
First pitch was probably more 5a than the second pitch!
Hidden 29 Apr, 2017 AltLd rpt
bidean 22 Apr, 2017 Lead
Hidden 22 Apr, 2017 2nd
sheelba 22 Apr, 2017 AltLd
with Naomi
with Naomi
Hidden 29 Aug, 2016 Lead O/S
Hidden 29 Aug, 2016 2nd O/S
bobpilgrem 18 Aug, 2016 AltLd O/S
HimTiggins 18 Aug, 2016 AltLd O/S
with Bob
with Bob
Robbie Blease 16 Aug, 2016 AltLd O/S Led start of p3 then got lost and Bob flew up the rest.
with Brian, trekclimb
Led start of p3 then got lost and Bob flew up the rest.
with Brian, trekclimb
Hidden 1 Aug, 2016 AltLd O/S
peterbradshaw101 25 Jun, 2016 AltLd
with lithos
with lithos
lithos 25 Jun, 2016 AltLd P1, which is brilliant, Paul did P2 (no harder than P1) which is good. Then the heavens opened and we abbed off leaving a sling
P1, which is brilliant, Paul did P2 (no harder than P1) which is good. Then the heavens opened and we abbed off leaving a sling
Puma 25 Jun, 2016 AltLd
with lithos
with lithos
AngelaC 31 May, 2016 2nd
RM199 30 May, 2016 Lead O/S
loonylovegood93 30 May, 2016 2nd O/S
Colin Scotchford 28 May, 2016 AltLd
dprctr 12 May, 2016 AltLd O/S Lead P1. Great face climbing with minimal gear.
Lead P1. Great face climbing with minimal gear.
tom.ireson ?May, 2016 AltLd O/S
with David Proctor
with David Proctor
steely 17 Apr, 2016 AltLd O/S
with luke armitage
with luke armitage
Hidden 25 Mar, 2016 AltLd O/S
petegunn 25 Mar, 2016 AltLd
foostu4 16 Mar, 2016 AltLd O/S
with mjpr
with mjpr
Hidden 16 Mar, 2016 AltLd O/S
Climbingspike ??, 2016 -
topsyturvy 15 Oct, 2015 AltLd O/S lead pitch 2. Traverse on P1 is good value for 4c.
with Pero
lead pitch 2. Traverse on P1 is good value for 4c.
with Pero
Pero 15 Oct, 2015 AltLd
duncana 10 Oct, 2015 AltLd Great route, bit of everything. I did pitch 2, but stopped after having gone through the overhang rather than just before (seemed better place to stop). Nice traverse on pitch 2
with Pippa Archer
Great route, bit of everything. I did pitch 2, but stopped after having gone through the overhang rather than just before (seemed better place to stop). Nice traverse on pitch 2
with Pippa Archer
Steven Carter 9 Jul, 2015 AltLd O/S
Dave Cundy ?Jul, 2015 AltLd
with Hal Rzadkiwiecz, Dave Wood
with Hal Rzadkiwiecz, Dave Wood
John Pickles 30 Jun, 2015 AltLd
with 8848
with 8848
Hidden 30 Jun, 2015 AltLd O/S
Nigel Bond 20 Sep, 2014 Lead
with Tim
with Tim
Ethan Thomas - Summiteer 26 Aug, 2014 AltLd Lead P1
Lead P1
winst0n ?Jul, 2014 Lead O/S
DSM 29 Jun, 2014 AltLd O/S
with Andy Gittins
with Andy Gittins
andy gittins 29 Jun, 2014 AltLd excellent sustained climbing - adequate protection compensates for some rattly holds
with Dave Scott-Maxwell
excellent sustained climbing - adequate protection compensates for some rattly holds
with Dave Scott-Maxwell
Hidden 19 Apr, 2014 Lead
BTphonehome 18 Apr, 2014 Lead O/S
kasha_gregson 18 Apr, 2014 2nd O/S
tmawer 18 Apr, 2014 Lead rpt
with Greg
with Greg
Rog Wilko 14 Aug, 2013 AltLd Good route. Managed to get it done on a cool cloudy but dry morning before the rain came in. Zoe did first two pitches. I did the last. Not quite sure where the 5a bit comes on pitch 2. Inclined to agree that Pitch 1 is no easier and has more sustained difficulties.
with Zoe Wilkinson
Good route. Managed to get it done on a cool cloudy but dry morning before the rain came in. Zoe did first two pitches. I did the last. Not quite sure where the 5a bit comes on pitch 2. Inclined to agree that Pitch 1 is no easier and has more sustained difficulties.
with Zoe Wilkinson
John Holden 11 Jul, 2013 2nd O/S
with Gary Pledger, Mike Tinnion
with Gary Pledger, Mike Tinnion
steve prior ?Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S
with Pete R
with Pete R
johang 21 Jun, 2013 AltLd O/S 1st and 3rd pitch
with hugh jordan
1st and 3rd pitch
with hugh jordan
Hidden 21 Jun, 2013 AltLd
GPN 9 Jun, 2013 Lead
with net
with net
net 9 Jun, 2013 2nd Super! Love p2.
with GPN
Super! Love p2.
with GPN
Hidden 7 Jun, 2013 2nd
Peter Metcalfe 7 Jun, 2013 Lead First pitch feels harder than the supposed crux.
First pitch feels harder than the supposed crux.
klipkabouter 6 Jun, 2013 Lead O/S
with Kevin Metcalfe
with Kevin Metcalfe
minaturechris 30 May, 2013 AltLd O/S Stacey's top out was off route.... Probably making it E2!
Stacey's top out was off route.... Probably making it E2!
Leelogs 30 May, 2013 AltLd O/S Si led P1&3; I led P2. P1 was a lovely bit of climbing. P2 didn't feel any harder that P1.
with SCC
Si led P1&3; I led P2. P1 was a lovely bit of climbing. P2 didn't feel any harder that P1.
with SCC
staceyjg 30 May, 2013 AltLd O/S Fantastic! First Alt lead HVS, led P1, nice and spicy, Chris led p2, even more spicy, and I led p3, went a little off route right at the top, but guidebook not very clear on exact exit..... apparently, it wasn't the muddy choss fest exit I chose.... also named death on a stick by my partner!! :-)
Fantastic! First Alt lead HVS, led P1, nice and spicy, Chris led p2, even more spicy, and I led p3, went a little off route right at the top, but guidebook not very clear on exact exit..... apparently, it wasn't the muddy choss fest exit I chose.... also named death on a stick by my partner!! :-)
Trobbo 26 May, 2013 AltLd Really enjoyed leading the first pitch. Didn't think there was much difference in technical difficulty between 1st and 2nd pitch. Sparse gear throughout.
with tony hulme
Really enjoyed leading the first pitch. Didn't think there was much difference in technical difficulty between 1st and 2nd pitch. Sparse gear throughout.
with tony hulme
eburki1 20 Apr, 2013 AltLd O/S
JohnBear 10 Apr, 2013 AltLd P1
with Francis
P1
with Francis
Hidden 10 Apr, 2013 AltLd O/S
Palmer 22 Oct, 2012 AltLd
Dan1978 ?Sep, 2012 -
Ian Hinkins 14 Jun, 2012 AltLd
with Ed Braithwaite
with Ed Braithwaite
J1PEF 30 May, 2012 Lead great first pitch had to ab off due to rain, will be back for full tick
with Dave gracie
great first pitch had to ab off due to rain, will be back for full tick
with Dave gracie
Harry Ellis 2 May, 2012 AltLd
with rick armitage
with rick armitage
chris smith 11 Apr, 2012 Lead O/S
with mark slaughter
with mark slaughter
Hidden 24 Mar, 2012 AltLd O/S
cballard ??, 2012 -
bryan p 5 Aug, 2011 -
with James
with James
nia 3 Jul, 2011 AltLd O/S
Hidden 3 Jul, 2011 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?Jun, 2011 Lead O/S
Becky E 2 May, 2011 2nd
Graeme Hammond 2 May, 2011 Lead O/S
with Becky E
with Becky E
Steve Lenartowicz 24 Apr, 2011 -
Adam1973 17 Apr, 2011 AltLd O/S led pitch 1 & 2
with Ann S
led pitch 1 & 2
with Ann S
Ann S 17 Apr, 2011 AltLd O/S Led 3rd top pitch 4b. Traverse on first pitch needs a steady second.
with Adam
Led 3rd top pitch 4b. Traverse on first pitch needs a steady second.
with Adam
Danny Bags ??, 2011 -
Hidden ??, 2011 -
Paul Boggis ??, 2011 AltLd
Kazza91 ?Sep, 2010 -
Dave Rumney ?Aug, 2010 -
jonny taylor 25 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S
cem 25 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S Led p2
with Dave Amos
Led p2
with Dave Amos
ablackett 25 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S Led P1 and P3, great climb.
Led P1 and P3, great climb.
Hidden 6 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S
bigbobbyking 28 Jun, 2010 AltLd dnf Poured with rain so we ran away off a handy tree at the top of pitch 2. Shame as it looked quite nice...
with Aeron Buchanan
Poured with rain so we ran away off a handy tree at the top of pitch 2. Shame as it looked quite nice...
with Aeron Buchanan
theotherpetehill 28 Jun, 2010 AltLd O/S
zach.stone 28 Jun, 2010 AltLd O/S
cheeky 9 Jun, 2010 AltLd O/S Me Pitch 1, Mark Pitch 2, Dave Pitch 3
with mark4344, Dave T
Me Pitch 1, Mark Pitch 2, Dave Pitch 3
with mark4344, Dave T
mark4344 9 Jun, 2010 AltLd O/S Good route, for some reason found commiting and tricky. not much gear on pitch 2 which i think freaked me out abit. slate didn't inspire confidence either. V. fast drying though.
with dave t , Matt Payne
Good route, for some reason found commiting and tricky. not much gear on pitch 2 which i think freaked me out abit. slate didn't inspire confidence either. V. fast drying though.
with dave t , Matt Payne
jfmchivall 15 May, 2010 AltLd O/S
with Mark Gorin
with Mark Gorin
Fenwick ??, 2010 -
ginja1980 20 Sep, 2009 AltLd O/S
Hidden 16 Sep, 2009 AltLd
The Bad Cough 27 Jun, 2009 AltLd O/S Led Pitch 2 and 3. Lee pitch 1
with Lee Bonner, Tom Williams
Led Pitch 2 and 3. Lee pitch 1
with Lee Bonner, Tom Williams
martrin 29 May, 2009 Lead
with Colin Smith
with Colin Smith
steveb2006 18 Apr, 2009 AltLd Good first pitch but not sure took right line on top pitch - a bit unobvious but some nice climbing anyway
Good first pitch but not sure took right line on top pitch - a bit unobvious but some nice climbing anyway
Chris Wright 16 Apr, 2009 Lead
Marq 12 Apr, 2009 AltLd O/S MDM
with Daniel Dennehy
MDM
with Daniel Dennehy
TonyP 17 Mar, 2009 AltLd
with mick lloyd
with mick lloyd
Peter Reynolds ?Aug, 2008 Lead
Hidden 3 Sep, 2007 Lead O/S
biggianthead 18 Apr, 2007 -
with T
with T
Johann ??, 2007 AltLd O/S
with Dan Platt
with Dan Platt
Hidden 14 Apr, 2006 AltLd
platt2000 ??, 2006 Lead
Hidden 31 Aug, 2004 AltLd
Hidden ?Jul, 2004 AltLd O/S
steveP ?Jun, 2004 AltLd O/S
joe king ?Jun, 2004 AltLd
with steveP
with steveP
stewart murray 14 Aug, 2003 AltLd rpt Led p1. First climbed with Tony Baldwin - c1992. Last climb with Alastair.
with Alastair Fletcher
Led p1. First climbed with Tony Baldwin - c1992. Last climb with Alastair.
with Alastair Fletcher
Nigel Coe 4 Aug, 2003 AltLd
with Amnon
with Amnon
Shaw Brown 12 Apr, 2003 AltLd
with David Jones
with David Jones
MazElden ??, 2003 -
Hidden 4 Aug, 2002 AltLd
rob.grafton 23 Jun, 2001 AltLd
with Bruce
with Bruce
Hidden 23 Jul, 2000 Lead O/S
CMacD ??, 2000 -
simon cox ??, 2000 -
clive-greenwood 9 Jul, 1999 AltLd O/S
with Chris Harling
with Chris Harling
biggianthead 2 May, 1999 -
with HT
with HT
EddieA 23 Aug, 1998 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??, 1996 -
andybirtwistle 29 Jul, 1995 Lead
with Graham Hindle
with Graham Hindle
JiveWeasel ??, 1995 AltLd O/S
with Al H
with Al H
stewart murray 14 Jun, 1992 AltLd Led P1, P3
with Tony Baldwin
Led P1, P3
with Tony Baldwin
Dave Turnbull 28 May, 1992 Lead
with Jane Turnbull
with Jane Turnbull
Hidden 18 Aug, 1991 AltLd
biggianthead ?Jun, 1991 -
with C
with C
The Pulsing Motorik of Neu! 26 Aug, 1990 AltLd O/S
with athroll
with athroll
Andy Say 16 Apr, 1989 Lead
phardman 1 Jan, 1989 Lead O/S
Steve Crowe ??, 1989 AltLd O/S circa 1989
with Mark Turner
circa 1989
with Mark Turner
Hidden 19 Jun, 1988 AltLd O/S
tapley 29 May, 1985 Lead
with Dave Kent, Alison Tapley
with Dave Kent, Alison Tapley
Bruce Kerr 8 Jul, 1984 Lead
with Keith Allen
with Keith Allen
Hammy 26 Jul, 1983 Lead
with Chris Bashforth
with Chris Bashforth
biggianthead ?Jun, 1982 -
with M
with M
nickprior ??, 1981 AltLd
with Mick Harris, Piers Wilson
with Mick Harris, Piers Wilson
Ken Taylor 15 May, 1980 AltLd
with Andy Chadwick
with Andy Chadwick
RichardMc 17 Jun, 1979 Lead
with Dave Langmead
with Dave Langmead
Hidden ??, 1978 AltLd
Hidden ??, 1977 -
cenotaphcorner 27 Jul, 1975 Lead O/S
with Graeme Davison
with Graeme Davison
clanger ??, 1975 -
Hidden 30 Aug, 1972 Lead
Martin Bennett 27 May, 1971 -
with JD
with JD
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