51m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A classic journey crossing the main face. With the exception of one short sequence, the climbing is no harder than 5b with delightful balance moves between good pockets. Approach via the 1st pitch of Skylight and a long ramble rightwards along the grubby ledge system.
1) 5c, 27m. From the Castellan cave, follow the lower break to gain a rest at the Lyme Cryme stance (possible belay). The juggy crack above is climbed until it is possible to cross the pocketed wall rightwards to the Debauchary stance.
2) 5b, 24m. Pick-pocket daintily rightwards to Darius and follow the juggy flakes up and right until another delicate sequence leads to Original Route. Finish up this or abseil off.
Darius Finish, 5c. A superb alternative, which improves one of the finest E2s around, is to belay after the delicate traverse on pitch 2 and then finish up Darius. © Rockfax

FFA. Unknown. FA. (Pitch 1) Chris Jackson, John Atkinson 1965. (Full route) Jack Street, Ed Ward-Drummond (some aid) 1965.

Ticklists: Rockfax Peak Limestone Top 50, Classic Peak Limestone Trad - VDiff to E2, Peak Rock/10/White Life, Ultimate E2 ticklist, UK Lonely Leads, The best the UK has to offer for mere mortals (apart from the lakes cos its always wet), The best the UK has to offer for beasts (apart from the lakes cos its always wet).

mattnuttall 16/Sep/17 AltLd O/S
Andrew Wilson 16/Sep/17 AltLd O/S


Mike505 01/Sep/17 AltLd O/S

I lead P2, got a little lost, continued up the 'Lyme Cryme' groove a little too far... traversed to and then down climbed the crack at the start of 'Robert Brown' 2nd pitch. Made for a good start to the day though.

with John
Brannock 01/Sep/17 AltLd rpt

P1 and 3

Haydn Jones 31/Jul/17 AltLd O/S

Very good

Hidden 31/Jul/17 AltLd O/S
Hidden 19/Jul/17 Lead O/S
marconi 16/Jul/17 Lead O/S

I took the 1st pitch, Xerxes took the second. Well named

with Mackie
admackie 16/Jul/17 AltLd

p2 really pleasant climbing

with mark
perrys 22/Jun/17 AltLd O/S

Rob led P1, I led P2

with Rob Goodman
robgixer 22/Jun/17 AltLd O/S

lead p1, great route, tricky route finding in couple pf places

SGD 21/Jun/17 AltLd O/S

Simply fantastic. Roasting hot day on a scorchingly good route.

with Dale
MNC 03/Jun/17 2nd O/S

Not a fan of the limestone, but the traverse from the belay on the second pitch was quality

with Alex
Dale ?/Jun/17 AltLd O/S

A stunning route better than debauchery. I had the crux pitch which feels brilliantly exposed on the traverse under the roof then you feel left on your own with tricky route finding to know when to go across to the belay and a good sting in the tail. Absorbing climbing was shaking abit at belay as nearly mucked up my feet but reversed and fixed it. Then stu had lovely delicate traverse on second pitch with a cheeky mono. Excellent Wednesday evening O and it was boiling hot 27

with stu
Neil McA 23/May/17 AltLd rpt

This time we did 'Deli-Cryme' finishing up the top pitch of Lyme Cryme. This gives a really excellent low end E2 5b, 5b.

with martin cooper
Helen Gibson 03/Apr/17 AltLd O/S
with Graham Hoey
Wil Treasure 02/Apr/17 AltLd O/S
with brannock
Brannock 02/Apr/17 AltLd rpt
ferdia 13/Mar/17 2nd
Andy Moles 13/Mar/17 Lead

Good bits interspersed with shuffly bits. One pitch from the ground to the Lyme Cryme stance via some bolts to the right of Skylight, then one to the top of Original Route.

with Ferdia
ian bryant ??/2017 -
Dan Hostford 20/Sep/16 AltLd O/S

Scary but fun

Maddie 20/Sep/16 AltLd O/S

Dan got the hard pitch (1!) P2 just need to commit round the bulge then easy enough I thought

CRead ?/Aug/16 2nd
CRead ?/Aug/16 2nd
ned_85 30/Jul/16 AltLd
with John Brannock
Brannock 30/Jul/16 Lead rpt

Led p1, second p2

Hidden 23/Jul/16 2nd O/S
Paul ablitt 23/Jul/16 Lead rpt
Cake 23/Jul/16 AltLd O/S

P1. First multi-pitch E2. Wonderful, balanced pitches. Got a bit pumped and scared. Superb

Hidden 12/Jul/16 AltLd O/S
belay bunny turned bad 12/Jul/16 Lead

P1 only

with Mark w
Theo Moore - UKC and UKH 26/Jun/16 AltLd rpt

Led p1 and went the right way this time. such a good route - never too hard but loads of exposure.

with Roisin
samt 21/Jun/16 -

Led P1, 2nd P2 - Utterly brilliant for a solstice evening!

with Nic Kidd
Hidden 19/Jun/16 AltLd rpt
Louishmouis 18/Jun/16 AltLd O/S
with theo
Theo Moore - UKC and UKH 18/Jun/16 AltLd O/S

led p2, went too high on p1

with Louis
lauraf.gurney 06/Jun/16 2nd O/S
Graeme Smithy 22/May/16 AltLd O/S

Felt ok mild E2

with Dale Holding,
SR1970 01/May/16 -
thrutch 01/May/16 Lead O/S
with Sven
Bloke on a Rope 22/Mar/16 AltLd O/S

What a amazing route this and the counter diagonal Debauchery made for a proper days climbing, well protected too.

Climbster 22/Mar/16 AltLd O/S

Lead top pitch

with Ian
tessa teapot ??/2016 AltLd
harry_lewis ??/2016 Lead O/S
with CRead
Brannock 09/Aug/15 AltLd rpt

Lead p1

SamN 25/Jul/15 TR dog
spidermonkey09 25/Jul/15 Lead

Lead both pitches. Found the first one tough, gear was not the most inspiring and not obvious at all which way to go. Second lovely balancey climbing. Great route but not as good as Debauchery.

Mark Stevenson 25/Jun/15 AltLd O/S
dan gibson 25/Jun/15 AltLd O/S
with Mark Stevenson
David Sherratt 19/Jun/15 Lead
Hidden 06/Jun/15 AltLd O/S
pie_eater_pete 05/Jun/15 -
bwestwood 05/Jun/15 AltLd

2nd pitch

with pete sargeant
andyjirvin 23/May/15 AltLd O/S

Great route. I led the delicate traverse (final) pitch, which I thought was excellent, but also really enjoyed the undercut traverse of the previous pitch.

the power 18/Apr/15 2nd

Did a lot of fuckin and blinding at andy on this one as I was shiting myself climbing was mega once I'd settled me ass down

with Andy
Hidden 18/Apr/15 Lead β
Dave Rumney ??/2015 -
Dave Rumney ??/2015 -
Dave Rumney ??/2015 -
Dave Rumney ??/2015 -
Hidden ??/2015 -
AlexRenshaw 28/Sep/14 Lead
with Ted Lister
WillDoyle 26/Sep/14 Lead O/S

First pitch up to Perseus belay.

RM199 03/Sep/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 31/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
david morse 31/Aug/14 AltLd O/S

Did a variant on first pitch. Traversed out of the bottom of the cave, a few metres below where we should have been. Lots of chalk led the way bizarrely. Did the crux groove of lyme crime to get back on route. I thought it was strange some of the footholds were crumbling away on such a classic...

ChrisBrooke 31/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Led all pitches. Really enjoyed this. Each section had lovely thoughtful, delicate and committing climbing. Some great exposure, surprising pockets, intricate sequences and overall loveliness.

with Gary Kitchen
Dave Almond 31/Aug/14 2nd

Once Dave found the route it was good.

with Vun, Dave Garry
markalmack 31/Aug/14 AltLd O/S

Dave sent me along the wrong break out of the cave. Traversed too low and up the lyme cryme crux. Still well good

Mike_Hayes 18/Aug/14 AltLd

2nd pitch

with Mike Lea
Martin Haworth 16/Aug/14 AltLd rpt
Brannock 16/Aug/14 AltLd rpt

P1, great, apart from the lot thrown off the top of the crag.

ldadams ?/Aug/14 2nd dog
Hidden 20/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 12/Jul/14 -
Hidden 08/Jul/14 Lead
dr_botnik 08/Jul/14 2nd dnf

Did first traverse fine, then it started to rain. Torrential. Had to ab, will be back.

with Andy
benw681 ?/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Lewis
Hidden 23/Jun/14 AltLd O/S
ashtond6 31/May/14 Lead O/S

Led P1, P2

Hidden 31/May/14 AltLd O/S
eel 18/Apr/14 AltLd O/S
with Andy J
Duncan Campbell 12/Apr/14 AltLd O/S

Led P2. Really cold - couldn't feel my feet the whole way. Went too high across Darius, should have traversed under the extended peg but went over - maybe 5c this way. Unfortunately had to leave after this as Bubbles felt like he may shit himself. High Tor is flippin ace.

with Bubbles
Misha 30/Mar/14 Lead O/S

A great choice for the first trad route of the year. Not hard for the grade but a couple of tricky sections above / across from gear to get the trad head back in gear. An intricate line which is fairly obvious most of the way but I went too high up the groove of Lyme Crime and had to reverse it for a few metres to get onto the finishing rising traverse on P1. Started up the F6b approach pitch and abbed off the Original Route belay. Led all the way - James did very well to second it clean.

with James
tatz45 29/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

Led first pitch, bloody good!

Hidden 29/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
mike mo ??/2014 -
Hidden 21/Sep/13 AltLd O/S
gripped01 31/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Finished up Darius 2nd pitch. Brilliant apart from one or 2 bits of polish

with Dave Tait
The Reaper 21/Aug/13 AltLd O/S

Brilliant, brilliant route. Second pitch is just fabulous - delicate, intricate and out there. Buzzing for days afterwards.

jon_gill1 07/Aug/13 AltLd O/S

An absolutely stunning route, one of my favorite routes to date. I led the first pitch with the amazing exposure and quite nervy crux on the pocketed wall and Chris did the second pitch which was beautiful climbing and as it happens his first E2 lead, lucky bugger!

with chris Lyness
alasdair19 ?/Aug/13 AltLd

very satisfied as far from convinced I could climb it. dans confidence was helpful. we climbed the middle of three breaks. dan tried the lower on a previous occasion and found it very hard/scary.

cobweb 21/Jul/13 AltLd rpt
with Roger Waterworth
duncan 14/Jul/13 AltLd rpt
with Hugo Glover
Hidden 30/Jun/13 AltLd O/S
Owen W-G 30/Jun/13 AltLd O/S

P2, really nice moves, bold but not too bold in superb positions. Nic belayed too high up (on Lyme cream?) and I had to do tensioned traverse to get across to Debauchary stance

with Nic
Wood for Trees 26/May/13 AltLd β

P1, steady and amazing, good to feel progression as when I seconded it 4 years ago it felt "very hard"

with oli
nickdonohue 26/May/13 AltLd
with Ian Bryant
barni 05/Mar/13 AltLd
with luke
Luke Brooks 05/Mar/13 AltLd
with Barni
Hidden ??/2013 2nd O/S
Nickc ??/2013 -
Nick Sillem ??/2013 -
ianto ??/2013 -
Rachel Slater 10/Sep/12 AltLd O/S

Lead pitch 2. Nice moves and exposure.

Olli-C 10/Sep/12 Lead O/S

Lead first pitch, had some route finding trouble on leaving Lyme Crime, went a bit too high at first before reversing, think I still found the wrong sequence. Other than going wrong I didn't notice any particularly hard moves. 2nd pitch had a few tricky moves too.

esther ?/Aug/12 AltLd
Hidden 23/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
malteserEd 15/Jul/12 2nd
Hidden 06/Jun/12 AltLd dog
Hidden 16/Apr/12 AltLd O/S
mark20 16/Apr/12 AltLd O/S

Led P2

neilh ??/2012 -
Hidden 22/Oct/11 Lead rpt
cobweb 24/Sep/11 Lead O/S

fab route, i thought even grade throuhout. did it in 6 pitches , better for communication .

with martyn hopson
catblack 28/Aug/11 2nd

numb fingers and toes on first pitch so pulled on gear (that was my excuse)! 2nd pitch is nicer

Andrew Barker 28/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Aug/11 AltLd rpt
Hidden 19/Aug/11 AltLd
Hidden 19/Aug/11 AltLd
Brannock 29/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Bit disjointed but some great moves, first E2:)

LisaA 26/Jul/11 Lead O/S

This climb embodies everything that is great about peak limestone: intimidating, scenic and challenging. Had to backtrack slightly after a wrong turning after the belay cave, but otherwise routefinding ok. Overall a fantastic experience! Lead in 3 pitches

with Andy
bigdrew 03/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Followed Ian up Lyme Cryme to start, then led both pitches of this. Finished up original route.

Hidden 03/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Dave Foster 03/Jul/11 2nd O/S

Felt like bloody hard work. Coming out of the cave was tough (bunched if you're tall) and the whole route feels very sustained. Feet are still sore. Bonza lead by Si in blistering heat. Dehydrated by the time we'd ab'd off.

with Si 2
Andrew Sloan 21/May/11 AltLd O/S

Led up to cave. Seconded 5c pitch.....pretty scarey on the traverse, 5c move very delicate. Led final 5b pitch; initial slab delicate and runout. Fantastic route, better tham Debauchery.

Martin Haworth 21/May/11 AltLd O/S

Brilliant route. P1.

with Andy
hamish2016 15/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with John Brannock
nai 17/Aug/10 2nd
Hidden 07/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Si dH 07/Aug/10 AltLd O/S

Led second pitch.

with Neil Furniss
pabbage 28/Jun/10 2nd
mattyork2 12/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
thomasadixon 23/Apr/10 AltLd O/S

Best route I've done in ages. Good first pitch, awesome second (my lead).

with Malcolm
Paul ablitt 17/Apr/10 Lead rpt
with Sarah
Dave Turnbull, BMC 21/Mar/10 AltLd
nickcanute ??/2010 Lead
Seymore Butt ??/2010 -
alaan ??/2010 AltLd O/S
with Mat
UKC Logbooks 16/Aug/09 Lead rpt
with Harry Hotshot
middlevern 11/Jul/09 Lead O/S
with Mike Blood
Wood for Trees 01/Jul/09 AltLd O/S

Lead 2nd pitch, found the 1st pitch crux very hard

with Al Mason
Alex Mason 01/Jul/09 Lead rpt

Led 1st pitch, cruised it, lovely route, really hot day.

with Guy VG
Hidden 25/Jun/09 AltLd
nige pacer 30/May/09 AltLd O/S
cem 19/Apr/09 AltLd O/S

Led p1

Brown 18/Oct/08 AltLd O/S
with Pete
Hidden 12/Oct/08 AltLd
Hidden 16/Sep/08 AltLd
Somerset swede basher 27/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with Martin Cleaver
IanJackson 03/Apr/08 AltLd O/S

Really amazing route. Gives you a good feel for the cliff and will no doute fire your obsession with the rock and the place!

with Luke Hunt
lukehunt ??/2008 AltLd O/S
with Ian Jackson
Hidden ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 -
AntiGrav ??/2008 -
Hidden 03/Aug/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 06/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
philhilo 06/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
Toby Dunn 02/Jun/07 Lead O/S
with Joe Bawden
tom.e 17/Apr/07 AltLd O/S

Led top pitch

with Pete, Chris Wall
Rjukan 15/Apr/07 2nd
with Pete
Hidden ??/2007 -
Hidden 02/Nov/06 AltLd O/S
Stig 21/Sep/06 AltLd O/S

Led P1.

with Jonathan Teale
Hidden 29/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 29/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 03/May/06 Lead O/S
Boy ??/2006 -
Alex Mason ?/Sep/05 AltLd O/S

best route of the year led 2nd pitch leaving the ledge with about 6m lateral run out felt amazing!

Ben1983 ?/Aug/05 AltLd O/S
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe ??/2005 -

Isn't this E4 6a or am I getting mixed up?

Ram MkiV ??/2005 Lead O/S

5c pitch - me delicate 5b pitch - al

with Alex Mason
Hidden 04/Sep/02 Lead
DubyaJamesDubya ?/Jul/02 Lead O/S

Great route. Can be unnerving for the second.

with Martin Peters
nickdonohue ?/Jul/01 Lead
with Lee Corbett
William Robertson ?/May/01 Lead O/S
with Emily
tuftynick ??/2001 -
tuftynick ??/2001 Lead
Hidden 11/Jul/00 Lead
Hidden 26/Jun/00 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/00 Lead
Hidden ?/Jun/00 2nd
Dave Bond ??/2000 AltLd
with Simon Wren
whispering nic ??/2000 -
jamiev ??/2000 AltLd O/S
with Adrian Berry
Steve Bell ??/2000 -
peterbeaumont ??/2000 Lead
WB ?/Jul/99 AltLd O/S
with Julian
Stoney Boy 22/Sep/98 Lead O/S

Pitch 2

with Neil McCallum
Hidden 19/Jun/98 Lead
Billg ??/1998 Lead O/S
with Phil McAllistair
Roget 20/Jun/96 Lead O/S
with jon
nokishatov 15/Jun/96 AltLd O/S
Dave Musgrove 20/Sep/95 AltLd
with David
AlexRenshaw 27/Nov/94 Lead
with Ted Lister
Hidden ??/1994 AltLd O/S
Hidden 13/Aug/93 Lead
leathers 17/Feb/93 2nd O/S
with Martin Vimpany
rob.grafton 28/Sep/92 AltLd
with Bruce
Hidden 06/Aug/92 Lead
Hidden 26/Apr/91 Lead
Hidden ??/1990 -
Eduardo Martinez ??/1990 Lead O/S

Lead my brother up this. The traverse freaked him out somewhat. He hadn't done very much climbing up to this point.

tapley 24/Jul/89 2nd
with Phil Jarvis
Hidden 22/May/89 AltLd O/S
Neil R 22/Apr/89 2nd
with Richard W
Hidden 29/Jan/89 AltLd
Rich Kirby ??/1989 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/1988 -
Hidden ??/1988 -
GordonHart ??/1987 AltLd O/S
with James Taveran
keefe 26/Jun/86 -
with Johnny Adams
Seb Grieve 24/Jun/86 -
ukb & bmc shark 17/May/86 AltLd
with Phill Dickens
climbhigher0 ??/1986 2nd dog

With ? from BeckMeadow. Lovely route.

Derek Furze ??/1986 -
Hidden 24/Jun/85 Lead
sadams 15/Jun/85 AltLd
with Kevin Edwards
AlexRenshaw 28/Apr/85 Lead
ukb & bmc shark 25/Feb/85 AltLd O/S
with Richard O Mara
andy gittins ??/1985 -
Hidden 07/Oct/84 Lead dog
Hidden ?/Jul/84 Lead
uphillnow ??/1984 Lead

First time was I think with Andrew Horn and second time with Kate Harper(1986?)

with Andrew (Pog) Horn
Andy Nicholson ??/1984 AltLd O/S
Andy Stephenson 23/Sep/83 AltLd O/S

Led 2nd and 4th pitches

Gezzer ??/1983 Lead O/S
with Merv Dudley
Ian Jones ??/1983 Lead O/S
with John Meyers, John Kirk, Mick Ward, Mick Bailey, Rich Lewis
Hidden 30/Jun/82 -
andybirtwistle 29/May/82 2nd
with Ian Kyle
Hidden 09/May/82 AltLd
charlesmfrench 09/May/82 Lead O/S
with Ian Milne
mark-abz 25/Apr/82 Lead O/S
with Andy W
mitch1960 ??/1982 Lead
with Dave Fernig, Howard tingle
Nic Robinson 16/Aug/81 Lead O/S
Dave Musgrove 20/Jun/81 AltLd dnf

Rained hard so abseiled off after P2.

Hidden ??/1981 AltLd
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??/1981 Lead
with Derek Hersey
Hidden ??/1981 -
Chris Terrey ??/1981 2nd
with Mike Morrison
Neil McA 07/Sep/80 Lead O/S
with Steve Hartland
Chris Craggs ??/1980 AltLd
with Dave Hobbs
robinsi197 ??/1980 AltLd
with Barbara
Hidden ??/1980 AltLd
Paul Clarke ??/1980 AltLd
with FMC
duncan ?/Sep/79 AltLd rpt
duncan ?/Mar/79 AltLd O/S
with Dermot Somers
tmawer ??/1979 AltLd
with Matt Boyer
D Tempest ?/Jan/78 -
Mark Kemball 22/Oct/77 Lead
with George Mumford
Hidden ?/Sep/76 AltLd
Falko 04/May/75 AltLd O/S
with Peter Brashaw
petemeads ??/1975 Lead
Andy Edgar ??/1974 AltLd

led the first pitch, a big way out lead for me at the time

with Mick Hardwick
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