Rockfax Description
A great pitch, long interesting and very photogenic - the walk is worth it just to do this route. From the cave, pull onto the face (massive thread) then climb the centre of the face trending slightly left until it is possible to step back right to the well-positioned final crack.. © Rockfax

FA. Harry Kelly c.1916

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit: Top 50, The 100 Best UK VS routes?, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, World Graded List, Moorland Grit - The Essential Selection (Over The Moors), Peak Rock/2/ The Search For Difficulty Begins., Over the Moors 3 Star Magical Mystery Tour, Definitive *** Peak Grit.

Hidden 25/Sep/17 2nd
Chris Manasseh 24/Sep/17 Lead
with John Armstrong
jvarmstrong 24/Sep/17 2nd
with Chris
Hidden 28/Aug/17 2nd rpt
Wizzy 26/Jun/17 Solo O/S

Would've been lovely, but I got absolutely attacked my bloody midges

Clay C 11/Jun/17 2nd O/S
with Gareth W
stratandrew 11/Jun/17 2nd
with Jim Symon
Derek Furze 24/May/17 2nd

Quality climbing though suffering slightly from the lack of traffic. Really nice

with Rick
Hidden 21/May/17 Lead O/S
Flavio 21/May/17 Solo O/S
Matt Harmon 17/Apr/17 Lead O/S

pretty straightforward after the start

Sarah Roscoe 17/Apr/17 2nd
Butch87 09/Apr/17 2nd
J.E.Spencer 09/Apr/17 2nd
w-watson 09/Apr/17 Lead
devious wally 07/Apr/17 -
mrphilipoldham 07/Apr/17 Lead O/S

Classy. A good pull will see you over the difficulties.

Palmer 25/Mar/17 Lead

good route. pretty clean really

paulsross 29/Aug/16 2nd
with Phil Biglands
C May 25/Jul/16 2nd O/S

Nice climb but dirty, more people need to climb at the crag to improve the condition

with Tim
Longsufferingropeholder 25/Jul/16 Lead

Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen. And midgey.

with C May
LovelyMrTom 24/Jul/16 Lead O/S

Eased after the starting moves were dealt with!

chrisbrown2050 24/Jul/16 2nd
R Brown 03/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Danny A
g1m147 26/Jun/16 Lead
Hidden 29/May/16 Lead O/S
olddirtydoggy ?/Apr/16 2nd
with LAJJ
Darron ??/2016 -
Climbster 04/Oct/15 Lead O/S
with Vick
GermanAlex 06/Sep/15 Lead O/S

Found the crux (straight off the deck) rather hard, a boulder problem for sure. Enjoyable climbing follows, not sure about 3*.

with Arno
Hidden 12/Aug/15 Lead
Hidden 12/Aug/15 2nd
bryce.dorin 25/Jul/15 Lead G/U
Jake Young 18/Jul/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 18/Jul/15 Lead O/S
OliWoolland ?/Jul/15 2nd dog
Hidden 28/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Ian Stirrups 23/Aug/14 Lead

Filed on overhang, came in from L, which was still 4c

with Sue
atom 16/Aug/14 2nd
Guy Atkinson 16/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Really good route! Interesting slant to the rock makes the middle section feel pretty out there for a VS.

with Adam Lindley
georgenvk 16/Aug/14 Lead O/S
with Becks87
Becks87 16/Aug/14 2nd O/S
jimbonfire 27/Jul/14 -
Hidden 25/Jul/14 Lead O/S
TraverseKing 21/Jun/14 2nd
sting 10/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Should have used the 'massive thread' ;)

with kwaidy
kwaidy 10/Aug/13 2nd
with sting
saxonzulu 12/Jul/13 2nd
Bry 09/Jun/13 2nd β
Hidden 09/Jun/13 Lead O/S
j.buckley87 07/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/May/13 2nd
John Nuttall 06/May/13 Lead
with Sharon
towdman 06/May/13 Lead O/S
with Sue Armitage, Graham Armitage
Frank the Husky ??/2013 -
andybirtwistle ??/2013 -
augustus trout 09/Sep/12 2nd O/S
with Phil Jarvis
Hidden 09/Sep/12 2nd
Hidden 09/Sep/12 Lead
Jim Slater 28/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Ewano 27/May/12 Lead O/S

Not bad, wasn't as blown away as guide book had me to believe i would be.

eel 27/May/12 Lead O/S
mjeffery 29/Mar/12 2nd O/S
Hoyes 25/Mar/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 25/Mar/12 2nd
Batt 25/Mar/12 Lead O/S

Entertaining bottom, almost too many hand holds to work it out! High right foot lob and pull. Rest is lovely.

miles01 05/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Palindrome ?/Mar/12 2nd O/S
JonG ??/2012 -
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Stone Idle ??/2012 -
gazfellows 27/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with shaun d
cjc2001 24/Jul/11 2nd

Great climb, start easier than it looks

Hidden 12/Jul/11 2nd
lithos 26/Jun/11 2nd
with carmen
Simon Caldwell 26/Jun/11 2nd rpt

Carmen led. This time I started up the left arete, which was good but would be too bold to lead. Sooner or later I'll manage the proper start!

with Rob, Carmen
RM199 ??/2011 Lead O/S
Sean Kelly ??/2011 -
Hidden 05/Sep/10 Lead O/S
pebbles 03/Jul/10 2nd
with rob
lithos 03/Jul/10 Lead

quality, bouldery start then sustained interest but never hard and good gear.

Hidden 22/May/10 Lead
embob 22/May/10 2nd

Hard start indeed! Al made short work of it, I fell off a couple of times. Also struggled carrying the 16 pieces of gear Al laced the route with :-) Really really nice route.

with Alex
Hidden 04/May/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 04/May/10 Lead O/S
atom 03/May/10 Lead O/S

awesome climb despite bouncing hail

Jethro ?/May/10 2nd
donkster 18/Apr/10 2nd rpt
with trigg, ben
cooper leek 18/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with trigg, donk
Graeme Hammond 12/Sep/09 Lead O/S
shed_hed 12/Sep/09 2nd
cem 09/Aug/09 Lead rpt
with John Evans
Hidden 25/Jul/09 2nd
jshields 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Si dH 12/Jul/09 2nd O/S
with Chris Foster
Hidden 12/Jul/09 Lead O/S
HansUDes 01/Jul/09 2nd RP

VS 5a, with Dom and Helen Oughton, Rucksack Meet

with Dom Oughton
Hidden 26/Jun/09 2nd O/S
Rob Davies 31/May/09 Lead rpt
with Phil Ashton
Quarryboy 12/Apr/09 2nd O/S

Bill got a bit pissy although if he had fallen off he’d have hit the deck from 5 meters up

with Molly Bradbrook, Bill Crawley, David Bradbrook
Daniel Armitage 26/Sep/08 Lead
towdman 26/Sep/08 Lead β
Graham Armitage 26/Sep/08 2nd
with towdman
adi bryant 16/Sep/08 AltLd O/S
with Ben
jonka ?/Sep/08 Lead
with gareth
Hidden 08/Jun/08 Lead O/S
Mancunianimport ??/2008 -
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Hidden 11/Sep/07 Solo O/S
Kirill 28/Jul/07 2nd

beautiful, shame it was Rob's turn to lead

BallsofBritishSteel 28/Jul/07 Lead O/S
with Kirill
Hidden 23/Jun/07 Lead β
Different Steve 14/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Martin Hore & Aaron Willis
Hidden 07/Nov/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Jul/06 Lead
russonly 11/Jun/06 2nd O/S

Hard starting move leads to a great upper section. As with all this crag, best done when completely dry. Could do with lots more traffic to clean it up. Worth the walk in on a nice day.

with PeteS
FrankW 04/Jun/06 2nd O/S
with Joe
alan moore ??/2006 -

The stuff of legend. Quite sustained in the middle stretch.

Hidden 02/Oct/05 Lead O/S
mol 02/Oct/05 2nd
with Haggis
donkster ?/Sep/05 Lead rpt
with den steve
chrishedgehog 04/Jun/05 Lead O/S
with Jen Dargue
chrishedgehog 09/Apr/05 Lead
snowy owl 09/Apr/05 2nd
dan_o_b ?/Sep/04 Lead O/S
Chris Murray ?/Jun/04 Lead
with Richard Bower
Michael Brown 15/May/04 Lead O/S

The wind was a little un-nerving on the final bit.

jonnyboy ??/2004 Lead O/S

best ever vs on grit??

with Lucie Hallas
Hidden 20/Aug/03 2nd
Simon Caldwell 06/Jul/03 Lead O/S
with Carmen
PenJD 18/Aug/02 Lead O/S
with Jon Ascroft
IanGilbertJones 07/Jul/02 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Mar/02 2nd
Mark Davies PK ?/Aug/01 Lead
with Laura
Hidden 30/Jun/01 2nd
Mark Davies PK ??/2001 Lead O/S
with Laura
cem 17/Jun/00 Lead O/S
snowy_woodruff 30/Apr/00 Lead
with Mem
fellgazelle ??/2000 Lead O/S
with Martin Senior
Bullybones ??/2000 -
Chris Ellis 09/Aug/98 Lead
with Louise Pellett
Ian Archer 22/Jul/96 Lead O/S
with James Leavy
Martin Bennett 14/Jun/96 -
with Barry Hurst
Rob Davies ?/Jul/95 Lead
with Roy Lindsay
runestone 20/May/95 Lead
Hidden 09/Apr/95 Solo
Gordon Stainforth 06/Aug/94 Lead

Peter Harding was in his early 70s. He had first done the climb about 55 years before.

with Steve Dean, Peter Harding, John Lumb
Iain Thow 30/Aug/93 Lead

A truly great route.

with Christine King
roncaves 27/Jun/92 2nd
with Ed Hyatt
Roget 28/Jul/91 Lead O/S
with chris jones
ste_d 18/May/91 Lead O/S
with mik
Stoney Boy 09/Sep/90 Lead O/S
with Phil Cundy
Rog Wilko ?/Jul/90 Lead
with Debbie Wilkinson
babymoac 13/Jul/86 Lead
with MTW
Nigel Bond 04/Apr/81 Lead
with Martin Crosby
Chris Craggs ??/1980 -
Hidden 12/Jun/76 2nd
uphillnow ??/1976 Lead

probably with Al Bennett

Falko 06/Jun/75 AltLd O/S
with Al W.
Dave Musgrove 07/Oct/73 -

I believe it was only Hard Severe in the guidebook we had at the time. Don't remember anything special about it so surprised to see it gets such a hyped write up in Over the Moors?

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