Rockfax Description
24m. A lower grade quarry classic. Follow ramps and ledges leftwards to a niche (possible belay) then move left and climb the groove to a ledge (possible belay). Move left onto the highly exposed arete for a memorable finish. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, Rockfall Northern England top 50, The best the UK has to offer for mere mortals (apart from the lakes cos its always wet).

Robin Nichols 18/Oct Solo O/S
Treeking82 18/Jul Lead O/S
with Steven Swift
Kimmie 18/Jul 2nd
Heather Milne 16/Jul 2nd
with Euan
Euan S 16/Jul Lead
with Heather
Tim Rodgers 14/Jul Lead
with Chris Tan
mwlyth 23/Jun Lead O/S

Epic route! Straightforward but terrifying exposure

with Esther
EstherHyde 23/Jun Lead O/S

Amazing route! Rain made the arete pretty slick but the rest of the route was dry and beautiful! Loved it

egg-man 11/May 2nd rpt
with John Pickles
mrphilipoldham 10/Mar Lead rpt
HenryMeier 10/Mar 2nd rpt
mrphilipoldham 04/Jan 2nd O/S

Nice and easy climbing with an airy feel to it, the final arête is glorious!

HenryMeier 04/Jan Lead O/S
helenedela 26/Sep/16 Lead β
with Tom Wood
Hidden 17/Sep/16 2nd O/S
bobpilgrem 14/Aug/16 Lead O/S
with Matthew
1poundSOCKS 14/Aug/16 2nd rpt
mikecollins 15/Jul/16 2nd O/S
manmike 13/Jul/16 -
radddogg 23/Jun/16 Lead O/S
Elliot King LC&CC 23/Jun/16 2nd O/S
with Rob
Hidden 19/Jun/16 Lead O/S
karlroscoe 27/May/16 Lead O/S

Quality, exposed, belayed in the corner before the arete. Time was getting on so finished direct above the ledge.

with Kev
kyaizawa 15/May/16 2nd O/S
with Beth Woodley, Bruce Woodley
Bethwoodley 15/May/16 Lead O/S

Had a bit of a mare at the top when the rope got stuck in a tree but otherwise a great route. I finished direct from the ledge, involving a very stylish belly flop! Need to come back and try the airy arete.

with Ky Aizawa, Bruce Woodley
melv 14/May/16 Lead O/S
with Fi
Hidden 07/May/16 Lead
Hidden 07/May/16 2nd
Cavemanclimb ?/May/16 2nd
with JdotP
JdotP ?/May/16 Lead rpt
with Caveman
Maddie 20/Mar/16 Lead O/S
with Caitlin
jonathandavey 14/Feb/16 Lead rpt

Just as good as always, great atmosphere with sudden snowfall and a golden sunset.

Megan Crowe 14/Feb/16 2nd O/S
marcus_goff ??/2016 Lead
HannahGo 10/Oct/15 Lead rpt
with Jordan Yates
aljones91 23/Sep/15 Lead O/S

Quick outing before lunch...awesome route lots of her except the airy arête!!

Julie 25/Jul/15 2nd
with Sam
Hidden 25/Jul/15 Lead O/S
Becks87 27/Jun/15 2nd O/S
atom 27/Jun/15 Lead O/S

Very interesting line on solid rock. Easily protected and quality climbing. Stunning finish

lloydrees91 24/Jun/15 Lead
with tom
Marq 10/Jun/15 Lead O/S
with SarahS LMC, Vicky Lisle
Hidden 10/Jun/15 2nd O/S
SarahSharps 10/Jun/15 2nd β

Bloody brilliant

Luke Jones 10/Jun/15 Lead O/S
with Will Smith, LMC
robhunt 03/Jun/15 Lead O/S
with Swifty
nick ferro 17/May/15 -
with Oli Birkill
Graeme Hammond 10/May/15 Solo O/S

The best route at Heptonstall today as Forked Lightning was wet and had a birds nest on it. Fantastic on solo, was buzzing making the fairy steps traverse round onto the front face with nothing but space between your feet. Only HS but ten minutes well spent.... or a lot less ;)

David_Gledson 08/May/15 Solo O/S

Great solo, positive holds all the way, and lovely exposure. Very steady for the grade.

phildawson 23/Apr/15 2nd rpt
Hidden 18/Apr/15 Lead O/S
Steve Andrews 18/Apr/15 2nd β

Feels nice and exposed

Hidden 16/Apr/15 Lead O/S
ben1987 25/Mar/15 Lead rpt
cem 22/Mar/15 2nd
pimpy 22/Mar/15 Lead
with Charles, Graham
Jam_sandwich 20/Mar/15 2nd O/S
BenedictIEP 20/Mar/15 Lead O/S

Worth its 3 stars and more. Loved it

Antony Mariani 27/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Jo P
Hidden 27/Sep/14 2nd O/S
skperry 14/Sep/14 Lead
with Sam Nunn
millsy 27/Aug/14 Lead O/S

In the dark!

with Jo Fullman
BnB 29/Jun/14 -
Hidden 29/Jun/14 2nd O/S
kkris 24/Jun/14 2nd β
with Graham
dashby 01/Jun/14 2nd
K Mckay 15/May/14 2nd O/S

Excellent lead by Farrell with a little dance on the ledge added for my entertainment. Final arete unprotected.

with Katie Farrell
Hidden 14/May/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/May/14 Lead O/S
monkeyman79 18/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Rick Harrison
tdobson 24/Mar/14 2nd

Jonny leading. In the dark.

jonathandavey 24/Mar/14 Lead
with tdobson
freemanTom 16/Mar/14 2nd

Out there for HS. Quality

with Nick, Jason Wood
Anne Gumbley 09/Mar/14 Lead
Hidden 28/Sep/13 Lead
Hidden 28/Sep/13 2nd O/S
Iclimb 14/Sep/13 Lead β

Great climb. Airy traversing across to the arete, then up and done. Well protected with nuts all the way.

with Anna Reeves
Hidden 04/Sep/13 Lead O/S
petegunn 04/Sep/13 2nd
with Davina
jshields 01/Sep/13 2nd
MikeDowsett 01/Sep/13 2nd
mattwilk 01/Sep/13 Lead O/S

Utterly brilliant, hard to find a route at this grade that's so satisfying, exposed, and interesting. Final moves took a bit of commitment!

with Mike
TonyF ?/Sep/13 Lead
Pike 27/Aug/13 2nd O/S

Gripping stuff

mattwilk 27/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Pike
Hidden 23/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Ste_b1978 19/Aug/13 AltLd
domhowell 19/Aug/13 AltLd

Ste lead the first pitch, I lead the second

with Ste
stuart34 17/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with kirsty
Tom Smith 14/Aug/13 TR O/S
Hidden 06/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Freshprintce 24/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Will Warrington
Compo 10/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Gareth
atyson1 25/Jun/13 Lead
Elliot King LC&CC 25/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Atmospheric but a bit easy!!

with Adrian
bantamdave 25/Jun/13 Lead O/S

exposed at the top section. climbed in one pitch

with Swifty
jonathandavey 20/Jun/13 AltLd rpt
jonathandavey 20/Jun/13 Lead rpt
with Tim Dobson
Hidden 20/Jun/13 AltLd
LesserTrochanter 20/Jun/13 AltLd
with Wilf Sargeant, Jonathan Davey
Julie 08/Jun/13 2nd
with Jason
Charlie Staincliffe 08/Jun/13 2nd O/S
with Stuart Myatt
jonathandavey 07/Jun/13 AltLd rpt
JdotP 07/Jun/13 AltLd O/S
with The Chosen One
Phil West 01/Jun/13 2nd O/S
with Chris Tan
1poundSOCKS 26/May/13 2nd
Hidden 26/May/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/May/13 2nd O/S
jonathandavey 05/May/13 AltLd O/S

Felt a bit easy? But a great route all the same!

Hidden 05/May/13 AltLd O/S
Tightsgirl 29/Apr/13 Lead
arose 29/Apr/13 2nd
ramsy71 20/Apr/13 Lead
with k
maumau 06/Apr/13 AltLd O/S
John Gale 04/Apr/13 Lead β

Really exposed sensation coming round the top ledge - great for placing extending gear

Bowzle 05/Mar/13 -
Just_Dan87 02/Mar/13 2nd rpt
alias dave 02/Mar/13 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2013 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Oct/12 Lead O/S
JamPlastick 02/Sep/12 2nd O/S
with Malley
gw3285 19/Aug/12 Lead
Hidden 11/Aug/12 Lead O/S
mataius 30/Jul/12 Lead
Harry Holmes 21/Jul/12 2nd rpt
with Joanna
horsefeathers 21/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
with Harry
Harry Holmes 17/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with sarah lund
Hidden 11/Jun/12 Lead dnf
Legionreturns 30/May/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Jan/12 2nd O/S
climbingpixie 14/Jan/12 Lead O/S
with Andy
Hidden 27/Nov/11 Lead
spitfirerick 25/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Oct/11 Lead O/S
BLodge 18/Sep/11 AltLd
J25 10/Sep/11 Lead
vix 10/Sep/11 2nd rpt
with Jonny
B-bop 03/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with Olly
Tim Hudds 12/Jul/11 2nd
with Geoff, Elliot
bwestwood 01/Jul/11 Solo
stratandrew 22/Jun/11 2nd rpt

superb route. amazing exposure for a HS.

with Dave Wylie, Carolyn Mills
steven 18/Jun/11 2nd O/S
with Emma Woods, Simon Holden
Hidden 17/Jun/11 2nd O/S
Tom Keaveny 14/Jun/11 Lead O/S
bigbirdflying 05/Jun/11 Lead
Noodles 31/May/11 Lead O/S
Jillybean 31/May/11 2nd
with Martyn
vix 27/May/11 Lead O/S
with Alex, Jonny
J25 27/May/11 2nd
thedatastream 24/May/11 2nd O/S

airy scary!

with Georg
Hidden 24/May/11 Lead rpt
ebf 22/May/11 Lead O/S

Went straight over from the ledge rather than out to the arete, involving a scrambly stomach move worthy of The Goblin @ Almscliff. Rained whilst making the traverse. Nice route, but not 3 stars.

with Chris Voisey
gmatthew 16/May/11 Lead O/S
mr spoon 11/May/11 Lead

One of my all time fav's so far. no major difficulty but the exposure moving out to the arete is fantastic

Hidden 04/May/11 2nd
emmahalliday 27/Apr/11 2nd
djelkin1992 27/Apr/11 Lead RP
munch88 16/Apr/11 2nd β
davewsargent 27/Mar/11 2nd
pie_eater_pete 27/Mar/11 Lead rpt
escalade ??/2011 -
RM199 ??/2011 Lead O/S
elCapitano 26/Dec/10 Lead O/S

Cheeky in the snow. Cold times...

with Coatesy
Richard P Coates 26/Dec/10 2nd O/S
codgio 25/Oct/10 Lead

Finished direct from final ledge (had to stand on gear). Hadn't realised I was supposed to move out onto the exposed arete - dissapointed.

John Pickles 12/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with Kieran Hodgson
Dino Dave 02/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Nice, relaxing, enjoyable climb, exposed and unprotected arete to easy finish which adds to the fun!

with Dad
john.gaffney 26/Sep/10 Lead O/S
with dan m
Hidden 26/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Rachel S 12/Sep/10 Lead O/S
with Ian B
Adam Coles ?/Aug/10 -
with ben1987
ben1987 ?/Aug/10 -
Hidden 28/Jul/10 2nd O/S
stratandrew 28/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with Dave Wylie
bwestwood 27/Jul/10 Solo rpt
RuthC 03/Jul/10 2nd
mattyork2 03/Jul/10 Lead O/S
pog100 27/Jun/10 Lead

enjoyed this. Led in one pitch, ran out of rope to belay back to two stakes. 3 pieces of gear in ledge made the traverse and arête an enjoyable experience.

with Phil
samcook 17/Jun/10 Lead O/S

Did as one pitch. Good climbing to belay ledge, some easy climbing, some a little strenuous but good holds. Can be a bit run out but pro good where needed. Easy traverse but very nervy stepping onto arete. First move on arete to the ledge is scary! No gear placed since before traverse and no good holds. Move not hard though, just scary.

lrandall 17/Jun/10 2nd

A nice route with a bold and airy finale. Another impressive lead from Sam, who did it as one pitch.

mack1 16/Jun/10 2nd O/S


with dan lancaster
bigglesbutcha 03/Jun/10 Lead O/S
with Steve
wrapped in bacon 03/Jun/10 Lead O/S

Not very technical but a fine route none-the-less

with Nick
JoEglington ?/Jun/10 Lead
philb ?/Jun/10 2nd

with mike seol

Hidden 22/May/10 2nd
al99 22/May/10 2nd
martinazando 22/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/May/10 Lead O/S
tanssop 05/May/10 2nd
with Andy
Hidden 13/Apr/10 2nd rpt
Hidden 13/Apr/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 13/Apr/10 Lead O/S
AJ007 05/Apr/10 Lead
Danny Crump 05/Apr/10 2nd O/S
with Michael Hyde, AJ Bowley
eschaton ??/2010 Lead
with Nick
pie_eater_pete ??/2010 -
bwestwood ??/2010 AltLd O/S
Hidden 08/Nov/09 Lead O/S
99bolivar ?/Nov/09 2nd
with Adrian Bridge, Richard Smith
kjbix 20/Sep/09 Lead
with Nick Howard
timbo58 14/Sep/09 AltLd
with John Kilburn
grubes 30/Aug/09 Lead O/S

great climb

with Chris
Matt Bill Platypus 19/Aug/09 AltLd O/S
with Tim
climbing_rocks1983 12/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with Petey
HannahGo ?/Jul/09 TR O/S

Took ages to set up a top rope to sort it to avoid the swing. Well worth it! An awesome climb! Scary traverse, but no hard moves on it. On my wish list to lead in the near future!

with Collin, Jeremy Godden
Hidden 27/Jun/09 AltLd dog
lazybones 24/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Helen Jones
reinschgm 04/Jun/09 Lead O/S

Great route

with Ben
Bennykr 04/Jun/09 2nd rpt
with Dad
Andrew Lodge 01/Jun/09 Lead
with Steve
Hidden 01/Jun/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 02/May/09 Lead rpt
ellpeecee 01/May/09 Lead O/S
Dave Foster 14/Apr/09 2nd rpt
with Andy
Hidden 13/Apr/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 13/Apr/09 Lead O/S
doogstrue ?/Apr/09 2nd
with andy s
Hidden 22/Mar/09 2nd
pudding ?/Mar/09 Lead O/S
Barrett6234 ??/2009 Lead
luke123 ??/2009 Lead O/S
Noelle ??/2009 Lead O/S

Could not find the hidden hold on the traverse for ages. Led it in one pitch first and later as two with a nervous second. Great scary fun once you know the way!

ianburton ??/2009 Lead
peewee2008 31/Dec/08 2nd O/S

Crampons would of been handy for the start.

Bainbridge 31/Dec/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Nov/08 Lead rpt
Hidden 10/Oct/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Oct/08 Lead rpt
Hidden 05/Oct/08 2nd O/S
Si dH 05/Oct/08 Lead O/S

top was soaking wet (rivulets running down it), so had to avoid arete and mantel direct from the ledge

with Neil Furniss
1918hasti 20/Sep/08 2nd
with Paul Bradwell
Hidden 01/Sep/08 Lead O/S
pboniface 14/Aug/08 2nd
aldred 14/Aug/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Jul/08 2nd
reapey 15/Jul/08 2nd
with phil
duzinga 15/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with Ewan
Vikki Bassek 10/Jun/08 2nd O/S

Scary traverse around exposed bit makes it a bit more exciting.

with Keith Roberts
Hidden 31/May/08 TR
MeMeMe 10/May/08 Lead
Hidden 10/May/08 2nd
Trobbo 19/Feb/08 Lead
with rob greenwood
Bennykr 10/Feb/08 2nd O/S
with Matt
Hidden ??/2008 2nd O/S
farmus21 ??/2008 Lead
with Pete Wilkinson
Dave Foster ??/2008 Lead rpt
with Bryn
Stig 21/Oct/07 2nd O/S
with Maciek
mje1398 06/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with John M
alisonk ?/Jul/07 Lead
Hidden ?/Jun/07 2nd O/S
jonnyboy 19/Apr/07 Lead O/S

a very pleasent route

Hidden ??/2007 Lead
Hidden 18/Jun/06 Lead
Hidden 03/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Steve Perry ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S
with The Bilks
davidk ?/Jun/06 2nd
with alison
alisonk ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S
with Dave
joshen ??/2006 Lead O/S
King Rat ??/2006 Lead O/S
sm1rf ??/2006 Lead RP
with Kev and Bradz
ashleylist ??/2006 -
Simon Caldwell 16/Oct/05 AltLd O/S

Carmen led the first pitch, I took the second, easier but exposed and with no gear

with Carmen
kitch22 27/Aug/05 AltLd

Robbing bugger took the easiest bit.

with Daniel Metcalfe
joe larner ?/Aug/05 Lead O/S

Starts well but the ending was covered in bird crap when i did it. Also fiddly but after a while good wires at the top. Main line and curving crack are better routes than this yet get less stars.

KeithW ?/May/05 2nd O/S

Exposed finish, nice!

with Grahaeme
pudding ?/Apr/05 2nd O/S
karly54 04/Jun/04 Lead O/S
kickaha4 04/Jun/04 2nd
Hidden ?/Apr/04 2nd
Hidden ??/2003 -
Abi Chard ?/Sep/02 Lead O/S
with Paul T
Hidden ?/May/02 Lead
Martin Bennett 12/Apr/02 -
with Terry Rob
Trobbo 11/Apr/02 Lead O/S
with martin bennett
Hidden 28/Aug/01 Lead O/S
John Brayshaw 05/Jun/01 Lead rpt
with Andy Blakely
snowy owl 04/Mar/01 Lead
with Paul McVitie
Andy S ?/Mar/01 Solo O/S
akhughes ?/Jan/01 Lead
jimorothy ?/Oct/00 2nd
with Scott Barnett
JSA ??/2000 Solo O/S

soloed in workboots

Roget 29/Oct/99 Solo O/S
with jon
climberguy ??/1999 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1999 Lead
John Brayshaw 23/May/98 2nd O/S
with Chris
EllieWoods 24/Feb/98 2nd O/S
chrishedgehog 20/Jun/97 Lead O/S
with Mark Gill
John Southworth 03/Oct/96 Lead
with Vicky Munn
Andy Say 27/Sep/96 Solo
Hidden 10/Oct/93 2nd
Hidden 30/Aug/93 AltLd
Hidden 02/Jun/93 Lead O/S
Mick King 03/Apr/93 2nd
with Steve Hill
lithos ?/Apr/92 2nd O/S
with john byrne
whispering nic ?/May/91 Lead
with Ali W
Paul Clarke ??/1989 Lead
Hidden 01/May/88 Lead
uphillnow ??/1986 Solo
Tim Bateman 10/Nov/85 2nd
Hidden 12/Jun/84 2nd
RichardMc 03/Jul/83 Lead
with Dave Langmead
charlesmfrench 27/Mar/82 2nd O/S
Derek Ryden ??/1982 Solo O/S
Ian Clare ??/1982 -
John Marsland 19/Sep/81 Lead
with Phil Strazinski
Hidden 22/Oct/78 2nd O/S
Hidden 22/Oct/78 Lead
John Marsland ??/1977 2nd
with Godfrey Bancroft
Al Evans ??/1974 -
D Tempest 20/Jul/73 Solo
with Rick
D Tempest 24/Jun/72 TR
Seymore Butt ??/1970 -
Dave Musgrove 17/Dec/67 AltLd
with Dennis Gray, Bob Knapton
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