Rockfax Description
14m. A great climb up a fine line. Follow the slabby right-trending groove to a rest in a cave (complete with seasonal bird's nest). Traverse out left to reach the easier upper section of Patchett's Plunge and finish up this in a fine position. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Classic County, Classic Rock Climbs In Northern England by Bill Birket.

Jonno30 10/Nov/17 Lead O/S

Loved the 'exposed' moves coming out of the cave. Nearly froze my fingers off.

Hidden 24/Sep/17 Lead O/S
Jim Auger 24/Sep/17 Lead O/S
with Joe, Elvis
Hidden 03/Sep/17 2nd O/S
Jeremy Rodgers 30/Aug/17 AltLd O/S
with Peter
peterhubbard 30/Aug/17 Lead
with Jeremy
andrewcoultherd ?/Aug/17 Lead O/S
Marl 19/Jul/17 Solo O/S

Probably best route of its grade I have climbed

purkle 09/Jul/17 Lead
with Matt
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 24/Jun/17 Solo O/S
with Phil Gwyther
Simnel 22/Jun/17 2nd
with Darran, John H
Rowan Page 19/Jun/17 Lead
with Carol, Alison Page
TomYoung 18/Jun/17 2nd
Hidden 03/Jun/17 Lead O/S
AJMullen 30/May/17 Lead rpt

Always fun

Hidden 30/May/17 Lead
Chris.Brown87 23/May/17 Lead O/S

Lovely moves on the traverse. Found the bottom slab hardest.

Adamski1986 23/May/17 2nd
PatrickRT 01/May/17 Lead O/S

Harder than i thought it would be.

with OLGrady, Olivia
ChrisH89 01/May/17 2nd rpt
Alpenglow 01/May/17 Lead rpt
with Chris H
OLGrady 01/May/17 2nd
with Patrick RT, OWatson
smelliedebs ?/May/17 Lead
with Adam
Daniel-Wild ??/2017 Lead
with Tom
Hidden 24/Aug/16 2nd
connor_furness 24/Aug/16 Lead O/S
Razor ?/Aug/16 Lead
ESmith 31/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Craig
CHarrison 31/Jul/16 2nd

Solid lead by Emma, much more fun without the plastering of bird shit

FionaNicholson 24/May/16 Lead
Hidden 24/May/16 Lead rpt
Simnel 22/May/16 2nd
with Matt
Matt Poole 22/May/16 Lead rpt
with John Lambert
watson.b 15/May/16 2nd O/S
with Tony
Tony Myers 15/May/16 Lead O/S
peterhubbard 11/May/16 Lead
with Conrad
Hidden 11/May/16 2nd
ChrisH89 11/May/16 Lead O/S

Good fun route with easy moves, made to feel harder by the position during the traverse.

AJMullen ??/2016 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2016 -
Hidden 26/Aug/15 Lead O/S
spenser 15/Aug/15 2nd O/S

Didn't think this was particularly great.

with Sarah Follmann
CHarrison 01/Aug/15 Lead O/S

A great route, we'll protected with an exposed finish. If it wasn't for the bird shit halfway up (off to the right not on the route) it would be one of my favorites so far.

with James Moorcroft
Simnel 11/Jun/15 Lead O/S
with Tony S
Hidden 26/May/15 Lead
rodge 23/May/15 2nd O/S
leerodgers84 23/May/15 Lead O/S
with Joe
RUDIN.J.D.H 14/May/15 Lead O/S
joem 13/May/15 2nd O/S
Bloke on a Rope 02/May/15 Lead O/S

Not difficult but still a top bit of climbing!

with Matt
Hidden 02/May/15 Lead rpt
fatbuoybazza 02/May/15 Lead O/S
with Jon
Jonny M 02/May/15 2nd O/S
Climbster 02/May/15 2nd β
with Vick, Ian
y2keable 21/Apr/15 2nd rpt
with John
andybirtwistle ??/2015 -
Matt_L_Robinson 07/Oct/14 Lead O/S
wnlwy 27/Sep/14 Lead
charley 16/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Lovely route but felt very straight forward for a HS, even in the wet.

with Ange, Kev
Tithe Technique 16/Sep/14 TR O/S
valentinesbabe 16/Sep/14 2nd O/S

Lovely lovely climb. Would only give it Severe as it was straightforward despite being damp and climbing it in approach shoes (being a nitwit I'd forgotten to pack my climbing shoes!) Some really nice moves though.

MBarraclough 30/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Aug/14 Lead O/S
kyaizawa 24/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Jul/14 2nd O/S
RUDIN.J.D.H 24/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Wonderful climb deserves the stars, fantastic position,good gear throughout

with Megan Holmes
cpforbes 12/Jun/14 2nd O/S
with Dan Newsom
Adamski1986 11/Jun/14 Lead
with Richard Gage
ablackett 21/May/14 Lead
with Andy Wallace
acodina 17/May/14 -
Adamski1986 15/May/14 2nd
stub1990 14/May/14 Lead
with Adam Gregg
Hidden 17/Nov/13 Solo O/S
smithjmw46 30/Oct/13 Lead O/S
Andy Moles 12/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Ferdia
ferdia 12/Aug/13 2nd
daWalt 03/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Lisa
Ratfeeder 22/Jul/13 Lead rpt
with Karl
Tasmin 11/Jul/13 2nd O/S
Craig Holden 11/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Straight forward climbing with nice airy finish.

peter.ravenscroft27 06/Jul/13 2nd
Gatley 06/Jul/13 Lead
acodina 16/Jun/13 2nd
Hidden 16/Jun/13 Lead O/S
RUDIN.J.D.H 08/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Mike Mason
MikeLell 26/May/13 2nd O/S

In approach shoes.

with Tom
ruairidhwad 26/May/13 Lead O/S
with Malibu Dan
Alpenglow 26/May/13 2nd O/S
David Cowley 14/May/13 2nd O/S
robertmichaellovell 06/May/13 Lead
with Bex
freemanTom 09/Sep/12 2nd


with Phil Soc
farmerwad 09/Sep/12 Lead
with tom
johnjb 09/Sep/12 2nd rpt
with Tom, Phil
Calum Wadsworth 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Ray Sharples
gibbermonkey 02/Sep/12 2nd O/S
Tim Rodgers 22/Aug/12 Lead
Lawrie Brand 03/Aug/12 Lead O/S

A well named route..

with Sarah Laing
Macleod 27/May/12 Lead O/S

3 stars... really?

with liza, anthony
Antd 27/May/12 2nd
with Liza Wolfson, Al Macleod
y2keable 22/May/12 Lead rpt
with John
cballard ??/2012 -
Dervey ??/2012 -
henning82 22/Oct/11 Lead O/S
greg_strong 28/Sep/11 2nd
georgedunton 28/Sep/11 Lead
cat22 04/Sep/11 Lead O/S

The start and finish were great, shame about the smell in the middle!

with Mike
Dervey 01/Sep/11 2nd
with Beronj
Legionreturns 01/Sep/11 2nd O/S
Beronj 01/Sep/11 Lead O/S

Solid first lead on HS. "Cave" is inch deep in Guano: avoid in future...

tmawer 21/Aug/11 Lead O/S

Very good!

with Jaime Robertson
dave o 20/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with Julia H
David Bulley 31/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Exposed at the top, love it!

with Andy Chisholm
chrissy 30/Jul/11 2nd
with toni, chris jones, Mo
MoWalker3 30/Jul/11 2nd

foolishly did a massive bridge on the crux, ouch

with CJ
Liam Martin 26/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Shaun Duke
Hidden 24/Jul/11 2nd
Adrianw 13/Jul/11 Lead rpt
with Tim Catterall, Neil Cranston
elCapitano 03/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Drew
Higher Primate 03/Jul/11 2nd rpt
y2keable 28/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Wonderful climb with an exposed crux.

Alex Winter 26/Jun/11 2nd O/S

Smelt like a bird had vomited and then died.

with Doug
Douglas 26/Jun/11 Lead
Hidden 16/Jun/11 2nd O/S
djbeaumont 31/May/11 Lead O/S
with chris a
will9911 30/May/11 Lead
with Simon
Higher Primate 27/May/11 Lead O/S

Quality final moves after the traverse out. Good test of confidence.

josephgrimwade 10/May/11 2nd O/S
with Peter Stollery
Hidden 29/Apr/11 Lead
Hidden 22/Apr/11 2nd
Hidden 22/Apr/11 Lead
richy ?/Mar/11 Lead
arrang ??/2011 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Sep/10 2nd
Jungle_153 22/Aug/10 2nd O/S
maggie505 12/Aug/10 2nd
with Mark 'epic' Hawkins
Hidden ?/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Em66 31/Jul/10 Lead
Hidden 31/Jul/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 24/Jun/10 Lead
Hidden 24/Jun/10 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/10 TR
Hidden ?/Jun/10 -
chris smith 27/May/10 Lead O/S
TomKingston 22/May/10 Lead
KMoeckell 22/May/10 2nd
Skinny Kin 19/May/10 2nd O/S

Only for idiots! Pretty green these days.

with Lucian Peterca
j0shwyatt000 18/May/10 Lead O/S
jonny taylor 13/May/10 2nd
with Alasdair
tom.ireson 08/May/10 2nd O/S
with Henry Jenkins
Hidden 01/May/10 Lead O/S
odox 28/Apr/10 2nd
with Christine Hall
jonny taylor 14/Apr/10 2nd
with Andy B
mikecollins 10/Apr/10 Lead O/S

line was dripping wet so traversed out onto Patchett's Plunge a bit

with stg
TomKingston ??/2010 -
Matt Poole ??/2010 Lead O/S
scott gibson ??/2010 -
IanC ?/Oct/09 Lead
markfairbank 20/Sep/09 Lead O/S
johnjb 20/Sep/09 2nd O/S

Tricky traverse! This is a disguised VS!

richie88 17/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Daniel Sutherland 16/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Gary
gazb 16/Jun/09 2nd
with daniel sutherland
Hidden 08/Jun/09 Lead
Hidden 03/Jun/09 Lead O/S
Trevera 02/Jun/09 Lead
with Eva Diran
AndrewShanks 20/May/09 2nd β
with robin
robinsi197 20/May/09 Lead O/S
with AndrewS
Hidden 12/May/09 2nd
Boxy 11/May/09 Lead O/S
mterentiusvarro ??/2009 2nd
with Ash
KragKing ??/2009 Lead
Phill_ Thompson ??/2009 Lead
Hidden ??/2009 -
Hidden 23/Jul/08 Lead O/S
jonny taylor 21/Jul/08 2nd
with James
Jimmy O 21/Jul/08 Lead O/S
stimpey 20/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with Pete
Hidden 20/Jul/08 2nd
Adrianw 16/Jul/08 2nd
with Neil Cranston
Hidden 15/Jul/08 2nd
Hidden 12/Jul/08 Lead O/S
heather.deane 12/Jul/08 2nd O/S
with Andy
heather.deane 12/Jul/08 2nd O/S
with Andy
Hidden 29/Jun/08 Lead O/S
ShelleyRhodes 29/Jun/08 2nd β
Simon Caldwell 21/Jun/08 Lead β

C led, then I led on (mostly) her gear. Super route, intimidating rather than hard.

with Carmen
topsafari 19/Jun/08 Lead O/S

The airy traverse is very airy, keith got there and it started to rain.

with Keith Carlton
andyhutch77 05/Jun/08 Lead
with Marc Tomlinson
Christopher Williamson 01/Jun/08 Lead
with Matt Sleightholme
colin milton 19/May/08 Lead
with ibbo
Hidden 14/May/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 20/Apr/08 Lead O/S
jonny taylor 20/Apr/08 Lead O/S

A nice climb despite the thick green slime on the slab

with Chris H
odox ??/2008 -
Rich Clague ?/Oct/07 2nd
Hidden ?/Oct/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Sep/07 Lead
Russell Lovett 07/Sep/07 Lead rpt
with darren lovett
Adam1973 02/Sep/07 Lead O/S
with Pete Simcock
John Haxon 27/Aug/07 TR O/S
with Natalia Turksakova, Jon Punshon
Sam Judson 08/Aug/07 2nd rpt
with Phil Steadman
Woodiee 07/Jun/07 2nd O/S

may be 3star on the traverse and top arete moves, but full of shite (literally) on the slab and layback from the birds nest below the traverse

MDowson 06/Jun/07 Lead O/S

all in the mind, easy moves all of a sudden seem quite frightening!

duncana 26/May/07 Lead

Excellent route, looks green but is fine, great traverse move.

with Tom Challands
andymoin 21/Apr/07 2nd O/S
with Mark Jarvie
topsyturvy ??/2007 Lead O/S

Date approximate.

with Dan Hattle
mikekeswick ?/Oct/06 TR
with gill
snowcat 09/Aug/06 Lead O/S

HS 4c, what sort of grade is that! This would have been a better experience if it hadn't been cold and windy (in August). This is a head route and the hard part is actually committing to the traverse. Just remember that there is a raven's nest here in the cave so no climbing until they have fledged and left - and they do make a terrible mess!

with Steve Orrell
Hidden ?/Jul/06 Lead O/S
scott gibson ?/Jul/06 2nd
Hidden 14/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Sam Judson 14/Jun/06 Lead O/S

I was delighted :)

with Caroline Judson
DJayB ?/Jun/06 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S
chris2451 ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S
loco_ola ??/2006 Lead

Lovely route, shame there is a sodding great birds nest just before the crux which is a bit smelly but luckily unoccupied!

Rattis69 ??/2006 Lead O/S
with Richard Abbott
Sankey 05/Sep/05 Lead O/S
with Luke
Hidden ?/Sep/05 Lead
chrishedgehog 25/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with Dan Bailey
Hidden ?/Jul/05 Lead O/S
Colin Matheson ?/Apr/05 2nd
with Ed Thatcher
9fingerjon ??/2004 Lead O/S
JiveWeasel 21/Sep/02 Lead
Mark Davies PK ?/Sep/02 Lead O/S
with Fiend
gripped01 ?/Jul/02 Lead O/S
with Stew Boyce
Hidden 01/Jun/02 2nd
IanMcC 01/Jun/02 Lead
with Jimbo
The Pulsing Motorik of Neu! 05/Aug/01 2nd O/S
with Rebecca
gypsy3006 ??/2000 -
Bruce Kerr 24/Aug/97 Lead
with Jenny Kerr
akamini ?/Apr/97 Lead
John Pickles 20/Aug/96 Lead O/S
with Stephen Flatley
stewart murray ??/1994 Lead
with Pete Middleton
JiveWeasel ??/1994 2nd
with Rich C
GuyC 15/Aug/93 -
with Clare
mike fenwick ?/Aug/93 Lead
with Ben Pearce
p.crooky#1 13/Jul/93 Lead
with Nick Franklin
kato'sdad 07/Jul/91 Lead
with Jerry Mattinson
malc 30/May/91 Lead
Hidden 27/Aug/90 Lead O/S
gme 01/Jan/90 -
Ratfeeder ?/Jan/90 Lead rpt


with Nige M
Ratfeeder ?/Sep/89 Lead O/S
with Geoff Oliver
Hidden ??/1988 Solo
allmag ??/1982 Lead O/S

Great route, a classic of it's grade. Reminded me of a similar Almscliffe route.

with Charlie Hasty
beaumap ?/May/81 Lead
with Martin Davis
telemark ??/1981 2nd
Paul Clarke ??/1980 -
with NUMC
Steve Crowe 02/Jul/77 Lead O/S

Classic, I led and seconded myself.

Paula Hamilton-Gibson ??/1970 -
with Geoff Leach
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