Climbs 210
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 232m a.s.l
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Fern Hill © Dave Foster

Crag features

Cratcliffe Tor is in an extremely rural setting with a view out over tranquil farmland rather than distant moors. It is home to a small but superb set of climbs. The main event are the sheer walls of Owl Gully. Here the many breaks offer fine pumpy climbs often traversing out of the gully into impressive positions on the exposed faces. The breaks usually offer plenty of protection, though being fit enough to hang on and place it is crucial. Around the corner from the gully is the dramatic tall face tackled centrally by Suicide Wall. The recent felling of the trees that used to shroud the face have revealed it in all its glory - surely the finest wall in all Gritdom?

Located south of the main edges, and lacking much in the way of quality climbs in the lower grades, it is seldom busy, though the area is popular as a bouldering venue.

Since the vandalism in Feb 2013 please be very weary of the boulder problems with chipping - The exposed core in incredibly soft. It's going to take decades to recover.

Approach notes

Park as for Robin Hood's Stride.

There's also limited roadside parking below the crag on the B5056 (SK 228618). Follow the track leading to the left of the Tor.

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Eastern Grit

Updated and expanded edition of the award-winning Peak Grit East. Covers all the best routes on the eastern Gritstone edges of the Peak District - Wharncliffe, Rivelin, Dovestone Tor, Bamford, Stanage, Burbage North, Higgar Tor, Burbage South, Millstone, Lawrencefield, Yarncliffe, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardoms, Birchen, Chatsworth, Cratcliffe, Black Rocks
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Peak Bouldering

The Peak Bouldering Rockfax is a massive book covering a huge area including all the main bouldering venues of the Peak District. It includes many more low-grade problems than have ever been documented before including 17 circuits with problems at V0+ 5a and under, and a further 21 circuits with problems at V2 5c and below.
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Cratcliffe Middle
  Middle Slab
3 Middle Slab f4 * 197
4 Middle Slab Right f5+ * 130
5 Look at Me! f7A * 68
6 Look Right Left Arête
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V6 9
7 Look Right f5 * 201
8 Look Right Sit Start
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V5 * 95
  Razor Roof
10 Razor Arête f6C+ * 44
11 Razor Roof f6C *** 758
12 RZA Roof f7A+ ** 99
13 RZA Roof Right-Hand Finish f7B 24
14 Razor Traverse Reverse f7A+ *** 5
15 Cave Wall f5+ * 331
  Right of Razor
17 Slab in the Middle f5+ 3
18 Crimps f5 4
19 The Blob f7A * 1
20 Green Lipped Muscle f7C ** 1
21 Thrutch Over f6C * 1
22 Blob Over f6B 2
  Low Slab
24 Low Slab Left-Hand f5 5
25 Low Slab Arch f5 4
26 Low Slab Middle f4 3
27 Low Slab Traverse f5+ 4
28 Low Slab Right-Hand f6A 4
  Top Boulders
  Squirm
31 Christmas Shopping f7A+ 1
32 The Squirm f5 ** 430
33 Scoop Arête f4 * 404
34 Scoop f3 * 382
35 Chips Slab f3 180
36 Leg-press f4 86
  Top Rib
38 Flake Problem f4 * 314
39 Left Arête Left-Hand V5 6
40 Left Arête f6A+ ** 201
41 Top Rib f5+ ** 407
  The Blob
43 Blob Mantel f5+ 97
44 Wall Right of Blob Mantel
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V0- 31
45 Bob Mantel f4+ 74
  Hidden Boulder
47 Suicide Bummer f6A+ 14
48 Hidden Arête with Traverse
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V2 * 15
49 Hidden Arête f5 * 71
  Junior Boulder
51 Junior Flake f3+ ** 224
52 Junior Flake Sit-Start
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V0 ** 17
53 Junior Arête f4+ ** 209
54 Junior Slab f4 * 223
55 Junior Chips f3 117
56 Hidden Wall f4 101
  Last Boulder
58 Last Arête f6B+ * 59
59 Last Arête Stand Start
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V0 119
60 Through Mantel f6B 45
61 Lip Slap f6C+ * 51
62 Johnny's Groove f6B * 114
63 Foot Tickler f4+ * 123
64 Right Slab f3+ * 154
  Pink Slab
66 Easy Slab f3+ * 196
67 Pink Slab f3 ** 519
68 Pink Arête f3+ ** 496
69 Pink Slab Right f5+ ** 326
70 Pink Slab Right - With Chips
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V0 4c 152
71 Pink Slab Right - No Arête V3 ** 121
  Blind Pocket Wall
73 Blind Pocket Rib - Left Escape V0+ 46
74 Blind Pocket Rib f5 * 311
75 Blind Pocket Wall f5+ ** 326
76 Blind Pocket Arête f5+ ** 284
77 Blind Pocket Traverse f5+ 53
  The Ramp
79 The Romp f4+ 55
80 The Ramp f4 * 235
81 The Ramp - No Hands
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V3 * 33
82 The Ramp Trending Right
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V0- 28
  Tree Boulders
  The Egg
85 Left Egg Arête f3+ * 206
86 Scrambled Eggs f6A+ * 15
87 Left Egg f5+ * 274
88 Eggy Scoops f5 * 349
89 Egg Arête Left f5+ * 102
90 Egg Arete f6B * 373
91 Eggs is Eggs f7B+ * 7
92 Eggs is Eggs - Easier Start V6 41
93 Egged On f5+ * 108
  T Crack
95 T Crack f7B *** 249
96 Mr T f7B * 3
97 T Crack Slab f7A+ ** 1
  Below Jerry's
99 Slopey Green Traverse f6C+ 6
100 Green Slopey Traverse f6C * 35
101 Green slopey traverse (footless) *
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f7A+ 1
  Jerry's
103 Robin Mantel f5 * 22
104 Little Robin f5+ 96
105 The Lark f6C+ ** 137
106 The Lark Left-Hand f7A * 2
107 Optimistic Meg f6B * 11
108 Jerry's Traverse f7B *** 204
109 Jerry's Reverse f7B+ ** 2
  Serpico
111 Serpico f6C * 12
112 Shunting Biscuits f7A+ 2
113 Munching Biscuits f5 2
114 Tim's Flute f5+ 3
115 Marc's Scheme f5+ 2
116 Les and Len f5 4
117 Sam's Game f4 1
  Converted
119 Diverted f3+ 1
120 Converted f7B+  
121 Oatibix Flake f3+ 3
  Low Slung
123 Low Slung
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V6 * 40
124 Lower Slung V9 1
  Tit
126 The Tit Traverse
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V6 * 7
  Main Crag
  Hermit's Cave
129 Kilroy
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E1 5c  
130 The Nemesis Exit HVS 5b * 12
131 Burning Buddhist
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E4 5c  
132 Creeping Friend
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E5 6b  
133 Hermit's Cave Traverse f6B *** 84
134 The Fence f4+ * 43
135 The Bishop f6A+ 41
136 Chip and Thin f5 * 62
137 Hermitage Rib f6A * 20
138 Hermitage Groove S 5a 15
139 Tomorrow's Women
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E4 6b  
140 Sleight of Hand
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E4 6a 3
141 Hermitage Crack VS 5a * 26
142 Hermitage Hand Jam f4+ * 25
  Upper Tier
144 Reticent Mass Murderer E4 6b *** 14
145 Genocide E6 6c *** 9
146 Hermitage Chimney M 17
147 The Variant HS 4b 7
148 Tom Thumb E2 5c ** 109
149 Enigma Variations E5 6a * 3
150 The Giant's Staircase HVS 5a * 153
151 No Peru E4 6a * 2
152 Magic Beans
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V5 7
153 Beanstalk E2 5c ** 144
  The Amphitheatre
155 Amphitheatre Crack M 10
156 Bramble Groove VS 4b 22
157 Bramley's Traverse HS 4b 10
158 Oblique Chimney VD * 32
159 Darren Hawkins' Invisible Neck E4 5c  
160 Elliott's Unconquerable HVS 5a * 104
161 Mephistopheles Exit HVS 5a * 3
162 Elliott's Right-Hand E1 5c 18
163 Hey Turkey Neck E2 5c 5
164 Weston's Chimney VD 35
  Owl Gully
166 Escape/Boot Hill E3 5c *** 222
167 Trick or Treat E3 5c ** 1
168 Three Hundred Pounds of Musclin Man f7C+ *** 2
169 Percy's Cornflake f7A+ ** 3
170 The Groove E9 7b ***  
171 Nutcracker E2 5c ** 13
172 Fern Hill Indirect E4 5c *** 19
173 Fern Hill E2 5c *** 529
174 Owl Gully VD * 151
175 Tiger Traverse E2 5b * 20
176 Sedimental Journey E4 6a * 2
177 Nettle Wine E4 6b *** 44
178 Five Finger Exercise E2 5c *** 494
179 Liquid Assets E4 6b * 1
  Suicide Wall
181 Bower Route 1 HS 4b * 164
182 Direct Start VS 4c * 7
183 Pleasant Street f7A  
184 Renaissance E2 6a * 4
185 Requiem E3 6a *** 87
186 Bailey Bridge
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E2 5c 8
187 The Long Distance Runnel E5 6c ** 2
188 Suicide Wall HVS 5b *** 1018
189 Suicide Wall Direct E1 5c ** 8
190 The Children's House E5 6c ** 3
191 Oak Tree Chimney VD 29
192 Stihl Life E5 6a ** 2
193 Sepulchrave HVS 5a ** 132
194 Mordaunt E2 5b *** 30
195 Savage Messiah E2 5c ** 136
  North Wall
197 Stretch Limo E5 6b * 2
198 North Climb S 4a * 101
199 The Little Greenie
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E2 6a 1
200 Niche Direct VS 4c * 17
201 Oak Tree Gully
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M 3
202 Pinchers' Wall f7A+ ** 2
203 North Wall VD * 13
204 Jimmy's Crack HVS 5b * 77
205 Invasion of the Cider Women
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E4 6c 1
206 Invasion of the Cider Women Direct f7A *** 8
207 Samantha Muesli
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E3 6a  
  Quercus
209 Quercus E4 6b * 1
210 Slot Ladder f6A 3
211 Edgucation f6A+ 4
  The Grimoire
213 Whose Line Is It Anyway? HVS 5a ** 16
214 Rocky's Revival VS 4c * 4
215 Oi Grimer! E1 5b 3
216 Bagu Yagu f7B * 1
217 Chess Boxer f7A+ * 1
218 Grimoire E6 6c ** 7
219 Bonfire of the Manatees f7A * 1
  Sparrow
221 Sparrow/My Best Friend the Water Melon f7C **  
222 Sparrow Right-Wing f7B *  
223 Nymphs and Satyrs E1 5c 1
224 Thigh Master f6C+ *  
  Cratcliffe Woods
  The Arch
227 Arch Arête f6A  
228 The Arch
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V5 * 3
  Brian's
230 Brian's Private Arête f7B ** 15
  Brain Dead
232 Smooth
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V2  
233 Rouge
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V1  
234 Near Death Experience f7B *  
235 Brain Dead f6B+ *** 88
236 Skin Deep V7 2
237 Little Arête
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V3  
  Hueco
239 Moss Ridge f5+ * 1
240 House of the Holey f7C * 4
241 Chapel of Rest f7A ** 27
242 Wish f7A+ *** 67
243 No Hueco f6C ** 54
  Above Hueco
245 Soaperstition f6B+ 6
246 Soap Doger f6C * 4
  P Crack
248 Seventy-Two f7A * 34
249 Seventy-Two Direct f7A+ * 5
250 P Crack f7B ** 6
  Beyond
252 Brother Lee Love
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V8  
  Routes Added from Rockfax Book
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