Climbs 209
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 232m a.s.l
Faces all

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.

Access Advice

No access issues reported.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Cratcliffe Middle 
 Middle Slab 
3Middle Slabf4 *174
4Middle Slab Rightf5+ *111
5Look at Me!f7A *63
6Look Right Left ArÍte
V6 9
7Look Rightf5 *176
8Look Right Sit Start
V5 *84
 Razor Roof 
10Razor ArÍtef6C+ *39
11Razor Rooff6C ***712
12RZA Rooff7A+ **86
13RZA Roof Right-Hand Finishf7B 22
14Razor Traverse Reversef7A+ ***5
15Cave Wallf5+ *305
 Right of Razor 
17Slab in the Middlef5+ 2
18Crimpsf5 4
19The Blobf7A *1
20Green Lipped Musclef7C **1
21Thrutch Overf6C *1
22Blob Overf6B 2
 Low Slab 
24Low Slab Left-Handf5 6
25Low Slab Archf5 5
26Low Slab Middlef4 4
27Low Slab Traversef5+ 5
28Low Slab Right-Handf6A 5
 Top Boulders 
31Christmas Shoppingf7A+ 1
32The Squirmf5 **380
33Scoop ArÍtef4 *358
34Scoopf3 *335
35Chips Slabf3 150
36Leg-pressf4 65
 Top Rib 
38Flake Problemf4 *288
39Left ArÍte Left-HandV5 4
40Left ArÍtef6A+ **185
41Top Ribf5+ **374
 The Blob 
43Blob Mantelf5+ 84
44Wall Right of Blob Mantel
V0- 28
45Bob Mantelf4+ 67
 Hidden Boulder 
47Suicide Bummerf6A+ 14
48Hidden ArÍte with Traverse
V2 *15
49Hidden ArÍtef5 *66
 Junior Boulder 
51Junior Flakef3+ **188
52Junior Flake Sit-Start
V0 **13
53Junior ArÍtef4+ **173
54Junior Slabf4 *194
55Junior Chipsf3 92
56Hidden Wallf4 86
 Last Boulder 
58Last ArÍtef6B+ *50
59Last ArÍte Stand Start
V0 105
60Through Mantelf6B 32
61Lip Slapf6C+ *45
62Johnny's Groovef6B *103
63Foot Ticklerf4+ *102
64Right Slabf3+ *132
 Pink Slab 
66Easy Slabf3+ *156
67Pink Slabf3 **465
68Pink ArÍtef3+ **446
69Pink Slab Rightf5+ **299
70Pink Slab Right - With Chips
V0 133
71Pink Slab Right - No ArÍteV3 **111
 Blind Pocket Wall 
73Blind Pocket Rib - Left EscapeV0+ 39
74Blind Pocket Ribf5 *284
75Blind Pocket Wallf5+ **297
76Blind Pocket ArÍtef5+ **257
77Blind Pocket Traversef5+ 40
 The Ramp 
79The Rompf4+ 41
80The Rampf4 *211
81The Ramp - No Hands
V3 *30
82The Ramp Trending Right
V0- 25
 Tree Boulders 
 The Egg 
85Left Egg ArÍtef3+ *162
86Scrambled Eggsf6A+ *13
87Left Eggf5+ *246
88Eggy Scoopsf5 *305
89Egg ArÍte Leftf5+ *87
90Egg Aretef6B *340
91Eggs is Eggsf7B+ *7
92Eggs is Eggs - Easier StartV6 42
93Egged Onf5+ *102
 T Crack 
95T Crackf7B ***215
96Mr Tf7B *2
97T Crack Slabf7A+ **1
 Below Jerry's 
99Slopey Green Traversef6C+ 6
100Green Slopey Traversef6C *30
102Robin Mantelf5 *12
103Little Robinf5+ 86
104The Larkf6C+ **124
105The Lark Left-Handf7A *1
106Optimistic Megf6B *9
107Jerry's Traversef7B ***179
108Jerry's Reversef7B+ **2
110Serpicof6C *12
111Shunting Biscuitsf7A+ 2
112Munching Biscuitsf5 2
113Tim's Flutef5+ 3
114Marc's Schemef5+ 2
115Les and Lenf5 4
116Sam's Gamef4 1
118Divertedf3+ 1
120Oatibix Flakef3+ 3
 Low Slung 
122Low Slung
V6 *38
123Lower SlungV9 1
125The Tit Traverse
V6 *7
 Main Crag 
 Hermit's Cave 
E1 5c  
129The Nemesis ExitHVS 5b *12
130Burning Buddhist
E4 5c  
131Creeping Friend
E5 6b  
132Hermit's Cave Traversef6B ***73
133The Fencef4+ *35
134The Bishopf6A+ 36
135Chip and Thinf5 *50
136Hermitage Ribf6A *19
137Hermitage GrooveS 5a 15
138Tomorrow's Women
E4 6b  
139Sleight of Hand
E4 6a 3
140Hermitage CrackVS 5a *25
141Hermitage Hand Jamf4+ *22
 Upper Tier 
143Reticent Mass MurdererE4 6b ***20
144GenocideE6 6c ***14
145Hermitage ChimneyM 17
146The VariantHS 4b 6
147Tom ThumbE2 5c **100
148Enigma VariationsE5 6a *2
149The Giant's StaircaseHVS 5a *148
150No PeruE4 6a *2
151Magic Beans
V5 7
152BeanstalkE2 5c **140
 The Amphitheatre 
154Amphitheatre CrackM 10
155Bramble GrooveVS 4b 23
156Bramley's TraverseHS 4b 7
157Oblique ChimneyVD *30
158Darren Hawkins' Invisible NeckE4 5c  
159Elliott's UnconquerableHVS 5a *100
160Mephistopheles ExitHVS 5a *3
161Elliott's Right-HandE1 5c 18
162Hey Turkey NeckE2 5c 5
163Weston's ChimneyVD 34
 Owl Gully 
165Escape/Boot HillE3 5c ***203
166Trick or TreatE3 5c **1
167Three Hundred Pounds of Musclin Manf7C+ ***2
168Percy's Cornflakef7A+ **3
169The GrooveE9 7b *** 
170NutcrackerE2 5c **19
171Fern Hill IndirectE4 5c ***18
172Fern HillE2 5c ***496
173Owl GullyVD *144
174Tiger TraverseE2 5b *22
175Sedimental JourneyE4 6a *1
176Nettle WineE4 6b ***37
177Five Finger ExerciseE2 5c ***462
178Liquid AssetsE4 6b *1
 Suicide Wall 
180Bower Route 1HS 4b *152
181Direct StartVS 4c *7
182Pleasant Streetf7A  
183RenaissanceE2 6a *3
184RequiemE3 6a ***82
185Bailey Bridge
E2 5c 8
186The Long Distance RunnelE5 6c **2
187Suicide WallHVS 5b ***955
188Suicide Wall DirectE1 5c **6
189The Children's HouseE5 6c **3
190Oak Tree ChimneyVD 28
191Stihl LifeE5 6a **2
192SepulchraveHVS 5a **123
193MordauntE2 5b ***36
194Savage MessiahE2 5c **138
 North Wall 
196Stretch LimoE5 6b *2
197North ClimbS 4a *95
198The Little Greenie
E2 6a 1
199Niche DirectVS 4c *17
200Oak Tree Gully
M 4
201Pinchers' Wallf7A+ **2
202North WallVD *14
203Jimmy's CrackHVS 5b *75
204Invasion of the Cider Women
E4 6c 1
205Invasion of the Cider Women Directf7A ***8
206Samantha Muesli
E3 6a  
208QuercusE4 6b *1
209Slot Ladderf6A 3
210Edgucationf6A+ 4
 The Grimoire 
212Whose Line Is It Anyway?HVS 5a **12
213Rocky's RevivalVS 4c *4
214Oi Grimer!E1 5b 3
215Bagu Yaguf7B *1
216Chess Boxerf7A+ *1
217GrimoireE6 6c **7
218Bonfire of the Manateesf7A *1
220Sparrow/My Best Friend the Water Melonf7C ** 
221Sparrow Right-Wingf7B * 
222Nymphs and SatyrsE1 5c 1
223Thigh Masterf6C+ * 
 Cratcliffe Woods 
 The Arch 
226Arch ArÍtef6A  
227The Arch
V5 *3
229Brian's Private ArÍtef7B **22
 Brain Dead 
233Near Death Experiencef7B * 
234Brain Deadf6B+ ***96
235Skin DeepV7 1
236Little ArÍte
238Moss Ridgef5+ *1
239House of the Holeyf7C *5
240Chapel of Restf7A **30
241Wishf7A+ ***75
242No Huecof6C **57
 Above Hueco 
244Soaperstitionf6B+ 6
245Soap Dogerf6C *4
 P Crack 
247Seventy-Twof7A *31
248Seventy-Two Directf7A+ *5
249P Crackf7B **6
251Brother Lee Love
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