Climbs 27
Rocktype Artificial

Finedon Slabs - the parapet. © Wingnut

Crag features

The "rock" is actually concrete - the remains of an ironstone crushing plant whose cracked and weathered remains now provide Northamptonshire's only entry in a climbing guide. A perfect opportunity to use the word "esoteric". [Liz Asquith]

[OS reference is approximate; better one welcomed - UKC Ed.]

try 914723

Approach notes

From the junction of the A6 and A510 at Finedon, turn into Orchard Rd, and then into St mary's Avenue. About 100m down the lane, turn left onto a footpath, and follow this for another 100m until the crag is reached.

It's in the "Pocket Park", which is a wooded ex-quarry. The flat top of the "slab" is clearly visible in the aerial photo.

guidebook => "Leicestershire climbs" - Cordee


Are you sure it doesn't exist? You can still see it on Google Maps which I am sure is more recent than 2004.,+Northamptonshire,+UK/@52.3407183,-0.6586628,129m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x4877a0341d853929:0xabcccbde5fc88d82
ByEek - 24/Jan/14
We had some fun here today... it's more scrambling than climbing, but then I am seriously starved of climbing. :-)
RobC1 - 06/May/07
Sad to say, there is a guide book covering Finedon Slabs - "Hitler's Buttock" just about says it all.... It actually used to be quite good practice (10 years ago), but was a right mess last time I visited
Brian S - 04/Oct/06
In reply to Colin: You mean it was once useable! Tried to seek it out in desperation once when I lived in Towcester. Biggest anti climax in the world. Just turned around and came back. You would have to be seriously starved of climbing to consider climbing here.
Jon Dittman - 28/Feb/06
I used to live in finedon, and tho i know nothing about climbing, this 'slab' is actually just a wall. it is behind a few houses, on the entrance into the country park, (if it can be called that). it is vertical, but i wouldnt say it was worth travelling to! and from what i remember, the council have locked it up behind a wire fence!!
CHARMAINE - 01/Dec/05
Still there behind the houses but in a real mess would need a lot of work to get it useable again.
Colin Barwell - 06/Dec/04
DOESN'T EXIST!! It has been turned into a housing estate and has all been removed.
t horne - 09/Nov/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1SwastikaVS 4c 1
2HitlerHVS 6a  
3Orchard CrackM 3c 2
4The UFO has landedVS 5b 1
5Down UnderVS 5b  
6Love Over GoldVS 6a  
7Cresta RunS 4b 2
8Dolben ArmsVS 4c 1
10Obelisk RiseE1 5c * 
11The ObeliskHVS 5a  
12Men at WorkE2 6a ** 
13Mulso ArmsM 3c 1
14Down in the SewerS 4c 2
15Gladstone WallS 4b 2
16SpectraS 4c 3
17PulsarHS 5a 2
18Easy StreetM 1c 1
19Telegraph RoadHVS 5c  
20Shoot the MoonHVS 6a  
21QuasarVD 3c 4
22RedshiftHVS 5b  
23Stairway to HeavenHVS 5c  
24PollyHVS 5c 1
25BlueshiftVS 4b *2
26HammerheadE1 5b  
27Girdle TraverseHVS 5c  

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