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
1 Swastika VS 4c 1
2 Hitler HVS 6a  
3 Orchard Crack M 3c 2
4 The UFO has landed VS 5b 1
5 Down Under VS 5b  
6 Love Over Gold VS 6a  
7 Cresta Run S 4b 2
8 Dolben Arms VS 4c 1
9 Bully V1 5b  
10 Obelisk Rise E1 5c *  
11 The Obelisk HVS 5a  
12 Men at Work E2 6a **  
13 Mulso Arms M 3c 1
14 Down in the Sewer S 4c 2
15 Gladstone Wall S 4b 2
16 Spectra S 4c 3
17 Pulsar HS 5a 2
18 Easy Street M 1c 1
19 Telegraph Road HVS 5c  
20 Shoot the Moon HVS 6a  
21 Quasar VD 3c 4
22 Redshift HVS 5b  
23 Stairway to Heaven HVS 5c  
24 Polly HVS 5c 1
25 Blueshift VS 4b * 2
26 Hammerhead E1 5b  
27 Girdle Traverse HVS 5c  

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