Climbs 38
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 449m a.s.l
Faces SW

Ben Clarke on Land of a Thousand Dances © Paul Clarke

Crag features

A pleasant bouldering area on Carncliff Top – the hill opposite and south-west of Simon’s Seat and just above the Earl’s Seat crag.
There are three good areas and the rock is coarse grit that has weathered to produce some fine features, providing strong lines to the problems. The landings are flat and the walls face in a variety of directions so sun and shade can be found at most times of the day. It is in a high moorland setting and although it dries relatively quickly you are advised to choose the day of your visit wisely. Upper Earl's Seat bouldering is just a few hundred metres away.

Approach notes

Though there are shorter approaches, the easiest is to use the limited parking on the Storriths road and follow the Valley of Desolation path until it exits from the woods. Turn left here and follow a track above the woods for a short way until it turns uphill and becomes a path that passes a series of shooting butts. Where the path ends, continue uphill and slightly to the right (Look back and choose a reference block in the sea of heather to aid the return to this point!) until a large boulder comes into view. This is the Ripples Wall (actually marked Carncliff Crag on the map).

It is possible to combine a visit to Carncliff with Simon

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Carncliff Crag (Ripples Wall) 
2The Nose
f5 *4
3Slap in the Face
f6A+ *1
4Pinball Wizardf6C 3
5Slab Face
f6B *1
f5+ 1
 Small Block 
8Full Frontalf6A *3
9Sidelinef2 2
 Runnel Block 
11Leftf2 2
12Centref2 *2
13Rightf2 2
14Runnel Traversef3 *2
 Main Walls - The Finger Area 
16Finger Foodf5 *2
17Easy Crack
f3 4
f4+ 5
19Central Crack
f4+ *6
f4+ *4
21Giving the Finger
f4+ *7
 Main Walls - The Thumb Wall 
f5 5
24Nail It
f5 *4
25Dead Heatf5+ **4
26An Absence of Pebbles
f6A **5
f6A *1
28The Thumb
f4+ *2
 Main Walls - Thousand Dances Area 
30Just Kidsf6B *2
f5 **4
32Rendo Beach
f6A+ **5
33Land of a Thousand Dances
f5 ***10
34Break It Up
f5+ **4
35Fern Crack
f3 1
36Free Money
f3 *1
37Twin Cracks
f3+ 1
38La Mer
f5+ *1
f6A+ 1
f4+ **2

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