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). http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=407540&Y=457275&A=Y&Z=120

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)
2 The Nose
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f5 * 4
3 Slap in the Face
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f6A+ * 1
4 Pinball Wizard f6C 3
5 Slab Face
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f6B * 1
6 Crack
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f5+ 1
  Small Block
8 Full Frontal f6A * 3
9 Sideline f2 2
  Runnel Block
11 Left f2 2
12 Centre f2 * 2
13 Right f2 2
14 Runnel Traverse f3 * 2
  Main Walls - The Finger Area
16 Finger Food f5 * 2
17 Easy Crack
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f3 4
18 Flakes
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f4+ 5
19 Central Crack
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f4+ * 6
20 Index
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f4+ * 4
21 Giving the Finger
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f4+ * 7
  Main Walls - The Thumb Wall
23 Digit
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f5 5
24 Nail It
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f5 * 4
25 Dead Heat f5+ ** 4
26 An Absence of Pebbles
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f6A ** 5
27 Indicator
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f6A * 1
28 The Thumb
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f4+ * 2
  Main Walls - Thousand Dances Area
30 Just Kids f6B * 2
31 Birdland
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f5 ** 4
32 Rendo Beach
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f6A+ ** 5
33 Land of a Thousand Dances
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f5 *** 10
34 Break It Up
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f5+ ** 4
35 Fern Crack
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f3 1
36 Free Money
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f3 * 1
37 Twin Cracks
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f3+ 1
38 La Mer
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f5+ * 1
39 Horses
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f6A+ 1
40 Gloria
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f4+ ** 2

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