Climbs 90
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 300m a.s.l

Distant Lands © Seymore Butt

Crag features

A narrow gorge with a number of hard sport routes on the south side and an abundance of easier sport routes on the North (sunny) side. A bit slow to dry and shady and cold in winter. Best time to visit May to October.

Approach notes

A pleasant 30 minute walk from Clapham. Park in the village and follow the track passing the lake Ingleborough Cave(ice cream and drinks available!) until it bends left and climbs into the gorge. A small fee is charged to use this track though the impecunious can use the green track on the east side of the village.

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Guidebooks

Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire

Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire covers some of the best limestone crags in the UK including the big three of Malham, Kilnsey and Gordale. Alongside these titans are numerous other destinations that offer both sport and trad climbing throughout the grades, ranging from the intimidating walls of Blue Scar and Trow Gill to the long lines of newly-developed low to mid-grade sport crags such as Moughton Nab and Giggleswick South. Trad climbing is also well catered for on the walls and escarpments at the likes of Trowbarrow Quarry, Twistleton Scar, Attermire Scar and Witches Quarry.
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More Guidebooks:
Yorkshire Limestone (2005)

Out of print:
Midge infested, had to go somewhere else!
saraguti - 22/Jun/14
A crag that has now matured. Many of the routes have become popular, even on the dark left wall. The sunny right wall has a range of good lines and, though not always impeccable, the rock is very good. As with all mountain limestone care should be taken. The left wall sees fewer ascents as the routes take longer to dry. They do however present some excellent challenges, are shady on warm days and take very little effort to clean up in the late spring.
Paul Clarke - 12/Apr/14
The north wall: take a helmet. A lot is dirty, a lot is loose: small stuff and big stuff does come off (see large rock scar on Popmaster). Very poor rock/choss has been bolted up at the far right side.
rc - 30/Jun/05
Not a bad crag at all.Unexpected variety of routes. More solid than Norber, but still loose in places; large block nearly caused serious injury to sunbather under South wall the other weekend. Wear a lid and eat butties by the path.
IanH - 15/Jun/04
Not a bad crag at all.Unexpected variety of routes. More solid than Norber, but still loose in places; large block nearly caused serious injury to sunbather under South wall the other weekend. Wear a lid and eat butties by the path.
IanH - 15/Jun/04
Consider taking a lid. There is a lot of solid rock, there is also a fair bit still coming off. I'm glad we had one for belaying, especially when it's busy.
richardh - 25/May/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  South Wall
2 Mesolithic Geordie Man 6a 5
3 The Grimsby Trowler 6a+ 2
4 Forget the Arete 6b 2
5 Muggling Folk 6a+ 3
6 Market Forces 7b ** 2
7 Open for Business 7a ** 25
8 Frozen Assets 7c * 2
9 Bush of Ghosts 7a+ * 23
10 High Spirits 7c * 1
11 Brush With a Goat 7a ** 50
12 Choc, Chip & Cookie's Big Breakout 7b+ * 1
13 The Wizard's Wynd 7b ** 4
14 The Road to Iraq and Ruin 7a+ ** 6
15 Kangaburger Wall 7b * 5
16 Trowgerbirge Wall 7b *** 35
17 Wetterstein Wyrd 7b ** 5
18 South Wall Central 7c+ *** 4
19 Pursuit of Excellence 7b+ *** 14
20 Hardcore Ecstasy 7b ** 13
21 Diagon Alley 7b ** 2
22 Cosmik Debris 7c * 1
23 Where the Time Goes 7b+ ** 2
24 Lonely Traveller 7c *** 3
25 Petulant Frenzy 7b+ *** 3
26 Max 8a ** 1
27 Leap of Faith 7c ** 3
28 Jump Start 8a ** 1
29 Route 27 7c+ * 1
30 The Basilisk 7c ** 1
31 The Chamber of Secrets 7a ** 5
32 Free Radical 6a 5
  North Wall
34 Radical Pyrotechnical 6b+ 5
35 The Cheating Dog 6c * 2
36 The Bitch Got It 7a+ 2
37 Eat the Onions or the Bitch Gets It 7b * 1
38 It's a Thug's Life 7b ** 2
39 Tower of Baubles 7a+ * 6
40 Opulence 7b ** 2
41 Extremes of Opulence 7b+ ** 5
42 Alchemy 7b+ 1
43 The Dark Arts 7b ** 14
44 A Nice Polka-dot Demon Gets the Royal Shaft 7a ** 38
45 Blue Green Algae 7b ** 7
46 Still Waters 6c * 13
47 Ash Tree Groove 6b+ ** 31
48 Trowser Filler 6b+ * 5
49 Black Groove 6b+ ** 33
50 The Flying Zimmer Frame Finish 7b+ * 1
51 Age Concern 7a * 11
52 Senior Moment 6c 15
53 Creaking Gait 6c 8
54 The Wastelands 6b 6
55 Joss Stone 6a 9
56 Joss 5a 6
57 Just For Fun 6c 2
58 Bop 'Till You Drop 6b * 5
59 Boogie Wonderland 6a ** 116
60 Rock and Roll 7a ** 28
61 Popmaster 6b+ ** 57
62 Disco Inferno 6b * 23
63 Smart 6b ** 26
64 Sunday Best 6a+ ** 103
65 Get Smarter 6c * 36
66 Alick 6b+ *** 175
67 Far Country 7b ** 43
68 Distant Lands 7a ** 90
69 Clink 7a ** 73
70 Pimp with a Limp 7a+ *** 84
71 White Knuckle Ride 7b+ ** 3
72 Strumpet with a Trumpet 7c * 2
73 Bandwagon 7c ** 5
74 Bootleg Bandits 7a+ ** 8
75 Freak Out 6b+ ** 102
76 Bandicoot 7a+ * 4
77 Whores with Quick-draws 7a ** 2
78 Surface Tension E4 6a 1
79 Hyper-Tension 6c+ ** 26
80 Easy Ride-err! 6b 8
81 Wandering Star 6b * 21
82 Wandering Wagon 5c * 49
83 Off the Wagon 6a+ * 77
84 Trowmatic 6a+ 23
85 The Silver Fox 6b 22
86 The Great Big Onion 6a * 63
87 Blackout in the Big Apple 6a * 53
88 Bad Day on Black Rock 6b+ ** 64
89 No Picnic on Hanging Rock 6b+ * 19
90 Clapham in Irons 6a+ * 72
91 Tex's Midnight Runners 5c * 20
92 Starter for Ten 6b * 5

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