Climbs 21
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 650m a.s.l
Faces W

Pen-y-ghent in late afternoon light © chris_j_s

Crag features

Classic routes include Red Pencil (S), Red Pencil Direct (HS), and Gladiator (VS 4b).

Approach notes

Access is via the summit ridge, the correct descent point can be hard to find on a first visit.

Approach from either the Pennine Way from Dale Head (roadside parking at SD843724) or footpath from Brackenbottom (parking, caf

Access Advice

There has been a major rockfall at the crag and a significant lower proportion of the route 'Brass Monkey' HVS 5a has disintegrated. The routes either side have also been destabilised and the BMC advise caution if climbing on this remote and exposed crag.

If going up there, Gladiator is far far better than either of the Red Pencil routes.
bedspring - 20/Sep/14
Red Pencil Direct has NOT fallen down! Climbed it 31 may 2005 - all there, good condition. Some rubble nearby, but not from this route. Classic Rock ticking can continue!!
rob foster - 04/Jun/05
did red pencil direct on 02/04/05. not as loose as it's made out to be but is very green at the moment. watch out for a hollow flake in the first groove, dave
Dave Ayris - 03/Apr/05
climbed red pencil direct 15/8/04. lots of fallen rock near by. not sure how the top 30 foot of the climb are holding on.great route great location. do it soon.
steve - 19/Aug/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
121 Weeks TodayMVS 4b ** 
2Little MahiaE2 5c **1
3Meddler's Crack
D 23
4Agnostic's Arete (Right Hand Variant)
S 4
525MVS 4c  
6Agnostic's AreteVS 5a **4
7Red Pencil
S 4a ***122
8Red Pencil Direct
HS 4b ***201
VS 4b ***61
10Damocles GrooveHS 4b *20
11 Brass MonkeyHVS 5a *16
12Christian's CruxHVS 5a 6
13Pagan's PurgatoryVS 4c 4
14pitchfork crack
HVS 5b *5
15Shepherds Chimney
D 18
16Flying ButtressHS 4b 12
17Thank You HarrietVS 4c 1
18Nose Cracks
VD 14
20Tower GapI 3
21Main GullyI ***3
22Approach FieldI 2

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