Climbs 261
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 564m a.s.l
Faces W

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Scott Mckensie © DuncanR

Crag features

Rough, well-weathered buttresses in an amphitheatre containing the famous Downfall. Sandy, wet and green a good part of the year. Worth a visit in summer (particularly mid week - less Pennine Wayers!). Routes of all grades up to 25m high, in an easily accessible, but seemingly remote location. Classics are Zig Zag Climb (VD), The Mermaid's Ridge (30m! HS 4b,4c), The Great Chmney (HS 4b), Extinguisher Chimney (VS 4c), The Dark Side of the Moon (E3 5c) and The Gallows (E3 6a).

Approach notes

From Hayfield (SK 037868) follow the road towards Kinder Reservoir to parking (SK 048868). Continue along the road past the LHS of the reservoir and a well-used path leading up to the LHS of the amphitheatre (40min).

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Guidebooks

Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
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More Guidebooks:
Over the Moors (2012)
Scrambles in the Dark Peak (2012)
On Peak Rock (2003)
Peak Climbs - Kinder and Bleaklow (1990)

Out of print:
Walk in time is closer to 2 hours than 40 minutes. The climbs are generally steep and very traditional with an intimidating air about them. The rock is invariably green and lichenous even in a dry spell. Definitely not a climbing venue for the faint hearted. Nevertheless the setting is spectacular and very atmospheric and well worth a visit even if you don't get a lot of climbing done. Couple of half decent scrambles in the vicinity too.
Gerry_Doncaster - 09/Oct/15
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Mill Hill
2 Ultra Left
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VD 2
3 Outside Left
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S 4a 6
4 Right Winger HVS 5b  
5 Inside Left
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VS 4c 4
6 Inside Right
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VS 5a * 1
7 Mill Hill Corner Climb/Outside Right
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VD 2
8 Kilkenny Rib
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HVS 5b *** 1
9 Mill Hill Crack/Pioneer's Crack VD 4
10 Pioneers' Slab
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D 1
11 One Knows VS 4b  
12 Two Eyes
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S 4b 1
13 Give it Up E4 6b *  
14 Crescent ArĂȘte E1 5a  
15 Crescent Wall
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HVS 5a 1
16 Velleity
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E3 5c  
17 Gregory's Flake
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HS 4b 1
18 Trifle
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S 4a 1
19 Yorick's Dilemma
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HVS 5c  
  Square Buttress Area
21 Meander
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VD  
22 Leander
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D  
23 Via Left Hand Finish
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VD *  
24 Timewatch
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E2 5b *  
25 The Eliminate
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E2 5c *  
26 Square Buttress Crack
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HVS 5a **  
27 Sheep in Situ
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E2 5c  
28 Central Wall
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S 4a  
29 Long Buttress Arete
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S 4a 1
30 First Time
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VS 4b  
31 Two Timer VD  
32 Twist
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HVS 5a  
33 Poor Outlook
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VD  
  Upper Western Buttresses
35 Wall and Rib
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VD  
36 Snuff Buttress
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VD  
37 Yellow Brick Road E2 6a *  
38 Lower Chimney Route
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S 4a, 4a * 6
39 Jolsen Finish VS 4b * 6
40 Pythagoras crack
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S 4a 1
41 Pythagoras ArĂȘte
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HVS 4c  
42 Memphis
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VS 4b  
43 Spike Chimney D ** 18
44 A Sticht in Time
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E2 5b  
45 Disgust
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VS 4b  
46 One in the Eye
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E2 5c  
47 Right Hand Route
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S 4a 2
48 Central Gully
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S 4a  
49 Brightside E5 6b ** 2
50 Once in a Blue Moon E3 6a **  
51 The Dark Side of the Moon E3 5c *** 7
52 Extinguisher Chimney VS 4c *** 11
53 Candle Buttress HVS 5a * 14
54 The Atrocity Exhibition E1 5b *  
55 Leaf Shelf VS 4c 9
56 Intermediate Route HS 4b 9
57 South Wall VD ** 54
58 Pedestal Climb D * 18
59 45 Degrees HVS 5b 3
60 Curving Crack S 4b 15
61 Rock Reptile HVS 5b  
62 Singer Corner S 4b 8
63 M.G. Route HS 4a 11
64 Magic Monkey
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E1 5c *  
65 Monkey Magic HVS 5b * 1
66 Esgee Crack S 4b 3
67 The Funnel HS 4b 2
68 Eastern Promise HVS 5b  
69 Eastern Crack S 4a * 21
70 Eastern Arete HVS 5b  
71 End Wall VS 4c * 11
72 Far End Flakes VD 1
  Lower Western Buttresses
74 October Groove
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VD 4
75 October Flakes
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VD 3
76 October Front
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VD 3
77 Miser
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D 3
78 Cake
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VD 2
79 The Niche
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S 4a * 2
80 Big Vee
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D 3
  Kinder Buttress
82 West Wall Climb
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HVS 5a *  
83 Foreigner E3 5c *  
84 The Mermaid's Ridge VS 4c *** 60
85 Mermaids Ridge alt. start (Moron's Stunt)
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S  
86 Glory Boys VS 4c  
87 Left Twin Chimney VS 4c ** 4
88 Pumping Irony E3 5c *  
89 Right Twin Chimney HVS 5a ** 1
90 Semi E5 6b **  
91 Final Judgement E3 5c *** 3
92 Blessed are the Interplanetary One
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E5 6a *  
93 Boulevard Traverse HS 4a 1
Climb name Grade
94 Neptune
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HVS 5a  
95 Atone E1 5b  
96 Jinny
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VS 4b  
97 The Ring
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HVS 5b  
98 Unnamed
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HVS 5b *  
99 Siren's Wall
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E1 5b 1
100 Annexe Chimney
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S 4a  
101 Annexe Crack
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VS 4c *  
  Path Side Buttress
103 Left Hand Crack D 2
104 Right Hand Crack VD 1
105 Finger in the Volcano
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E1 5b ** 2
106 The Bud Samaritan E2 6a *  
107 AT Arete
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E1 5c  
108 Front Face
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VD 3
109 Cleft Route
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D * 2
110 Shallow Crack
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HS 4c  
111 Little Buttress Roof
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E1 5b  
112 Little Buttress
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HVS 5a  
113 Little Buttress Route 3
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VS 5a  
114 Little Buttress Route 4
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VD  
115 Greater Than
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S 4a  
116 The World in the Evening
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E3 6a **  
117 The World was Silent When We Died
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HVS 5b  
  ---------- The Amphitheatre Area ----------
  Two Tier Area
120 Time for an Epic
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HVS 5b  
121 Hurry Crack
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VS 5a  
122 Sign of the Times
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E3 6b **  
123 Slanting Crack
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VS 5a  
124 Loose Block Arete
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HS  
125 Camel Ride
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HVS 5a  
126 The Squeeze
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VS 4c  
127 Classic
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VD 4
128 Royal
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HVD 3
129 Royal Tower
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VS 5a  
130 Dubris
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HS 4a  
131 Autumn Chimney
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VD  
132 Mushroom Rib
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HS 4a  
133 Niche Arete
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VS 4b  
134 Incut Wall
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HS 4a  
135 Suprise, Suprise
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E1 5a * 2
136 Not So Suprising
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VS 4c  
137 Friends Arete
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E1 5b  
138 Heaven sent
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E3 6a ** 2
139 Moac Crack
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E1 5b *  
140 Block Buttress Chimney
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VD 1
141 Withering Arms
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E3 6a *  
  The Amphitheatre
143 Belial
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VS 4c * 1
144 Wild Horses
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E1 5b  
145 Italian Stallion
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E2 5b **  
146 Monkeys Only
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E5 6a * 1
147 Oddity
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HVS 5b  
148 Minstrel Crack
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VS 4c  
149 Domino Wall E1 5b * 4
150 The Ledge Shufflers E6 6c **  
151 Raggald's Wall E1 5a ** 11
152 Great Chimney Left-hand VS 4c ** 4
153 The Great Chimney HS 4b ** 42
154 The Ensemble Exit HVS 5a ** 4
155 Loose Control E8 6c ***  
156 Sorry Lads
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HVS 5a  
157 Professor' Chimney D * 21
158 Professor's Chimney Direct VD * 8
159 Pegasus Left-hand E1 5b *  
160 Pegasus Right-hand VS 4c * 2
161 Left Fork Chimney D * 31
162 Right Fork Chimney S 4a * 12
163 Embarkation Parade VS 4c * 2
164 Final Frontier E2 5b  
165 Crooked Overhang VS 4c 2
166 Crooked Arete HVS 5a * 4
167 Rodeo VS 4c * 9
168 Zigzag VD *** 150
169 Zigzag Crack S 4a * 10
170 Spin-up E1 5b * 2
171 Toss up HVS 5a 1
172 Chockstone Chimney VD * 38
173 The Last Fling E2 5b * 5
174 Amphitheatre Crack S 4b * 3
175 Amphitheatre Face Climb HS 4b * 13
176 Five Ten HS 4a 4
177 Playtime S 2
178 Square Chimney M 13
179 Dribble
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VS 4c  
180 Drabble
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VS 5a  
  Kinder Downfall
182 Germination
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VS 4c  
183 Hibernation
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E2 5c 1
184 Termination Rib
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HVS 5b * 1
185 Terminal
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E2 6a  
186 Wombat Wall VS 4c  
Climb name Grade
187 My Part in his Downfall E6 6c * 1
188 North Tier Climb VS 4c * 2
189 Grotter's Gully
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VS 5a  
190 Stuck In A Groove E2 5c 2
191 Dud Chimney E1 5a  
192 Slip Sliding Away E3 5c  
193 The Glorious Twelfth E2 5b 1
194 The Hunter E3 5b * 1
195 The Beast E2 5b 1
196 The Bloody Thirteenth E1 5b * 4
197 Shotgun Grooves HVS 5b * 2
198 Poacher's Crack HVS 5a * 10
199 Downfall Groove HVS 5a *  
200 The Gamekeeper E5 6b * 2
201 Independence Crack E2 5c * 2
202 Hard Times E2 5c * 1
203 Downfall Climb M ** 80
  The South Tiers
205 Downfall South Corner VD ** 23
206 Harvest HVS 5a *  
207 Two Penny Tube
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VD ** 1
  Great Buttress
209 Trbutary Crack
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HS 4b  
210 Recess Route
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VD  
211 Pezulu
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VD  
212 Wall and Rib (Great Buttress)
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HS  
213 Central Chimney D * 3
214 Central Chimney Direct VS 4c  
215 Pillar Route
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HS 1
216 Don't Look Back HVS 5a ** 1
217 In Anger Finish
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E1 5b *  
218 Gomorrah VS 4c *  
219 The Go Between
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E1 5b  
220 Sodom VD 1
221 Saint's Wall
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HVS 4c *  
222 Trio Wall VS 4c * 2
223 Pigeon Corner VS 4c  
224 Pocket Wall VS 4c * 5
225 Flake Climb
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HS 4b * 1
226 Bolster Chimney
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S  
227 The Gallows
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E3 6a *  
228 Crescendo Crack
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HS 4b  
229 Great Slab S 4a 8
230 Arpeggio Arete
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S 4a  
231 The Girdle Traverse
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VS 4c *  
  Grin and Bear It
233 Double Quick
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VS 4c  
234 Treble Time
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D 1
235 Charango
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E1 5b *  
236 Room to Rome
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HVS 5a  
237 Refuse to Lose
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VS 4c  
238 Hamster Damaged
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E1 6a *  
239 Grin and Bear It
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VS 4c  
240 Entombed
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HVD 1
241 Birch Vale 6a
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E1 5b *  
242 Fragments of Freedom
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VS 5a  
243 Silent Seasons
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VS 4b  
244 Time Machine
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VS 4b  
245 Disguise in Love
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HVS 5b  
246 Asian Travellers
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VS 4c  
247 Sir Plumb
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HVS 5b  
248 Constrictor
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VS 5a  
249 Robert the Bruce
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HVS 5b  
250 Bob the Builder
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S 4c * 2
  Near Red Brook
252 Last Fling
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VS 4c  
253 Lost Without Trace
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HVS 5a  
254 Ambulance Brigade
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E1 5b  
255 Sunshine Cracks
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VS 4c  
256 Lassewe
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VS 4c  
257 Kinderman
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E1 5c  
258 Respect My Authority
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VS 5a  
259 Comic Relief
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HVS 5b  
260 Wysecrack
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HVS 5b  
261 The Long Arm of the Law
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HVS 5a  
262 Justice is Served
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D 4a 1
  Winter Routes
264 The Direct IV ** 50
265 Central Direct III * 72
266 Downfall Climb II/III ** 195
267 Right Corner IV 4 1
268 Right Wall Route VI 6 1
269 Mermaid Gully (Winter) I 1
270 Square Chimney Exit III * 4
271 Red Brook (winter) I ** 24
272 Arpeggio Gully (Winter) II/III ** 8
  Scrambles - Downfall Area
274 Mermaid Gully (Summer) 1 3
275 Square Chimney Exit 3 10
276 Arpeggio Gully (summer) 3 *** 28
277 Red Brook (summer) 1 ** 37
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