Climbs 253
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 564m a.s.l
Faces W

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).

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.
More info
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 3
4 Right Winger HVS 5b  
5 Inside Left
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VS 4c 3
6 Inside Right
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VS 5a * 1
7 Mill Hill Corner Climb/Outside Right
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VD  
8 Kilkenny Rib
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HVS 5b *** 1
9 Mill Hill Crack/Pioneer's Crack VD 2
10 Pioneers' Slab
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D 1
11 One Knows VS 4b  
12 Two Eyes
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S 4b  
13 Give it Up E4 6b *  
14 Crescent ArĂȘte E1 5a  
15 Crescent Wall
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HVS 5a  
16 Velleity
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E3 5c  
17 Gregory's Flake
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HS 4b  
18 Trifle
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S 4a  
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  
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 Lower Chimney Route
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S 4a, 4a * 4
38 Jolsen Finish
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VS 4b ** 4
39 Pythagoras crack
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S 4a 1
40 Pythagoras ArĂȘte
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HVS 4c  
41 Memphis
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VS 4b  
42 Spike Chimney D ** 16
43 A Sticht in Time
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E2 5b  
44 Disgust
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VS 4b  
45 One in the Eye
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E2 5c  
46 Right Hand Route
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S 4a 2
47 Central Gully
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S 4a  
48 Once in a Blue Moon E3 6a **  
49 The Dark Side of the Moon E3 5c *** 7
50 Extinguisher Chimney VS 4c ** 5
51 Candle Buttress HVS 5a * 12
52 Leaf Shelf VS 4c 6
53 Intermediate Route HS 4b 8
54 South Wall VD ** 42
55 Pedestal Climb D * 15
56 45 Degrees HVS 5b 3
57 Curving Crack S 4b 12
58 Rock Reptile HVS 5b  
59 Singer Corner S 4b 6
60 M.G. Route HS 4a 7
61 Magic Monkey
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E1 5c *  
62 Monkey Magic HVS 5b *  
63 Esgee Crack
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S 4a  
64 The Funnel HS 4b  
65 Eastern Promise HVS 5b  
66 Eastern Crack S 4a * 17
67 Eastern Arete HVS 5b  
68 End Wall VS 4c * 9
  Lower Western Buttresses
70 October Groove
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VD 4
71 October Flakes
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VD 3
72 October Front
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VD 3
73 Miser
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D 3
74 Cake
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VD 2
75 The Niche
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S 4a * 2
76 Big Vee
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D 3
  Kinder Buttress
78 West Wall Climb
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HVS 5a *  
79 Foreigner E3 5c *  
80 The Mermaid's Ridge HS 4c *** 42
81 Mermaids Ridge alt. start (Moron's Stunt)
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S  
82 Glory Boys VS 4c  
83 Left Twin Chimney HS 4c ** 4
84 Pumping Irony E3 5c *  
85 Right Twin Chimney HVS 5a **  
86 Semi E5 6b **  
87 Final Judgement E3 5c *** 3
88 Blessed are the Interplanetary One
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E5 6a *  
89 Boulevard Traverse S 4a 1
90 Neptune
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HVS 5a  
91 Atone E1 5b  
92 Jinny
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VS 4b  
93 The Ring
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HVS 5b  
94 Unnamed
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HVS 5b *  
95 Siren's Wall
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E1 5b  
96 Annexe Chimney
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S 4a  
97 Annexe Crack
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VS 4c *  
  Path Side Buttress
99 Finger in the Volcano
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E1 5b ** 1
100 The Bud Samaritan E2 6a *  
101 AT Arete
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E1 5c  
102 Front Face
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VD 3
103 Cleft Route
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D * 1
104 Shallow Crack
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HS 4c  
105 Little Buttress Roof
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E1 5b  
106 Little Buttress
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M  
107 Little Buttress Route 3
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VS 5a  
108 Little Buttress Route 4
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VD  
109 Greater Than
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S 4a  
110 The World in the Evening
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E3 6a **  
111 The World was Silent When We Died
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HVS 5b  
  ---------- The Amphitheatre Area ----------
  Two Tier Area
114 Time for an Epic
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HVS 5b  
115 Hurry Crack
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VS 5a  
116 Sign of the Times
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E3 6b **  
117 Slanting Crack
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VS 5a  
118 Loose Block Arete
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HS  
119 Camel Ride
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HVS 5a  
120 The Squeeze
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VS 4c  
121 Classic
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VD 2
122 Royal
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HVD 2
123 Royal Tower
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VS 5a  
124 Dubris
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HS 4a  
125 Autumn Chimney
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VD  
126 Mushroom Rib
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HS 4a  
127 Niche Arete
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VS 4b  
128 Incut Wall
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HS 4a  
129 Suprise, Suprise
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E1 5a * 2
130 Not So Suprising
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VS 4c  
131 Friends Arete
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E1 5b  
132 Heaven sent
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E3 6a ** 2
133 Moac Crack
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E1 5b *  
134 Block Buttress Chimney
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VD  
135 Withering Arms
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E3 6a *  
  The Amphitheatre
137 Belial
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VS 4c * 1
138 Wild Horses
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E1 5b  
139 Italian Stallion
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E2 5b **  
140 Monkeys Only
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E5 6a * 1
141 Oddity
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HVS 5b  
142 Minstrel Crack
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VS 4c  
143 Domino Wall E1 5b * 4
144 The Ledge Shufflers E6 6c **  
145 Raggald's Wall E1 5a ** 11
146 Great Chimney Left-hand VS 4c ** 1
147 The Great Chimney HS 4b *** 30
148 The Ensemble Exit HVS 5a ** 4
149 Loose Control E8 6c ***  
150 Sorry Lads
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HVS 5a  
151 Professor' Chimney D * 18
152 Professor's Chimney Direct VD * 6
153 Pegasus Left-hand E1 5b *  
154 Pegasus Right-hand VS 4c * 2
155 Left Fork Chimney D * 23
156 Right Fork Chimney S 4a * 7
157 Embarkation Parade VS 4c * 2
158 Final Frontier
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E2 5b  
159 Crooked Overhang VS 4c 2
160 Crooked Arete HVS 5a * 4
161 Rodeo VS 4c * 5
162 Zigzag VD *** 115
163 Zigzag Crack HVD * 10
164 Spin-up HVS 5b * 2
165 Toss up HVS 5a 1
166 Chockstone Chimney VD * 27
167 The Last Fling E2 5b * 5
168 Amphitheatre Crack S 4b * 1
169 Amphitheatre Face Climb HS 4b * 6
170 Five Ten S 4a 4
171 Playtime S 1
172 Square Chimney
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M 10
173 Dribble
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VS 4c  
174 Drabble
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VS 5a  
  Kinder Downfall
176 Germination
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VS 4c  
177 Hibernation
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E2 5c 1
178 Termination Rib
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HVS 5b * 1
179 Terminal
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E2 6a  
180 Wombat Wall VS 4c  
181 My Part in his Downfall E6 6c * 1
182 North Tier Climb VS 4c * 2
183 Grotter's Gully
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VS 5a  
184 Stuck In A Groove E2 5c 2
185 Dud Chimney E1 5a  
186 Slip Sliding Away E3 5c  
187 The Glorious Twelfth E2 5b 1
188 The Hunter E3 5b * 1
189 The Beast E2 5b 1
190 The Bloody Thirteenth E1 5b * 4
191 Shotgun Grooves HVS 5b * 1
192 Poacher's Crack HVS 5a * 6
193 Downfall Groove HVS 5a *  
194 The Gamekeeper E5 6b * 2
195 Independence Crack E2 5c * 2
196 Hard Times E2 5c * 1
197 Downfall Climb M ** 69
  The South Tiers
199 Downfall South Corner VD ** 15
200 Harvest HVS 5a *  
201 Two Penny Tube
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VD ** 1
  Great Buttress
203 Trbutary Crack
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HS 4b  
204 Recess Route
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VD  
205 Pezulu
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VD  
206 Wall and Rib (Great Buttress)
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HS  
207 Central Chimney D * 1
208 Central Chimney Direct
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VS *  
209 Pillar Route
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HS  
210 Don't Look Back HVS 5a ** 1
211 In Anger Finish
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E1 5b *  
212 Gomorrah
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VS 4c *  
213 The Go Between
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E1 5b  
214 Sodom
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VD 1
215 Saint's Wall
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HVS 4c *  
216 Trio Wall
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VS 4c * 2
217 Pigeon Corner
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VS 4c  
218 Pocket Wall
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VS 4b ** 3
219 Flake Climb
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HS 4b * 1
220 Bolster Chimney
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S  
221 The Gallows
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E3 6a *  
222 Crescendo Crack
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HS 4b  
223 Great Slab S 4a * 3
224 Arpeggio Arete
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S 4a  
225 The Girdle Traverse
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VS 4c *  
  Grin and Bear It
227 Double Quick
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VS 4c  
228 Treble Time
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D 1
229 Charango
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E1 5b *  
230 Room to Rome
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HVS 5a  
231 Refuse to Lose
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VS 4c  
232 Hamster Damaged
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E1 6a *  
233 Grin and Bear It
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VS 4c  
234 Entombed
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HVD 1
235 Birch Vale 6a
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E1 5b *  
236 Fragments of Freedom
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VS 5a  
237 Silent Seasons
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VS 4b  
238 Time Machine
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VS 4b  
239 Disguise in Love
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HVS 5b  
240 Asian Travellers
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VS 4c  
241 Sir Plumb
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HVS 5b  
242 Constrictor
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VS 5a  
243 Robert the Bruce
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HVS 5b  
244 Bob the Builder
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S 4c * 1
  Near Red Brook
246 Last Fling
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VS 4c  
247 Lost Without Trace
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HVS 5a  
248 Ambulance Brigade
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E1 5b  
249 Sunshine Cracks
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VS 4c  
250 Lassewe
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VS 4c  
251 Kinderman
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E1 5c  
252 Respect My Authority
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VS 5a  
253 Comic Relief
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HVS 5b  
254 Wysecrack
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HVS 5b  
255 The Long Arm of the Law
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HVS 5a  
256 Justice is Served
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D 4a 1
  Winter Routes
258 Kinder Downfall (Direct Route) IV ** 43
259 Kinder Downfall, (Central Direct) III /iv * 52
260 Kinder Downfall (Downfall Climb) II/III ** 103
261 Mermaid Gully (Winter) I 1
262 Square Chimney Exit III * 3
263 Red Brook (winter) I ** 15
264 Arpeggio Gully (Winter) II/III ** 4
  Scrambles - Downfall Area
266 Mermaid Gully (Summer) 1 2
267 Square Chimney Exit 3 2
268 Arpeggio Gully (summer) 3 *** 25
269 Red Brook (summer) 1 ** 20
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