Climbs 125
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 200m a.s.l
Faces SW

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Ozymandias. Start with hand on a hook-shaped hold. © C Witter

Crag features

Probably a locals' venue, but there are plenty of problems on natural grit stone scattered over Windy Clough and up onto the shoulder of Clougha. Many problems remain undocumented. There's rock everwhere, in all shapes and sizes, if you're prepared to explore. Some of the best problems are beyond the so-called "Main Sector", on the hill top and the gully beyond.

Note that, due to the existence of multiple guides and numbering of problems, there is some uneven documentation on this page. This is particularly the case for the Rigg Lane Boulders. Numbered problems don't match any guide I've seen (CW), so all problems have been re-entered from the Lakes Bloc topo with names taken from the topo description.

Guide available here:
http://www.lakesbloc.com/crags/anomalous-crags/271-windy-clough.html

See also: Lancashire Bouldering. A few "new" problems have also been added to the UKC page.

There are lots of problems in the new guide that aren't here, as well as lots of undocumented problems. There's plenty to do, even if it's only really a local's place. Not sure why people disparage it, as there are some problems just as good as those at Thorn Crag and more than enough to return again and again unless you're only seeking out something very specific.
C Witter - 12/May/16
I'll have to go back here with guide and see what we actually climbed back in the 80s/90s. Nice spot :)
steveriley - 27/Oct/14
the crag is a lot smaller then you'd think from the pictures, worth an evenings visit but not a day. Best going over to Thorn Crag, much better problems and a lot more to go at.
joe.91 - 27/Jul/11
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Rigg Lane - Problems from a lost topo?
2 P1 (Rigg Lane)
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V0 17
3 P2 (Rigg Lane)
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V1 21
4 P3 (Rigg Lane)
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V1 17
5 P4 (Rigg Lane)
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V0 18
6 P5 (Rigg Lane)
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V1 19
7 P7 (Rigg Lane)
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V3 10
8 P8 (Rigg Lane)
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V4 4
9 P9 (Rigg Lane)
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V3 11
10 P10 (Rigg Lane)
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V2 12
  Rigg Lane Boulders
12 Left Wall Eliminate f5 4
13 Far Left to Far Right Traverse f6B 24
14 Arete Direct f5+ 5
15 Slabby Undercut Arete f4+ 32
16 Gapping Corner Groove f5+ 30
17 Wall Right of Blunt Arete f5+ 11
18 Easy Wall
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f3 17
19 Hand Rail to Sloped Lip f6A+ 8
20 Undercut Diagonal Arete
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f5+ 9
21 Dark Green One Mover f6C 1
22 Boulder Traverse f6B+ 5
23 Blunt Arete f6C+ 8
24 Tilted Dihedral f6C 3
25 Centre of the Wall f6B 29
26 Arete and Rail f6A+ 31
27 Arete with Undercut (Rigg Lane) V5 * 9
  The Loaf
29 Half-baked f4 1
30 The Loaf f5+ 1
31 Wholemeal f4+ 2
32 Upper Crust f5 * 1
  Main Sector
34 Old Man's Shuffle f6B * 23
35 No Country for Old Men V9 * 4
36 No Country For Old Men (Lanky Method) V6 4
37 Good Ol' Days V8 * 2
38 Country for Old Men V6 * 18
39 Country for Old Men - No SDS. f4 9
40 Country for Old Men RH V4 8
41 P4 (Old Men Boulder)
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V3 14
42 To Be Blunt or P5 (Old Men Boulder) f6B 21
43 Windy Traverse or P12 (Two Mat Boulder) f6A+ 42
44 Live Evil
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V5 * 25
45 Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm
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V6 * 10
Climb name Grade
46 Welcome to the Palindrome
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f6C * 46
47 Central Wall - or P9 (Palindrome Boulder)
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V4 16
48 End of the Palindrome or - P6 (Palindrome Boulder) V2 33
49 The Gaping Crack or P7 (Palindrome Boulder) f5+ 34
50 Windy Flake or P13 (Two Mat Boulder) V1 44
51 Two Mat Attack - or P14 (Two Mat Boulder) V4 42
52 Windy Groove - or P15 (Two Mat Boulder) V4 23
53 Sandy Crack - or P16 (Two Mat Boulder)
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V0 19
54 P17 (Lower Blocks)
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V2 6
55 P18 (Lower Blocks)
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V3 13
56 Pit & Groove
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V3 8
  Introductory Sector
58 The Fin f3 * 3
59 Amble f2 3
60 Pomelo f3 3
61 Cotoletta f3+ 1
62 Fossa del Bersagliere f4+ * 1
  East Sector
64 Onda Argentea f4 2
65 Pillar Slab f4+ 4
66 Broad Slab Arete f3+ * 4
67 Broad Slab f5 ** 4
68 P1 (The Cow)
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V1 9
69 Bodacious
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V6 7
70 Bully for Bugs
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V4 5
71 P4 (Lozenge Boulder)
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V0 11
72 P5 (Lozenge Boulder)
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V0 9
73 P6 (Lozenge Boulder)
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V1 6
74 P7 (Lozenge Boulder)
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V0 8
75 P8 (Lozenge Boulder)
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V1 4
76 P9 (Lozenge Boulder)
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V0 12
77 P10 (Lozenge Boulder)
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V0 14
  The Shield
79 Don't Tug My Winkie f5 1
80 Sword Song f7A ** 1
81 Saxon f5+ * 11
82 Hoplite f5+ * 4
  Hill Top
84 Ahem f7B  
85 Grabatron f6C 10
86 I Need Your Hands f5 6
87 Unnatural Selection f5+ * 11
88 Larsony f6B 29
89 The Curse of Madame "C"rack f4+ 23
90 Weiner Dog Art f5+ 14
Climb name Grade
91 The Far Side Observer. f4 16
92 Last Chapter and Worse f5+ 15
93 You're Sick Jessy! Sick, Sick, Sick! f6A 10
94 Cows Don't Have Opposable Thumbs f4 8
95 Crack Kids f6A 10
96 Butch Pratchety and the Sun Dance Squid f6C 8
97 There's a Hair in my Dirt! f4+ 7
  Gully
99 One Move Wonder f6A 2
100 Manta Ray f6A 1
101 Crimp and Crack f6B 1
102 Armscliff Wall f6B+  
103 Armajesty f7A *  
104 Gary's Arete f6A * 10
105 Gary's Crack f5+ 6
106 Beyond the Far Side f5 9
107 Worthwhile
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f4+ 14
108 Almost Famous f6B+ 12
109 Friction Slab
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f5 17
110 End Arete
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f4+ 8
111 Hound Of The Far Side f6A 3
112 It Goes Between f3 1
113 August 1983. f5+ 3
114 Totem Vole f6C 1
115 The Chickens Are Restless f5 * 11
116 Midvale School For The Gifted
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f5+ ** 20
117 The first Edition Hardcover Box Set Weighs 8.8Kg
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f5+ 4
118 The Drinking Man's Crumpet f6B 12
119 Dabbling in Laziness f5+ 15
120 The Fastest Slowcoach in the West f4 5
121 Something and Nothing f5+ 6
122 Dabbling in Laziness - Yorkshire Extension f5+ 1
  Outliers
124 Dry Hump f5+ 4
125 Dry Hump Eliminate f6A+ 3
126 Platonic Conception f5 1
127 Ozymandias f5 * 6
128 Pythagoras f5 1
129 Black Dog f5+ * 1
130 Southpaw Pup f4+ * 6
131 Underdog f4+ * 6
132 Lame Duck f5+ 3
133 Platypus Bill f6A * 4
134 My Darling Duckling f3 3
135 Mantle f4+ 1

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