Climbs 104
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 200m a.s.l
Faces SW

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 16
3 P2 (Rigg Lane)
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V1 20
4 P3 (Rigg Lane)
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V1 17
5 P4 (Rigg Lane)
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V0 17
6 P5 (Rigg Lane)
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V1 18
7 P7 (Rigg Lane)
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V3 10
8 P8 (Rigg Lane)
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V4 3
9 P9 (Rigg Lane)
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V3 10
10 P10 (Rigg Lane)
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V2 11
  Rigg Lane Boulders
12 Far Left to Far Right Traverse f6B 5
13 Arete Direct * f5+ 2
14 Slabby Undercut Arete f4+ 7
15 Gapping Corner Groove f5+ 6
16 Wall Right of Blunt Arete f5+ 5
17 Easy Wall
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f3 6
18 Hand Rail to Sloped Lip f6A+ 5
19 Undercut Diagonal Arete
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f5+ 4
20 Dark Green One Mover f6C 1
21 Boulder Traverse f6B+ 5
22 Blunt Arete f6C+ 5
23 Tilted Dihedral f6C 3
24 Centre of the Wall f6B 4
25 Arete and Rail f6A+ 7
26 Arete with Undercut (Rigg Lane) V5 * 9
  Main Sector
28 No Country for Old Men V9 * 3
29 No Country For Old Men (Lanky Method) V6 4
30 Good Ol' Days
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V8 * 2
31 Country for Old Men V6 * 11
32 Country for Old Men - No SDS. f4 2
33 Country for Old Men RH V4 8
34 P4 (Old Men Boulder)
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V3 11
35 To Be Blunt or P5 (Old Men Boulder) f6B 8
36 Windy Traverse or P12 (Two Mat Boulder) f6A+ 19
37 Live Evil
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V5 * 18
38 Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm
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V6 * 7
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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