Climbs 96
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 231m a.s.l
Faces all

Domes © steveE9

Crag features

This is a lovely little place on a small hill overlooking the village of Birchover. It consists of a series of blocks and caves in the trees with some interesting rock carvings and tunnels. Most of the climbing is in the higher grades requiring some big mantels and long pulls on steep rounded breaks. The rock can be quite green but the best problems tend to stay clean, be prepared for some dirty experiences though if you are here after long periods of wet weather. It is sheltered from the wind and can be a cool retreat in summer when the trees give plenty of shade.

Approach notes

Birchover is best approached from the B5056 road which runs south from the A6. As you arrive in the little village of Birchover the first thing you will see is the Druid Inn on the right-hand side of the road. Park on the main road in the village, not down by the pub. The rocks are just behind the pub and are reached by a small path down the lane leading up behind it.

Access Advice

Access to this area is very sensitive with complaints to the landowner from local residents about noise, litter and fires. Whilst climbers may not be responsible for this, in order to foster good relations we would encourage anyone visiting the crag to be on best behaviour and to pick up any litter to demonstrate that climbers are responsible users of the countryside. Don't light fires, avoid turning up in large groups, follow the current approach advice and very importantly clean chalk from holds once you've finished.

Short Sean's Reachy Roof to is the most sensitive area for local residents so please make an extra effort here to keep sessions short and quiet.

Lantern sessions (bouldring at night using lanterns to light up problems) are inapproriate at Rowtor due to the proximity of houses to the rocks - please only visit Rowtor Rocks during daylight hours.

Also please refrain from climbing on this boulder: http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonjacques/508479557/ which features ancient cup and ring carvings. It's a small boulder below Domes but avoiding it will help relations with the other users of Rowtor.

 

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  The Cave Area
2 Pickle Your Knees f6B  
3 Egg Meat f6B 1
4 Hee Haw f5 4
5 Gruts for Tea f6B 5
6 Steady Job f6B 2
7 Titchy Digits f7A 3
8 Badarapababa f5+ 3
9 Catch f7C+ ** 2
10 Mini Prow
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V5 1
  The Chip Shop
12 The Brazilian f7C * 3
13 Chip Shop Mantel f6B+ ** 76
14 Gutter Snipe f6B+ 4
15 The Yoghurt Hypnotist f7B *** 138
16 Pink Lady Sit-Start
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V11 ** 1
17 Pink Lady Standing f8A ** 1
18 Pink Lady Jump Start
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V7 9
19 Slab Route V3 5c  
20 Abyss f6C * 5
21 Dirty Habits
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E3 6a  
  The Upper Tier
23 Kermit's Ears f5 ** 56
24 Kermit's Ears Sit-Start V4 ** 76
25 Raw Deal f7C+ ** 2
26 Raw Power f7B ** 9
27 The Line f7A * 95
28 The Line Sit-Start
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V9 * 2
29 Dissolution f7B+ * 2
30 Kermit's Arête f6B+ ** 71
31 Kermit's Arête Eliminate V8 * 5
32 Steps Mantel
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V3 6a 5
33 The Rowtor Challenge
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V1 19
34 Bus Stop Traverse f7A 2
35 Bus Stop Mantel f7B *** 34
36 Mantle Illness f7B  
37 Coy Hinny f6A+ 4
38 Men in Small Cars f7B * 38
39 The Cheek f7A * 28
40 Pig Trough f6A+ ** 100
41 Blood Falls f7A+ *** 143
42 Humpty Dumpty
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V5 * 11
  Quine Block
44 Quine f7C ** 25
45 Cute Bum f6C * 68
46 Seal Traverse f5+ 33
47 Seal Traverse Reverse V3 4
  Crag Corner
49 Ornithology f7C  
50 Jealous Cracks
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VS 5a *  
51 The Girdle Traverse
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HS 4b * 1
52 I Hope to Return Some Day (SJS) E3 6a * 1
53 Weepy Wrestler HVS 5a 1
54 Rowter Recovery
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VS 4c * 4
55 I am the God of Hell Fire f7A+ 3
56 Unleash the Beast f6C+ 1
57 Rowtor Nowhere
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VS 4c 4
58 Wiggly Crack
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HS 4b * 7
59 Rowter Riches
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VS 5a  
60 Hang 'em High f7A+ * 1
61 Rowter Ruin
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E1 5c *  
62 Diagony
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VS 5a * 1
  Apple Buttress
64 Apple Dappy VS 5a 1
65 Tuffy Apple
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VS 5a  
66 My Buddy the Apple f7C *** 1
67 My Apple f7A+ *** 23
68 Apple Tree
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E5 6c * 1
69 Apple Corner
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VS 5a * 2
70 Dass Crab f6B 1
  Crimpy Block
72 Chip Butty
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V2 1
73 Jam and Blast It f6C * 2
74 Jigsaw Bulge
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V0 7
75 Jigsaw Bulge Hanging Start f6C 5
76 Crimpy Flake f6B  
77 Crimpanzee f6B+ * 6
78 Crimpanzee Sit-Start f7B+ * 2
79 Little Flatty f6A 8
80 Slot Slab Arête f4+ 12
81 Slot Slab f5+ 33
82 Hula Slab
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V0+ 5a 7
  Domes
84 Tree Wall
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V2  
85 Domes f7A+ *** 50
86 Domes Sit-Start V9 *** 24
87 Pat's Arête f6B * 4
88 Short Sean's Traverse f6B+ * 9
89 Short Sean's Extension V7 * 10
90 Pat's Roof f7A *** 4
91 The Unknown V6 1
92 Runnel Rummage f6A+ ** 43
93 Short Sean's Reachy Roof f7A *** 181
94 Short Sean's Proper Roof V7 *** 39
  The Mantelist
96 Aloha f6A+ 1
97 Barbapapa f6C 1
98 Barbarête f5+ 1
99 The Mantelist f7A 1
  Kim's Block
101 Exit Stage Right f5+ 3
102 The Baron V6 1
103 Kim's Problem f7B+ * 2
104 Thalidomide Thumb War V10  
105 Final Thought f6A+ ** 26
106 Final Thought Dyno V6 ** 6

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