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Climbs 100
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 221m a.s.l
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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.

Restricted Access

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
  Chip Shop Mantel
12 Pit Pony f7B  
13 Mini Flake f6B 1
14 The Brazilian f7C * 3
15 Chip Shop Mantel f6B+ ** 93
16 Gutter Snipe f6B+ 6
17 The Yoghurt Hypnotist f7B *** 161
18 Pink Lady f8A ** 1
19 Pink Lady Stand-start
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f7C+ ** 1
20 Pink Lady Jump Start
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V7 10
21 Slab Route V3  
22 Abyss f6C * 12
23 Dirty Habits
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E3 6a  
  Kermit Block
25 Kermit's Ears f5 ** 81
26 Kermit's Ears Sit-start f6B+ ** 96
27 Raw Deal f7C+ ** 2
28 Raw Power f7B ** 11
29 The Line f7A * 156
30 The Line Sit-start
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V9 * 3
31 Dissolution f7B+ * 2
32 Kermit's Arête f6B+ ** 105
33 Kermit's Arête Eliminate f7B+ * 7
34 Steps Mantel
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V3 9
35 The Rowtor Challenge
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V1 20
36 Humpty Dumpty
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V5 * 12
  Bus Stop
38 Bus Stop Traverse f7A 5
Climb name Grade
39 Bus Stop Mantel f7B *** 71
40 Mantel Illness f7B 1
  Blood Falls
42 Men in Small Cars f7B * 59
43 The Cheek f7A * 48
44 Pig Trough f6A+ ** 168
45 Blood Falls f7A+ *** 217
46 Coy Hinny f6A+ 8
  Quine Block
48 Quine f7C ** 35
49 Cute Bum f6C * 91
50 Seal Traverse f5+ 40
51 Seal Traverse Reverse V3 9
  Crag Corner
53 The Ornithologist f7C  
54 Jealous Cracks
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VS 5a *  
55 The Girdle Traverse
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HS 4b * 1
56 I Hope to Return Some Day (SJS) E3 6a * 1
57 Weepy Wrestler HVS 5a 1
58 Rowter Recovery
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VS 4c * 4
59 Initiation V5+ 3
60 I am the God of Hell Fire f7A+ 10
61 Unleash the Beast f6C+ 2
62 I Am The God of Small Things f5 1
63 Rowtor Nowhere
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VS 4c 4
64 Wiggly Crack
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HS 4b * 7
65 Rowter Riches
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VS 5a  
66 Hang 'em High f7A+ * 2
67 Rowter Ruin
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E1 5c *  
68 Diagony
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VS 5a * 1
  My Apple
70 Apple Dappy VS 5a 1
71 Tuffy Apple
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VS 5a  
72 My Buddy the Apple f7C *** 1
73 My Apple f7A+ *** 29
74 Apple Tree
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E5 6c * 1
75 Apple Corner
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VS 5a * 2
76 Dass Crab f6B 2
Climb name Grade
  Crimpanzee
78 Chip Butty
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V2 1
79 Jam and Blast It f6C * 2
80 Jigsaw Bulge
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V0 7
81 Jigsaw Bulge Hanging Start f6C 10
82 Crimpy Flake f6B 1
83 Crimpanzee f6B+ * 7
84 Crimpanzee Sit-start f7B+ * 3
85 Little Flatty f6A 9
86 Slot Slab Arête f4+ 20
87 Slot Slab f5+ 44
88 Hula Slab
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V0+ 8
  Domes
90 Tree Wall
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V2  
91 Domes f7A+ *** 82
92 Domes Sit-start V9 *** 33
93 Pat's Arête f6B * 5
94 Short Sean's Traverse f6B+ * 19
95 Short Sean's Extension V7 * 17
96 Pat's Roof f7A *** 5
97 The Unknown V6 3
98 Runnel Rummage f6A+ ** 64
99 Short Sean's Reachy Roof f7A *** 242
100 Short Sean's Proper Roof V7 *** 68
  The Mantelist
102 Aloha f6A+ 1
103 Barbapapa f6C 1
104 Barbarête f5+ 2
105 The Mantelist f7A 7
  Kim's Block
107 Exit Stage Right f5+ 5
108 The Baron V6 1
109 Kim's Problem f7B+ * 2
110 Thalidomide Thumb War V10 1
111 Final Thought f6A+ ** 39
112 Final Thought Dyno V6 ** 9

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