Climbs 177
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 148m a.s.l
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Muscles at Cottage Rocks © Andy Birtwistle

Crag features

Ousal Dale is the right-hand tributary of Dimmings Dale and offers a number of smaller buttresses, giving a few routes and lots of very good bouldering.

Approach notes

To reach the dale, follow the right-hand path from the Rambler's Retreat. Branch off right up a track from halfway along the first pool.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Ousal Crag
2 Impacted Bowel VS 4c * 2
3 Thum VD 7
4 Solo Chimney S 4a 9
5 Ooze f5 111
6 Sneezy f6A+ * 80
7 The Tantrum E4 5c  
8 Booze Stand-start
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V0+ 69
9 Booze f6A * 95
10 If You Ooze, You Lose f5 15
11 Bashful f6A 13
12 Grumpy f5 13
13 Eliminate Wall f5 36
14 The Catapult Tree f5 9
15 Moto Perpetuo E2 5c  
16 Little Rib f5 148
17 Niche Central V0- 37
18 Ousal Low f7A+ ** 48
19 Ousal High f6B+ ** 87
20 Prowler E5 5c 1
21 Uzi Lover f5 * 183
22 Uzi Lover Rightwards f5 54
23 The Love Committee f5+ 9
24 Shelf Direct f5 19
25 Shelf Traverse into Uzi Lover f6A 11
26 Shelf Traverse f5 20
27 The Love from Above f5 6
28 Ring Ousal f6A 4
  Ousal Crag Link-ups
30 Ousal Low Reverse f6C+ 3
31 Booze Sitter into Ousal Low f6C 5
32 Ousal High into Low f7B 1
  Bizarre Buttress
34 Revenge of the Rabbit Sleigh f4 14
35 Bizarre ArĂȘte f5+ * 11
36 Bizzare Stand-start
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f7A ** 61
37 Bizarre f7B ** 45
  Lone Buttress
39 Even Lonelier E1 5c  
40 Lone Wall E1 5b 1
  *The Chemical Blocks*
  Beats Block
43 Galaxy Bounce
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f4+ 10
44 Star Guitar
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f5+ 10
45 Morning Lemon
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f6A 8
46 Escape Velocity
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f6A+ 2
47 Salmon Dance
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f6A+ 4
48 We are the Night
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f6C 4
49 Let Forever Be
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f6B 8
50 Loops of Fury
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f5+ 8
51 In Dust we Trust
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f6C 11
52 Block Rocking Beats
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f6B * 19
53 Midnight Madness
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f6B 15
  Come With Us Block
55 OK f4 1
56 Lost in the K
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f6B+ 6
57 Come with Us
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f6A+ 6
58 Elektrobank
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f5+ 6
59 Dig your Own Hole
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f6A 1
  *Cottage Rocks*
  Cottage Rocks
62 Adam's ArĂȘte f7B * 15
63 Short Wall V0+ 89
64 Billy Bunter f5 * 242
65 Crusty f4 * 309
66 Sid the Sexist f5 * 269
Climb name Grade
67 Cottage Slab f5 ** 226
68 Green Wall f6B ** 111
69 Sapling Bulge f6B * 136
70 Pebble Dash f6C * 14
71 Tufa f6A * 280
72 Orange Crush f5+ 228
73 Pocket Wall Stand-start f5 * 305
74 Pocket Wall f6B+ * 146
75 The Wafer f6A 275
76 The Wafer Sit-start
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f6A+ 164
77 Strenuosity f5 * 122
78 Cottaging f6C ** 33
79 Glory Hole f6B * 30
  Pine Buttress
81 Pine Tree Wall D 8
82 Left Pine f6C ** 58
83 Pine Wall f6B ** 79
84 Right Pine f6B+ ** 69
85 Lonesome Pine f7A * 16
86 No Veranda VS 5
87 Footpath Chimney
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D 4a * 4
88 Freefall f6A+  
89 Hetty f4+  
90 The Range f6A  
91 Pine Cottage f6A  
  Push Block
93 The Pull
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f5 31
94 Push Too Far f7A 3
95 Push the Button
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f6B+ * 41
96 The Long Push
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f6C ** 34
97 Pedal Pushers
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f5 23
98 Final Push f6B 35
99 Push the Weak around f6C+ ** 20
100 Pushing Forward Stand-start
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f6A * 12
101 Pushing Forward f6B+ *** 42
102 Dont Push Me Stand-start
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f5 11
103 Don't Push Me f6A 71
104 Push Your Luck f6C+ 3
105 Push f6A+ * 103
  *Grasshopper Ridge*
  Audio Block
108 Resonance
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f5 36
109 Subsonic Stand-start
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f3+ 13
110 Subsonic
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f5+ 41
111 Doppler Effect Stand-start
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f3 12
112 Doppler Effect
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f5+ 37
113 Low Pass
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f6B 41
114 Pink Noise Stand-start
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f4 12
115 Pink Noise
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f5+ 40
116 Nikola Tesla Stand-start
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f4 11
117 Nikola Tesla
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f5 38
118 Reverberation
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f5 38
119 Bass Belch f6B+ * 19
120 Ultrasonic Stand-start
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f4 16
121 Ultrasonic
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f5+ *** 45
122 Waveform Stand-start
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f4+ 11
123 Waveform
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f5 34
124 Band Pass
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f4+ 42
125 High Pass
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f5 30
126 Fruitcake VS 4b  
127 Cloudburst f6B+  
  Breathe Block
129 Punctuality Problem f6A+ 5
130 Plus Tard f6A+ 2
131 Late Lunch f6A 2
132 Exhale
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f6A 15
Climb name Grade
133 Inhale Stand-start
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f5+ 6
134 Inhale
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f6A+ 17
135 Footprints f6B 35
136 Fingerprint f5 * 25
137 Fingerprint Sit-start f6C ** 1
138 Breathe f7A+ * 7
139 Breathe Sit-start
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f7B ***  
140 Suffocation f6A+ 21
141 Suffocation Sit-start
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f6B 14
142 Ventilation
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f6B 17
  Aniseed Slab and Atomic Dog
144 Star Anise
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f5+ 7
145 Whispering Pines
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f6A+ * 7
146 Aniseed Left
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f5+ ** 10
147 Aniseed Slab
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f6A ** 16
148 Jupiter Hollow
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f6A+ 6
149 Aniseed Balls f6A+ 2
150 Anisatised f6B 3
151 Nightmare of Grey Squirrels
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f6B+  
152 Half-Life f7C *** 1
153 Smell my Finger
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f7A * 1
154 Atomic Dog
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f6B+ *** 8
  Sitting Start Block
156 Sit On My Face
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f6C 31
157 Baby Sitter
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f6B * 38
158 Baby Face
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f6C * 11
159 Be Seated
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f6A 54
160 Chief Sitting Bull
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f6A * 44
161 Sitting Pretty
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f6A+ * 42
162 Up Sit Creek
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f6A 42
163 Sitting Duck
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f6A+ 29
164 Brexsit means Brexsit f7B * 1
165 Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
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f7A+ * 5
166 Sit On It
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f6B 17
  Grasshopper Block
168 Tweedle Dumber
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f5+ 27
169 Tweedle Dee
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f5+ 30
170 I'm Super Cereal
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f6A+ * 20
171 The Full Retard
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f6C+ * 49
172 Down Under f6A+ 59
173 The Bandicoot f6B 5
174 The Grasshopper f6A+ * 149
175 Duck Retard
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f7A+ 4
176 The Duck-billed Platypus f7A * 59
177 The Kookaburra f5+ 46
178 Manbearpig
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f6C+ 8
179 Tomahawk Traverse f7A+ * 8
180 Redback f6A 6
181 Taz of Tasmania f5 4
  Fox Block
183 Fox in Socks f3+ 3
184 Fox Flakes
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f4+ 4
185 Out Foxed f6B+ 2
186 In Memory of Mr Fox
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f7B *** 33
187 Resting Chicken Chaser
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f6A 18
  The Toilet Block
189 Double Trouble f6A+ 20
190 Bog Brush V4 * 8
191 Bog Trot f5+ * 32
192 Touching Cloth f6B * 33
193 Follow Through f5+ * 31
194 Toilet Duck f6C * 8
195 Toilet Traverse f5+ 61
196 Toilet Traverse Low V3 * 21

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