Climbs 149
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 778m a.s.l
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Ramon Marin on Tarkus (E2) at Dow Crag © Mark Glaister

Crag features

Mainly long routes up to 100m in a superb mountain setting. Notoriously chilly even when the sun is shining! 

Approach notes

Park in the carpark at the top of the tarmaced section of the Walna Scar road - it's no longer permissible to drive any further.

Approach time: 1 hour

Guidebooks

Probably the best crag in the Lakes, it has classic routes at every grade. The notoriety that this crag is cold comes from those idiots who insist on starting their routes in shorts and t-shirts. Always carry (and wear!)an extra sweater.
Alan Phizacklea - 03/Oct/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Dow Crag summit
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summit 524
  Easy Buttress
3 Woodhouse's Crack
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D 2
4 Slingsby's Pinnacle Southeast Route
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M 1
5 Slingsby's Pinnacle Northwest Route
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VD 3
6 Blasphemy Crack
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VS  
7 The Geek
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VS 4c  
8 Easy Gully (Summer)
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M 30
9 Easy Gully (Winter)
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II * 52
10 Easy Gully Right Branch
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III 6
  A Buttress
12 Easy Rake
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I 6
13 Crock's Crawl
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VD 4
14 Lemontyde
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HVS 5a  
15 Abrahams Route
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M 10
16 Trident Route
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HS 4b * 20
17 Necklace Route
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HS 4b * 18
18 Arête, Chimney and Crack (Summer) S 3c *** 469
19 Arête, Chimney and Crack (Winter)
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V 5 *** 14
20 Gordon and Craig's Route S 3c ** 93
21 Southern Circuit
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MVS 4b  
22 The Balrog E2 5c ** 29
23 Abracadabra
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E5 6a *  
24 Abraxas E4 6a *** 40
25 Isengard
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HVS 5b ** 217
26 Samba Pa Ti
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E2 5b ** 157
27 Isengard/Samba Pa Ti E2 5b *** 3
28 Eliminate 'A' VS 4c *** 930
29 Silence
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E2 5c 3
30 Brocklebank Variation
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E3 6a 1
31 Side Walk E2 5b ** 144
32 North Wall
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VS 2
33 Great Gully (Summer)
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VD 9
34 Great Gully (Winter)
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IV 5 8
35 Great Gully - Traverse and Slab Variation
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IV 5  
  B Buttress (Upper Section)
37 Easy Terrace
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II * 55
38 Broadrick's Route
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HS 4a * 5
39 Broadrick's Direct
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VS 4a * 22
40 Broadrick's Crack
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HS 4b * 10
41 Giant's Crawl (Summer) D *** 817
42 Giant's Crawl (Winter)
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IV 4 11
43 Misty Mountain Hop
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E3 6a * 9
44 Nimrod E1 5c *** 255
45 Four Sticks
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E3 5c 5
46 Genocide E4 6b ** 7
47 Holocaust E4 6a *** 120
48 Tumble E4 6a *** 94
49 Pandora's Box E5 6b ** 5
50 Catacomb E1 5b *** 113
51 Security Risk
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E4 6a  
52 Another Fine Mess
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E4 6a  
53 Hyacinth Route
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HS  
Climb name Grade
  B Buttress (Lower Section)
55 Giant's Corner S 3c * 42
56 The Issel Roof
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E2 6a 9
57 Pink Panther E2 5c *** 165
58 Leopard's Crawl HVS 5a *** 347
59 Ildi Kiss
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E3 6a  
60 Tarkus E2 5c ** 104
61 Rough
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E4 6a 3
62 Murray's Direct VS 4c *** 457
63 Free Flight
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E5 6b * 1
64 Astrakhan
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E2 5c 1
65 Born Free
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E1 5b 1
66 Murray's Super Direct E2 5b ** 46
67 Eliminator
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E1 5b 2
68 Murray's Route S 4a *** 723
69 The Simian Exit
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HS 1
70 B Buttress Variations
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E1 5b * 9
71 Rock It To Russia
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E1 5b  
72 Madam
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HVS 5a 5
73 Portfolio
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E1 5c * 6
74 Abraham's Route
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HS 4a * 135
75 Eliminate B
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HVS 5a * 32
76 Second Test
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E2 5c 1
  Woodhouse Pinnacle
78 Woodhouse's Route (Summer)
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VD * 39
79 Woodhouse's Route (Winter)
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IV 5 ** 1
80 Woodhouse's Route Variation Finish
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HS  
81 Woodhouse's Arête E6 6b ***  
82 Pincher Martin
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E5 6a  
83 Critical E6 6c *** 1
84 Close to Critical
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E4 6b * 1
85 Great Wall Variation Finish
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HS  
86 West Face Route
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I  
87 The Shining Path E5 6b *** 13
88 Paths to Victory E6 6c ***  
89 Hesperus E2 5c * 10
90 Central Chimney
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S 4a ** 41
91 Didyoudie'doe * E4 5c ** 2
92 Prowess * E7 6c ** 1
  'C' Buttress
94 Sirius
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HVS 5a ** 32
95 Southern Slabs
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S 3c * 34
96 'C' Ordinary Route (Summer)
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D *** 689
97 'C' Ordinary Route (Winter)
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V 5 *** 11
98 Hawk Route
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S 3c * 12
99 Charmer
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HVS 5a 8
100 Eliminate 'C'
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VS 4c ** 143
101 Intermediate Gully
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MVS 4b * 25
102 North Gully
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III 4 * 3
103 Broadrick's Crack
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VI 7 *  
104 Hopkinson's Crack
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VI 7 *** 2
  D Buttress
106 Intermediate Gully
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VI 7 * 1
Climb name Grade
107 'D' Ordinary Route VD *** 86
108 Raven Route
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S 3c * 10
109 Murray's Crack
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HS 4b * 12
110 Jones' Route
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VD * 5
111 Great Central Route HVS 5b *** 57
112 The Norseman
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E4 6a * 3
113 Hopkinson's Crack HS 4b *** 86
114 Easter Rising
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E2 5c * 6
115 Black Wall
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HVS 5a ** 32
116 Adhara
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E4 6a  
117 Lazarus
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VD 19
118 Branch Chimney
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VD 2
119 The Cage
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HVS 5b 1
120 Snibbo
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MVS 4b 1
121 North East Climb
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VD 6
  Easter Gully (The Ampitheatre)
123 Easter Gully - Scoop Route
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III * 1
124 Cave Pitch
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M 8
125 Blizzard Chimney
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D 2
126 Private High
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HVS 5a 1
127 Blizzard Ridge
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MS 1
128 South Chimney
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D 2
129 The Scoop
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M 7
130 Levitation
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S 1
131 National Heath
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E3 5c 4
132 Dow Jones Index
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E4 6a  
133 North Wall
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HS 1
134 Black Chimney
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D 3
135 Black Buttress
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S  
  E Buttress
137 Left-hand Route (Route 1)
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M 5
138 Gimli
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HS  
139 Winstanley's Route
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MS  
140 Minor's Route
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D 1
  North Gully
142 North Gully Ordinary Route
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HS  
143 North Gully Broadrick's Route
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HS  
144 High Life
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E2 5b  
145 Gate Crasher
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E2 5b  
146 Acid House
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E4 6b  
147 Pete's Party
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VS 4c  
148 Pete's Party Variation Finish
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VS 4c  
149 Quest
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VS 4b 1
150 Real Chimney
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M  
151 The Girdle Traverse
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VS 5a 1
152 'F' Buttress III 3 * 4
153 'A' Ordinary E7 6c ** 2
154 'E' Buttress III 3 ** 4
155 Artful Dodger HVS 5a ** 4
156 Easy Terrace and its continuation * 3 *** 19
157 Cool Breeze * f7A+ *  
158 The Gene * f7A *  
159 Ribofunk * f7A+ *  
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