Climbs 27
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 222m a.s.l
Faces E

Mike Wilson Close To The Edge © Stuart Wood

Crag features

A superb and impressive crag with a good selection of Extremes - Totalitarian (E1), Empire (E3), Medlar (E3/4), Blitzkreig (E4), Gates of Delirium (E4), Peels of Laughter (E5), Creation (E5) and Das Kapital (E6).

Das Kapital has been re-equipped with 3 new pegs and 2 new threads. An in situ wire helps to protect the tricky top pitch.

Medlar, now E4, is clean.

Close To The Edge at E3 is a great route; link the first 2 pitches together then lower off.

Empire has a new peg on the top pitch and a new belay after the first. The 1st pitch of Totalitarian will lead to it as the original 1st pitch is overgrown. Lower off is in situ at top of the crag above Empire.

Blitzkreig has been brushed clean and is equipped with a lower off at the top of the crag.


Many of the routes on the steep left hand side of the crag stay clean despite little traffic. 


Be wary of ticks on the approach and descent and it can get midgey so a head net is wise in the summer.

Approach notes

Seasonal Restrictions apply from the 1st March to the 30th June due to nesting birds. Park near the Thirlmere Dam, 15 minutes steeply uphill to the crag.

Restricted Access

The restriction applies to the whole crag and is signed on site. 

2016 update: the nest has unfortunately failed this year so the restriction has now been lifted.

DaveR - 18/Dec/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
E4 6b *5
HS 4b **44
3The Apocrypha
VS 5a 2
E5 6a **6
5Stir Crazy
E1 5b 2
6EmpireE3 6a ***45
7TotalitarianE1 5c ***220
8Common Man
E2 5c *6
9Communist Convert
VS 4b **87
E4 6a ***15
11The Gates of DeleriumE4 6a ***46
12Close to the EdgeE3 5c *6
13The MedlarE4 6a ***30
E4 6b *4
15Peels of Laughter
E5 6b ***8
16The Raven Traverse
VS 4c **4
17The First Circle
E3 5c ** 
18Das KapitalE6 6b ***5
VS 4

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