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.

Access Advice

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 March to 30 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

The birds have unfortunately failed again in 2017, so the restriction is now lifted.

DaveR - 18/Dec/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Polytruk
E4 6b * 5
2 Anarchist
HS 4b ** 43
3 The Apocrypha
VS 5a 2
4 Creation
E5 6a ** 6
5 Stir Crazy
E1 5b 2
6 Empire E3 6a *** 56
7 Totalitarian E1 5c *** 186
Climb name Grade
8 Common Man
E2 5c * 7
9 Communist Convert
VS 4b ** 105
10 Blitzkrieg
E4 6a *** 18
11 The Gates of Delerium E4 6a *** 50
12 Close to the Edge E3 5c * 8
13 The Medlar E4 6a *** 36
14 Relayer
E4 6b * 4
Climb name Grade
15 Peels of Laughter
E5 6b *** 8
16 The Raven Traverse
VS 4c ** 4
17 The First Circle
E3 5c **  
18 Das Kapital E6 6b *** 5
19 Genesis
VS 7

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