Climbs 49
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 580m a.s.l
Faces NE

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Pete Whittaker on Fear and Fascination (E5) North Buttress of Dove Crag (form Lake District Climbs Rockfax). © Mike Hutton

Crag features

Major Lakes mountain crag with many excellent routes in the higher grades 20-90m long. The steep North Buttress saw lots of action in summer 2003, with all routes cleaned and new routes added in the higher grades. The Lakes premier hard crag? Fast and Furious with the Flying Fissure Finish(E5), Bucket City(E6), Bucket Dynasty (E6), Fear and Fascination(E5), Vlad the Impaler(E7), Fear of Failure (E8), Fetish for Fear (E7), Dusk til Dawn (E7), Extol(E2-mean at this grade!), Asolo (E3), Westmorlands Route(MS), Hiraeth(E2), Dovedale Groove(E1). In winter it has some classic ice and mixed routes.

Approach notes

One and a quarter hour walk from the Brotherswater Inn (camping).

Yorkshire pudding cleaned as of 15/7/18, now a pretty good crag warm up, quite tough for 5c!
Dancingbear - 16/Jul/18
11/6/09...top pitch of extol fairly clean..amazing line...did hungovers first pitch instead
Chris Beck - 23/Aug/09
As of 17/6/6 Extol was exceedingly dirty. We abbed from the top of P1 having seen the delights awaiting above. Most of the routes on the left of the crag would seem to be in a similar nick. Another once fine lakes crag reclaimed by the ming?
Dave Kerr - 19/Jun/06
Climbed the fissure finish to Fast and Furious on Sunday (5th Aug 02). It is absolutely brilliant, worth ***. One of the best routes of its grade in Cumbria. Caff also climbed Bucket City which is in good nick. Chalk on Fear and Fascination. Get up there.
wils - 08/Aug/02
the flying fissure finish is now clean and has a new thread. wils 29/07/02
wils - 29/Jul/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Main Crag
2 Eilethgia
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MVS  
3 Entity VS 4b 1
4 Westmorland's Route S * 47
5 Ommadawn
-
E5 6a 3
6 Dovedale Groove E1 5b ** 45
7 Hiraeth
-
E2 5b ** 20
8 Phobos
-
E2 5c ** 12
9 Mordor
-
E3 5c 1
10 Aurora
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E3 5c ** 7
11 Extol E2 5c ** 77
12 Problem Child
-
E4 6a *  
13 Asolo
-
E3 6a ** 8
14 Hangover
-
HVS 5a ** 34
  North Buttress
16 The Brasov Incident E6 6b 1
17 Darkest Hour
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E7 6c ***  
18 Dusk till Dawn E7 6b *** 1
19 Dusk till Dawn (Vlad Start)
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E7 6b *** 1
Climb name Grade
20 Bucket Dynasty E7 6b *** 2
21 Fearless E9 6c ***  
22 Broken Arrow
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E5 5c, 4c  
23 Pail Face (Original Finish) E6 6b **  
24 Pail Face (Bucket City Finish) E6 6b *** 4
25 Fear of Failure
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E8 6c ***  
26 Beyond the Pail (Original Finish) E6 6b  
27 Beyond the Pail (Bucket City Finish) E7 6b *** 1
28 Vlad the Impailer E7 6b *** 4
29 Fear and Fascination E5 6a *** 13
30 Fast City E5 6a *** 6
31 North Buttress
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E6 6c *  
32 Bucket City E6 6b *** 9
33 Inside Out Link
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E5 6b ** 1
34 The Flying Fissure Finish E5 6b ** 11
35 Fast and Furious E5 6a *** 11
36 Fetish for Fear E7 6c ** 1
37 Yorkshire Pudding
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E3 5c * 2
38 Outside Edge
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E5 6b ** 2
Climb name Grade
39 FFF Link E5 6b 1
40 Explosion
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E4 5c * 4
  Priest's Hole
42 Xoanan E4 6b ** 1
  Scrambles
44 Hoggett Gill 1 ** 8
  Winter Climbs
46 Westmorland's Route
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IV 5 ** 1
47 South Gully
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I/II 29
48 Inaccessible Gully
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V 5 *** 28
49 Houndshope Cove Beck
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II * 2
50 Right Hand Gully
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IV  
  Bouldering
52 Impailed
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f7A+ *** 2
53 Pail Attitude
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f6C * 1
  Unsorted
55 Up Hellya
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E8 6c **  
56 Tarsus HS  
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