Climbs 352
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 274m a.s.l
Faces N

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Anyone know what this is? © Carless

Crag features

Some fine rock with truly impressive climbs that follow strong features. Unfortunately it rises from a jungle/jumble of overgrown boulders. Once acquainted with the crag, the cognoscenti will know where to approach their chosen route by abseil. Persevere and you will be rewarded!

Many new problems and boulders have been added since the start of 2018 and development is ongoing. 

Approach notes

Approach as for the large lay-by at the top of Nought Bank or park in Glasshouses and take the Six Dales Trail up through the woods.

Access Advice

No access issues reported in recent years.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 March to 30 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

The restriction applies to Buttresses 3-5 to protect nesting peregrines.

Visited today and did Comet Wall which needed no cleaning (start from the cave after scramble approach). Also Double Top which also needed no cleaning and is a classic brawl to top out (E1 5b probably). Went to finish up on Magnificat which was a bit grubbier but still climable (probably more like E1, its tough!) if you take the right route, unlike me.
Will Hunt - 16/May/14
Went for an explore today, and was pleasantly surprised. Given the poor reputation of the place, much of it looked fairly clean. North Buttress (which is probably where most people head for first) is by far the dirtiest, wettest, most vegetated of the main buttresses. I started at the far end. No 2 buttress looked particularly good (note, contrary to what the book says it is NOT directly below the mast, but a few hundred metres west (as per the sketch map). Roc's Nest Chimney on No 4 looked inviting, though appears to have nesting kestrels (or similar) at the moment. Hawk Slab (starred Severe on No 5) was invisible behind the vegetation, but the routes between Jezebel and Boundary Chimney all looked good and clean. I walked along the bottom of the crag, for its full length. From No 1 Buttress to the start of Long Wall, the going is mostly quite straightforward, though you have to watch out for big holes in places. From there to North Buttress Block was much less pleasant, but the final section to North Buttress is easy, with a well-worn path. I was on my own so just soloed 1.5 Diffs, but will definitely be back for more.
Simon Caldwell - 24/Jul/10
Very overgrown at the moment, making it difficult to find the top of routes, and to then probably climb them. Would give it a miss until Autumn ..... or spring!
Matt Bill Platypus - 28/Jul/08
Really only suitable for adventure botanists. The path below the crag is an adventure in itself. The crag could do with a clean-up and a lot more traffic but the north facing nature of it means that this is unlikely. Shame really, nice-looking climbs, lots of them and tall.
heidavey - 12/May/08
Sadly, this is not a good crag. Even the 3 star HVSs are sprouting heather all over the place, and seem to remain wet in places even after a long dry spell. The abseil descent necessary for many of the routes doesn't help either as you will probably find yourself committed to fighting your way back up something anyway. Insteading of heading here go to Eavestone, which is similar and nearby, but infinitely better.
jamiemoss - 12/Jun/06
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Guisecliff Main Crag Routes
  Number One Buttress
3 The Verger E1 5c ** 1
4 Lecturn Chimney * MS  
5 The Belfry HVS 5a  
6 The Belfry Bat Finish E1 5c  
7 Curate's Crack * S  
8 Pulpit Steps * VD  
9 Pulpit Chimney VD 2
10 Magnificat HVS 5a *** 3
  Number Two Buttress
12 Letterbox Climb D 2
13 Microcrack HVS 5a * 4
14 Postman's Crack * VS 4c  
15 Bold John * HVS 5a  
16 Scalped * VS 4c  
17 Sprog * VS 4c  
18 Cretin's Crack * VS 5a  
19 Drum Crack * VS 4c  
20 The Creation E2 5c *** 7
21 Barleycorn E3 5b  
22 On the Edge E6 6b *** 1
23 The Climb That Time Forgot E8 6c **  
24 Illusion HS 4b * 1
25 Aftermath E5 5c *** 3
26 Lowdowns E6 6b *  
27 Doomed Oasis E6 6b ** 3
28 Wild Abandon E5 6b ** 1
29 Hook Route E1 5b * 4
30 Dingbat E3 6a  
  Number Three Buttress
32 Tree Cracks S 3
33 Buttress Route VD * 9
34 Clodhopper HS 4c 1
35 Footpatter VS 4c * 4
36 Pendulum E1 5b * 1
37 Foreign Bodies E2 5c  
38 Stretcher E1 5b 1
39 Right Hand Wall * VS 4c  
40 Mantelshelf Man * HVS 5c  
  Number Four Buttress
42 Overhanging Groove * VS 4c  
43 Nippem S 1
44 Rootless Crack * S  
45 Chockstone Chimney * M  
46 Kandahar Groove S 1
47 Roc's Nest Chimney HS ** 7
48 Dhobi MVS 4b 1
49 Stigma VS 4c  
50 Ruscator E2 5c **  
  Number Five Buttress
52 Hawk Slab S 2
53 Shoulder Gully * VD  
54 Nice 'n' Sleazy * E3 5c  
55 Aggripa E1 5b * 1
56 Aggripna * HVS 5a  
57 Daniel VS 4c 1
58 Tombstone E2 5c ** 1
59 Coyote Wall * HS 4b  
60 Coyotillo * E2 5c  
61 Jezebel HS 4b ** 2
62 By-pass S 4a * 2
63 Jehu's Chariot E2 5c **  
64 Autobahn E2 5c * 2
65 Boundary Chimney * HVD  
66 Boundary Chimney - Direct Finish * HS  
67 The Kraken * HVS 5a  
68 The Rifles * E4 6b  
69 KOYLI * HVS 5a *  
70 KOYLI - Variation Start * E1 5b  
71 Apparition * VD  
72 Phillipa's Ridge VS 4c 1
73 Synchromesh * HVS 5a  
74 Brian's Climb * VS 4c  
  Comet Buttress
76 North Wall Eliminate HVS 5a ** 16
77 Skyjacker * E2 5c  
78 Mastermind E4 5c *** 2
79 The Scryking E5 6a 1
80 Comet Wall HVS 5a * 14
81 Comet Wall - Left Hand Finish * HVS 5a  
82 Side-Show * HVS 5a  
83 The Comet's Trail E1 5b ** 2
84 Scissors D 2
85 Jaywalk * HVS 5a  
  The Long Wall
87 Milroy's Climb * VD  
88 Savage Sentence E1 5b * 1
89 Guillotine * E3 6a *  
90 Angle crack * HS  
91 Humus * E3 5c  
92 Nipscrew * E5 6b *  
93 The Long Step * M 3c  
94 Ryvoan Crack * MS  
95 Haberdashery E2 6a 2
96 Barney Rubbles Bookcase * E3 5c  
97 The Flintstone Pinch E4 6a ** 2
98 The Sapling Bends * E2 5b  
99 Tanton's Tunnel * D  
100 Forgotten Chimney * VD  
  Slot Buttress
102 Careful Crack VS 4c  
103 The Warriors of Hanuman E5 6b ***  
104 The Slot S 4a 1
105 Little Something * VS 4c  
106 Winklepicker HVS 5a ** 1
107 Barracuda * VS 4c  
108 Shelter Climb D 2
109 Energy * HVS 5c  
110 Rhino * VS 4c  
  Needle's High Buttress
112 Offspring VS 4c  
113 Arbor Crack * E1 5c  
114 Ledge and Crack D 1
115 Oak Wall * HS  
116 Oak Wall Direct * HVS 5b  
117 Wafer Crack * none  
118 Intestine * M  
119 Aiguille Des Moutons * VD  
120 Take Five * VS 5a  
121 Crack of Roots * VS 4c  
122 Bottleneck * VS 4c  
  North Buttress Block
124 The Chimney * HVD 4b  
125 Hotrod * VS 4c  
126 Speedway VS 4c 1
127 Cutting the Cord * E4 5c **  
128 Double Top HVS 5a 3
129 Ringway * VS  
130 Over the Top * E4 6a **  
131 The Shim * E1 6a  
  North Buttress
133 Pinnacle Face * VS 4c  
134 Thin Man's Delight S 1
135 Pinnacle Ordinary Route * D  
136 Midsummer Night's Dream HVS 5b * 1
Climb name Grade
137 Caveman's Corner S 1
138 North Buttress Crack HS 2
139 North Buttress Ordinary S * 1
140 North Buttress Direct HVS 5a * 3
141 Spring Fever VS 4c 1
142 Campanile * HVS 5a  
143 Campanile Direct * E3 6a  
144 The Cleavage * S  
145 The Right Rib * VS 4c  
146 Gossamer * HVS 5a  
147 Albatross * HVS 5b  
148 Nobutjust HVS 5b 1
149 Crystal Dance * E1 5c  
150 The Catacomb * VD  
151 Shindig E2 5c ** 1
152 Voortrek * VS 4c  
153 The Peeler * VS 4c  
  ***** Guisecliff Bouldering *****
  Yorke Prow
156 Poigard f5 1
157 Gaunt f6B *  
158 Lancastrian f6A 1
159 Towton f5+  
160 The Kingmaker f5 *  
161 War of the Roses f5  
162 Yorkist f6A *  
163 Mucho Macho f6A+  
164 St Albans f3  
165 Macho f6A  
166 Wakefield f5+  
167 Obvious Tooth f5+ 4
  Folly Prow
169 Bilberry Bypass f6C * 2
170 Bilberry Bulge f6C+ *  
171 Bear Sign f6A  
172 Ragged Staff f4  
173 Muddle f3  
  Arête World
175 Fin Arête * f6A * 1
176 Fin Arête (Standing) * f5+ 1
177 Upper Arête * f3+ 1
178 Groove Arête f6A+ * 2
179 Losing Trend f6A 1
180 Losing Trend Variation f5+ 2
181 Firsona V7 ** 2
182 Tomorrow Never Lies f5+ *** 4
183 World in Your Hands f6A+ ** 1
184 Hakodate f5+ 2
185 Shirokuma Cafe V4+ * 3
186 Sapling Corner f2 1
187 Jay Wall f5+ 1
188 You Only Live Once f6A * 1
  Ramp Block
190 Rampant f3 * 1
191 Ramp it Up f5+ * 1
192 Left on the Shelf f6C * 1
193 Rampage f5  
  Winter Wall
195 Shadow Ban * f6B+ * 1
196 Shadow Ban (Standing) f6B * 1
197 Externalize f6C * 1
198 Deplatform f6B * 1
  Edge Boulder
200 Media Bias f5 1
201 Smear Merchant f6B * 1
202 Smear Merchant (Variation) * f6A 1
  The Mop Top Bloc
204 Up the Apples * f7B  
205 Up the Apples Short * f6C  
206 Apple f5 1
207 Mop Top Pebbles Left Direct f6A 2
208 Mop Top Pebbles left f6A 9
209 Mop Top Pebbles Right f6B 7
210 Mop Top Arete Left f6A ** 23
211 Mop Top Arete Right f6A ** 26
212 The Mop Top Pop * V8+ 1
213 Kim Pop f7B ** 1
214 Kim Pop Easy f6C ** 5
215 Apples f6A+ 5
216 Apples Right f6B+ * 2
217 Zaff's Problem * f7A+  
218 Once in a lifetime f7A+ ** 1
  The Lock and Key Blocks
220 Repeat Offender f7A * 1
221 Jail Break f5+ 1
222 On Parole f6A 1
223 Bustin' Out f6A  
224 Clinging to the Wreckage f7A *  
225 Long Stretch f5+ * 1
226 Lagger f5+ * 1
  Crag Top Rock
228 Good Samaritan * f6A 1
229 It's All Behind * f5+ 1
230 Power Grab * f6C * 1
  The Balcony
232 Left to Rot * f5 1
233 Full Intention * f6C * 1
234 Balcony Slab * f5 1
235 Fine Fettle * f6C * 1
236 Fine Fettle (Standing) * f6A 1
237 The Matrix * f6B+ ** 1
238 The Matrix (Standing) * f6A 1
239 Fine Matrix * f6A+ *  
240 The Godfather * f6C+ ** 1
241 The Godfather (Standing) * f5+ 1
242 Easy Rider * f7A *  
243 Momento * f3+  
244 Duck Soup * f3 1
  Pan's Labyrinth
246 Long, Long Time Ago * f5+  
247 The Refuge * f6A+ * 1
248 Book of Blood * f7A ***  
249 Three Trials * f6B *** 1
250 Three Trials (Standing) * f4+ ** 1
251 King of the Underworld * f6C **  
252 King of the Underworld (Standing) * f6A * 1
253 Rose, Dragon * f7A *  
254 Deep Forest * f6C ** 1
255 Deep Forest (Standing) * f5  
256 The Moribund Tree * f6A+ 1
257 The Pale Man * f7A **  
258 Ofelia * f6B+ * 1
259 Mercedes Lullaby * f6C *  
  Guisecliff Central
  Golden Axe
262 Golden Axe f7A+ 2
  Holly Tree Boulder
264 Afromoss f7A+ *** 8
265 Afromoss (Standing) f6C ** 1
266 Stonehenge f4+ * 1
267 Atmospheres f6C+ **  
268 Mosaic f6C+ ** 1
269 Tom's Problem * f7A+ **  
270 Cosmos f6C * 1
  The Dolmen
272 Clean Cut Kid f7A+ **  
Climb name Grade
273 Dolmen Days f7A **  
  Fossil Wall
275 Soft Tissue f6A+ * 1
276 Colossal Fossil f6A * 1
277 Self Preservation f7A * 1
278 Nature's Clock f6B *  
  Jesus Jelly Mould
280 Jesus Jelly-Mould Standing start f7A  
281 Jesus Jelly-Mould f7A+  
  Diamond Crack
283 Cheese and Crack f7B ** 2
284 Dr. Watson f6C+ ** 5
285 Mr Holmes f6A 1
286 Diamond Groove f4 1
287 Sausage Roll f6B * 8
288 Sausage Roll (sit start) f7A * 6
289 Charlie's Problem f5+ 1
290 Charlie's Problem (Sit Start) * f6B+  
291 Diamond Crack f4+ * 2
292 A Little Sparkle f7A *** 32
293 Crazy Diamond f7A 4
294 Glow-worm f6A 4
295 Sparky Traverse f7A+ ** 2
296 East Wall f3 1
297 Crusty Arête f4+ 1
298 Crusty Slab f4 1
299 Concave Climb f5+ * 1
  The Arrowhead
301 When I Grow Up f4 1
302 I Want To Be f6A+ 1
303 A Sport Climber f5+ 1
  Low Roof
305 Low Roof f6A+ 1
306 Low Fold f5+ 1
307 Overactive f6A 1
  BC Block
309 Afters f4+  
310 Ageless f6C+ *  
311 BC V8+ 1
312 Megasaurus V8 ***  
  Nidd Prow
314 Slow Sun f6B+ 1
315 Pateley Fair f6A+ * 1
316 Get Schwifty f6A 1
317 Nidderdale Show f6B ** 1
318 Side Entrance f6C * 1
  Tarn Boulders
320 Cracked Wall f4+ 3
321 Tarn Slab Left f4 2
322 Tarn Slab Right f4 1
323 We're Not Alone f6A+ ** 1
324 Crack Dog f5+ 1
325 Tarn Crack f5+ * 1
326 Turn the Tables f6B * 1
327 Ball Ache f6B+ 1
328 Tarn Wall f6A+ * 1
329 Tarn Arête f3 * 4
330 Tarn Arête Right Side f5 1
331 Canopy Ridge f6A * 1
332 Magisteria f6C ** 1
333 Magisteria (Variation) f6B+ ** 1
334 Temper Trap f6B+ 1
335 Shill f6A+ * 1
336 Shill - Right Side f6B 1
337 The Hack f6B * 1
  Leaning Block
339 Contact High f6A * 1
  Throstles Prow
341 Cellulitis f6B * 1
342 Cellulitis (Standing) f6A+ * 1
343 Allergy f6C ** 1
344 Allergy (Standing) f6B 1
345 Anaphylaxis f7A+ * 1
346 Anaphylaxis (Standing) f7A  
  Silly Boulder
348 Silly Season * f5 *  
349 Stupid Girl f6A+ 1
350 Direct Little Boys f7A ** 2
351 Silly Little Boys f6A * 3
  Double Arête Boulder
353 Universal Solution f6B * 1
354 Misterium f5+ * 1
  Vintage Boulder
356 Vintage Arête f4+ 1
357 Transfixed f6B+ * 1
358 Transfixed (Standing) f3 1
  Low Traverse Block
360 Low Life f4+ 1
  Pit Wall
362 Down The Pit f5+ 1
  Lone Boulder
364 Obfuscate * f6B+ 1
  Wall Roof
366 Squanchy * f6A 1
367 Tree of Life * f6A+ 1
368 Cup and Ring * f6A 1
369 Well Played * f5+ * 1
  Scatty Block
371 Scatty f6C 1
372 Scatty Traverse f6A 1
  The Lagoon
374 Lagoon Arête f3 * 1
375 Lagoon Arête (Sit Start) f5+ * 1
376 Reactivation f6C 1
  Trackside Boulder
378 Sideshow f5+ 1
379 Track Slab f3 1
380 Sidewalk f5 1
  Cave Boulder
382 Black Fang f6B+ *** 1
383 Black Fang Left Finish f6B+ *** 1
384 B-World V6 * 1
  Pollen Block
386 Antihistamine f6A+ 1
387 Pollen Bomb f6C+ ** 1
  Hidden Prow
389 Deboost f5+ 1
390 Troll Report f6A 1
391 Champagne Socialist f6A+ * 1
  Base Boulder (TC 7.4)
393 Base Arête f5 * 1
394 Broken Rocks at Base Boulder - The 7a Problem f7A *  
395 The 6b Problem f6B  
  Quarry
397 Jaws f7C ** 4
398 Jaws (Standing) V8 1
399 Jaws - Right Hand Arete V7  
400 Geometer V8  
401 Mourning Air V10  
  Transmitter Boulders
403 Transmitter Boulders - Problem 1 f6B  
404 Flying Saucer Boulder TC - Problem 2 f6C  
405 Flying Saucer Boulder TC - Problem 3 f7A+  
406 Flying Saucer Boulder TC - Problem 4 f7A  
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