Climbs 268
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 183m a.s.l
Faces SW

Brian Rossiter enjoys the last rays of winter sun. © nigel baker

Crag features

The short crags of Giggleswick South conceal themselves exremely well amongst dense tree cover, and offer only tempting glimpses of grey limestone even in the middle of winter. The climbing at Giggleswick South is reasonable with a choice of styles from the newly developed easier grade sport climbs on the Lower South Buttress, to the limited number of short but rewarding traditional lines more often than not on superb rock located on the Upper Crag. For those bent on difficulty the G-Spot has a micro classic.

Approach notes

Giggleswick South is split into two areas - South Upper (plus the G-spot) and South Lower. Each area has its own parking and approach path as set out below. All approaches are from parking pull-offs located on the road that runs west out of Settle towards the A65 (Ingleton amd Kendal).

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Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire

Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire covers some of the best limestone crags in the UK including the big three of Malham, Kilnsey and Gordale. Alongside these titans are numerous other destinations that offer both sport and trad climbing throughout the grades, ranging from the intimidating walls of Blue Scar and Trow Gill to the long lines of newly-developed low to mid-grade sport crags such as Moughton Nab and Giggleswick South. Trad climbing is also well catered for on the walls and escarpments at the likes of Trowbarrow Quarry, Twistleton Scar, Attermire Scar and Witches Quarry.
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Get over it. All that scree boulders around the bottom of the crag were once part of the crag. Its bloody limestone. If you don't want to climb loose rock get on the grit. Then you'll be moaning about the sand!!
Grit Wraith - 11/Apr/15
Loose rocks on cygnet chewer before the third bolt. A lot of loose stuff was coming down this afternoon, very busy up there.
thepinkwaffle - 06/May/13
Sector Swallows Nest is very loose, all the routes we climbed had a lot of suspect rock. A big block slid off the the bottom of The White Spider, landed 6 inches from where I was belaying.
1poundSOCKS - 26/Jun/11
Not a rockfall in the true meaning of the word - more a prolonged H and S session apparently ;-)
Bulls Crack - 13/Apr/11
There has been a big rockfall in the area around The Third Man. There is still some loose material waiting to fall so be careful crossing under this area.
Bob - 26/Sep/10
Apart from the Swan and Laughter buttresses plus the odd route here and there..dire. Short, loose and worthless sums up a lot/most of the routes.
Bulls Crack - 13/May/10
a great crag with a big veriation of routes when it sunny it gets very warm but is shelterd from the wind
Rob - 01/Apr/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  The U-Bend
2 Leftmost bolted climb on U Bend crag 6a+  
3 Ducksqueezer's route 4c 12
  G-Spot
5 Bagdad Cafe VS 5a * 2
6 Foreplay E1 5c 4
7 Harry Tuttle, Heating Engineer 7b+ 27
8 Violent New Breed 9a+ * 1
9 Militia 8a+ ** 6
10 Wet Beaver 6c+ 1
  Upper Crag
12 Gorgonzola VS 4b 18
13 Yew Tree Rib HVS 5a * 21
14 Yew Tree Corner
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S 11
15 Pinnacle Direct VS 4b 19
16 February Wall VS 4c * 40
17 Epee
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E2 5c 3
18 Broad Sword E3 5c *** 23
19 Broad Sword Direct E4 6a ** 4
20 Fine Speeding E5 6a * 3
21 Mutton Dagger E3 5c *** 79
22 Prime Cut E2 5b * 33
23 Cut a Line E4 6a * 6
24 Mint Sauce E2 5c * 25
25 Sir Loin E1 5c ** 56
26 Elimiwhat
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E1 5b 1
27 Little Corner VS 5a * 37
28 Central Cracks S 4a 12
29 Flaker HVS 5b 8
30 The Glory Seekers E2 6a * 7
31 The Wally Hunters E1 5c 3
32 The Arches E1 5c * 66
33 Return of the Glory Seekers E2 6a * 5
34 Meerschaum HVS 5a * 71
35 Satori HVS 5b * 22
36 Too close for comfort E2 5c 1
37 Damage case E1 5c 4
38 Left-hand Siamese Twin HVS 5a 2
39 Right-Hand Siamese Twin VS 4c 7
40 Frank Bough's Party E4 6b  
41 Power Pinch E4 6b ** 7
42 Orient Express E2 5c 1
43 Go Johnny Go E2 5c ** 27
44 Slap and Giggle E1 5b * 33
45 Custard Crack VS 4b * 59
46 Touch and Go
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HVS 5a 3
47 Dyno-Might E1 5c * 3
48 Blancmange MVS 4b 20
49 Lancaster Bomber
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HVS 5a * 19
50 Spitfire VS 4c ** 15
51 Iron Wall Direct VS 4c *** 18
52 Iron Wall
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HS 31
53 T-Bone MVS 4b * 25
54 Neck End VS 4c 5
55 Cheese and Crackers VS 4c * 8
56 Coffee and Cream VS 4c * 9
57 Flake and Groove
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HVD 30
58 Sticky Toffee MS 7
59 Nice Buns VS 4c * 13
60 Summer Pudding
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HS 4b 25
61 Thoughtafter VS 5a * 15
62 Afters
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HS 4b 34
63 After 8 Crack HS 4b * 14
64 Jelly and Trifle S 4a 9
65 Trifle Wall
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S 14
  Stone Cold Buttress
67 Mini Gem 5c * 108
68 Winter Warmer 5a 101
69 The Sun Trap 6a 99
70 Little Cracker 5c 78
71 Harvey 6b 59
72 Holly Tree Groove 5a * 105
73 Stone Cold Sober 6a 69
74 High Adventure 6a 13
75 Tipsy Crack 5a * 99
76 The D.T.s 4c * 7
77 The Primer 4c * 94
78 DDD 6c 4
79 Deus Ex Machina 6b+ 1
80 Under Pressure 6a+ * 88
81 Bella Calcio 6b ** 81
82 Mi Vida Loco 6c+ ** 17
83 Stone Cold Crazy 6c ** 40
84 Saving the Day 6a * 59
  Dressage Buttress
86 Whoa Boy 5b 9
87 Gee Gee Groove 6c * 2
88 How to Train Your Dragon 7a * 4
89 Crack the Whip 4c 13
90 Flying Change 6a 6
91 Shadbelly 6c 1
92 Well Shod 6a 8
  Sector Limelight
94 Wall Minor VS 4c 1
95 Gael
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HVS 5a 3
96 Seven Up 5c 15
97 Twilight 6a * 18
98 Gael Force 6b 15
99 Blackout HVS 5a 5
100 Moseley Shoals 7b ** 5
101 Out of the Limelight 7a+ ** 26
102 Light Touch 6c+ * 4
103 Flake Out 6b+ ** 17
104 Underhand Arete 6c * 17
105 The Thin Blue Line 6a * 29
106 Ivy League 6a 8
  Anchor Buttress
108 Suspend-Eid 6b * 8
109 Comic Relief 6a 10
110 Chris Nick Direct 6a 7
111 Ground Up 5c 13
112 Weather Beaten 6a+ 10
113 Wicked Grin 6a+ 11
114 Midnight Brambler 6c ** 26
115 Bramble Jelly 5c * 20
116 Yorkshire Brambler 6b * 37
117 No Wavering 5c * 50
118 Low Stern 6b+ * 17
119 Rawhide 5c * 63
120 Bonanza 5b * 67
121 Two for One 5c * 35
122 Tomertil 6b * 28
123 Adjusted Hours 6a+ * 39
124 Walking with Dinosaurs 5c 2
125 One Hundred and Twenty-One Not Out 6a+ *  
  The Wilderness Walls
127 Quivering Timber
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VS 5a * 2
128 Nutbush 6a+ * 32
129 City Limits
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E2 * 7
130 Suburban Sprawl 6b * 13
131 Uptown Girl 6b+ * 12
132 Salus Arete 6c+ * 4
133 Salus 6c * 18
134 Tusk 6b ** 39
135 Chance Encounter 6b * 7
136 Real Gone 6b 10
137 Yew'll be Lucky 5c 16
138 Road Block 6b+ ** 32
139 Freeway 6b ** 43
140 Slip Road 6a * 30
141 Slip Road Direct 6c 4
142 Fallen Heroes 6a+ * 13
143 Easy Lovin' 6b+ 8
144 Walk the Line 6a * 33
145 Rambling on my Mind 6a+ * 30
146 puckoon 5b * 110
147 Norman Wisdom 6a * 47
148 The Little Waster 6b * 48
149 Red Dwarf 6a * 62
150 Just Like That 5b 61
151 Little Britain 7a * 22
152 Get Shorty 6a+ * 53
153 Sergeant Bilko 6a+ 21
154 Maypole 5a 17
155 Morris Dancer 5c * 26
156 Home Economics 6b+ 5
157 Joker's Wild 6c 3
  Sector Bonhomie
159 Gunpowder Plot 5a * 64
160 Penny for the Guy 5c 60
161 Remember Remember 6c 9
162 Fire Cracker 6b 8
163 Amical Rivalite 6a+ ** 136
164 Fiddlefingers 6b+ ** 114
165 Pensile Wall E1 5b ** 22
166 Bonhomie (trad)
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HVS 5a ** 32
167 Bonhomie 6a+ *** 154
168 Diversion 5c ** 225
169 Orange Wall VS 5a * 3
170 Peripherique 6b * 48
171 Tiger in the Woods 7a * 30
172 Tiger in the Woods Left 7a 7
173 Prowling Around 6b ** 58
174 Feline Fun 6b ** 43
175 Cat-Man-Do 6a+ * 59
176 Richard of York 6a * 102
177 Rainbow Wall VS 5a * 8
178 Rainbow Warrior 6b * 49
179 Swinging the Cat 6b 3
180 Gave Battle in Vain 6b+ ** 85
181 Malheureuse 6a ** 67
182 José Bové 6b 31
183 J(CB) Variant 6b+ * 11
  The Garden Wall
185 Buddy Red Cat 4c 128
186 Minnie 6a+ * 83
187 Mighty Mouse 6c+ * 60
188 Taking The Mickey 6a+ 104
189 Rat poison 6a * 170
190 Atomic kitten 6a * 201
191 Over The Garden wall 5c 203
192 Crazy Paver 6a+ * 81
193 Gerry Can VS 4c 1
194 The Constant Gardener 6a ** 164
195 Displacement Activity 6a+ * 79
196 Babel 5c 46
197 Loggerheads 5a 14
198 Gully Bulls Travels 6b+ * 5
199 Drummer Boy Deviant 6b+ 2
200 The Drummer Boy 6c * 3
201 No Holds Barred 6b+ * 6
202 Martha Victoria Jubiliee 7a 5
203 Ken's Cakewalk 6b 2
204 Squeak Too Soon 6c * 5
  Sector Laughter
206 Comic Strip 6b+ * 15
207 The Punch Line 6b+ * 35
208 Never Never Corner
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HVS 5b * 4
209 Never Say Never 6a+ * 14
210 Finger of Fun 7a+ * 28
211 Last Stand 6a+ * 21
212 Slappy Christmas 6c * 11
213 The Best Medicine 7a * 91
214 One Foot In Gargrave 7a * 5
215 First Footing 6c 11
216 Evening Crack VS 4b * 3
217 Titter Ye Not 6c ** 41
218 Forced Laughter 7c  
219 Silent Laughter 7b *** 96
220 The Hoarse Whisperer 6c+ ** 15
221 Heavenly Whispers 6c+ *** 121
222 Bring Me Sunshine 7a 13
223 Arnold Palmer E1 5b * 10
224 Hustler HVS 5b * 4
225 Rib Tickler 6c ** 121
226 Lazy Days 6b ** 94
227 The Joker 6a+ * 70
228 Tee Off VS 4b * 3
229 The Gift 5c * 56
230 Mettle Would 6b+ 13
231 Funny Girl 5c 65
232 Lost Balls 6a+ * 29
233 Rock an' Droll 6c ** 4
  Sector Golf
235 Golf Course Crack VS 4c 3
236 Pitch 'n' Putt 6a+ * 116
237 Par Three 6c * 77
238 Four Iron 6c * 52
239 In the Rough 6b 29
240 A Good Walk Ruined 6b * 39
241 Out Of Bounds 4a ** 138
242 A Big Slice 6b 9
243 The Belfry 6b+ 4
  Sector Swans
245 She's Not Yew 5b * 194
246 It's Alright Mama 6a+ * 63
247 The Third Man 5a 44
248 The Third Man (trad)
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VS 4c 1
249 Sun Sessions 6a+ 11
250 Henry Apprentice 6a+ 42
251 Harry Limestone 6b+ 42
252 Water Hazard 6a+ * 123
253 Practice Putt 6a+ 129
254 Chip off the Old Block 6a+ * 232
255 Match Play 5c 383
256 Chopping Block 6a+ 183
257 Swans to Steele 6a+ 116
258 Swan Lake 6c+ * 76
259 Get Out of Town 6c+ * 107
260 The Ugly Duckling 6a+ * 199
261 Swan Hunters 6b+ * 72
262 Cygneture Tune 5c * 322
263 Cygnet Chewer 5c 155
264 Wing Traverse VS 4c 11
265 Whooper 6b ** 156
266 Swansong 6a+ ** 222
267 Black Swan Rising 6b *** 380
268 The Mute Swan 6b *** 285
269 Mutant Sunshine 6b * 111
270 Cygnet Ring 6b 8
  Sector Swallow's Nest
272 First Pillar 5a 225
273 Exit Cracks 6b * 141
274 The Flat Iron 6a+ * 189
275 The Shattered Pillar 5c * 291
276 The Ice Hose 6a * 341
277 The White Spider 6a+ * 300
278 The Second Ice-field 6a+ * 286
279 Alpiglen 5c 441
280 Kleine Scheidegg 5a 410
281 Traverse of the Gods 6a 5
282 The Hinterstoisser Traverse 6b 6
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