Climbs 250
Rocktype Limestone

Concentrating hard on Supercool © Kevin Avery

Crag features

The gaping mouth of Gordale is a sight to leave most climbers awestruck on first aquaintance. The combination of its narrowing overhanging walls and the constant drone of the wind and waterfall make it a place where only familiarity tempers the apprehension. However, once you are acquainted with the place, the climbing experience is easily equal to its more popular counterparts at Kilnsey and Malham, in fact many will find it an even more compelling place to climb be it on a gripping ascent of an adventurous traditional line or doing battle with one of its huge, sustained, forearm-bursting and rope-stretching sport pitches.

Approach notes

One of the biggest problems at Gordale is the ever-present danger of rockfall. More often than not rockfall is natural erosion or caused by sheep but that may not stop people blaming climbers. There is little we can do about this but we can make sure that, whenever we do climb here, we take the greatest of care not to dislodge rock onto walkers below. Be very aware that any falling rock could be fatal for those below and even a small incident may result in a total climbing ban here.

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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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It is amazing, a good walk. It is very difficult to climb but my dad mum, and me got my 6 year old sister and my 75 year old granny up there so it can't be that bad!
ryony nicholson - 19/Oct/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Upper Left Wing 
2The Greaser
HS 4a 2
3Juggy CornerD 6
4Grey CrackMVS 4b 3
5Dinner CrackS 4
6Old RakeM 3
7The CrescentS 3
8Slanting Scoop
VD 5
9Sheep's CrackHVS 5a 1
10Keyhole Ridge
HS 4a *5
11Sheep's GrooveVS 4c 1
12Tufted Duck
E2 5c **1
 Lower Left Wing 
HS 4b *3
15StingoVS 5a 1
16The Riddler
VS 4c *4
17The SpinnerHVS 6a 1
18Tunnel VisionE4 6a *2
19NonsuchE2 5c 1
20The Bulger
HVS 5a 4
21DeceptionS 10
22Parallel Cracks
HS 4a 1
23The EliminateVS 4c **31
VS 4c *15
25Black KnightHVS 5a 4
26Overhanging Flake
HVS 5a 8
HVS 5c 2
28The Gaffer
VS 5a 1
29Narrowing CrackVS 4c *2
30Hang the JokerE2 5c *1
31Paradise Street
HS 4b *7
32Corner Tree Climb
VD 4
33Hidden CornerS 2
34The NorperE1 5b4b 2
35Court Jester
E2 5c **9
36The Lyncher
E2 5c ***8
E1 5b **8
VS 4c 3
39The ComebackVS 4c *2
40King TutVS 1
 Face Route Area 
42Promises, Promises6a *55
43Special NeedsE4 5c 1
44I'm Forever Threatening6c *56
45Nothing to DeclareE5 6a **14
46Decree NisiE6 6b ** 
47Nothing to PrepareE5 6a *2
48A New UndergroundE6 6a * 
49Concrete JungleE6 6b **5
50The Cement Garden (Fully bolted)7c ***5
51The Cement Garden(Pre 2015)E6 6c ***7
52The Perfect Mirage8a ***3
53Mirage8a ***2
54Face RouteE3 6a ***142
55Living Dead ExtensionsE5 6a **4
56Mossdale TripE6 6a **5
57Sweet HereafterE7 6c  
58Jenny WrenE5 6a *25
 Rebel Area 
60RevoltE5 6b **3
61RebelE5 6b ***10
62The CauseE5 6b **5
63The Good, The Bad And The UglyE7 6b ***1
64The UnforgivenE6 6b ** 
65What Grot GotE8 6c  
66Three WishesE5 6a **1
67What God Wants7b 2
68Dead Man WalkingE6 ** 
69King RatE5 6c **1
70Block And Decker6b+ 6
71The Hungerford Massacre7a+ 2
72Nowt for Nearly6c+ 1
73MeridianE6 6b ***1
74Girdle traverse of the left wall
E2 5c **6
 Backwater Buttress 
76The Black BottomE1  
77The Missing LinkHVS  
78Hoodlum Priest7b **10
79Ventura7b **5
80Pedestal Wall
E1 5b *3
81Pedestal CrackHS 4b *9
82Naked7b+ **7
83Wise CrackE3 5c *4
84Featuristic7a *20
85What Do You Want Me To Do With It7a+ *12
86Don't Matter Just Don't Bite It7a+ *8
87Erotic Nightmare7b+ 1
 Kaarst Buttress 
89Wire Wound
E2 5c 2
90Crossley Yarns6c *31
91Red Rhinoceros6c *31
92Liang Shan Po7a+ *2
93Palming Pavorotti's Peach7a+ 8
94Horny6c 3
95Soft Option6b+ 15
 The Grotto 
97Shallow Water Sport6c+ *1
98Flood Gates7a 1
99Water Margin7b+ *3
100Revel In Your Time7b+ *2
101Green Lipped Mussels7c **6
 Waterfall Buttress 
103Alien Water KissE6 6b ** 
104Darkness BeckonsE6 6b *** 
105MeggazonesE4 **5
106Slapstick7c 1
107Who's For Tea7a+ 4
108In The Red7b+ 1
109Crash Test Dummy7a+ 6
110Green Carpet6b *20
111Moulin Rouge6c *9
112ShadowlandsE2 5c **12
113The Twilight Zone6b+ 5
HVS 5a 1
 darkness & Light Area 
116DarknessE2 5c  
E6 6b 2
118Prince of DarknessE5 6a **10
119LightE2 5c **58
120CabaretE1 5b ***26
121NightrideE2 5c **2
 Deliverance Buttress 
123DelivertoadE6 6a **5
124LiberationE5 6b **1
125DeliveranceE5 6b ***19
126RedemptionE5 6a **6
127Unknown PleasuresE5 6b ** 
128DolstoneE4 5c 1
129West Face Route
VS 4b *2
 Solstice Wall 
131Burning DaylightE6 6a *2
132SolsticeE5 6a **17
133The Thrivin'E4 6a *12
E5 6a 2
135Ward 107a 6
136Chemistry SetE6 6b 2
137Ocean Heart
6c **9
138Mr Trimby's Guinea Pig6c+ 6
139Pillar and Roof Route7b+ 1
 Cave Route Area 
141Ivy GrooveE3 5c *15
142A Squire to Madness
E6 6a *1
143A Squire to Madness - Variation StartE6 6a **1
144Comedy of ErrorsE5 6a **9
145Revival7b+ ***48
146Hang onto your ego7c  
147Revitalised7b+ ***4
148DeconstructionE6 6b 4
149Masochism TangoE6 6c **2
150Come Dancing
E3 5c 2
151Strictly Ballroom7a *104
152Nothing Lasts Forever7b+ *27
153Strictly Masochism7c+ ***6
154Strictly Cool7c+ ***6
155Huecool8b **12
156Supercool8a+ ***89
157A Grand Day Out7c+ ***3
158Cave Route Left (pre-2012 trad version)7c+ 6c ***18
159Cave Route Left-hand7c+ ***31
160Cave Eliminate7c+ **8
161Cave Route RightE6 6b ***50
162Cave Route (original)
A2 ***2
163Defcon 38a ***39
164Last Dog7b *114
165Dogpoint7b+ ***48
166Pierrepoint7c+ ***67
167Pierrepoint original start7c *1
168Diminished Responsibility7c ** 
169Hangman Start7c+ * 
170HangmanE6 6b ***3
171The NooseE7 6c  
172Trubble8a+ *6
173The Inca Trail7c *6
174Well Hung7b ***12
175Gallows Humour7a **23
176Ruth Ellis7c  
177Bite It And Believe It
E6 6b **3
178BlissE7 6b ***1
179Through Trip
 Upper Right Wing 
181Lucifer Sam
MVS 4b 1
VD 2
183Willy Nilly
S 1
184Boy WonderVS 4c 1
VD 4
186Obtuse Corner
S 6
187Ambiguous AreteS 1
VD 2
189Walnut Scoop
MVS 4b *3
190December Dodos
S 1
S 3
192Faked Cards
VS 4c 2
193The JokerVS 4c 2
194The Knave
HVS 5a 2
195The JugglerHVS 5a 4
S *9
197Cat Was WrongHS 1
198Pinnacle CrackD *1
S 9
200Jenny Spinner
MVS 4b 2
201Two Flake Climb
HS 4a 3
202Little Flake Climb
VS 4c *3
203DisappointmentHVS 5a 1
HVS 5a 1
205TychoVS 4c 1
MS 2
207The Corner
S 2
208The WallHS 1
210Gordale Scar Waterfall (Summer)1 29
211Gordale Waterfall Right1 **15
 Winter Climbs 
213Gordale waterfall
215Bite it and Believe it, Suck it and SeeE6 6b 1

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