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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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Guidebooks

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
2 The Greaser
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HS 4a 5
3 Juggy Corner D 7
4 Grey Crack MVS 4b 6
5 Dinner Crack S 5
6 Old Rake M 4
7 The Crescent S 4
8 Slanting Scoop
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VD 6
9 Sheep's Crack HVS 5a 1
10 Keyhole Ridge
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HS 4a * 8
11 Black Dog HS 4b * 2
12 Sheep's Groove VS 4c 4
13 Tufted Duck
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E2 5c ** 1
  Lower Left Wing
15 Katydid
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HS 4b * 4
16 Stingo VS 5a 1
17 The Riddler
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VS 4c * 4
18 The Spinner HVS 6a 1
19 Tunnel Vision E4 6a * 2
20 Nonsuch E2 5c 1
21 The Bulger
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HVS 5a 6
22 Deception S 10
23 Parallel Cracks
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HS 4a 1
24 The Eliminate VS 4c ** 35
25 Tiptoe
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VS 4c * 20
26 Black Knight HVS 5a 4
27 Overhanging Flake
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HVS 5a 11
28 Blat
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HVS 5c 2
29 The Gaffer
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VS 5a 1
30 Narrowing Crack VS 4c * 2
31 Hang the Joker E2 5c * 1
32 Paradise Street
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HS 4b * 7
33 Corner Tree Climb
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VD 6
34 Hidden Corner S 2
35 The Norper E1 5b4b 5
36 Court Jester
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E2 5c ** 11
37 The Lyncher
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E2 5c *** 10
38 yark
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E1 5b ** 9
39 Bushmaster
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VS 4c 3
40 The Comeback VS 4c * 2
41 King Tut VS 1
  Face Route Area
43 Promises, Promises 6a * 64
44 Special Needs E4 5c 1
45 I'm Forever Threatening 6c * 66
46 Nothing to Declare E5 6a ** 16
47 Decree Nisi E6 6b **  
48 Nothing to Prepare E5 6a * 3
49 A New Underground E6 6a *  
50 Concrete Jungle E6 6b ** 5
51 Concrete Jungle direct 7b+ ** 1
52 The Cement Garden 7c *** 12
53 The Cement Garden(Pre 2015) E6 6c *** 7
54 The Perfect Mirage 8a *** 3
55 Mirage 8a *** 2
56 Face Route E3 6a *** 160
57 Living Dead Extensions E5 6a ** 4
58 Mossdale Trip E6 6a ** 5
59 Sweet Hereafter E7 6c  
60 Jenny Wren E5 6a * 29
  Rebel Area
62 Revolt E5 6b ** 3
63 Rebel E5 6b *** 15
64 The Cause E5 6b ** 5
65 The Good, The Bad And The Ugly E7 6b *** 1
66 The Unforgiven E6 6b **  
67 What Grot Got E8 6c  
68 Three Wishes E5 6a ** 1
69 What God Wants 7b 2
70 Dead Man Walking E6 **  
71 King Rat E5 6c ** 1
72 Block And Decker 6b+ 8
73 The Hungerford Massacre 7a+ 2
74 Nowt for Nearly 6c+ 2
75 Meridian E6 6b *** 1
76 Girdle traverse of the left wall
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E2 5c ** 6
  Backwater Buttress
78 The Black Bottom E1  
Climb name Grade
79 The Missing Link HVS  
80 Hoodlum Priest 7b ** 13
81 Ventura 7b ** 9
82 Pedestal Wall
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E1 5b * 3
83 Pedestal Crack HS 4b * 10
84 Naked 7b+ ** 7
85 Wise Crack E3 5c * 4
86 Featuristic 7a * 26
87 What Do You Want Me To Do With It 7a+ * 12
88 Don't Matter Just Don't Bite It 7a+ * 9
89 Erotic Nightmare 7b+ 1
90 Where's the Musk? 7b+ * 1
  Kaarst Buttress
92 Wire Wound
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E2 5c 2
93 Crossley Yarns 6c * 34
94 Red Rhinoceros 6c * 37
95 Liang Shan Po 7a+ * 2
96 Palming Pavorotti's Peach 7a+ 8
97 Horny 6c 3
98 Soft Option 6b+ 17
  The Grotto
100 Shallow Water Sport 6c+ * 5
101 Flood Gates 7a 2
102 Water Margin 7b+ * 3
103 Revel In Your Time 7b+ * 2
104 Green Lipped Mussels 7c ** 7
  Waterfall Buttress
106 Alien Water Kiss E6 6b **  
107 Darkness Beckons E6 6b ***  
108 Meggazones E4 ** 6
109 Slapstick 7c 1
110 Who's For Tea 7a+ 4
111 In The Red 7b+ 1
112 Crash Test Dummy 7a+ 6
113 Green Carpet 6b * 21
114 Moulin Rouge 6c * 10
115 Shadowlands E2 5c ** 13
116 The Twilight Zone 6b+ 5
117 Sunshine
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HVS 5a 1
  darkness & Light Area
119 Darkness E2 5c  
120 Enlightenment
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E6 6b 2
121 Prince of Darkness E5 6a ** 12
122 Light E2 5c ** 65
123 Cabaret E1 5b *** 31
124 Nightride E2 5c ** 2
  Deliverance Buttress
126 Delivertoad E6 6a ** 6
127 Liberation E5 6b ** 1
128 Deliverance E5 6b *** 24
129 Redemption E5 6a ** 7
130 Unknown Pleasures E5 6b **  
131 Dolstone E4 5c 2
132 West Face Route
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VS 4b * 3
  Solstice Wall
134 Burning Daylight E6 6a * 2
135 Solstice E5 6a ** 21
136 The Thrivin' E4 6a * 13
137 Climacteric
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E5 6a 2
138 Ward 10 7a 7
139 Chemistry Set E6 6b 2
140 Ocean Heart
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6c ** 13
141 Mr Trimby's Guinea Pig 6c+ 7
142 Pillar and Roof Route 7b+ 1
  Cave Route Area
144 Ivy Groove E3 5c * 21
145 A Squire to Madness
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E6 6a * 2
146 A Squire to Madness - Variation Start E6 6a ** 2
147 Comedy of Errors E5 6a ** 12
148 Revival 7b+ *** 44
149 Hang onto your ego 7c **  
150 Revitalised 7b+ *** 5
151 Deconstruction E6 6b 4
152 Come Dancing
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E3 5c 2
153 Well, Well, Well 6b+ 28
154 Original start of Masochism Tango 7a * 24
155 Masochism Tango E6 6c ** 2
156 Strictly Ballroom 7a * 159
Climb name Grade
157 Strictly Masochism 7c+ *** 8
158 Strictly Cool 7c+ *** 6
159 Nothing Lasts Forever 7b+ * 35
160 Huecool 8b ** 10
161 Huecooler 8b *** 2
162 Supercool 8a+ *** 76
163 Cave Route Left (pre-2012) 7c+ 6c *** 19
164 Cave Route Left-hand 7c+ *** 50
165 Cave Eliminate 7c+ ** 11
166 Cave Route Right (pre 2018) E6 6b *** 65
167 Cave Route Right 7b+ *** 43
168 Cave Route (aid)
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A2 *** 8
169 Defcon 3 8a *** 61
170 Last Dog 7b * 176
171 Pierrepoint Original start 7b+ 2
172 Pierrepoint Original Start + L2 7c * 8
173 Pierrepoint Original Start + L2 + L3 7c+ ** 5
174 Hangman (Trad pre 2018) E6 6b *** 5
175 Hangman Original Start. 7c+ *  
176 Hangman (Last Dog + L2) 7b ** 1
177 Hangman (Last Dog + L2 + L3) 7b+ *** 8
178 The Noose E7 6c  
179 Trubble 8a+ * 9
180 The Inca Trail 7c * 6
181 Gallows Humour 7a ** 24
182 Ruth Ellis 7c  
183 Bite It And Believe It
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E6 6b ** 3
184 Bliss E7 6b *** 2
  Cave Route Area Link ups, Extensions and Variations
186 Cave Cool 8a * 1
187 A Right Con 7c * 1
188 Dogpoint (Last Dog + Pierrepoint L2) 7b+ *** 96
189 Dogpoint (Last Dog + Pierrepoint L2 + L3 ) 7c+ *** 60
190 Dogpoint (Last Dog+Pierrepoint L2+Well Hung finish) 7b+ ** 1
191 Hangdog Days (Last Dog + Hangman L2 + L3 + Grand Day Out finish) 7c *** 3
192 Last Days (Last Dog+Pierrepoint L2+Hangman L3+Grand Day Out fini 7c *** 8
193 Well Hung 7b *** 14
194 Big Day Out 7c+ **  
195 A Grand Day Out 7c+ *** 2
196 Pierrepoint L3 direct finish 8a 1
197 Bite it and Believe it, Suck it and See E6 6b *** 1
  Upper Right Wing
199 Lucifer Sam
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MVS 4b 1
200 D.K.
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VD 2
201 Willy Nilly
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S 1
202 Boy Wonder VS 4c 1
203 David
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VD 4
204 Obtuse Corner
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S 6
205 Ambiguous Arete S 1
206 Jonathon
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VD 3
207 Walnut Scoop
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MVS 4b * 3
208 December Dodos
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S 1
209 Gates
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S 3
210 Faked Cards
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VS 4c 2
211 The Joker VS 4c 2
212 The Knave
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HVS 5a 2
213 The Juggler HVS 5a 4
214 Fingers
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S * 9
215 Cat Was Wrong HS 1
216 Pinnacle Crack D * 1
217 Sarcasm
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S 9
218 Jenny Spinner
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MVS 4b 2
219 Two Flake Climb
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HS 4a 3
220 Little Flake Climb
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VS 4c * 3
221 Disappointment HVS 5a 1
222 Bogside
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HVS 5a 1
223 Tycho VS 4c 1
224 S.G.B.
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MS 3
225 The Corner
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S 2
226 The Wall HS 1
227 Full Deck *
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E3 6a 1
228 Stacked Deck *
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E2 5b 1
  Waterfalls
230 Gordale Scar Waterfall (Summer) 1 45
231 Gordale Waterfall Right 1 ** 24
  Winter Climbs
233 Gordale waterfall
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III 20
  Unsorted
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