Climbs 55
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 490m a.s.l
Faces SE

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Alan James on pitch 5 of Central Pillar (E2) on Esk Buttress (from the Lake District Climbs Rockfax). © Mike Hutton

Crag features

One of the most impressive blocks of rock in the Lake District with a long approach march and a fantastic sunny location in a remote valley. Wonderful rock. Routes up to 120m long. Red Edge (E1), Square Chimney (VS), Bridges Route (HS), First Last and Always (E7), Central Pillar (E2), Cumbrian (E5), Tresspasser Groove (HVS). The late, great Paul Nunn described Eskdale 'as the most beautiful mountain valley in England'.

Approach notes

One and a half hour plus approach from Brotherilkeld in Eskdale or from Cockley Beck.

Guidebooks

This crag is fantastic, the situation is beautiful and it is quick drying. The walk in may be quite long but it is one of the finest I have done.
James - 28/Aug/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 The Esk Gorge 2 *** 37
2 Thor's Buttress and Pen
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3 *** 23
  Gargoyle Buttress
4 Afterthought
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S 3
5 Moss
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VS 4c  
6 Gargoyle Groove
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VS 4c, 4c * 40
7 Big Ben
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E1 5b * 3
8 Gargoyle Direct HVS 5a ** 63
9 Alehouse Rock E4 6a ** 4
10 Wild Bunch Left-Hand E3 5c * 2
11 Wild Bunch E3 5c * 10
12 Grand Slam E1 5b *** 60
13 Boot Hill VS 4c, 4c * 6
14 West Point
-
HVS 5a5a * 2
  The Red Edge Area
16 Harkster
-
E2 5c * 1
Climb name Grade
17 Lookster
-
E5 6b *  
18 Desperately Sea King
-
E6 6b ** 1
19 Antibody
-
E4 6a * 1
20 Frustration S  
21 Microbe
-
E1 5a5b 1
22 Amoeba
-
HVS 5b5a * 3
23 The Red Edge E1 5a *** 216
24 Hydra E2 5c ** 10
25 Humdrum E3 5c *** 59
26 G.T.I
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E4 5c * 1
27 Black Sunday HVS 5a * 44
28 Apache
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E3 5c5a 1
  Central Pillar
30 Medusa Wall
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VS 4c 68
31 Square Chimney/Medusa Wall Combination VS 4c *** 119
32 Perseus
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E3 5c * 5
Climb name Grade
33 Bridge's Route HS 4b *** 239
34 The Northumbrian
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E6 6b 1
35 First and Last and Always E7 6b ***  
36 The Cumbrian E5 6b *** 80
37 Esk Ape E5 6a ** 5
38 Fallout
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E5 6a * 4
39 Central Pillar E2 5b *** 285
40 Great Central Climb
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VS 5a * 13
41 Trespasser Groove E1 5a *** 124
42 Strontium Dog E4 6a 3
43 Bower's Route HS 4b * 30
44 Serpent Route
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HS * 1
45 Chimney Buttress VD  
46 Esk Buttress Girdle VS  

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