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

Renny Croft on Medusa Wall (VS) Esk Buttress © S11

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'.


Concerns have recently been raised about a large, loose block at the 2nd belay on Central Pillar.

Approach notes

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


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
S 2
VS 4c  
3Gargoyle Groove
VS 4c, 4c *40
4Gargoyle Direct
HVS 5a 53
5Wild BunchE2 5c *8
6Grand SlamE1 5b **43
7The Red EdgeE1 5a ***177
8HumdrumE3 5c ***40
9Black Sunday
HVS 5a ***55
10Medusa Wall
VS 4c 77
11Square Chimney/Medusa Wall Combination
VS ***105
12PegasusE3 5c *4
13Bridge's Route
HS 4b ***216
14Central PillarE2 5b ***262
15The Northumbrian
E6 6b 1
16The CumbrianE5 6b ***78
17Great Central Climb
VS 5a *9
18Trespasser Groove
HVS 5a ***122
19Bower's Route
HS 4b *27
20The Esk Gorge2 ***24
21Alehouse RockE4 5c *4
22Boot HillVS 4c, 4c *4
23Esk ApeE5 6a **5
24First and Last and AlwaysE7 6b *** 
E5 6a *4
26Desperately Sea King
E6 6b **1
E5 6b * 
E4 6a *1
E4 5c *1
E2 5c 7
31Strontium DogE4 6a 3
32Serpent Route
HS *1
33Big Ben
E1 5b *1
34Wild Bunch Left-Hand
E3 5c *1
35West Point
HVS 5a5a *1
E2 5c *1
E1 5a5b 1
HVS 5b5a *2
E3 5c5a 1
40Thor's Buttress and Pen
3 ***11
E3 5c *1

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