Climbs 25
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 135m a.s.l
Faces NW

Sam Arkle in great scenery on Mandrake (HVS), Borrowdale © Dan Arkle

Crag features

A clean glaciated butress close to the car park. Rapid drying.

Forty to fifty metre routes on excellent rock. A great evening or short day venue. Crypt Direct(E1), Go Between(E2), Mandrake(HVS), Irony(HVS), Aberration(MVS), Quayfoot Buttress(VD).Have done Aberration a number of times and have always found the first pitch considerably harder than the second .Anyone else had problems with it?

Approach notes

Two minutes from the NT Bowderstone car park.


Borrowdale (2016)
Borrowdale (2000)
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Borrowdale (1990)
ended up at this crag by accident, glad we did! Worth a visit.
Scott Quinn - 23/Jun/14
The block with the cross appears to offer a good anchor, but it is in fact loose.
Steve Lenartowicz - 09/May/12
A nice, small and compact butress, 15 mins from the campsite and really nice routes
Sam Marks - 13/Jul/11
Is there a reason for the cross scratched into one of blocks at the belay ledge ath the end of Abberation's first pitch?
rockrat - 16/May/10
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
VS 5c 2
VS 5c 2
3The Mound
MVS 4b **55
4Quayfoot Buttress
VD **380
HVS 5a 2
6Loitering with Intent
E4 5c 1
7The CryptHVS 5a **52
8The Crypt DirectE1 5b **161
9The Go Between
E2 5c ***151
10Brain Stain
E4 6a *3
11AberrationMVS 4c **428
HVS 5a ***521
HVS 5a **25
HVS 5a **385
15The Creep
HVS 5b **22
E2 5b **4
17The Girdle Traverse
HVS 5c **1
18Freak Brothers
VS 4b 2
19Freak Power
E2 6a *1
20Short Circuit
VS 4b *5
21The Cyclostome
MS 1
22Go Between *E2 5c 7
23The In Between *
E3 5c 1
24Dark Angel *E5 6b *1
25Mandrake Direct *E1 5b 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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