Climbs 324
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 462m a.s.l
Faces SW

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The Wings dyno -- Turner's turn. © Jon Read

Crag features

The Skyline Area of the Roaches is really just a continuation of the main edge running northwards up the ridge, presenting odd decent sections of rock in the shape of small buttresses and wind-worn boulders. Although close to the busy Upper and Lower Tiers, the Skyline area offers climbing in much quieter and more remote setting. The dramatic setting makes for a spectacular bouldering location which is added to by the excellent quality of many of the problems. 

Sitting at the highest point of the ridge, the Skyline catches all the weather going be it wind, rain or shine. This makes it a delightful place in good weather but best keep away when a cold westerly is blowing. It dries quickly and there isn't much green rock.

Approach notes

The best approach is from the parking by the roadside at Roach End. This can be reached off the A53 by the road under the main Roaches crag, or the road around the back which leads past Ramshaw or the Newstones. From the parking, head up the well-worn path to the summit trig point. Continue from here to drop down towards the main edge. Just after passing a line of soft undercut buttresses on the left, is a west-facing wall on the right - The Very Far Skyline. All the areas can also be easily reached from the top of the Roaches Upper Tier.

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Peak Bouldering

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Western Grit

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Who nicked "Tightrope"...it used to go across the San Melas slab and finsih up "Mantis"...??
Chris.Allott - 11/Jul/13
Its just that little further away from the road, just a bit soggier underfoot, and the wind is definatly stronger. But this adds up to a quiet group of buttresses, even on busy days despite a load of interesting little routes in the mid grades.
augustus trout - 11/Apr/10
There is also some lesser known but worthwhile bouldering on either side of the approach path to Hard Very Far Skyline from the N (before the trig point). Highlights include some rounded mantels on the far side of the first rocks on the L, (some quite hard but low and safe with nice landings) a hanging crack between 2 blocks on the R by the path a little further up and some nice bits and pieces on the hillside below that.
Harold - 24/Dec/02
The Doxey Pool. (sort of part of the skyline) This is a small but busy area, as it lies on the route of the Staffs way, but in terms of bouldering, the problems are excellent. Try inparticular Staffordshire Flyer and The Dead Pool. Bring a big mat or a paddling pool cos the watter is a bit grim most of the time! If youre on the Roches this is worth a visit. Dave Miller
Dangerous Dave - 19/Jun/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  The Very Far Skyline
2 Small Chasm Arête V1 * 45
3 Green Jam Crack
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V0- 9
4 Rounded Arête f3 * 168
5 Open Groove f5 ** 169
6 Two Pocket Slab f5+ ** 245
7 Lazy Trout f5+ ** 177
8 Eager Trout f5+ ** 120
9 Clamp Arête f6A ** 125
10 Clamp Arête Sit-start
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V7 68
11 Crack f3 * 95
12 Harry Patch f4 * 58
13 Bernie f6A * 73
14 Bernie Sit-start
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V6 * 35
15 Off Fingers Crack f5+ * 69
16 Pinkies to Perkies f4 ** 125
17 Slab Crack f3 47
18 Slab Walk f3 ** 125
19 Slab Arête f5 * 79
20 Inner Tube f6A+ * 96
21 Short Arête
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V0- 37
22 Wall and Rib f3+ * 144
23 Left Crack f3+ * 172
24 Right Crack f3+ * 150
25 Easy Ramp f3 * 137
26 Flight Exam f5+ ** 248
27 The Loner f6A * 91
28 The Shepherd f6C+ ** 27
29 Leek Hills f6B+ ** 81
30 Leek Flake f5 * 5
  The Very Far Skyline Boulders Lower Level
32 Engel's Arête V0-  
33 Aurora V0+  
34 Red Star V2  
35 October Arête V0  
36 Poppy Slab V0  
  Hard Very Far Skyline
38 Willow Farm E4 6a ** 24
39 Track of the Cat E5 6a *** 104
40 Enchanted Forest (a.k.a. Inspiration Point) E2 5c ** 19
41 Nature Trail E5 6b * 26
42 Wings of Unreason E4 6a *** 456
43 Counterstroke of Equity E5 6c * 7
44 Counterstroke of Equity Direct E7 6c *** 1
45 Prelude to Space HVS 4c ** 279
46 One Eyed Willy f7A+ * 2
47 Very Connoisseurish E2 6a 10
48 The Parrot and the Balaclava HS 4b 9
  Very Far Skyline
50 Curvature VS 4b 30
51 Mr Decisive
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HVS 5b 19
52 Triple Point Direct
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E1 6b 5
53 Triple Point E1 5c * 87
54 Wild Thing HVS 5c ** 236
55 Wild Thing Sit-start
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f6B ** 6
56 Pereverse Traverse f7B+ *** 1
57 Entropy's Jaw E5 6b *** 71
58 Script for a Tier E6 6c * 8
59 The Calf Path E2 6b 1
60 Mild Thing D * 70
  Art Nouveau
62 Art Nouveau f7B+ *** 16
63 Side-pull Wall f7A *** 37
64 Crack f4 27
65 Flaky Romp f4+ * 7
66 Juggy Flakeline f4+ * 11
67 Crack and Arête f6A+ * 3
68 Mono Slab f4+ * 18
69 Coma Sutra HS 4b 11
70 Pop Art
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VS 5a 8
71 Transcendental Medication D 9
  Far Skyline
73 Microcosm
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D 10
74 Flutterbye Grooves
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S 4a 12
75 Chronicle VS 5b 6
76 Tree Corner
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D 8
77 Tree Grooves
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VD 17
78 Pogo HVS 5b  
79 Steeplechaser
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D * 17
80 Slither
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S 18
81 Mudhopper
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VD 9
82 Dazzler
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S 4a * 12
83 Steeplechase Crack
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VD 10
84 Honky Tonk S 4a ** 25
85 Entente Cordiale E3 5c * 11
86 The Chimney S 4b * 12
87 Dangler
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VS 4b 25
88 Black Ram Arête VS 4c * 17
89 Black Ram VD 18
  Not So Far Skyline Buttress
91 Deep in Mystery
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E1 5b 2
92 Not so Fast VS 5a 2
93 Don't Go Down to the Woods Today
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VS 4b * 12
  Chasm Boulders
95 Rounded Feature f4+ * 20
96 Triptych Groove f6C+ * 23
97 Gritstone Pimple f6B * 7
98 Ramp f4+ * 10
99 Mantel
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f4+ 11
100 Harder Mantel
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f6A+ 9
101 Acne Arête f7A * 2
102 Squeezer's Spots f6C 1
103 Spotter's Pop f6B 2
104 Puss in Boots f6C 3
105 Spotter's Slop f7A 5
  The Doxey Pool
107 Left Cheek f6C  
108 Soggy Bottom Crack f5+ 7
109 Ledge Jump f6A+ 4
110 Staffordshire Face f6C * 7
111 The Staffordshire Flyer f6B *** 269
112 The Arête f6C *** 65
113 Another Nadin Traverse f7C *** 2
114 The Drowning Pool Stand Start
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V4 ** 44
Climb name Grade
115 The Drowning Pool f7A+ *** 18
116 Groovy Crack f5 * 180
117 Chipped Wall f3+ * 177
118 Thin Flake f5 * 130
119 The Drowning Traverse f4+ * 33
120 Side-wall f6C * 1
121 Slanting Crack VB 28
122 Arête on Left f6B * 37
123 Arête on Right f5 ** 91
124 Blind Flake f5+ * 115
125 Little Pocket Slab Left f6C+ * 16
126 Little Pocket Slab f6C * 3
127 Archway f6A+ * 21
128 Little Flake f5+ * 143
129 Little Flake Sit-start
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V5 6
130 Bulging Arête f6C * 100
131 Hand Crack f4 10
132 Easy Arête f3+ * 145
133 Pancake f4 ** 208
134 Li'l Crack f2+ 115
135 Li'l Arête f2+ 42
136 The Man with the Red Face f7A ** 3
137 The Mermaid f6A ** 5
  Alpha Buttress
139 Bone Idol VS 4c 8
140 Omega
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S 4a 13
141 Melaleucion HVS 5a * 70
142 Rodeo E1 6a * 6
143 Devotoed VS 5a 133
144 Alpha VD * 271
145 Alpha Arête S 4a * 309
146 Breakfast Corner M 148
147 Formative Years E3 6a 39
148 Breakfast Problem VD * 424
149 Days Gone By S 4a * 313
150 San Melas E3 5c *** 384
151 Hallow to our Men E4 6b * 5
152 Mantis E1 5b *** 168
153 Bounty Killer VS 5a 13
154 Sennapod VD 136
155 Sennapod Crack VD 139
156 39th Step E2 6a 33
157 Wallaby Wall HS 4b * 292
158 Definitive Gaze E1 5c * 57
159 Wicked Wind E3 5c 2
160 Right-hand Route S 4a ** 259
161 Pretty Gritty E1 5c 7
162 Looking for Today HVS 5b * 61
  Skyline Buttress
164 Go Girl
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HVD 8
165 Come Girl HS 4b 9
166 Bilberry Traverse
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VS 4a 5
167 Pinnacle Crack D 60
168 Split Personality E1 5b 39
169 Pinnacle Arête VS 4c * 129
170 Pinnacle Slab HVD 31
171 Sonny's Route VS 4c * 5
172 Mantelshelf Slab VS 4b * 187
173 Enigma Variation E2 5b ** 140
174 Karabiner Chimney HVD * 133
175 Karabiner Slab HVS 4c * 158
176 Karabiner Cracks D 92
177 Poodle Vindaloo E2 5c 2
178 Abstract
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HVS 5a 3
179 Slab and Arête S 4a ** 550
180 Drop Acid E4 6a 5
181 Acid Drop E4 5c ** 44
182 Skytrain E2 5b * 40
183 Slips E3 6a 8
184 As Time Goes By VD 3
185 Purple Fingers HS 4b 3
186 Sally James
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VS 4c 13
187 Mistaken Identity
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S 4a 24
188 Capstan's Corner D 28
189 Cave Buttress
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VD 9
190 Cave Arête S 4a * 106
191 Stephen VS 5a * 6
192 Automatix E2 5b 5
193 Cave Crack HVS 5a * 37
194 King Ding V8 * 1
195 King Swing VS 5a 8
196 Connector VS 4b 22
  Tower Buttress
198 Joiner VD * 52
199 Sorcerer's Apprentice
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VS 4c 6
200 Tower Eliminate HVS 5b * 15
201 Curiosity Kitten E3 6a 2
202 Tower Face E2 5b * 44
203 Tower Chimney D * 117
204 Perched Block Arête VD ** 236
205 Perched Block Arête Direct Finish
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VS 4b * 42
206 Perched Block Arête Right-hand Finish HVS 4c * 12
207 Shrug E2 5b 11
208 Thrug VS 5a ** 264
209 Bad Poynt D * 235
210 Oversight HVD * 295
211 Wad Man Slang
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S 4a 30
212 Cold Man's Finger E1 5b * 32
213 Ogden VD ** 480
214 Ogden Arête HS 4c * 288
215 Ogden Recess VD 75
216 Black Pig VS 4c * 341
217 Spare Rib VS 4c * 156
  Safety Net
219 Bad Sneakers E2 5c 55
220 Spectrum HVS 4c 67
221 Middleton's Motion VS 4b 39
222 Rowan Tree Traverse VD * 16
223 Strain Station E4 5c * 2
224 Topaz E2 5b ** 119
225 Letter Box Gully M 70
226 Letter Box Cracks VS 4c * 28
227 Hank's Horror E1 5b 9
228 Paul's Puffer E4 6b 6
Climb name Grade
229 Pebbles on a Wessex Beach E3 5c 6
230 Safety Net E1 5b *** 677
231 Ear 'ere E2 6a * 1
232 Shortcomings E1 5c ** 255
233 Rassp! E2 5c 4
234 Left Twin Crack HS 4b 123
235 Square Chimney D 129
236 Trio Chimney VD * 56
237 Substance VS 4c 68
238 Lighthouse VD 370
239 Ralph's Mantelshelves S 4a 137
240 Ralph's Direct
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HVD 4a 15
  Condor Buttress
242 Condor Slab VS 4c ** 455
243 A.M. Anaesthetic HVS 4c * 87
244 Cracked Arête HVD 314
245 Condor Chimney VD 158
246 Nosepicker E1 5a 84
247 Johnny Pooh Poohed E2 6a 2
248 Licensed to Fill HVS 4c 20
249 Time to be Had HVD * 315
250 Toxic Socks
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HVS 5b 30
251 Tobacco Road VS 4c * 180
252 Wheeze HVS 4c * 74
253 Bruno Flake VS 4b * 115
254 Navy Cut VD 157
255 False Chicane
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VD 70
256 Chicane S 4a 159
257 Chicanery HVD 6
258 Lung Cancer S 3c 120
259 Southpaw S 17
260 In Passing E2 5c * 8
261 Happy Hooker HVS 5b 3
262 The Pugilist
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HVS 5c * 13
  Ants in Your Pants
264 Left Arête V1 1
265 Ants in Your Pants f6B 2
266 Right Arête
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V1 2
  Unknown or New Additions
268 5+ f5 * 3
269 Proto-chicken S 4b 2
270 Chicken S 1
271 Egg S 2
272 Shipwreck V0  
273 Recess Wall and Arete HVS 4c 4
274 Square arête f6B+ 1
275 Jurrasic World E3 5a * 1
276 The Hang Before Time E2 5b ** 2
277 Scooby right wall V1 1
278 Dr Hyde V2 1
279 Dr Jackel V7 1
280 Theos Patch VB 1
281 Les Crack VS 4c * 2
282 Footprints V0-  
283 Island Hopper V0-  
284 No Man's Slab V0-  
285 Castaway Rib V0  
286 Outback V0  
287 Walkabout V1  
288 Marooned V1  
289 Little Pocket Right hand
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V5 1
290 Tightrope VS 4b 2
291 Princess Layer VS 4c  
292 Déjà 3 VS 4c  
293 Pooh Bear * V0+ 4c  
294 Piglet * V0 4b  
295 The White Ladder * V2 5c  
296 Tigger * V0 5a  
297 Wol * V0 4b  
298 The Dash * D  
299 Rain Stops Play * VD  
300 Clearing * D  
301 Sunshine * M  
302 Dug Out * V0 5a  
303 Archie * VD 4b  
304 Wound Stripe * HS 4c  
305 GOK * VD  
306 PWU * V3 5c  
307 The Lair * V0 5a  
308 Lurking * V0- 4c  
309 The Bones * V1 5c  
310 The Eyes Within * V1 5b  
311 The Brow * V0 4c  
312 The Brink * V0 4c  
313 Hilltop Arete * V0 4b  
314 Flap * VD  
315 Slap * S 4a  
316 Slip * HVD  
317 Skip * M  
318 Creft * S  
319 Waft * HS 4c  
320 Wotch * HS 4c  
321 Peasy Rider * V0- 4a  
322 Tipperary * V2 5c  
323 Arrest That Man! * V2 5c  
324 Doodlebug * V1 5b  
325 Brush Up * V0- 4b  
326 Brief Encounter * VD  
327 Oh Sugar * VD  
328 Stun * D  
329 Silent Sea * D  
330 Sea Mist * VD  
331 Saps at Sea * HS 4a  
332 Sanctuary * S 4a  
333 Grouse Arete * V1 5a  
334 Curlew Arete * V2 5c  
335 The Canvas * V0- 4c  
336 The Sketch * V0- 4c  
337 Tommy's Slab * V0- 4b  
338 Triad * V0 4b  
339 Grotto Chimney * VD  
340 Mystery Machine * V0- 4c  
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