Dates: 1 March to 31 July
Reason: Nesting Birds
The annual nesting restriction covers the whole crag. Several protected species nest both on the crag and directly on the crag above the descent gully, and the whole crag is restricted between the above dates. Keep an eye/ear open for the birds and for signs on the approach. If the birds fledge early or fail to nest then the signs will be removed.
The routes on the left hand side that are approached by abseil (Opal Moon) are also restricted due to nesting sea-birds and the restriction applies here even if restrictions are lifted for the remainder of the crag.
The original girdle which follows the break below the wide capping roof. Good protection and amazing exposed positions make this a great but gripping expedition. Start just right of a small cave, below an open groove.
1) 5a, 15m. Enter the groove from the right then follow it, moving left at the top to belay on a ledge.
2) 5a, 25m. Move up onto an arete on the left. Follow this then step left onto the wall and move up to the break under the capping roof. Follow the break leftwards to the New Dimensions belay.
3) 5b, 25m. Continue traversing left to a wide recess and big thread. Then descend 5m to a bolt belay on the lower break.
4) 5c, 27m. Move left to a scoop then follow a break to the arete. Go left again to a short wall and finish up leftwards.
4a) Watling Street, E2 5c - Climb back up to below the capping roof and traverse the break under it to rejoin the parent line. © Rockfax
FA. R.Edwards, J.Perry Mar/1977.
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