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The rock at Shorncliffe is generally sound, but there are some areas of more questionable rock which need to be treated with caution - in particular at the top of the crag where the last few metres can be more broken. Placing an extra piece of gear or two in solid rock before topping out is worth considering.

Descent for all routes is by abseil from trees at the top of the routes. These have been fitted with rope slings and abseil rings to prevent damage to the trees so please use them, but don't forget to check the anchors (both the strength of the tree and the quality of the rope and ring) before commiting to using them. It is also worth having some spare cord to replace any rope which is showing wear. A single 60m rope doubled over should allow you to reach the ground on all routes but double check first.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 15 April to 31 May

Reason: Nesting Birds

Rockfax Description
A pleasing little climb, though on a rather artificial line. Move up to a notch in the overhang and pull over onto the wall above. The wall left of the rib is followed all the way to a tree belay at the top. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Climb the small crack line to the left of big crack of indecisive victory. From the ledge at about 3 metres round the overhang on the right and then step back left to climb the face directly to the tree belay.


Shorn Cliff Nose


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PaulJepson 2 Apr, 2021 Show βeta
βeta: Owl potentially nesting on route 02/04/21. Please avoid.
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βeta: Owl potentially nesting on route 02/04/21. Please avoid.

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Organ Grinder

Grade: HVS 5a ***
(Shorn Cliff)

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