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Climbs 167
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 200m a.s.l
Faces SW

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Timo on Sword Song in the snow © JohnHartley

Crag features

Probably a locals' venue, but there are plenty of problems on natural grit stone scattered over Windy Clough and up onto the shoulder of Clougha. Some problems remain undocumented. There's rock everwhere, in all shapes and sizes, if you're prepared to explore. Some of the best problems are beyond the so-called "Main Sector", on the hill top and the gully beyond.

A new 2021 topo has been put together by some of the Lancaster University Mountaineering Club members, documenting more problems than previously: http://www.lakesbloc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/guides/windy_clough_surrounding_areas_bouldering_guide.pdf

See also Lancashire Bouldering (2014).

Supplementary topo guides available here:
https://web.archive.org/web/20140811180901/http://lakesbloc.com/guides/windy-clough-guide.pdf

https://web.archive.org/web/20140811190222/http://lakesbloc.com/guides/clougha-pike-guide.pdf

There are other older topos floating aroudn somewhere. A few "new" problems have also been added to the UKC page.

Please note: Dismantling fences, knocking down drystone walls and landscaping (flattening landings and moving rocks) may annoy other climbers and/or the land owners. The hill is also home to many plants, insects, small mammals, and birds - including nesting ground birds and occasional raptors. Please treat this beautiful place with respect. Do also avoid excessively coating the rock in chalk.

There are lots of problems in the new guide that aren't here, as well as lots of undocumented problems. There's plenty to do, even if it's only really a local's place. Not sure why people disparage it, as there are some problems just as good as those at Thorn Crag and more than enough to return again and again unless you're only seeking out something very specific.
C Witter - 12/May/16
I'll have to go back here with guide and see what we actually climbed back in the 80s/90s. Nice spot :)
steveriley - 27/Oct/14
the crag is a lot smaller then you'd think from the pictures, worth an evenings visit but not a day. Best going over to Thorn Crag, much better problems and a lot more to go at.
joe.91 - 27/Jul/11
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