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Fly Wall and Woodcroft Quarry: the current owners have not given permission to climb on this section of crag. If you do climb on this part of the crag, please be careful not to damage any fences in the area.

GO Wall: topping out now allowed year round for all routes from Feline/Jackal leftwards. King Kong ab. bolts removed. No topping out any time for right hand end – ab. stations in place where required. A large rockfall has recently (Jan 2013) been reported at the righthand side of the Pedestal on Go Wall - care should be taken with any remaining loose rock that may still be in place in this area.

North Wall: following a change of ownership of the house above this section of crag, the previous arrangement to exit through it’s garden is not longer possible. Please do not top out on any North Wall routes - only abseil descent from below the top of the crag is allowed. For those who don't wan't to climb above the Great Ledge, an abseil descent can be made from one of the two bolted abseil stations above The Tap or Joe’s Route. Two further abseil stations have been established just below the top of North Wall (using rope slings and rings around trees) allowing the last pitch of the more popular routes to be climbed and an abseil descent to the Great Ledge be made. 

All rock north of the North Buttress and south of Fly Wall is privately owned and all climbing is prohibited.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 March to 15 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

Ravens nesting on Wurlitzer. The restriction applies to all routes on Fly Wall between Flypast and Gendarmerie.

Peregrines nesting on North Wall. Avoid top pitches of Left Hand Route (from the great ledge)

 

NOTICE: 30th April 2024 - Peregrines have been reported to be nesting on King King. Please avoid this area of the crag. It is likely that the crag restriction will be amended once it is confirmed if this is North Wall pair, or an additional pair.

55m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A wonderful route that is one of the finest limestone Hard Severe's in the UK. Continually interesting climbing, route finding and all on great rock. Start under a right-facing corner at the top of an earth bank.
1) 4b, 34m. Climb the corner until just above an overlap (peg on the left wall). Move left to the arete and make a hard pull up onto a ledge. Ascend easier ground leftwards up a groove to a prominent small tree (peg). Traverse left for 3m until it is possible to step up onto the belay ledge (bolt and peg).
2) 4b, 20m. Step up to the break and traverse right to a peg just out of reach. Step up and clip the peg, then step back down and traverse around the nose to better holds. Climb up and left to a peg, and continue to a small ledge. Traverse slightly left and step up into a sentry box (peg). Pull over the small overhang at the top of the sentry box, from where easier climbing gains the large finishing ledge and two small trees.
Descent - Scramble leftwards for around 50m over a series of ledges to gain the clifftop path. It is also possible to abseil back down with 60m double ropes from trees on the finishing ledge (avoid abseiling if any other climbers are on the route). © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
A key nut placement after the sapling (suffering from ash dieback) on P1 has been lost to rockfall which would make that section very run out. A peg has been added to keep the route at the same grade and character, the route is fine to climb again. 30/05/2022

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Feedback

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Rick Sewards 30 Nov, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: Reading the other recent feedback comments - my personal view (which may be unpopular!) is that the abseil point should not be replaced - the scramble off is fine and completes the route nicely - and will clean up to its former state if there is no alternative. I think abseiling off this route has too much potential for tangling up leaders below (who you can\'t necessarily see), together with potential problems with stuck (have seen this!) or too short (thankfully haven\'t seen this!) ropes.
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βeta: Reading the other recent feedback comments - my personal view (which may be unpopular!) is that the abseil point should not be replaced - the scramble off is fine and completes the route nicely - and will clean up to its former state if there is no alternative. I think abseiling off this route has too much potential for tangling up leaders below (who you can't necessarily see), together with potential problems with stuck (have seen this!) or too short (thankfully haven't seen this!) ropes.
ClimberCoutts 16 Oct, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: 2 trees on finishing ledge have been cut down.
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βeta: 2 trees on finishing ledge have been cut down.
jon59 7 Oct, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: The two normal abseil trees have been cut down!, I know they were looking rather tired however the only options are either keep climbing or abseil from the one remaining tree which is equally as tired. Can the BMC add two abseil bolts?.
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βeta: The two normal abseil trees have been cut down!, I know they were looking rather tired however the only options are either keep climbing or abseil from the one remaining tree which is equally as tired. Can the BMC add two abseil bolts?.
Emile.swain 1 Oct, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: Type 2 fun. Led pitch 2. Ooooh Myyyy. 2nd’d a Wet pitch 1, mud in holds. Crazy scary, lead has balls of steel. 2nd pitch very exposed but nice moves. I would say if you lead HS/VS this may feel like HVS. Also no ab point, the two trees have been chopped down.
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βeta: Type 2 fun. Led pitch 2. Ooooh Myyyy. 2nd’d a Wet pitch 1, mud in holds. Crazy scary, lead has balls of steel. 2nd pitch very exposed but nice moves. I would say if you lead HS/VS this may feel like HVS. Also no ab point, the two trees have been chopped down.
El Rabano 1 Oct, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: The lower dihedral of P1 was very wet and scary AF. Used up all of my calm, cool and collected batteries and went gear-happy on the upper section of P1. Nice lead, in retrospect!
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βeta: The lower dihedral of P1 was very wet and scary AF. Used up all of my calm, cool and collected batteries and went gear-happy on the upper section of P1. Nice lead, in retrospect!
beardy mike 18 Aug, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: Abseil trees to the right of the last belay are suffering from Ash Dieback. Cord is in place with maillions. Worth inspecting the trees before abseiling, and maybe BMC should consider abseil bolts to serve Puma, Guytha Zelda etc as there don't seem to be many options for belay gear for these routes.
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βeta: Abseil trees to the right of the last belay are suffering from Ash Dieback. Cord is in place with maillions. Worth inspecting the trees before abseiling, and maybe BMC should consider abseil bolts to serve Puma, Guytha Zelda etc as there don't seem to be many options for belay gear for these routes.
Hannylj 13 Aug, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: A soggy doormat at the bottom of the route
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βeta: A soggy doormat at the bottom of the route
BenF2001 26 Nov, 2022 Show βeta
βeta: First corner was like climbing a waterfall, in to some decent run out. Second pitch was worth the sketchy start, but it's a tad run out.
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βeta: First corner was like climbing a waterfall, in to some decent run out. Second pitch was worth the sketchy start, but it's a tad run out.
BStar 18 Nov, 2022 Show βeta
βeta: Went and checked out the pegs again, following a comment on here. The pegs are fine, there is one thin knifeblade peg that flexes when pushed, as most of this size would do, this is an original peg and replacing it may damage the placement. There is a small wire and a horizontal break that will take a cam just below it.
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βeta: Went and checked out the pegs again, following a comment on here. The pegs are fine, there is one thin knifeblade peg that flexes when pushed, as most of this size would do, this is an original peg and replacing it may damage the placement. There is a small wire and a horizontal break that will take a cam just below it.
BStar 30 May, 2022 Show βeta
βeta: Abseiled in to look at the loose rock mentioned below. Removed the remaining loose blocks and the smaller bits around it. There was a substantial quantity of soil behind the blocks which I've mostly managed to clear away. A key nut placement after the sapling (suffering from ash dieback) on P1 has been lost which would make that section very run out. A peg has been added to keep the route at the same grade and character, the route is fine to climb again.
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βeta: Abseiled in to look at the loose rock mentioned below. Removed the remaining loose blocks and the smaller bits around it. There was a substantial quantity of soil behind the blocks which I've mostly managed to clear away. A key nut placement after the sapling (suffering from ash dieback) on P1 has been lost which would make that section very run out. A peg has been added to keep the route at the same grade and character, the route is fine to climb again.
David Clover 29 May, 2022 Show βeta
βeta: Rockfall pitch 1! Loose rock section a little above the prominent sapling on pitch one. Used to be a key nut placement, but it shifted when I seated a nut behind it today. Some hundred kgs of loose blocks came away today and I cleared it up as best I could. Seems safer now but a blanker slab. Loose dirt and pebbles remain. May be vs now?!
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βeta: Rockfall pitch 1! Loose rock section a little above the prominent sapling on pitch one. Used to be a key nut placement, but it shifted when I seated a nut behind it today. Some hundred kgs of loose blocks came away today and I cleared it up as best I could. Seems safer now but a blanker slab. Loose dirt and pebbles remain. May be vs now?!
wilsers 22 Apr, 2022 Show βeta
βeta: The abseil/belay trees are Ash and have suffered from die back. Good cracks in the back wall for building a belay.
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βeta: The abseil/belay trees are Ash and have suffered from die back. Good cracks in the back wall for building a belay.
Will789 29 Jan, 2022 Show βeta
βeta: 50m ropes reach the floor with a few metres to spare using the ab tat
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βeta: 50m ropes reach the floor with a few metres to spare using the ab tat
emmaharrington 6 Jul, 2021 Show βeta
βeta: First pitch: Awkward move, moving from the crack out left to the face with the peg. Second pitch: Exposed and a bit run-out, with pegs. Maybe a bit harder than other HS 4b's we've done. We abseiled back down from the two trees on the right at the top of the 2nd pitch (we had 60 m ropes).
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βeta: First pitch: Awkward move, moving from the crack out left to the face with the peg. Second pitch: Exposed and a bit run-out, with pegs. Maybe a bit harder than other HS 4b's we've done. We abseiled back down from the two trees on the right at the top of the 2nd pitch (we had 60 m ropes).
widdlestickmcpoos 24 Apr, 2021 Show βeta
βeta: Can belay of tat and mailon, no need to walk off. Need 50m ropes.
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βeta: Can belay of tat and mailon, no need to walk off. Need 50m ropes.
miriamclaire 30 Aug, 2020 Show βeta
βeta: I led first pitch, Rob led the second.
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βeta: I led first pitch, Rob led the second.
Ander 2 Aug, 2020 Show βeta
βeta: The block just after the tree on pitch 1 is loose. A nut moved it, and it wobbled when used as a hand hold from below.
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βeta: The block just after the tree on pitch 1 is loose. A nut moved it, and it wobbled when used as a hand hold from below.
jotunscope 23 Jul, 2020 Show βeta
βeta: The pegs look really good and solid. Awesome route and quite serious in places.
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βeta: The pegs look really good and solid. Awesome route and quite serious in places.
Salm0n 16 Sep, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Loose rock few meters up on left face, don't place any gear.
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βeta: Loose rock few meters up on left face, don't place any gear.
Dom Goodwin 16 Jul, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Peg above the nose on P2 seems wobbly. Just in case it wasn’t already scary enough!
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βeta: Peg above the nose on P2 seems wobbly. Just in case it wasn’t already scary enough!
CasualLime 27 May, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: As you start up the corner and move out left towards the peg. Please be aware that the triangular block you put your left hand on (see picture on page 147 of 2007 Climbers Club guide) is very loose. Be careful pulling on it. DO NOT slot any gear behind it.
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βeta: As you start up the corner and move out left towards the peg. Please be aware that the triangular block you put your left hand on (see picture on page 147 of 2007 Climbers Club guide) is very loose. Be careful pulling on it. DO NOT slot any gear behind it.

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