Tower Face

3 Stars
 VS 5a

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18m. A great route, the crag is worth the visit just for this route. From the cave pull onto the face (massive thread and just about worth 5a) then climb the centre of the face trending slightly left until it is possible to step back right to the well positioned final crack.
FA. Harry Kelly c.1916


Climbed a number of the Laddow routes, the climbing in fact was so good that we used to walk from Manchester via Chew Valley to climb there in the mid-fifties. Tower Face stands out as an excellent route so-much-so that we returned not too long ago to repeat it in E.B's.
Dennis Morrod - 08/Feb/02

The finest gritstone VS I've found.
I agree with your description about the first move being 5a and much harder than the rest - is that why you gave it 4c?
Tim - 11/Feb/02

If you approach by going up the chimney on the right for a couple of metres and then traversing onto the big ledge, the whole thing is a much more consistent 4c. The normal start is hard for 5a if (as usual?) the undercuts are covered in slime!
Simon Caldwell - 07/Jul/03

Brilliant route! Lots of passive gear placements, which was nice.
Alex Purser - 10/Aug/04

Good route. The start is stiff 5a not easy 5a. The rest is nice elegant face climbing.
Fiend - 01/Sep/04

Superb route, one of the best I've done for a while.
Jonathan T - 02/Sep/04

Surely a Top 50 route? The best VS on grit after Valkyrie, sustained, exposed, varied & in a stunning setting
Iain Thow - 19/Mar/07

The start is hard 5a, but it is only one move and well protected. The rest is very pleasant with good wires. Should be a top 50 route for the setting alone.
Jon Shields - 27/Jul/09

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