Route Grade Votings
Total votes cast 79
18m. An ancient classic. Up the polished groove in the centre of the wall and make the ‘Bishop's Stride' around the bulge to the left (the short can go higher via Burgess's Variation HVD). Head up and then leftwards to the ledge (possible belay) of the Parapet, then choose a suitable finish, the crack to the right is best.
lED ON A WET DAY. WHAT AN ENJOYABLE ROUTE.
The traverse section can be a little worrying in the rain, but an otherwise enjoyable route.
The finish shown in the topo is the worst one available. Up the crack taken by the end of Black Hawk is better (and is the line shown in my old Stanage guide). It's also worth mentioning Burgess's Variation (S 4a) which takes the obvious crack up and left (instead of doing the stride) and finishes up the excellent crack to the right. Better than the original IMO.
A great route with a great move - even in the wet!!!
agree wit hall of the above, the bishops stridew move can feel very precarious in the wet since its very polished
Have to agree with the above comments. Doing the stride and then finishing up the line indicated by Black Hawk on the topo is the best finish and the one most people seem to do. It is also worth noting that my daughter was unable to do the stride move since her legs weren't long enough so she made a little step up and climbed easily over the top of it proclaiming it as a path and much easier than other sections of the route. So much for history!
Long legs certainly help on the traverse. Overall, a superb but busy little route, a lot of fun
Me and my mate did this on saturday, as a 'Peak mixed winter route'! The ledges were covered in snow, which made it all the more exiting.