The Calf

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Sun and Shade
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Uphill

The huge boulder that lies down the hill from the Cow has been used as a training ground for generations. It is home to much quality bouldering, particularly on the valley face. Although some of the problems listed below are high enough to get significant E-grades, they have all been given bouldering grades since most ascents now are made above a stack of mats and a rope is rarely seen.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Pebble Groove
The slabby groove on the left, hand traverse or walk up it.
 
3 Stars
Rounded
Fluttery
V1 5b
2
Pebble Dash
The desperate slab by linking tiny and spaced pebbles. Highball and probably worth around E7 or E8!
 
3 Stars
Technical
Rounded
Fluttery
V11 8A
3
Late Fever
From the big sausage-shaped pocket continue warily up the steep blank slab until holds arrive. Also given E5 6c.
 
Technical
Fluttery
V8 7B+
4
Early Starter
Start up the previous route but use a fortuitous pocket to exit rightwards into the easy upper section of The Ring.
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
V4 6B
5
Ringpiece
A sit-down start to the next route.
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Strong
V9 7C
6
The Ring
Using the prominent thread, access the easy groove.
 
1 Stars
V2 5c
7
Under the Stairs
Right of the arete, pull over the bulge and saunter up the steps.
 V1 5b
8
The Chipped Steps
10m. The easiest route in the book.
 
1 Stars
M
9
Facet Wall
The trio of pockets just right of the arete.
 
1 Stars
V5 6C
10
Super Set
The desperate and useless crack and poor pockets.
 
1 Stars
V10 7C+
11
Car Park Crack
Up the bum-shaped crack facing the car park.
 
2 Stars
V2 5c
12
Bonnington's Book Problem
Wrestle with the big pockets in the arete.
 
2 Stars
V1 5b
13
Classic Dyno
Leap from 2 small holds to the big pocket up and left.
 
2 Stars
V1 5b
14
Three More Reps
The old peg crack leads right to holds and a gripping exit. Worth E5.
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
V8 7B+
15
Bernie the Bolt
Start up the centre of the wall but trend left. Worth E5.
 
2 Stars
Fluttery
V9 7C
16
Cindy Crawford
A direct ascent of the overhanging valley face. Worth E7!
 
2 Stars
Fluttery
V9 7C
17
Gnome
Tackle the pumpy leaning groove just left of the arete.
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
V4 6B
  • Latest Comments

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    Desperate Dan
    "Brilliant route and pretty safe with a couple of mats. Modern highballing at it..." 27/Jun top50

    Oak Tree Slab
    "How can an unprotected 4b slab get S 4b? MVS 4b would be closer, or maybe HS 4a ..." 15/Jun

    Bald Eagle
    "Can't understand the E grade. No worthwhile gear on the hard bit. A fall from th..." 21/May

    Wellington Crack
    "Inspired by the 80s photo of JD I fulfilled the long held ambition of a solo asc..." 18/Jun top50

    Black Chimney
    "Just squeeze inside and squirm upwards - not much gear, but it'd be hard to fall..." 04/Jun

    New Statesman
    "Hard E8 with unprotected crux (7a) above back breaking boulder. Filed down rp 2s..." 12/May

    Tufted Crack
    "Finally got it. 2yrs on and it's still a bitch. I can now say I enjoyed it, I th..." 15/Mar top50

    Shock Horror
    "fell off from top, twice. Its a long way. The fall is a privallage." 14/Sep

    Cherry Valley Rib
    "One of the easiest HVS's in the area - so long as you don't mind the bold [but w..." 28/Aug

    Walker's Hangover
    "Hard for HVS, at the top of the crack and the top of the arete. Definitely felt..." 27/Aug

    Peg Crack
    "Nice, but definitely not worth HVS. VS 4b?" 25/Aug

    Milky Way
    "Absolutely brilliant - couldn't get much better than this! Better than London Wa..." 09/Aug top50

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