The Catwalk

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Trad and Sport
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10 mins
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Seepage
Dry in the Rain
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The Catwalk is the name given to the polished ledge that runs below the lower walls of Malham Cove. This ledge gives access to a host of magnificent sport routes some of which are amongst the UK's best and hardest climbs. The far left-hand side of The Catwalk is dominated by the great curving line of Yosemite Wall, a fantastic climb that sets the standard for this superb section of the cliff. To the right are some of the best hard sport lines in the UK on the immaculate grey, blue and white stained walls that are split by some strength-sapping bulges. Although all the routes are long and require good finger stamina many also have the odd hard sequence on them. The central section of The Catwalk has a line-up of popular shorter sport pitches and a number of spectacular longer pitches that breach the huge overhang and continue up toward the mid-height ledges. The far right end of The Catwalk continues in the same theme of good short sport lines. The routes on this section are generally of a lesser difficulty but are equally popular and less steep.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Brilliant, Brilliant
A technical outing. The first bolted line on the far left of the better rock. Take care with some dodgy blocks up high.
3 user comments
 
Technical
6c
2
Bon-Appetite
A hard introductory wall. Climb to a flake and move left, continue leftwards and then back right to reach a tricky final...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
7b
3
High Life
A direct on Bon-Appetite. From the flake on Bon-Appetite climb direct to join its final bulge.
 
1 Stars
Technical
7b+
4
Just Not in Lust
Hard moves over the first bulge using a sharp pocket lead to a rest before some tricky moves gain the finish of Appetite.
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
7c
5
Mule Variations
The direct start to Appetite. Starting just to left of the base of Yosemite Wall climb up some deceptively difficult narrow...
 
1 Stars
Strong
7b
6
Henry's Route
A powerful direct finish to Appetite.
 
2 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
7c+
7
Mighty Fine Ass
The link up of Mule Variations and Henry's Route gives a superb outing featuring great moves on side-pulls and undercuts.
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
7c+
8
Appetite
A superb and popular route with a distinct crux section. Begin as for Yosemite Wall and then break out left through overlaps to...
5 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
7a+
9
Yosemite Wall Top 50
A classic line that features sustained undercutting. Follow the steep right-facing overlaps with some powerful moves and a...
4 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
7a+
10
Obligatory Finish
The left-hand extension to Yosemite Wall is now fully bolted.
 7b+
11
Against the Grain
An excellent link-up that has lost holds in its upper section and pushed the grade up from 7a. Climb to join Yosemite Wall and...
9 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
7a+
12
Taking the Space
A very good way up the wall that links the lower section of Against the Grain with the finish of Space Race via a prominent...
6 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
7b
13
Hands of Time
A very direct line with plenty of fingery and technical climbing.
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
7c
14
Space Race
A tremendous pitch taking the wall and overlaps below the belay of Yosemite Wall.
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
7b+
15
Space Invaders
Wild moves on the upper section. Follow Space Race to its lower-off and continue through the overhang and up the wall above on...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
7c+
16
Tremelo
An excellent varied route. Climb the fingery lower wall and move right up through steeper ground to a sustained sequence that...
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
Crimpy
7c
17
The Minimum
A short line but not without some difficulties. Climb up undercuts to a flake from where tricky moves gain the lower-off.FA....
 
1 Stars
Technical
7a+
18
Minimum Fuss
A worthwhile sustained line extending The Minimum in to the upper section of Mescalito via an approach to the New Dawn bulge...
5 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
7c
19
Mescalito
A wonderful direct version of New Dawn. Take the technical lower wall via some thin moves to meet the bulges of New Dawn. Climb...
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
7c+
20
New Dawn Top 50
One of the classic sport routes of Britain. A brilliant climb with an infamous tough start and a strength-sapping middle...
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
7c
21
Twisted
Without pausing continue from the belay of New Dawn over the roof to finish at a tree on the ledge.
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Strong
8a
22
Vogue
At the bulge on New Dawn step left then climb direct to rejoin the parent route at the belay. Powerful and slappy climbing that...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
7c+
23
Baboo-Baboo
At the bulge on New Dawn climb up right through the overlaps to a shake-out. A boulder-problem may get you to the still...
3 user comments
 
3 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
8a
24
Straightened
A direct start to Baboo-Baboo with some hard climbing.
5 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
8a
25
G.B.H.
A more direct version of Zoolook breaking out left above the flake and then heading upwards via some sustained and fingery...
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
8a+
26
Zoolook Top 50
Malham's first 8a. A famous and magnificent climb which starts below a chunky flake. Gaining the flake is tricky, however the...
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
8a
27
Well Dunne Finish
The overhang above the belay of Zoolook requires some powerful moves and is a super sustained effort when combined with...
3 user comments
 
3 Stars
Strong
8b
28
Predator
A major line starting to the right of the big flake of Zoolook. The climbing involves some very hard moves interspersed with...
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
8b
29
Cry Freedom
An historically significant classic of great difficulty. The climbing is extremely sustained and technical with only the odd...
 
3 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
8c
30
Mid Ledge Spread
The first of the shorter power routes on this section of the crag. Difficult moves through the bulge gain a reasonable hold on...
5 user comments
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Strong
8a+
31
The Maximum
A powerful problem utilising a pinch and undercut.
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Strong
7c+
32
Austrian Oak
A hard and well-travelled line on side-pulls and undercuts.
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
8b
33
Magnetic Fields
Another power test with hard moves past the small overlap where cunning footwork can prove useful.
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
8b
34
Overnite Sensation Top 50
An extremely hard start accesses the sustained wall above.
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
Crimpy
8a+
35
Overshadow
Continue through the bulges above Overnite Sensation. Currently the UK's hardest sport climb (in 2014).
 
3 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
9a+
36
Energy Vampire
A bouldery start with some sustained climbing above.
5 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Strong
Crimpy
8a+
37
Connect 4
Romp up to the third bolt, then it gets tough! Very bouldery. Linking leftwards to the lower-off of Overnite Sensation gives...
9 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Strong
Crimpy
8a
38
Raindogs Top 50
One of the UK's most popular 8a routes. Sustained climbing with a draining move to the belay. You only get the full tick if you...
5 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
8a
39
Rainshadow
The stunning continuation of Raindogs.
 
3 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
9a
40
Chiselling the Dragon
A very tough line passing the left-hand side of the undercut.
6 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Strong
Crimpy
7c
41
Seventh Aardvark
The wall past the right-hand side of the undercut.
4 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
7b
42
Bat Route
A spectacular route that breaches the massive bulge above the belay of Seventh Aardvark.
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
Crimpy
8c
43
Batman
Loop left out of Bat Route. Steve's project climbs direct from Rainshadow.
 
3 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
9a
44
Rated PG
Climb the wall past a flake then head up and right aiming for the 4th bolt on Consenting Adults.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
7a+
45
Consenting Adults
A popular route past the protruding lump. If you push on past two extra bolts above the lower-off, then you've managed to do...
10 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
7a
46
Victor Hugo
A mega pitch that continues on up steep ground above Thriller.
 
3 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
8b
47
Personal Services
Direct from above the first wall of Consenting Adults.
5 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Fluttery
7b
48
Free and Even Easier
A popular and fingery route with countless variations.
3 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Crimpy
7a+
49
Idefix
Start up Free and Even Easier and push on over the huge bulge - using a two finger undercut pocket.
 
3 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
8b
50
Bongo Fury
A technical and fingery start gains better holds before more fingery pulling is needed to reach the belay.
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
Crimpy
7b
51
Something Stupid
The shallow groove that heads up the bottom wall to the first bulge is a good climb. This is the initial section of a number of...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
7b
52
The Groove
The first section of Totally Free has become established as one of the best and most popular routes of its grade in the...
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
8a+
53
Totally Free
The full route from the Catwalk to the top, done in one tremendous pitch, linking Something Stupid, The Groove, Free and Easy...
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
8b
54
Totally Free II
An alternative way of climbing the cove from bottom to top in one pitch. Climb to the lower-off of Free and Easy as for Totally...
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
8b
55
Unjustified
An infamous route of stunning quality and difficulty that was originally climbed with the assistance of a stuck-on hold. It...
 
3 Stars
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
8b+
56
Chocolate Logger
A fierce start and a reachy finish on grey rock that is one of the last drainage streaks to dry out on this section of wall.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Reachy
Crimpy
7c
57
Scavenger
A direct and thin line with good moves but best left for cool conditions. Often wet.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
Crimpy
8a
58
Wasted Youth
The steep wall above an undercut stepped flake has shed some holds over the years but is still 7b - just.
9 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
7b
59
Power Ranger
A powerful extension to Wasted Youth. Upgraded to 8b+ due to loss of holds.
 
3 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
8b+
60
Rose Coronary Top 50
A good route up the concave wall past a detached undercut and a tufa finish. Low in the grade.
8 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
7a
61
Transform
The fearsome extension to Rose Coronary with very powerful climbing required to breach the mid-height bulge.
 
2 Stars
Strong
Crimpy
8c
62
Queen of Harts
A short and hard boulder problem from the mid-way ledge is the key.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
7c
63
Hartley Hare
A tight line but with good moves after an easy start. A useful easier variation is Hardly There, 6c+ that starts up Hartley...
3 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
7a+
64
Puddlejumper
Good moves on spaced side-pulls and crimps.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
7a+
65
Dudley Do Good
The left-hand line trending right.
 
Technical
Pumpy
7b
66
Snidely Whiplash
The central line trending left.
 
Technical
Pumpy
7a+
67
Betty Bullwhip
The right-hand line.
 
Technical
Pumpy
7a+
68
Just Another Dead End Job
Hard to start and with a tricky first clip.
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
7a
69
A Career with Prospects
It has good gear placements but in suspect rock.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
E5 6a
70
Extra Over
Some tough moves are needed to pass the peg.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
E4 6a
71
Bolt Revolt
Protected by threads and pegs of ancient origin.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
E4 6a
72
Afterburn
Threads, pegs, bolts and even wires protect this one, which is basically a direct on Bolt Revolt.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
E4 6a
73
Sychophants
Head up the technical and fingery white streak.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
7a
74
Skyjack
The continuation above Sychophants to a ledge and lower-off. Can be finished on the left up the wall - two bolts - and crack,...
 
1 Stars
Strong
7c+
75
Brooklyn Girls
Head right after the first few moves of Sychophants.
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
7a
76
Frankenstein
A good bit of climbing with an exciting finish to grasp the chain.
3 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
7a+
77
Begozi and the Ledge Lizards
One of the few easier routes on these big central walls.
7 user comments
 6a+
78
Redpoint No Point
The first of the longer routes at this end of the wall.
 
Technical
E5 6b
79
The Angel Gabriella
A good sustained route starting up Redpoint No Point and heading straight up at the steepening.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
7b+
80
Burning Rubber Necklace/Soweto Sunset
A popular route with hard moves over the bulge.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
7a
81
Vociferous Fledglings
A fierce lower section manages to take many scalps.
 
1 Stars
Technical
6c+
82
The Scene of the Crime
Good climbing with some loose rock near the top that is easily avoided by using the lower-off below the final overlaps.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
6c
83
Hyperspace
The crack is in bounds at this grade. The pitch maybe extended beyond the first lower-off to a further lower-off at the top of...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
6b+
84
Hyperactive Housewife
The rarely climbed crackline.
 E3 6a
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    The New Age Traveller
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    Carnage
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    Sychophants
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    Hands of Time
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    Predator
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    Swingover
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    Midnight Cowboy
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    Just Not in Lust
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    Space Race
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    Straightened
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    Baboo-Baboo
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    Gravity
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    Obsession
    "Ermmm, might truly deserve 7c now. I pulled off the finishing undercut jug yeste..." 30/Aug top50

    Bad Brain
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    Seventh Toad
    "scratch my gibberish above, I was confusing this with Last Toad, sorry." 03/Jun

    Bat Route
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    The Kylin
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    The Scene of the Crime
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    Burning Rubber Necklace/Soweto Sunset
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    Chiselling the Dragon
    "There is a shorties technical non-reachy way to get the undercling which avoids ..." 01/Mar

    Obsession
    "last but one bolt replaced Feb 08, as was one of the other glue-ins that was rot..." 12/Feb top50

    Space Invaders
    "Matt did this first with mick later on" 30/Jan

    Conehead
    "Brilliant moves on immaculate rock. very technical and sustained, much harder th..." 11/Dec

    Toadal Recall
    "Suprisingly good route. Couple of powerful shouldery moves though." 29/Oct

    Just Not in Lust
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    Chocolate Logger
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    Begozi and the Ledge Lizards
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    Herbie
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    Wombat
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    Main Overhang
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    L'Ob Session
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    Main Overhang
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    Wasted Youth
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    Main Overhang
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    Wasted Youth
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    The New Age Traveller
    "on the list for this summer/autumn" 29/Jun

    N'Obsession
    "Some good climbing, but its all on herbie. An awful route." 25/Jun

    The New Age Traveller
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    Wasted Youth
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    Wasted Youth
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    Magnetic Fields
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    Scavenger
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