Grotto Slab

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A popular area with several worthwhile and well-travelled routes. For Heather Wall and Crack and Corner you will probably have to join the queue if here at a weekend. The rest of the climbs in this area see less attention than those just a little further left along the crag.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Two Tier Climb
Climb a slabby pillar to a boulder-covered ledge. The upper wall gives one hard move above some low runners.
 
Technical
VS
2
Cakestand
The narrow pillar is followed with a couple of long reaches. The final tricky nose is easily avoidable. Beware the loose flake.
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
Loose
S
3
Cool Groove
The open groove steepens as it rises giving steady bridging to a steep and tricky exit. The crack just right offers a rather...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
S
4
Lancashire Wall
The centre of the wall has a delicate start from a block and a good finish up the short leaning front face of the final block....
13 user comments
 
1 Stars
HVS
5
Crack and Corner
Set in the arete is this attractive groove. Enter this using an unhelpful set of scoured holds; frequently frustrating, though...
19 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
S
6
War Zone
The tricky right arete of Crack and Corner gives an extended boulder problem. There is an independent finish above, keeping out...
 
Technical
f6A
7
Heather Wall
Excellent climbing up the cracked face to a deeper vertical crack. Awkward moves gain a ledge then a right-trending scoop. From...
21 user comments
 
2 Stars
VS
8
Heather Wall Variation
A right-hand start is also worthwhile, and less polished.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
VS
9
Chimp's Corner
Odd but amusing. Monkey up the steep blocky corner to its top then trend left up the wall to below the final large roof that...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Strong
VS
10
Grotto Slab
Often used as a descent route but also worthwhile as a beginners' route. Start at the toe of the slab and ascend to its tip -...
9 user comments
 
1 Stars
M
11
Jersey Boys
Start right of the slumped flake in a pit. Climb the easy corner then a blunt rib on the right, and the final wall on slopers.
 E1
12
Grotto Wall
Start in the unsavoury pit and gain the shallow left-facing groove which is climbed boldly to a tricky exit and runners....
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
HVS
13
Reagent
The right-hand side of the wall is rarely climbed. From a ledge trend left via fierce fingery moves and a huge span. The short...
 
Technical
Dyno
E5
14
Green Wall
The crack in the wall just left of the narrow chimney has a tricky landing on a green ledge. Best avoided when at all damp.
6 user comments
 
1 Stars
VS
15
Capstone Chimney
The shallow open chimney is most easily climbed up its left-hand corner to a steep exit. Surprisingly popular.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Diff
16
Little Ernie
Start on the left and trend right across the buttress via ledges to reach easy ground. Not well protected.
1 user comment
 S
17
Big Chris
The centre of the face starting down and right is followed via a thin crack to a tricky finale using the bum-crack.
1 user comment
 HVS
18
In Earnest
The pleasant arete of the bay by boldish laybacking.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
HVS
19
Recess Wall
The left-slanting groove in the recess using glossy holds and side-stepping a bevy of bulges to a tricky last move.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
HVD
20
Right Wall Route
Start as for Recess Wall but follow the right-trending flakes to a crack that splits the right-hand edge of the capping...
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
HVD
21
Randolf Cheerleader
Climb a blunt rib then make thin fingery moves up and left to a short crack which is much easier.
 
Technical
E3
22
Gullible's Travels
From the centre of the wall, trend right delicately with hard moves to reach a shallow crack and then easier ground. Pleasantly...
10 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
E1
23
Al
From the prickly ledge, climb the vague scoop then the fingery wall trending rightwards. Usually dirty and rarely done.
 
Technical
E5
24
The 3-D Wall
The wall just left of the chimney has good moves (long reaches) though the option of rightward escape rather spoils the effect.
1 user comment
 
Technical
E2
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