The Watchblock

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Afternoon sun
25 mins
Up and Down

One of the best walls in Dovedale is the superb Watchblock Buttress, home to the classic Adjudicator Wall. It is much more secluded than some of the other crags in the Dale, although it is high on the ticklist of other climbers all after the same route. If it is busy, try some of the other delights while you are waiting.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
Wall of Straws
A fine pitch - devious, technical, sustained and superb. Climb the rib at the left-hand edge of the face then hand-traverse out...
3 user comments
3 Stars
E5 6b
Three Piece Combo
A reasonable line but over-shadowed by its neighbours. Follow Wall of Straws to the base of its crucial groove, then swing left...
1 user comment
1 Stars
E4 6a
Adjudicator Wall
Judge, jury and harsh taskmaster. A magnificent climb; the best in the valley. From the toe of the buttress, trend up and left...
10 user comments
3 Stars
E3 5c
Nancy Whisky
A worthwhile climb amd a good warm-up for Adjudicator. From the start of the traverse of Adjudicator Wall, climb the shallow...
3 user comments
1 Stars
E1 5b
Watchblock Direct
From the base of the buttress, climb to, and through, the bulge, then trend rightwards up the crusty wall. Continue up the...
1 user comment
 HVS 5b
Beginner's Luck
1) 4a 12m. From the lowest point of the buttress climb the flake crack then continue up the groove to reach the overhang....
1 Stars
HS 4a
Uncontrollable Urge
36m. Start 5m right of the toe of the buttress and climb steeply to a tree. Step left onto the floral slabs and finish straight...
 HVS 5a