The Watchblock

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Afternoon sun
25 mins
Up and Down
Sheltered

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
1
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
Technical
Crimpy
E5 6b
2
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
3
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
Technical
Crimpy
E3 5c
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
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    Black Flip
    "FFA Correction: John Fleming and Jim Shackleton made the first free ascent ca 19..." 05/Aug

    Claw Left-hand
    "Had been saving this route for years as it always seems to be wet. Oh my word wh..." 29/May

    Venery
    "Good crack climbing HVS 5a**" 17/Nov

    Simeon
    "Don't know about "low in the grade", I'd put it high in the grade." 03/Oct

    Aquarius
    "Really good route but wish I had read the comments about the vertical choss fini..." 19/Aug

    Southern Rib
    "Classic Peak Limestone HVS 5b (both pitches)" 05/Jul

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