The Steeple

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The left-hand side of the cliff is dominated by the squat tower of The Steeple and a beckoning cave entrance. Some routes here are polished, but are still worth doing.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Introductory Wall
The easy arete to the west of the cave then ledgy rock.
 D
2
Cave Crack
The crack above the cave and the grass beyond.
 VD
3
Cave Chimney
Inside the cave a juggy groove leads, via a bulge, to the first skylight. Often greasy and always gloomy.
 
Graunchy
S 4a
4
Skylight Chimney
Further into the cave, a second groove to a similar feature glinting high above. Dark and dirty fun.
 
1 Stars
Graunchy
VD
5
Gobbler's Roof
And now for something completely different - the dirty horizontal off-width roof crack in the cave. The hardest route at here...
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Graunchy
E7 6c
6
Overhanging Wall Variant Top 50
The groove right of the cave to a ledge then step out right above the overhang for a nicely exposed finish on huge holds.
 
2 Stars
VD
7
Overhanging Wall Top 50
Climb through the overhang with difficulty, and a polished foothold, to join the previous route on its jugs.
4 user comments
 
2 Stars
Strong
S 4b
8
Overhanging Chimney Direct Top 50
The steep and wide corner-crack by bridging with awkward moves round the bulge.
 
2 Stars
S 4a
9
Overhanging Chimney Indirect
Avoid the crux on the regular route by a neat bit of side-stepping out right to the ledge, then back left to regain the crack....
 VD
10
Pockets
The arete on pockets - a sharp start.
 
Technical
Crimpy
S 4c
11
Cracks
The finger cracks just right of the arete, by laybacking. A bit of an eliminate and tough too.
6 user comments
 
Technical
Crimpy
HVS 5b
12
Jug
Climb the slippery centre of the steep wall making strenuous use of at least one jug and maybe a finger-jam.
 
1 Stars
Reachy
Strong
VS 5a
13
Pedestal Crack
The polished crack (avoidable to either side) to a ledge and a juggy finish up the slanting groove in the centre of The...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
S 4a
14
Concave Wall
The scooped wall has a fingery start that is almost 4b.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
HVD 4a
15
Steeple Arete
The stepped arete that bounds the wall on the right. The lower arete is slippery and the upper one exposed.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
VD
16
Spider Chimney
The wide slippery rift to the right wall of The Steeple.
 
1 Stars
Graunchy
HVD 3c
17
Harborough Crack
This awkward, slippery groove was first climbed by J.W.P. back in 1898 - a great effort. The star is for historical interest.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
HS 4b
18
Little Arete
A tiny arete right of the brickwork.
 D
19
Bow Ridge
The short arete beyond a useful descent gully.
 VD
20
Bow Corner
The short and tricky groove.
 HVD
21
Bow-Shaped Wall
The centre of the fingery wall, passing the bulge on the right.
2 user comments
 
Crimpy
VS 5a
22
Bow Arete
The short arete on the right.
 D
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