WILTON 1


The Wilton complex of quarries (from 1 through to 4) overlooks Egerton, to the north of Bolton and is reached in minutes from a collection convenient parking places. Wilton 1 is arguably the finest cliff in Lancashire with well over 200 routes many of which are hard or very hard. Although the thin cracks, with which the place abounds, were originally climbed with aid, the area was never the popular practice-ground that the eastern Peak became. Because of this many of the cracks are in near-pristine condition, making them worthy of the attention of any visiting thin-crack-meister. Scattered amongst the hard routes is a reasonable selection of more moderate fare that give the chance to look at the harder routes and imagine - maybe one day! Those who find Wilton 1 a bit intimidating should enjoy Wilton 2 and 3 where the setting and the spread of grades are a little more amenable as is the angle of much of the rock.

Routes

81 trad routes (M...E8)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Chimney Buttress
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14
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

5 mins

sheltered
The Prow
No buttress descriptions have been included yet.
23
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

5 mins

sheltered
White Slabs
No buttress descriptions have been included yet.
9
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

5 mins

sheltered
The Grey Wall
No buttress descriptions have been included yet.
15
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

5 mins

sheltered
Red Wall
No buttress descriptions have been included yet.
15
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

5 mins

sheltered
Great Slab
No buttress descriptions have been included yet.
5
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

5 mins

sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For WILTON 1

    Cameo
    "I thought the gear was bomber, tricky bits always separated by rest ledges, and ..." 11/Jun top50

    Cheat
    "pretty standard for E3 5b. how hard you think will depend how many times you ch..." 12/May

    Fingernail
    "Tried this today, struggled to get off the ground the left start is a lot harder..." 21/May

    Chocolate Girl
    "Apparently reachin the crack is the crux, and the 'four pegs' might be better de..." 24/Mar

    Adrenaline
    "Reclimbed the other day by T.Dunn after the loss of the flake hold at the base o..." 10/Aug

    Supercrack
    "superb - would be a total classic if it didnt get so dirty. E3, despite some of ..." 19/Apr

    999
    "Would be worth 3* if it wasnt so dirty..." 13/Apr

    Max
    "probably is E3 (for being sustained) though low in the grade. start is not serio..." 05/Jul

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