HELSBY


A fine sandstone cliff overlooking the River Mersey and the motorway. It is often driven past at speed and scorned at by uninformed climbers speeding to North Wales. One day they should take the time to have a look at the place since most will be pleasantly surprised by the compact and clean walls offering some superb routes on great rock.

Routes

87 trad routes (M...E7)
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
Upper Central Buttress
This fine wall is perched high above the valley at the point where the crag changes angle (the...
12
Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

10 mins

Lower Central Buttress
This wall is well-hidden from above but is worth a look, especially if it is blowing a gale since...
18
Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
The Broadwalk
At the tallest part of the cliff a wide ledge runs across the upper section of the crag from the...
18
Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

15 mins

Golden Pillar
At the left-hand end of the main section of the face is the long diagonal gash of Clashooks Gully,...
11
Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

10 mins

Grooved Slab Area
A fine slab of sandstone, open aspect and a great picnic area make this Helsby’s most popular...
14
Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

10 mins

Flake Crack Area
The conspicuous fissure of Flake Crack is probably Cheshire’s most famous route and with good...
13
Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

10 mins

Eliminate 1 Area
This tall buttress is the first significant bit of rock you come to on approach to the crag. It is...
11
Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
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    Necrophiliac
    "Yeah if you used a mono you were on morgue slab, E2 5b. The moves on necrophilia..." 14/Jun

    Beatnik
    "My Bad, Beatnik was first top roped by Jim in the 60's and was soloed by Rouse i..." 19/Jul

    The Unknown Arete
    "Despo. Crux consists of rocking into the pocket off two average crimps and then ..." 13/Sep

    Green Teeth Crack
    "Know someone who's a hotshot at the local wall or on bolted limestone? Point th..." 01/Sep

    Mossy Slab
    "Lower sloping section dirty and thus some apprehension in standing on the indist..." 02/May

    Agag
    "No jamming, no laybacking but painfully wide bridging to pass the overhang - att..." 16/Apr

    Mogadon's Good for You
    "Sounds like you did the second half of CFK (E4 6a), an Andy Popp route which cro..." 25/Sep

    The Wendigo
    "This route is awesome! I cleaned the top holds before getting on it as they were..." 19/May

    Flake Crack
    "I have found Flake Crack's big brother! It's got an uninspiring name - "Un..." 30/Oct

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