CRATCLIFFE


Cratcliffe Tor is one of the most picturesque gritstone crags in the Peak and home to a small, but magnificent set of climbs. Its location away from the main edges, and the lack of any real quality in the lower grades, means that it is seldom busy on the Tor itself, however it is well known as a great bouldering venue. The main area of interest for roped-climbing is the huge open walls that bound Owl Gully. Here the diagonal breaks offer some fine pumpy climbing often traversing out of the gully into impressive positions high on the faces to either side. The breaks offer plenty of protection but being fit enough to hang on and place it is the key. Around the corner from the gully is the dramatic Suicide Wall. The routes on this wall are almost impossible to view properly from below so you tend to begin your climb with some trepidation, however once you exit onto the wall above the trees the magnificence of the positions become apparent.

Routes

33 trad routes (D...E6)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
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Tom Thumb
The first section of the crag is dominated by a huge yew tree, overshadowing a dark cave. The walls...
11
Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
357
Owl Gully
To the right are the twin sheer walls that flank either side of the deep rift of Owl Gully. These...
11
Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
358
Suicide Wall
A dramatic name for a thrilling wall, although perhaps it gives the wrong impression since, unlike...
11
Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
360
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  • Latest Comments

    For CRATCLIFFE

    Suicide Wall
    "Bloody hard and intimidating at the grade. I did it in a single pitch on sight a..." 28/May top50

    Bean Stalk
    "Should be all one word i.e. 'Beanstalk'" 24/Jan

    Suicide Wall
    "Brilliant route, atrocious guidebook description and grade. Clearly 5b for the m..." 07/Oct top50

    Escape/Boot Hill
    "Well I am 5' 6" and no choice but to lean off that dimple and tip toe up th..." 15/Dec

    The Nemesis Exit
    "Flared mossfest. About the same grade as the Unprintable, whatever that may be....." 05/Jul

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