GORDALE


The third of the Yorkshire \'big three\'. This narrow defile has many faces which offer a variety of almost uniformly atmospheric climbs. Trad and sport routes live in close harmony with many classics, mostly in the higher grades. It is popular with walkers which can make it a bit crowded and noisy, and also a bit worrying if you are on some of the slightly loose upper walls. Although it may appear to be sheltered, it seeps badly and often experiences a cold wind whistling down it.

Routes

28 trad routes (E1...E7)
51 sport routes (6a...8b)
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
Face Route Area
This is the towering white wall first glimpsed from the approach path. In common with the rest of...
18
Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
Level

10 mins

Seepage
sheltered
Backwater Buttress
Above the Lower Waterfall a path and steps climb out of the gorge. On the left is Backwater...
8
Sport
Early morning sun
Uphill

12 mins

Seepage
sheltered
Kaarst Buttress
A minor buttress that is pleasantly sited amongst spectacular scenery. The rock is unusual and the...
4
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

12 mins

Seepage
sheltered
The Grotto
Above and behind the waterfall are some very bizarrely-sited pitches. To reach them go to the top...
3
Sport
No sun
Uphill

12 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
sheltered
Light Area
The buttress just to the right of the waterfall has some good rock but the waterfall can be...
12
Trad
Sun and shade
Level

10 mins

Seepage
Deliverance Area
The lower gorge constricts to a narrowing that is dominated by the leaning prow of Deliverance,...
8
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

12 mins

Seepage
sheltered
Cave Route Area
This is one of the UKs great climbing arenas, home to some of the longest and best sport pitches...
26
Sport
Evening sun
Level

10 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For GORDALE

    Masochism Tango
    "This was the first route John and I did together. 1986 NOT 1988" 26/Nov

    Face Route
    "You want to move right a bit from the peg, which makes it about 6a." 03/Nov top50

    Cave Eliminate
    "Some harsh comments! Easily worth 2 stars being a good sustained route on great ..." 08/Jul

    Face Route
    "My mate says that the fixed gear is in a poor state now and then peg on the top ..." 24/Jun top50

    Supercool
    "Totally Awesome!" 25/Jun

    Nothing Lasts Forever
    "A decent route, the fun is packed into the last two bulges. Worth doing." 08/May

    Revitalised
    "Matt Troilett got the fa of this with mick" 30/Jan

    Deliverance
    "The crux is more technical than powerful. If you use the right holds in the righ..." 19/Sep

    Green Carpet
    "Re-bolted last week along with Crash Test Dummy to the left." 14/Sep

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