GORDALE


Gordale is one of the UK's major limestone climbing destinations having a mix of adventurous trad climbing and magnificent sport climbs. On first acquaintance Gordale is an impressive but intimidating spot, its small waterfalls and stream being sandwiched between overhanging walls with only vague natural lines of weakness evident. The climbing itself is challenging and ranges from extremely rewarding but committing trad climbs on sometimes less than reliable rock to long and very sustained sport lines - the best being on excellent rock. The finest climbs are exclusively limited to the higher grades. Like nearby Malham Cove, Gordale is a very popular tourist spot and during the summer holidays there is a constant line of ramblers scrambling up the gorge, however during summer evenings, and out of holiday periods, the gorge can be very quiet.

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 seen from the approach path. In common with the rest of...
15
Trad and Sport
Lots of sun!
Level

5 mins

Seepage
Rebel Area
An overhang-capped pillar with an intimidating trio of hard trad lines that are approached via a...
13
Trad and Sport
No sun
Level

5 mins

Seepage
Windy
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

10 mins

Seepage
Kaarst Buttress
A minor buttress that is pleasantly sited amongst spectacular scenery. The rock is unusual and the...
5
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

10 mins

Seepage
The Grotto
Above and behind the upper waterfall are a small number well-hidden pitches that take in some very...
6
Sport
No sun
Uphill

12 mins

Seepage
Waterfall Buttress
The buttress just to the right of the waterfall has some good rock and a few esoteric sport lines...
12
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

8 mins

Seepage
Deliverance Buttress
The lower gorge constricts to a narrowing that is dominated by the leaning prow of Deliverance,...
8
Trad
No sun
Uphill

10 mins

Seepage
Windy
Solstice Wall
Down and right of the Deliverance Buttress the wall is dominated by a huge roof. Below and left of...
7
Trad and Sport
Afternoon sun
Level

7 mins

Seepage
Cave Route Area
A stunning wall that is the setting for some equally impressive routes. The centre of the wall is...
29
Trad and Sport
Evening sun
Level

5 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
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  • Latest Comments

    For GORDALE

    Wise Crack
    "Changed from 5c * to E3 5c *, no votes" 19/Nov

    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 Ever 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

    Shadowlands
    "Simply brilliant - even more exciting than the photo in the YMC guide suggests. ..." 30/Aug

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