Lancashire Wall

1 Stars
 HVS 5a

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The centre of the wall has a delicate start from a block and a good finish up the short leaning front face of the final block. Low in the grade and a good bet for a first HVS, always assuming the tilted summit block stays where it is!
FA. Dave Kenyon late 1970s


Soft 5a, easy all the way but very reachy at the top section for final top out.
Steve Barker - 27/Aug/03

Quite easy but nice climbing between breaks to reach the final hurdle. Well protected all the way and good pro below the crux (which is the very last move). A very long reach for the top even if you are quite tall- and in a very "out there" position. This would be a good first HVS maybe.
Jon Croxford - 22/Feb/04

Amazing climb. The crux (the final move) is quite reachy as others have said, but a really great move, just commit to it and you'll be fine.
Barnaby Partridge - 14/Jul/04

Standard VS 5a, Steady climbing to top break, loads of gear to protect one reachy move. THere are far harder VS's on stanage.
simon.a - 24/Nov/04

very soft touch... i didnt find the reach too bad and im 5"6. the pro is amazing throughout, take lots of friends
free_doherty - 21/May/05

i found the top move quite reachy (5'11) but it's possible even if you're 5'4 (like my second), you just gotta work your feet higher.
leon skeldon - 11/Jul/05

I really enjoyed it, great final move that's well protected. I didn't think it was that easy at the grade, just about right.
David Berry - 05/Jun/07

Even though the pro is great I still thought it felt commiting. I think if you wern't a HVS climber, setting out on this route would seem tricky for a VS leader. With the grade having dropped to VS in the new BMC guide, i'm sure there are going to be a few shaky legs...
Alexander Wheeldon - 10/Nov/07

At the end I remarked to my mate that I'd have no complaints if it was graded VS 5a. Then I found it was in the new Stanage guide. Which was nice.
Matt1000 - 23/Sep/08

Quite sustained and would be hard for VS 5a. If you avoid the crack on the left and arete on the right then it's a great route, takes lots of cams and has some nice crimpy, reachy moves at the top.
mark20 - 08/Apr/09

Really enjoyed this, lovely face climb through the breaks with a fantastic committing finish after placing bomber pro. I think Rockfax have got this right as lower end HVS and the new BMC guide is, well, misguided. IMHO, of course.
jeffsheard - 02/Sep/09

HVS? My arse.
NIgel Patching - 18/Jun/10

VS4c climbing but has a very reach dependent crux fortunately above good gear, for shorties its hard even at HVS give yourself 5b for the bottle to make a dyno.
shaun walby - 12/Aug/10

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