Grooved Slab Area

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Evening sun
10 mins

A fine slab of sandstone, open aspect and a great picnic area make this Helsby’s most popular destination. There are some some pretty decent routes here as well! Grooved Slab is the best lower grade route on the cliff and Beatnik is a long-standing test-piece.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
14m. A classic sandstone test-piece. Climb the short crack then balance up the near vertical slab using the tiny half-moon...
2 user comments
3 Stars
E5 6a
240 Volt Shocker
14m. Trend right up the steep face making strenuous use of the 'light bulb' hold to reach relief at the deep break.
1 Stars
E5 6c
Twin Scoops
14m. Bold and delicate. Climb the pair of crescent-shaped grooves to runners in the break then the ever-steeper scoop trending...
3 user comments
2 Stars
E1 5c
The Gangway
24m. Teeter up the crescent-shaped crack then at its top climb the shallow groove leftwards to the the break. Upward progress...
1 Stars
VS 4b
Grooved Slab
14m. The classic of the crag, although protection could be better. From the grass ledge climb the groove to its end then step...
7 user comments
3 Stars
VS 4a
The Brush Off Direct
14m. Climb the steep slab 2m to the right of Grooved Slab to a breather at the break. Step right and finish up the steep upper...
1 Stars
E4 6a
The Brush Off
14m. Climb past the useful chipped 'R' the trend left up the steep slab to the break and a junction with the The Direct....
3 Stars
E4 5c
The Brush Off Direct Finish
14m. Climb The Brush Off to the break then step right and sketch up the centre of the bold steep and tenuous wall.
1 user comment
1 Stars
E5 6a
Jim's Chimney
14m. A misnomer if ever there was one. Climb through the shallow oval groove then on up the bulging face above.
2 user comments
2 Stars
E3 6a
Little by Little
14m. Follow the slippery chipped ladder then sidle right into the left leaning groove which leads to the ledge of Meadow...
1 user comment
1 Stars
S 4a
Oyster Slab Super Direct
14m. Climb the slab to the base of the groove of Little by Little the continue steeply just to the right of the arete.
1 user comment
1 Stars
HS 5a
Oyster Slab Direct
14m. Take the centre of the rippled slab to the break in the overhangs. Pull right through this and finish up the face.
1 Stars
VS 4b
Oyster Slab Rout III
14m. A couple of metres left of the grotty groove (Trojan Crack - S 4a) climb straight up the slab to the bulges, undercut...
1 user comment
1 Stars
VS 5b
The Notch
10m. A logical finish to many of the previous routes. Climb the juggy rib to ledges then traverse left and climb steeply to and...
1 Stars
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