WIDDOP


A fine set of rounded buttresses looking out over the Widdop Reservoir and the high and wild moors of the bandit country on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border. Although Widdop is well known for its bouldering, the routes tend to be off the regular circuit, but call in on a fine warm afternoon and a good time is pretty much assured with quality routes from VDiff to E9.
Conditions
The crag faces due north and, set at an altitude of 350m, it is best enjoyed as a high summer venue. Sadly the crag is often a lurid green colour even in the summer so visits are best made after a good dry spell. Fortunately the rock is often in rather better condition than its appearance might suggest so it is always worth a closer look. It will catch any wind that is going, especially a cold one from the north.

Routes

40 trad routes (M...E9)
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
Mystery Buttress
The fine buttress above the dam is home to a good collection of rather devious routes that include...
13
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Overhang Buttress
The central section of rock at Widdop takes the form a series of imposing overhangs. In general the...
13
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

15 mins

Windy
Piton Crack
High up on the hillside is the main bulk of Purgatory Buttress. To the left, the diminutive green...
4
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

18 mins

Windy
Purgatory Buttress
Originally known as Guinea Pig Buttress (look at the boulder on its crest) this is arguably the...
10
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

18 mins

Windy
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  • Latest Comments

    For WIDDOP

    Ordinary Route
    "I'd strongly suggest pitching this route before the stomach traverse as otherwis..." 07/Jul

    The Flake Finish
    "1 Star, give me a break! more like 3 stars. its one reason to drive all the way ..." 16/Sep

    Reservoir Dogs
    "I think crucial pebbles came off the crux after the 3rd? ascent and made the rou..." 12/Sep

    The Layback Finish
    "Bold, slopey and a sandbag finish. Stick to the lakeside boulders!" 08/May

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