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North Walls

  • 11 - Lancastrian

    Grade: 5b | First Ascent: -1996
    Rating: 1

    Start in the centre of the front face of the first buttress and climb this to a peg, then step left to finish on widely spaced holds.

  • 12 - Lost Arrow

    Grade: 5a | First Ascent: -1981
    Rating: 0

    Surmount the overhang at the right-hand side of the front face and continue up the crack to the left of the arête.

  • 13 - Limbo

    Grade: 4a | First Ascent: -1981
    Rating: 0

    Takes the crack up the right-hand side of the inside wall, traversing left along the horizontal break to finish.

  • 14 - Downward Bound

    Grade: | First Ascent: -1983
    Rating: 0

    The arête of the small buttress immediately to the right.

  • 15 - Star Sailor

    Grade: 4c | First Ascent: -1984
    Rating: 0

    Climb the corner to the left of The Pross to the overhang then hand-traverse right to finish up that route.

  • 16 - The Pross

    Grade: 5b | First Ascent: -1975
    Rating: 2

    The original hard route of the quarry. Though it is now easier since a block fell off it is ,nevertheless, still strenuous and sustained. The third buttress is characterized by a curious hole beneath a neb. Ascend a crack on the right of the arête, then traverse round and go up to the hole. Move right below the roof then finish up the crack directly above the arête.

  • 17 - Ghost Dancer

    Grade: 5c | First Ascent: -1984
    Rating: 0

    Start a little to the right. Climb the wall direct via a flake and a small sandy pocket.

  • 18 - Ho

    Grade: 4b | First Ascent: -1978
    Rating: 1

    On the right there is a groove capped by an overhang. Climb this and the crack above.