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Bolton Wall

  • 8 - Step Left

    Grade: 5c | First Ascent: -1998
    Rating: 0

    Start below a neb above the crag and climb the thin crack, then step left at half-height.

  • 9 - Inverted Y

    Grade: 4c | First Ascent: -1997
    Rating: 0

    Climb twin cracks in the centre of the first wall until they join, then finish up the flake crack above.

  • 10 - Slim Corner

    Grade: 4b | First Ascent: (Pre-1987)
    Rating: 0

    Two metres farther right climb the right-facing groove.

  • 11 - Show us yer Topos

    Grade: 5b | First Ascent: (Pre-1987)
    Rating: 1

    The prominent, overhung groove between the two walls, which has a peg low down, proves difficult at the bulge. Follow the slabby upper section and exit on the left.

  • 12 - Stadium

    Grade: 5a | First Ascent: -1998
    Rating: 1

    Three metres to the right of the alcove there is a thin, curving crack that widens at its top. Climb this, then finish easily over blocks.

  • 13 - The 10p Giro

    Grade: 5b | First Ascent: Pre-1987
    Rating: 0

    Two metres to the right is a thin peg-scarred crack. Climb this to a finish up Stadium.

  • 14 - Letter-box Wall

    Grade: 5b | First Ascent: (Pre-1994)
    Rating: 0

    Start two metres farther right and climb the cracked wall above the right-hand side of a letter-box at three metres.

  • 15 - Bolton Staircase

    Grade: 4a | First Ascent: (Pre-1997)
    Rating: 0

    Start three metres to the right. Climb up to a ledge, then move right to a short corner and climb the blunt rib on the right using sloping holds. This route may become easier with cleaning.