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Lower Crag

  • 3a - Unnamed

    Grade: 5a,5c | First Ascent: -2003
    Rating: 0

  • 3a.1 - Pitch 1

    Grade: 5a | First Ascent:

    Climb the left side of the arête on the left of Stag to the tree, then move right on grassy ledges above the tree to the tree belay of Stag.

  • 3a.2 - Pitch 2

    Grade: 5c | First Ascent:

    From the blocks at the belay, reach a small high handhold and use this to make a difficult step onto the blunt arête on the right. Continue straight up to an easier-angled finish.

  • 1 - Two Overhang Route

    Grade: 4a | First Ascent: (1979-83)
    Rating: 1

    Start at the lowest point on this part of the crag, midway between Long Ridge and the yew. Climb a short, easy, right-slanting groove to the first overhang, then follow a flake crack leftwards to a large ledge. Step right below the second overhang on to the slab above the first overhang and continue rightwards to a shallow groove. Ascend this to a small ledge, then follow the leftward-leading break to the arête, and finish up this.

  • 2 - Cartmel Groove

    Grade: 4b | First Ascent: -1987
    Rating: 0

    From the top of the initial groove of Two Overhang Route, continue over the overhang with difficulty then follow the continuation groove past the small ledge on Two Overhang Route, until it is possible to step left on to the arête at the top.

  • 3 - Elk

    Grade: | First Ascent: (1986-87)
    Rating: 0

    Five metres farther right, above the left side of the broken rocks, is a flat ledge at three metres. The climb takes a direct line up the wall from this ledge.