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The traditional center of rock climbing in Britain. Although rock climbs were done prior to the ascents here, it is the ascent of Napes Needle by Hasket Smith in 1886 which is popularly regarded as the UK's first rock climb which satisfied the requirements of such - i.e doing it for its own sake.
All of them can claim to have magnificent traditional mountain routes.
Where to stay
Although there are some local B&B's and Inns, The Wasdale Head Inn is the place to stay (get reservations) because it is steeped in climbing history and old pictures and climbing gear adorn the walls. An alternate is Strands Hotel at Nether Wasdale, they have mirco-brewery on site!!! There's also a large campsite, for those inclined or short of cash, nice if the weather's fine.
An adventure unto itself! But what the heck, you're driving a rental! Exit from the M6 North at Junction 36 and towards the town of Newby Bridge (A590) from there it's still the A590, then the A595 to Ravenglass, continue to Gosforth. Now turn right onto a narrow road which (if you follow the signs) will take you east to Wasdale Head (on single lane roads).
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Central Buttress. 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Scafell
One of the Lake Districts most famous climbs,well ahead of its time . It was not until 1956 with the ascent of Post Mortem in Borrowdale that a new era in grades was seen in the Lake District. Located on Scafell Crag.Starts right of a short rocky step in the path below the crag,about 30' left of the chimney of Moss Gill. P1)Ascend a narrow ramp leftwards to a belay.50'5.6.P2)Climb up and traverse to a crack which leads to the left end of a large ledge. Move right to a belay below the obvious fl...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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