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Boat How Crags..Kirk Fell. 
Great Gable 
Napes ,Great Gable, The 
Scafell 

Wasdale Rock Climbing 


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Description 

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.

Wasdale Head is at the end of the moody valley where lies Wastwater (a large mountain lake) - surrounded by the greatest of English peaks, Scafell, Scafell Pike, and Great Gable.
Notable crags are:

  • Scafell Crag
  • The Napes
  • Pillar Rock

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.

Getting There 

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).

Climbing Season

For the England area.

Weather station 9.2 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Wasdale

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wasdale:
Napes Needle   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 6'   The Napes ,Great Gable
Central Buttress.   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 405'   Scafell
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Featured Route For Wasdale
Rock Climbing Photo: First Pitch..Dave Birkett on the FFA of Fanghorn. ...

Fanghorn 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Boat How Crags..Kirk Fell.
Takes the fine arete between the Main Wall and the West Face.Start at the foot of the blunt arete. Classic with perfect rock and great situations. P1)Climb up a small corner to the right of the rib then move left onto the arete. Continue straight up passed an old peg with difficulty. Continue up a groove to a good ledge.65' 5.10b (5c) P2)Traverse left across a flake and make delicate moves around a bulge into a hidden groove which is followed to the top.100' 5.9....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Wasdale Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: This is the barn next to the Wasdale Inn . With a ...
This is the barn next to the Wasdale Inn . With a ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Wastwater Lake. Photo Ann Bowker
Wastwater Lake. Photo Ann Bowker
Rock Climbing Photo: First ever Fell and Rock Climbing Club meet..........
First ever Fell and Rock Climbing Club meet..........
Rock Climbing Photo: Reflections. Wasdale Lake and Valley
Reflections. Wasdale Lake and Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: The Scawfells and Wasdale Lake from a Para glide.....
The Scawfells and Wasdale Lake from a Para glide.....
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the Wasdale Valley viewed across Wasdal...
Looking up the Wasdale Valley viewed across Wasdal...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on the Pinnacle Face of Scawfell Crag
Climbers on the Pinnacle Face of Scawfell Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Michael Kenyon on Centaur.5.9, East Buttress, Scaf...
Michael Kenyon on Centaur.5.9, East Buttress, Scaf...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hiking up from Wasdale to the Scawfell climbs. Was...
Hiking up from Wasdale to the Scawfell climbs. Was...
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading back down to Wasdale.. The famous pub at W...
Heading back down to Wasdale.. The famous pub at W...
Rock Climbing Photo: Wasdale Lake from Yewbarrow...photo. Pete Armstron...
Wasdale Lake from Yewbarrow...photo. Pete Armstron...
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo 1900 on the Wasdale hotel barn traverse
Photo 1900 on the Wasdale hotel barn traverse
Rock Climbing Photo: Evening light on  Wasdale Lake . Looking towards G...
Evening light on Wasdale Lake . Looking towards G...

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