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:
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).
Weather station 9.2 miles from here
9 Total Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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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
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