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57m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
Main Wall's most famous line is a fine climb that follows a subtle left-to-right line of weakness through an intimidating rockscape. A classic. Start on a grassy ledge at the base of the line.
1) 5a, 25m. From the left-hand side of the ledge move boldly up a small corner in the blunt arete to double pegs (as for Central Wall). Traverse right, beneath a line of overhangs past a number of pegs to a ledge under a shattered looking wall. Climb up rightwards across the wall to a corner and take this to a peg and nut belay on a slab, 5m below the main line of overhangs.
2) 4b, 32m. Climb up past a peg to the overhang and move over it on good holds. Move rightwards and up a broken rib before heading back leftwards under a line of overhangs until it is possible to gain the base of a wide depression. Climb up the middle of the depression, passing a peg, to an exit left at the very top. © Rockfax

C J S Bonington, G Francis, H H M Rogers 23/Oct/1957.

Ticklists

Hard Rock, Rockfax SW select - Avon gorge routes, West Country Climbs, 100 best limestone climbs in Britain, Rockfax West Country top 50, Ultimate HVS ticklist, The BMC 70th Anniversary Ticklist, The Main Wall Mal Challenge, 100 Best South West Mid Grade Routes, Bogies Challenge, CC GUIDE (2016): Avon Gorge - 1-3 Star Classic & Hard Rock, Hard Rock 2020, South West Climbs - Pat Littlejohn (1st Ed.), Hard Rock, 2020 Trips, The post lockdown local list, Avon HVS challenge, Best of Avon Gorge VD - HVS, So you think your an Avon Climber?

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Steve Bartle 23 Jul Show βeta
βeta: Immediately above the 2nd belay is a sapling and at the base of it is a large juggy flake. Despite it being the obvious hold I would really avoid hauling on it or placing too much weight on it!
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βeta: Immediately above the 2nd belay is a sapling and at the base of it is a large juggy flake. Despite it being the obvious hold I would really avoid hauling on it or placing too much weight on it!
val.ismaili 20 Jul Show βeta
βeta: Black tricam in the left pocket is better than the red tricam in the right pocket.
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βeta: Black tricam in the left pocket is better than the red tricam in the right pocket.
hpm2105 13 Jul Show βeta
βeta: Fantastic climb. P1: Start is a bit confusing and bold (I think I did a hybrid of the two options) but it gets progressively easier after that. P2: quite straightforward with good protection throughout.
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βeta: Fantastic climb. P1: Start is a bit confusing and bold (I think I did a hybrid of the two options) but it gets progressively easier after that. P2: quite straightforward with good protection throughout.
Colin Knowles 29 Jun Show βeta
βeta: The two ash belay trees at the base are suffering from ash dieback, as is the ash tree below the belay on pitch 1.
 
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βeta: The two ash belay trees at the base are suffering from ash dieback, as is the ash tree below the belay on pitch 1.
Katsmiff 6 May, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: The nut and peg belay is no longer as I removed the nut. So now peg and peg belay.
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βeta: The nut and peg belay is no longer as I removed the nut. So now peg and peg belay.
Euan Todd 1 May, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Rock #3 and red tricam make the crux quite well protected.
 
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βeta: Rock #3 and red tricam make the crux quite well protected.

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Route of Interest

Great Central Route

Grade: HVS 5a ***
(Avon Gorge (Main Area))