Contributed by Kendal Wall Jul/13 - This public hilllist has been seen 16,139 times

In a summer 2013 article there was a proposal of the 100 best climbs in Britain, only 5 of which were in the Lake District! Being based in the Lakes area we felt somewhat aggrieved, as were many of our customers here at Kendal Wall. So in response to this highly inaccurate list, we thought we would create our own list of the top 100 routes in Britain and as bias would have it, they are all in the Lakes area. This really is the ultimate Lakes tick list ranging from Middlefell Buttress (Diff) through to the impressive Impact Day (E9). There is also some sport climbing and of course to make the list up to a round 100 you need to climb the best indoor route in the area – Kendal Main Wall (6a+)

A gorgeous autumn outing on Little Chamonix.   © KelliePyart
A gorgeous autumn outing on Little Chamonix.
© KelliePyart, Oct 2023

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User Percentage Latest Log
1st Hidden 90% 18 Aug, 2015
2nd Ade Nelhams 87% 2023
3rd Bob 71% 2013
4th Hidden 66% 9 Jun, 2023
4th CMoore 66% 27 Apr
5th Steve Crowe 60% 17 Apr, 2009
5th GPN 60% 29 Jun, 2019
6th simon cox 59% 18 Mar, 2019
7th Martin Bennett 55% 5 Jun, 2023
8th Shaw Brown 51% 13 May, 2023

Map of routes in this ticklist

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Note: Only showing summits, scrambles, winter routes, and low grade climbs

Distribution of grades

Top 12 photos of this hilllist

Chris Bonington still climbing at 78. Legend

Little Chamonix
Chris Bonington still climbing at 78. Legend
© Paluchi

Jade making her way up Botterill's Slab in the cloud.

Botterill's Slab
Jade making her way up Botterill's Slab in the cloud.
© JohnHartley

great night on napes needle

The Wasdale Crack
great night on napes needle
© tjmillen

Trad team on Rake End Chimney, Pavey Ark.

Rake End Chimney
Trad team on Rake End Chimney, Pavey Ark.
© Grey O'Dwyer

"Katie, can you climb Little Chamonix in a dinosaur suit?" "You bet Jurassican!"

Little Chamonix
"Katie, can you climb Little Chamonix in a dinosaur suit?" "You bet Jurassican!"
© Luke Briggs

The first 'climb to BASE' exit of Tophet Wall.

Tophet Wall
The first 'climb to BASE' exit of Tophet Wall.
© Tom McNally

OK, I know everyone posts the same photo of this route, but it's definitely a classic shot.

Corvus
OK, I know everyone posts the same photo of this route, but it's definitely a classic shot.
© Derry

Post lockdown sending in the Lake District

Bleed In Hell
Post lockdown sending in the Lake District
© Marc Langley

'Enjoying' the exposure on the poorly protected 'off-route variation' to Pink Panther - Dow Crag

Pink Panther
'Enjoying' the exposure on the poorly protected 'off-route variation' to Pink Panther - Dow Crag
© Dave Warburton

The guidebook shot

Troutdale Pinnacle
The guidebook shot
© Adventuring With Mike

Robbie Philips moving into the crux of Bleed in Hell

Bleed In Hell
Robbie Philips moving into the crux of Bleed in Hell
© Marc Langley

Jade emerging from the mist on Botterill's Slab

Botterill's Slab
Jade emerging from the mist on Botterill's Slab
© JohnHartley


Add Climb name Grade Ticks? Height Crag name
Middlefell Buttress D *** 4518 75m • 3 Raven Crag...
Giant's Crawl (Summer) D *** 1101 ? Dow Crag
'C' Ordinary Route (Summer) VD *** 1029 ? Dow Crag
Corvus D *** 2354 ? • 5 Raven Crag, Combe...
Rake End Chimney D ** 107 ? Pavey Ark
Brown Slabs D ** 2593 36m Shepherd’s Crag
Little Chamonix VD *** 7837 70m • 4 Shepherd’s Crag
Bowfell Buttress HS 4b *** 1160 110m • 4 Bowfell
Trinity Slabs VD ** 1257 ? • 3 Wallowbarrow Crag
Ash Tree Slabs VD *** 1755 ? Gimmer Crag
New West Climb VD *** 442 ? Pillar
Troutdale Pinnacle S *** 3762 105m • 6 Black Crag...
Gillercombe Buttress S 4a *** 1862 ? Gillercombe
Thomas S 4a *** 1895 ? • 3 Wallowbarrow Crag
Murray's Route S 4a *** 1105 ? Dow Crag
Tophet Wall HS 4b *** 1347 75m • 4 The Napes
Bracket and Slab Climb VS 4b *** 1453 97m • 5 Gimmer Crag
Bridge's Route HS 4b *** 343 ? Esk Buttress (Dow...
The Wasdale Crack HS 4c *** 1214 17m • 2 The Napes
The Crack VS 4c *** 1220 ? Gimmer Crag
Eliminate 'A' VS 4c *** 1330 110m • 6 Dow Crag
Eagle's Nest Ridge Direct VS 4b *** 341 45m The Napes
Eagle Front VS 4c *** 320 150m • 8 Eagle Crag...
Fool's Paradise VS 4c *** 488 110m • 5 Gowder Crag
Eve VS 4c *** 1963 ? Shepherd’s Crag
The Gordian Knot VS 4c *** 907 ? White Ghyll
Communist Convert VS 4c ** 150 ? Raven Crag,...
Overhanging Bastion HVS 5a *** 991 ? Castle Rock of...
Botterill's Slab VS 4c *** 782 87m • 3 Scafell Crag
Beowulf VS 4c ** 46 ? Scrubby Crag
Golden Slipper HVS 5a *** 1084 ? Pavey Ark
Kipling Groove HVS 5a *** 1226 ? Gimmer Crag
Cleopatra HVS 5a ** 243 ? Buckstone How
Gazebo HVS 5a * 806 ? Castle Rock of...
Electron HVS 5a *** 53 ? Pillar
Mandrake HVS 5a *** 981 ? Quayfoot Buttress
Lakeland Cragsman HVS 5a *** 997 45m Sergeant Crag Slabs
Behind the Lines HVS 5a *** 393 ? Hodge Close Quarry
Leopard's Crawl HVS 5a *** 514 ? Dow Crag
Great Central Route HVS 5b *** 86 ? Dow Crag
Dedication Direct Start E1 5b *** 225 50m Falcon Crag
The Red Edge E1 5a *** 325 60m • 2 Esk Buttress (Dow...
Gormenghast E1 5b *** 427 53m • 3 Heron Crag, Eskdale
The Philistine E1 5b *** 231 ? High Crag
Autopsy E1 5b ** 20 ? Eagle Crag...
Harlot Face E1 5b ** 343 ? Castle Rock of...
Totalitarian E1 5c *** 323 ? • 4 Raven Crag,...
Hell's Groove E1 5b ** 86 ? Scafell East...
Praying Mantis E1 5b *** 564 ? • 3 Goat Crag,...
Catacomb E1 5b *** 188 ? Dow Crag
Nimrod E1 5c *** 434 ? Dow Crag
Saxon E2 5c *** 268 ? Scafell Crag
Astra E2 5c *** 372 ? Pavey Ark
Gillette E2 5c 23 35m Neckband Crag
Central Pillar E2 5b *** 442 ? • 6 Esk Buttress (Dow...
The Go Between E2 5c *** 297 ? Quayfoot Buttress
Tumbleweed Connection E2 5c *** 223 ? Goat Crag,...
The Lord of the Rings E2 5c *** 41 340m • 14 Scafell East...
The Tomb E3 5c *** 60 ? Gable Crag
Ichabod E2 5c *** 287 ? Scafell East...
Equus E2 5c *** 265 ? Gimmer Crag
Copenhagen E2 5c ** 118 ? Hardknott Crag
Pink Panther E2 5c *** 261 ? Dow Crag
Shifter E3 6a *** 212 ? Burnt Crag
Roaring Silence E3 5c *** 89 ? Scafell East...
White Noise E3 5c *** 410 ? Reecastle Crag
Prana E3 5c *** 298 ? Black Crag...
Paladin E3 6a *** 182 ? White Ghyll
The Vikings E3 5c *** 37 57m • 3 The Napes
The White Wizard E3 5c *** 105 96m • 5 Scafell Crag
Malice in Wonderland E4 5c *** 168 43m Hodge Close Quarry
Empire E3 6a ** 87 ? Raven Crag,...
Tumble E4 6a *** 165 ? Dow Crag
Lost Horizons E4 6b *** 52 ? Scafell East...
Bitter Oasis E4 5c *** 159 ? Goat Crag,...
Top Gear E4 6a *** 78 ? Raven Crag,...
Tapestry E4 6a *** 7 ? Pillar
The Medlar E4 6a *** 65 ? Raven Crag,...
The Exorcist E4 5c *** 117 ? Armathwaite
Trilogy E5 6a *** 143 31m Raven Crag...
The Cumbrian E5 6b *** 107 80m • 4 Esk Buttress (Dow...
Penal Servitude E5 6b *** 140 ? Reecastle Crag
Fast and Furious E5 6a *** 32 ? Dove Crag (Dovedale)
Wargames 7b+ *** 190 24m Chapel Head Scar
Shere Khan E5 6a *** 45 ? Scafell East...
Life in the Fast Lane E5 6b ** 12 ? Hodge Close Quarry
High Performance E5 6b *** 30 ? Raven Crag,...
Phantom Zone 7c *** 140 20m Chapel Head Scar
Hell's Wall E6 6c *** 54 ? Bowderstone Crags
Footless Crow E6 6c *** 32 ? Goat Crag,...
Sixpence E6 6b *** 22 ? Pavey Ark
Borderline E7 6c *** 1 ? Scafell East...
Liquid Engineering E6 6b ** 8 ? Raven Crag,...
Western Union E6 6b *** 26 ? Iron Crag
The Torture Board E7 6c ** 25 ? Reecastle Crag
Dawes Rides a Shovelhead E8 6c *** 11 ? Raven Crag...
Fear of Failure E8 6c *** - 50m Dove Crag (Dovedale)
Bleed In Hell E8 6c *** 9 ? Bowderstone Crags
Impact Day E8 6c *** 4 33m Pavey Ark
Wall Route F6a+ 6a+ 406 ? Indoor Climbing Wall
203 e, 278 stars 61,546 2,104m 182
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