|Grid Ref: NU224145 Aspect: W Routes: 45 Max Length: 12 Average Length: 8||Warning |
|Altitude: 120 mtrs Walk in: 2 mins Route quality: * Bouldering quality: poor|| |
A wooded whinstone crag with an 18th century castle-like folly on the top and lot of good little routes in the lower grades.The friction is good and the whinstone is on teh whole reliable.There has been some recent clearance of woods in the section of wood under the folly and as a result the north end of the crag is nice and airy, the south end is still engulfed in the wood, although the climbing is good.
Whinstone Quartz Dolerite, Permo-Carboniferous
Ask at the folly atop the crag. The easiest way is to do one of the lines around Narrow Buttress which bring you out at the entrance to the folly, then ask!
Routes were first recorded on Ratcheugh by Peter Biven whilst he was stationed at RAF Boulmer. He recorded over 20 routes up to HVS, but none can be identified today. In more recent years, the Wanneys Climbing Club systematically developed the crag and produced an excellent little hand printed guide. The hand-drawn diagram, most descriptions and route names are based on that guide. The only recorded hard line, Girlfriend in a Coma was soloed by both Hayden Rouse and Andrew Pedley in May 1990.