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A guide to summer scrambles, technical rock routes and winter climbs on ridges in the Lake District, Snowdonia, Peak District, Exmoor, the Isle of Wight, Kerry and Connemara, covering popular classics and obscure gems, from Sharp Edge to Skeleton Ridge. With great photographs, this guide is both celebration of the landscape and route guide.
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Who could resist a good ridge? Stony tightropes stringing the peaks, gap-toothed like jawbones, chiselled crests spearing out of sea surge or corrie shadow – these are the stuff of climbing dreams.
This book complements Cicerone’s popular Scotland’s Mountain Ridges, describing and celebrating the best routes of this type across the rest of Britain and Ireland, and bringing them all together in one place for the first time. Ranging from balmy (and occasionally barmy) seaside trips and roadside quick fixes to strenuous snowy days in the high hills, the selection described here reflects the diversity of mountaineering and traditional climbing in our islands, and the dazzling patchwork of contrasting landscapes in which these adventures can be enjoyed.
There’s a new adventure for everyone here – scrambling beginners and experienced climbers alike.
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Location of routes
So what is a ridge anyway?
Grades and difficulty
Learning the ropes?
Wild nights out
Using this guidebook
1 Sharp Edge and Hallsfell Ridge, Blencathra
2 Striding Edge and Swirral Edge, Helvellyn
3 East Ridges of Nethermost Pike and Dollywagon Pike
4 Pinnacle Ridge, St Sunday Crag
5 Westmorland’s Route, Dove Crag
6 Langdale Pikes ridges
7 Crenation Ridge, Pikes Crag
8 Pikes Crag Ridge
9 Yewbarrow Traverse
10 Sphinx Ridge via the Climber’s Traverse, Great Gable
11 Arrowhead Ridge, Great Gable
12 Eagle’s Nest Ridge, Great Gable
13 Napes Needle and Needle Ridge, Great Gable
14 Pinnacle Ridge, Gable Crag
15 Cam Crag Ridge and Intake Ridge
16 Grey Crag Linkup
17 Ridges of Winnats Pass, Peak District
18 Skeleton Ridge, Isle of Wight
19 The Claw, Exmoor Coast
20 Commando Ridge, Bosigran, Cornwall
21 Amphitheatre Buttress, Craig yr Ysfa
22 Crib Lem, Carnedd Dafydd
23 Circuit of the Southern Carneddau
24 Pinnacle Ridge, Braich Ty Du face, Pen yr Ole Wen
25 Needle’s Eye Arete, Foel Goch
26 East Ridge, Y Garn
27 Central Arete, Glyder Fawr
28 Sub Cneifion Rib and Cneifion Arete
29 Dolmen Ridge, Glyder Fach
30 East Gully Arete, Glyder Fach
31 Cwm Bochlwyd Horseshoe
32 Daear Ddu, Moel Siabod
33 Snowdon Horseshoe
34 Clogwyn y Person Arete, Garnedd Ugain
35 Gyrn Lâs Ridge, Garnedd Ugain
36 Lliwedd via Y Gribin
37 Ridge Route, Slanting Buttress, Lliwedd
38 Nantlle Ridge
39 Sentries’ Ridge, Mynydd Mawr
40 South Ridge, Rhinog Fach
41 Cyfrwy Arete via Table Direct, Cadair Idris
42 MacGillycuddy’s Reeks Ridge Traverse
43 Stumpa an tSaimh and the Beenkeragh Horseshoe;
44 Howling Ridge, Carrauntoohil
45 Faha Ridge, Mount Brandon
46 East Ridge, Brandon Peak
47 Carrot Ridge, Bencorr
48 Mweelrea Circuit
Route summary table
Appendix 1: Further adventures
Appendix 2: Further reading
Appendix 3: Useful contacts and websites
Appendix 4: Glossary of climbing jargon