Ridges of England, Wales and Ireland - Scrambles and Climbs - a Cicerone guide

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The Ridges of England, Wales and Ireland

Scrambles, rock climbs and winter routes

by Dan Bailey
Book published by Cicerone Press

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. 


  • Activities
    ridge-walking, scrambling, climbing
  • Seasons
    most routes can be done throughout the year but are suitable in winter only for those with the required fitness and skills
  • Centres
    Lake District, Snowdonia, Peak District, Exmoor, Cornwall, Isle of Wight, Connemara, Kerry
  • Difficulty
    suitable for experienced mountain walkers, scramblers and climbers with routes to suit all levels of ability – advanced skills required in winter
  • Must See
    ridge walks: Snowdon Horseshoe, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks Ridge Traverse, Blencathra via Sharp Edge and Hallsfell Ridge; climbs: Needle Ridge (Great Gable), Skeleton Ridge (Isle of Wight), Howling Ridge (Carrauntoohil)
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Map key

Location of routes 


So what is a ridge anyway? 

Geographical spread 

Grades and difficulty 

Learning the ropes? 

Staying safe 

What gear? 

Winter routes 


Wild nights out 

Environmental considerations 

Getting around 



Using this guidebook 

The Lake District

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 

The Rest of England 

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

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