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Pillar Rock (OS)

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About Pillar Rock (OS):

Most people are impressed by this huge piece of rock as long as their visit is on a nice, sunny day. After Nape's Needle, it probably has more history attached to it than the entire rest of the Lake District. The climbing is very good in most places, and some of the routes are three-star classics, but the main reason for the stature of this crag is the setting it commands over Ennerdale. With over 100 routes, 300 to 500 feet long, you can climb forever here and not touch the same piece of rock twice. All standards of routes are represented, Mod to E4 at the least, but the best routes are in the lower grades around V Diff, and it is the climber of this standard who will benefit most from a visit. Catches the afternoon sun beautifully, and there are many other crags in the area of a smaller, broken nature, with tons of Diffs and Severes. Explore at will.
Nearest town or city: Wasdale Head
Directions: OS 89 & 90 GR NY 172 125 Alt. 510m 2.5 miles NNW of Wasdale Head. Take the valley to the left from Wasdale Head, and after one mile, follow the right hand valley all the way to the top. Turn left along the ridge, and after half a mile a path will be seen dropping down to the right and around to the crag in about 1,000 yards. The rock itself looks like a lump on the side of the mountain.
Latitude, Longitude: 54.50092, -3.27874
Access Issues:
Camping: Pay
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Quantity of Climbs: Lifetime