Headstone Viaduct Buttress

Headstone Viaduct

This fine buttress has only 3 routes and was developed by Paul Freeman who climbed Blockbuster and the Blocky Road to Ruin, and Mark Pretty (The Blocky Horror Show) in 2013. The climbing is short, steep and physical on good holds and despite the names the rock is good quality. All the routes are worth doing.

Aspect:

The crag faces SE and is rarely wet, even in the winter.

Approaches:

The crag is a few hundred yards downstream of the spectacular viaduct at Monsal Head.

Go down the hill from Monsal Head in the direction of Rubicon Wall (NW) and when the road flattens out park on the left. (-1.729252 53.243595)

Walk along a small road past a house and continue along the public footpath to cross the river via a footbridge. Turn L towards the viaduct. Walk under the viaduct and continue for 200m or so and a small crag is visible on the hill on the right. A steep path leads up to the crag.

The Routes

From left to right:

1. Blockbuster (7a+)

2. The Block Horror Show (7b+)

3. The Blocky Road to Ruin (6c+)