Church Buttress

This fine little buttress has 3 sport routes and and is is just a few minutes from Central Buttress in Water Cum Jolly. It was originally developed as an aid climbing venue in 1959. These routes were freed as trad routes in the 1970s. The sport routes were added more recently by Paul Freeman and Mark Pretty and take independent lines.


The crag faces north and is shady most of the time making it a pleasant summer venue.


From the left end of Central Buttress continue along the path past several small crags. The left most of these is easily recognizable by the prominent horizontal roof at 10 metres.

The Routes

Church Buttress topo, Water Cum Jolly

The right side of the roof is climbed via the obvious groove, Vicar’s Vertigo E2 5c ★.

1. More Tea Vicar (6b+)
To the L of Vicar’s Vertigo a line up to the centre of the buttress to the roof past 4 BRs. BB on the L.

2. Let Rip (7b)
Climb More Tea Vicar then straight over the roof on the left side.

3. Rectal Revenge (7b)
From the top of More Tea Vicar move R and through the roof into the hanging corner above.