Another esoteric venue, this time it's a small roof
high up in Guisborough Forest. It's a good little training place for locals.
Banks © Steven Phelps
Reference: NZ 637152
Aspect: North West
Approach: 3 minutes
Situation and Character
East Banks is a small roof at the very eastern end of Guisborough
Forest. There's a limited amount of bouldering on solid sandstone which is
probably only worth a visit if you happen to be in the local area. It's worth
taking a soft brush just to dust the top off before an ascent and there are
other bits of rock around but this seems to be as good as it gets.
Access and Approaches
Take Whitby Lane out of Guisborough passing Gisborough Hall. At the
roundabout take the third exit onto the 171 southbound and after about 300m turn
right, this junction is about half a mile west of the village of Slapewath. Take
the rough track going up past the Farm and across the dismantled railway into
the fields. At the junction with Old Park Farm, take the left fork which turns
into a concrete road as you reach the woods. At the top and as you leave the
woods, parking can be found on the left just past a metal gate. Go through a
small wooden gate and follow the Cleveland Way heading west. Cross a small
ravine and about 150m after the second gate, the buttress is visible down on
your right just before the path levels out.
All problems are from sitting unless otherwise stated and most were
done using the obvious pedestals for the feet to start. Problems are described
from left to right.
1. Westworth Wall 6b+ *
Start using the break for the left hand and an obvious jug for the right.
Climb the wall direct on horizontal slots.
2. East Banks Odyssey 6a+ *
Start as for Westworth Wall up to the first slot. Traverse
rightwards across to the rail of Three Drives, up which you finish. Can also be
extended to Blast Furnace at around the same grade. Another variation
with a standing start at the layaway hold at the top left of the buttress and
moving across the wall to join the traverse before the rail is 6b.
3. Air Wave 6b *
Start underneath the overhang at the break. Reach out to a small hold just
above the lip, then follow the vague scoop direct. A variation coming in from
the left at the first slot of Westworth Wall can also be done at
4. Unsolved Mysteries 6a+ *
Start underneath at a break above a pedestal about 1m to the right. Traverse
up and left to finish up the vague scoop.
5. Three Drives 5
Start at the break again. Make a long reach to a rail before a direct finish
up the blunt arÍte. Another variation can also be done by making the first few
moves of Unsolved Mysteries before climbing the left side of the
arÍte utilising a small pocket at 6b
6. Praxis 5
An eliminate between the arÍte and crack. Avoiding the rail, make a long
reach right from the break and climb past a deep hole.
7. Instinct 4+
Follow the crack line starting with a flat edge and any hold out left. Be
careful of the dislodged flake underneath.
8. Blast Furnace 5
Start with a small edge just where the overhang starts and a right hand
pocket. Climb the bulge at the right end.