The New Statesman | E8 Trad climb at Ilkley Cow And Calf

John Dunne:

It is undoubtedly one of the best route on grit, in terms of the line, the position and of course climbing. [1]


[1] Yorkshire Gritstone Volume 2, 2014. Page 63.

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John Dunne
Added at 18:02 on 27 February 2021
John Dunne
Added at 15:08 on 30 August 2022
Neil Bentley
Added at 08:12 on 04 December 2021


6 recorded ascents.

Climber Style FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
John Dunne Lead (Worked) Oct 1987

Seb Grieve Lead (Worked) 10th May 1995

Second ascent.

Pete Hurley Lead (Worked) 2003

Fourth ascent.

Alex Honnold Lead (Worked) 15th Nov 2008

Awesome line. Much, much harder than the EOTA [End of the Affair] or Gaia. Thank to the random folk nearby for lending a few pads.

Gordon Lennox Lead (Worked)
Neil Bentley Lead (Worked)

Third ascent.