I'd forgotten how good Ravensdale was- why has no one climbed these routes before? I'm actually amazed. The routes feel pretty big when you're on them- as big as the parts of Highcliffe which are climbable anyway; and the climbing is really superb.
I was alone, but still managed an FA of a poor slab (severish) soloing and then abed down a hanging crack to the left. It looks tricky and the gear is perfect, on bomber weathered sandstone. Probably around E3 6a, but stiff at that. It would have been a brilliant route, but alas the start was a bit rubbish, so probably only worthy of a lone star.
I then abed down what I refer to as 'Walrus Buttress', at the opposite side of the crag to have a look at potential there. I couldn't be arsed to pull all the grass out of 'on crack' (E4ish) so went about shunting the scoop to the left of 'Central Crack'. Me and dooge always thought it would be a bit 'Time for Teaesque', with gear far out right and some groovy moves up the scoop with a big run-out. Unlike 'Time for Tea' I soon realised the moves were dynamic and slopey and nails. I managed to link it though, which gave some really good sustained climbing and took me ages to find a sequence. E7 6b?
So basically what I thought was a HVS turned out to be E2 (central Crack), What I thought was E1 is more like E4 (On Crack) and what I thought was E3 is more like E7 (The Scoop). God knows how hard the difficult-looking lines are.