I got up.
Some time later we parked up in Seatoller, where I encountered the same National Trust Ranger as last week. This time however I paid for a membership.
The walk in to Raven Crag is the the best part of an hour. Made longer by my forgetting my lunch. Fortunately we had not got far before I realised my mistake.
Raven Crag is a proper mountain crag. It sits high above the valley floor and appears to be this large expanse of towering broken cliff. All very impressive. The route we had chosen to do, Summit Route, was 177m long requiring 9 pitches of climbing. Quite an undertaking. It started next to the very impressive gully that cuts the crag in half.
Unlike the rock on so many of more accessible crags, the rock here had a rough texture. Its good sharp rock like this that is a real joy to climb. Even the smallest or most dubious of foot placements feels solid on rough rock.