Climbs 45
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 287m a.s.l
Faces NW

Andrew Webb on Gehenna, Beacon Scar. 1972. © Tony Marr

Crag features

An impressive crag, fairly sheltered with typically good views from the top. It is prone to dirt washed down from above, but there are some fine routes when dry.

Two main buttresses, the left has belay bolts placed by a local centre. Recommended Routes: Party Line (VS), Gehenna (HVS), Tremor (E2) and Mongol (E2).

Approach notes

From the A19 go through the village of Osmotherley, turn left at the end of the village. Follow this road over the moor to a parking place near the highest point of the road at 473003. Head south west on the Cleveland way for 1km to a stone wall. Pass through 2 gates in quick succession and take the small path through the woods on the right and drop down to the crag. Awkward to find from above; it lies in the woods on the scarp to the North of Osmotherly.


Gehena is a classic E1, mongol a classic hard E2. Fat bastards looks good and there is a fair bit of hard FA pottential. Mint place i'm only just descovering.
The Soloist - 27/May/09
Well worth a visit in dry conditions - although many of the routes are unfortunately dusty (nothing that a large amount of netting / mesh on the unstable soil above plus several days intensive brushing wouldn't fix), the steeper classics are rather good - Mongol probably being the best. A word about the classic Gehenna (a good easy warm-up for the crag): This is graded for standard climbers, fairly at HVS 5a (not even E0), it's not graded for those aren't able to jam. This is the same as any other crack grading, and God help those who think it's harder than HVS if you ever go try some HVSes at say, Hen Cloud, Ramshaw, Wimberry etc, which are invariably a full grade harder than this route. Incidentally Beacon Buttress is a full grade harder than this route too.
Fiend - 12/May/09
Try Mongol, E25c, strenuous but protectable and worth 3* at least. Gehenna is well worth the struggle but Beacon Butress is 'interesting' if you believe the HVS 5a grade. For any route wait for a long spell of dry weather and take a good strong nylon brush to clean the dried mud off the holds.
allmag - 16/Aug/07
such a shame, this could be a really nice little crag but its so vegetated and dirty now there's hardly any useable holds on the starred routes unless you take some gardening tools with you. The rock is also so sandy, green and dirty that gear is questionable and smearing is out of the question on most parts. Would be wothwhile cleaning up though some lovely looking routes. Yes Simon I agree about Gehenna, I got spat out of the crack 4 times yesterday trying to pull up on vicious jams and there is certainly no chockstone to stand on anymore = I think the suggestion of E1 is more than realistic.
gilldando - 12/Mar/07
Visited Beacon Scar 19/9/05 and there had been a significant and apparantly recent rockfall to the left of the crag adacent to the descent path. I don't know the crag well enough to say which routes were affected but we were there for the easy slab routes of Vespers , Matins etc which were OK in their traditionaly dirty condition.
nocker - 27/Sep/05
and the only belay bolt that I could find was at the top of Vespers.
Simon Caldwell - 29/Jul/04
No sign of any loose block below Gehenna last night (29/07/04) so presumably it's fallen off. Gehenna is graded HVS, but judging by the failures on it last night, E1 is fair. The whole crag was very sandy and vegetated, and the only routes worth doing seemed to be the steep crack lines. Party Line in particular was unpleasantly dirty, and the starred easy routes (Skateboard and Skater's Corner) were unclimbable. Needs a drought combined with strong winds to clear some of the sand off! A local crag for local people...
Simon Caldwell - 29/Jul/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Penguin Crack
2 SunnysideD  
3Sunnyside Direct
VS 4b 3
4 Tree GullyM  
5 Honeysuckle ChimneyM  
6Alligator, Direct Start
VS 4b 1
7After Hours
VS 4b 1
8Alligator Crawl
VD 4
9Yellow Peril
E3 6a 2
10MongolE2 5c ***17
11Mongol Variation Finish
E2 5c *1
12A Last Fling
E5 6a 3
HVD *35
14The Magic FortressE2 5b 2
D 34
16Vesper SongVS 4c 1
D 51
D 8
19The BossA2 * 
20Nail File
HVS 5b *15
21Res PublicaE5 6c 1
22Party Line
VS 4b **19
E1 5b  
24Stump Corner
VD 7
25Walking on Sunshine
S 4a 4
26Stump Crack
D 4
27The Flying TrapezeVS 4c  
28Routon Ridge
S 4a 2
29North Arete
VS 5a  
30Birch Wall
S 4a 1
31Dead Wood Slabs
S 4a  
VS 4c *2
33Skaters' Corner
HS 4b *6
D 1
35Excavator Variation Start
HVS 5b *1
36GehennaHVS 5a **40
37Gehenna Wall E7 6c  
38Haunted Heros
HVS 5a 2
39Beacon ButtressHVS 5a **18
E3 6a 1
41TremorE2 5b **13
42Green Wall
VS 4c 10
43The Groove
HS 4b 15
44Solo Wall (Paul's Wall)
E2 5c  
45Helter Skelter
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