Thorn Crag

Climbs 122 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 150m a.s.l – Faces S

Crag features
The crag is made up of 4 main sections; the crag itself is high up on the moorland up to a height of 11 metres, the popular Crag Boulders lower down from the crag and can be seen from the bottom, the Trackside boulders over to the west and then the Paradise and Seaview boulders which are further west than the Trackside boulders.

There are other boulders around (such as the Bad Moon boulder) The rock is brilliant untouched gritstone but is a little gritty after the winter, there are routes and problems of all grades from font 3 all the way up to an E10.

Access notes
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Lancashire Bouldering (2014), Lancashire Rock (1999), Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering Vol2, LakesBloc Website

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
2Pit Fightf7A+  
3Pit Stopf5  
4Area 1: Pit Stop Block P1f4  
6Pelvic ThrustS 4a 13
7Raging HornE4 6a  
8The Fireman's Slippery PoleHVS 5a **26
9A Moment Of SanityE5 6b 3
10Kissing the PinkE4 5c **21
11Toro Toro AardvarkHVS 5a 4
12The Last TemptationE6 6c ***10
13Accidental Death Of An Armchair AardvarkVS 4c 1
14A Moment of ClarityE10 7a ** 
15Doctor Shipmans SurgeryE7 6c **1
16Grimly FiendishE2 5c ** 
17New RoseE1 5c *2
18Return of The Flyf7C+ **1
19Fizzix of Popf7A+ 2
20Vectorf8A *2
21Patrickyf7B *10
22Where's Garyf6A *1
23Jazz Handsf6A+ *2
24Tong Pof7A * 
26The Fallen Madonna with the Big BoobiesE1 5b *12
27Pinch 'n' PullVB 5a 2
28Prior VisitVS 4c 18
29Flying PlebVB 5a 2
30Long Shore DriftE2 5c *5
31Bill Is DeadE2 5c *2
32TerminationS 4b 24
33Look No HandsS 4c 19
34Lower Slab DirectHVS 5b 14
35The Omega ManE4 5c *1
36Left of CentreE1 5c 4
37Epee EdgeE4 5c **7
38Aardvarks don't DynoE1 5b *9
39Air AardvarkE1 6a 2
40Aardvark AntichristVS 5b 2
41ForgotVS 5b 2
42Ride a Wild AardvarkHVS 5a *3
43Megalodonf6C+ 3
44Banana Landf3 16
45Banana Splitf6C *1
46The Man From Del Montef7A+ *1
48Cubic Zirconiumf6A 4
49Here I am againf6B 6b **3
50Here I am again (right hand)f6A 5b 1
51Ouzel Thornf6B ***3
52Monster Mindsf7A+ **3
54Slice of Lifef7A+ **3
55Bad Moon Risingf7B+ ***11
57Dimple Dancef6A 31
59Perfect plusf6B  
60Jubilee Towerf5 *56
61Wiggling Crackf5+ *49
62Rising Smokef3 28
63Perving Aretef5 56
64Slab Runf2+ 72
65Scoref5 59
66Neil's Thorny Aretef5+ 77
67Neil's Thorny Arete (sit start)f6A **36
68Fire Wallf7C **1
69Burnt Heatherf6B ***110
70The Crackf3+ 5b 41
71Grit Nosef4 28
72Grit Nose (sit start)f6A *59
73Easy Karmaf4 46
74And For My Next Trickf7A ***68
75The Latest Trickf6A+ 12
76Fix My Sinkf7B **20
77The Plumbers Linkf7C *1
79Andy's Traversef4 3
80Area 6: Trackside Boulders P2f3+ 2
81Sphagnum Aretef5 2
82Andy's Wallf4+ 3
83Gritasaurusf2 11
842001 A Grit Odyssyf6C+ **52
85Elementalf6C ***49
86Resistance is Futilef7A+ **4
87Resisstance is Futile SDSf7C+ * 
88RIF Lightf6A+  
89Area 6: Trackside Boulders P10f5 3
90Jacarandaf5 1
91Area 6: Trackside Boulders P12f4 4
92Deadly Sinsf2 14
93Guns n' Ammof6C+ *10
94Knights Of The Turntablesf6C **30
95Area 6: Trackside Boulders P16f3+  
97Red Rose Addictf6C+ **8
98Paradise Boulder Problem 2f5+ 1
99Paradise foundf6B *10
101One-eyed Willief6A *11
102The Goonief5 3
103Goonie Ledgesf3+ 3
104Fresnof6A 14
105Area 8: Seaview Boulders P5f3 5
106Area 8: Seaview Boulders P6f3 5
107Are 8: Seaview Boulders P7f3 4
108Area 8: Seaview Boulders P8f3+ 4
109Mothership Reconnectionf7A+ ***28
110Mothership Reconnection RH Finishf7B **1
111Mothership Reconnection (Stand Start)f6B+ 1
112Chilicaf5+ *13
113Area 8: Seaview Boulders P11f3+  
114Area 8: Seaview Boulders P12f5+ 1
115Endangered Speciesf8A+ **1
116Endangered Standf6B+ ** 
117Yatsufusaf6A *8
118Yatsufusa SDSf6B *2
119Jalapeno Aretef6A *35
120Poblanof5+ *25
121Area 8: Seaview Boulders P17f3  
122Neil's Slabf4+ *22
123Red Duskf3 5
124Serranof3 18
125Chilli Billyf3+ 3
126Yule Jewelf7B 4
128Positions of Strengthf7B *2
129Outer Reachf8A ***1
130Lollygaggerf7A+ *1
131Easy Slabf3+ 4a 8
132Jam RoofV0 4c 1
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Been here a number of times and i can say that (apart from the walk in) its my favourite crag in Lancashire! It has some of the best gritstone climbing i've been on and it has a great view too! The only downside is the walk in (notice how its been mentioned twice) and the fact that because its not as popular as other locations and its so exposed, the climbs are a little gritty. So take a brush for some problems. Recommended!
joe.91 - 21/Apr/11
Very fun bouldering, and the only grit in the UK with a sea view! Lost half the skin on my shins trying jubilee tower. It's not grit climbing until someone loses some of their epidermis.
stewieatb - 07/Dec/09
Grade Spread is now V0 to V11 Free bouldering guide here...
Apollo - 19/May/06
This place has awe inspiring views over the sea to Lancaster and Blackpool. It can be windy too. It is a bit of a stretch up to the top, and there are no clearly defined paths from the roads to the boulders or the crag itself. You can pick bilberries at the right time of year. However, once you are there, it is great. The friction is excellent, there are routes of a variety of grades, and you can solo at lots of the climbs on the main crag with a bit of imagination. A great day out, especially when the midges are blown away, as well as the cobwebs.
SimonMH - 24/Oct/05