Climbs 131
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 150m a.s.l
Faces S

Gavin Grey hanging that perfect rail on Elemental F6c at Thorn Crag © wilfbiffherb

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.

Approach notes


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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Pit Stop Block 
2Pit Fight
f7A+ 1
3Pit Stop
f5 3
4Area 1: Pit Stop Block P1
f4 3
 Crag: Upper Tier 
6Pelvic Thrust
S 4a 19
7Raging Horn
E4 6a  
8The Fireman's Slippery Pole
HVS 5a **35
9A Moment Of SanityE5 6b 3
10Kissing the PinkE4 5c **27
11Toro Toro Aardvark
HVS 5a 6
12The Last Temptation
E6 6c ***14
13Accidental Death Of An Armchair AardvarkVS 4c 1
14A Moment of ClarityE10 7a ** 
15Doctor Shipmans Surgery
E7 6c **2
16Grimly Fiendish
E2 5c **1
17New Rose
E1 5c *2
18Return of The Flyf7C+ **1
19Fizzix of Popf7A+ 3
20Vectorf8A *2
21Patrickyf7B *15
22Where's Garyf6A *1
23Jazz Handsf6A+ *2
24Tong Pof7A * 
 Crag: Lower Tier 
26The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies
E1 5b *14
27Pinch 'n' Pull
VB 2
28Prior Visit
VS 4c 22
29Flying Pleb
VB 2
30Long Shore Drift
E2 5c *7
31Bill Is DeadE2 5c *2
S 4b 33
33Look No Hands
S 4c 30
34Lower Slab Direct
HVS 5b 22
35The Omega ManE4 5c *1
36Left of Centre
E1 5c 5
37Epee Edge
E4 5c **7
38Aardvarks don't Dyno
E1 5b *9
39Air Aardvark
E1 6a 2
40Aardvark AntichristVS 5b 2
41ForgotVS 5b 2
42Ride a Wild Aardvark
HVS 5a *3
43Megalodonf6C+ 3
44Banana Land
f3 26
45Banana Splitf6C *3
46The Man From Del Monte
f7A+ *1
 The Diamond & Nearby Blocks 
48Cubic Zirconiumf6A 6
49Here I am againf6B **7
50Here I am again (right hand)f6A 1
51Ouzel Thornf6B ***15
52Monster Mindsf7A+ **9
 Bad Moon Boulder 
54Slice of Lifef7A+ **8
55Bad Moon Risingf7B+ ***17
56The Short Side of the Moonf6B 1
 Crag Boulders 
58Dimple Dance
f6A 42
59Perfectf6A 2
60Perfect plusf6B  
61Jubilee Tower
f5 *73
62Wiggling Crackf5+ *64
63Rising Smoke
f3 46
64Perving Arete
f5 80
65Slab Run
f2+ 96
f5 78
67Neil's Thorny Arete
f5+ 97
68Neil's Thorny Arete (sit start)
f6A **49
69Fire Wallf7C **1
70Burnt Heather
f6B ***147
71The Crackf3+ 57
72Grit Nose
f4 35
73Grit Nose (sit start)
f6A *77
74Easy Karmaf4 55
75And For My Next Trickf7A ***99
76The Latest Trickf6A+ 18
77Fix My Sinkf7B **23
78The Plumbers Linkf7C *3
79Shades of Jaef7B+ *1
 Trackside Boulders 
81Andy's Traverse
f4 4
82Area 6: Trackside Boulders P2
f3+ 3
83Sphagnum Arete
f5 3
84Andy's Wall
f4+ 4
f2 14
862001 A Grit Odyssyf6C+ **76
f6C ***86
88Resistance is Futile
f7A+ **7
89Resisstance is Futile SDSf7C+ *1
90RIF Light
f6A+ 1
91Area 6: Trackside Boulders P10
f5 6
f5 3
93Area 6: Trackside Boulders P12f4 6
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