Thorn Crag

Climbs 130 – 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.

Approach notes

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

Lancashire Bouldering (2014), Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering Vol 2 (2011), Lancashire Rock (1999), LakesBloc Website

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
2Pit Fightf7A+ 1
3Pit Stopf5 3
4Area 1: Pit Stop Block P1f4 3
6Pelvic ThrustS 4a 19
7Raging HornE4 6a  
8The Fireman's Slippery PoleHVS 5a **32
9A Moment Of SanityE5 6b 3
10Kissing the PinkE4 5c **23
11Toro Toro AardvarkHVS 5a 5
12The Last TemptationE6 6c ***10
13Accidental Death Of An Armchair AardvarkVS 4c 1
14A Moment of ClarityE10 7a ** 
15Doctor Shipmans SurgeryE7 6c **2
16Grimly FiendishE2 5c ** 
17New RoseE1 5c *2
18Return of The Flyf7C+ **1
19Fizzix of Popf7A+ 3
20Vectorf8A *2
21Patrickyf7B *14
22Where's Garyf6A *1
23Jazz Handsf6A+ *2
24Tong Pof7A * 
26The Fallen Madonna with the Big BoobiesE1 5b *14
27Pinch 'n' PullVB 5a 2
28Prior VisitVS 4c 21
29Flying PlebVB 5a 2
30Long Shore DriftE2 5c *6
31Bill Is DeadE2 5c *2
32TerminationS 4b 29
33Look No HandsS 4c 27
34Lower Slab DirectHVS 5b 20
35The Omega ManE4 5c *1
36Left of CentreE1 5c 5
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 24
45Banana Splitf6C *2
46The Man From Del Montef7A+ *1
48Cubic Zirconiumf6A 6
49Here I am againf6B 6b **7
50Here I am again (right hand)f6A 5b 1
51Ouzel Thornf6B ***12
52Monster Mindsf7A+ **8
54Slice of Lifef7A+ **8
55Bad Moon Risingf7B+ ***17
56The Short Side of the Moonf6B 1
58Dimple Dancef6A 42
59Perfectf6A 2
60Perfect plusf6B  
61Jubilee Towerf5 *71
62Wiggling Crackf5+ *60
63Rising Smokef3 44
64Perving Aretef5 77
65Slab Runf2+ 93
66Scoref5 74
67Neil's Thorny Aretef5+ 94
68Neil's Thorny Arete (sit start)f6A **48
69Fire Wallf7C **1
70Burnt Heatherf6B ***143
71The Crackf3+ 5b 56
72Grit Nosef4 35
73Grit Nose (sit start)f6A *75
74Easy Karmaf4 55
75And For My Next Trickf7A ***95
76The Latest Trickf6A+ 18
77Fix My Sinkf7B **23
78The Plumbers Linkf7C *3
79Shades of Jaef7B+ *1
81Andy's Traversef4 4
82Area 6: Trackside Boulders P2f3+ 3
83Sphagnum Aretef5 3
84Andy's Wallf4+ 4
85Gritasaurusf2 14
862001 A Grit Odyssyf6C+ **75
87Elementalf6C ***73
88Resistance is Futilef7A+ **7
89Resisstance is Futile SDSf7C+ *1
90RIF Lightf6A+ 1
91Area 6: Trackside Boulders P10f5 6
92Jacarandaf5 3
93Area 6: Trackside Boulders P12f4 6
94Deadly Sinsf2 15
95Guns n' Ammof6C+ *13
96Knights Of The Turntablesf6C **37
97Area 6: Trackside Boulders P16f3+ 1
99Red Rose Addictf6C+ **9
100Paradise Boulder Problem 2f5+ 3
101Paradise foundf6B *16
103One-eyed Willief6A *20
104The Goonief5 8
105Goonie Ledgesf3+ 8
106Fresnof6A 17
107Area 8: Seaview Boulders P5f3 14
108Area 8: Seaview Boulders P6f3 14
109Are 8: Seaview Boulders P7f3 14
110Area 8: Seaview Boulders P8f3+ 15
111Mothership Reconnectionf7A+ ***47
112Mothership Reconnection RH Finishf7B **2
113Mothership Reconnection (Stand Start)f6B+ 1
114Chilicaf5+ *15
115Area 8: Seaview Boulders P11f3+ 2
116Area 8: Seaview Boulders P12f5+ 4
117Endangered Speciesf8A+ **1
118Endangered Standf6B+ ** 
119Yatsufusaf6A *15
120Yatsufusa SDSf6B *15
121Jalapeno Aretef6A *47
122Jalapeńo Aręte sitf6B 5
123Poblanof5+ *29
124Area 8: Seaview Boulders P17f3 3
125Neil's Slabf4+ *24
126Red Duskf3 8
127Area 8: Seaview boulders : problem 23f4+ 5
128Serranof3 24
129Chilli Billyf3+ 9
130Yule Jewelf7B 5
132Positions of Strengthf7B *3
133Outer Reachf8A ***1
134Lollygaggerf7A+ *1
135Easy Slabf3+ 4a 8
136Jam RoofV0 4c 1
137Sins Sands Deadly Bitsf3 1
138Warm-up traverseV4 *1
139Snap, Crackle and Topf5+ 1
140Visions of Paradisef6B 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