Hare's Castle

Climbs 20 – Rocktype Granite – Altitude 381m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
Hare's Castle is a prominent, quarried knoll with clean, sound rock. It gives sheltered climbing in a sunny location, dries quickly and has a shorter approach than many Mourne crags.

Approach notes
Allow 45mins walk in through the Annalong Forest, past the water supply workings and striking uphill from the end of the roadway.

Rock Climbs in the Mourne Mountains (2010), A Rock Climbing Guide to the Mournes (1998)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
1Pieces of AprilHVS 5a 2
2No FootprintsVS 4c 1
3Block RouteD 9
4Thin AreteVS 5a *3
5Third PartyVS 4c *6
6AllsortsHS 3c *8
7Allsorts Direct FinishHVS 5a 1
8Hidden AgendaE1 5c 1
9Taco BellVS 4c 1
10DuetVS 4b **12
11Hellfire Left-HandVS 5a *3
12Mother's PrideE1 5b 2
13Hellfire CornerHS 4b **15
14Smudges DoomHS 4b 8
15BigglesE1 5c *2
16All QuietVS 5a 3
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A lovely little crag. Many happy memories of climbing there in the 1960s and 1970s. Third Party and Duet were my favourites, although Allsorts is interesting for its use of an inverted Gaston. The start of Hellfire Left- Hand is highly reach dependent - first(?) done by myself in the mid 1970s. Got a ring (and finger) stuck in the crack once on Hellfire Corner while soloing (interesting!) Eric Wilkinson's accound of thigh gripping the arete while doing the first ascent was gripping! The walk up to Hares Castle was viewed as the ultimate soft touch - only 45 minutes from the Bloat House. How times change!
Mick Ward - 19/Aug/04
Nice place on really good days. Hell fire Corner is not worthy of its 2 stars. Although Hell fire left hand is definetly one worth doing for climbers above 5.8
Conor - 29/Mar/03
Very beautiful crag with a cracker view of the Annalong Valley.Small wires and friends essential for most of the climbs and with only an hours walk too the crag I know I will be back. Gotta try: Hell fire left hand VS (5a)
Conor Mc Dermott - 29/Mar/03