Carncliff Top

Climbs 38 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 449m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features

A pleasant bouldering area on Carncliff Top – the hill opposite and south-west of Simon’s Seat and just above the Earl’s Seat crag.

There are three good areas and the rock is coarse grit that has weathered to produce some fine features, providing strong lines to the problems. The landings are flat and the walls face in a variety of directions so sun and shade can be found at most times of the day. It is in a high moorland setting and although it dries relatively quickly you are advised to choose the day of your visit wisely. Upper Earl's Seat bouldering is just a few hundred metres away.

Access notes

Though there are shorter approaches, the easiest is to use the limited parking on the Storriths road and follow the Valley of Desolation path until it exits from the woods. Turn left here and follow a track above the woods for a short way until it turns uphill and becomes a path that passes a series of shooting butts. Where the path ends, continue uphill and slightly to the right (Look back and choose a reference block in the sea of heather to aid the return to this point!) until a large boulder comes into view. This is the Ripples Wall (actually marked Carncliff Crag on the map). An alternative is to walk uo from Howgill.

It is possible to combine a visit to Carncliff with Upper Earl's Seat, Simon’s and Lord’s Seats or Long Crag.

YMC Yorkshire Gritstone Vol 1 (2012), Yorkshire Gritstone (1999), Unknown Stones

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
2The Nosef5 *2
3Slap in the Facef6A+ *1
5Project 2VB  
6Slab Facef6B *1
7Crackf5+ 1
9Full Frontalf6A *2
10Sidelinef2 2
12Leftf2 2
13Centref2 *2
14Rightf2 2
15Runnel Traversef3 *2
17Finger Foodf5 *2
18Easy Crackf3 4
19Flakesf4+ 5
20Central Crackf4+ *5
21Indexf4+ *4
22Giving the Fingerf4+ *5
24Digitf5 4
25Nail Itf5 *3
26Dead Heatf5+ **4
27An Absence of Pebblesf6A **5
28Indicatorf6A *1
29The Thumbf4+ *1
31Just Kidsf6B *1
32Birdlandf5 **2
33Rendo Beachf6A+ **4
34Land of a Thousand Dancesf5 ***6
35Break It Upf5+ **3
36Fern Crackf3 1
37Free Moneyf3 *1
38Twin Cracksf3+ 1
39La Merf5+ *1
40Horsesf6A+ 1
41Gloriaf4+ **2
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