Altitude 449m a.s.l
Ben Clarke on Land of a Thousand Dances © Paul Clarke
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.
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). http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=407540&Y=457275&A=Y&Z=120
It is possible to combine a visit to Carncliff with Simon
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