Climbs 133
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 468m a.s.l
Faces all

Duncan Campbell on the highball 'I'll Bet She Does' at Simons Seat © Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing

Crag features

Almost a tor surrounding the summit of Simons Seat, the crag has two aspects: the smaller faces south and consists of lower grade cracks and some good, harder faces. The northern aspect is up to 20m high and requires a fine spell to bring it into condition. Some routes can remain green or dusty. It is however home to one of the best VSs on grit: Arete Direct. Also worth doing are A Question of Balance E2 and a little bold; and The Naked Edge E3. [Bob Wightman]

Approach notes

From Bolton Abbey on the A59 Skipton- Harrogate road take the B6160 to Grassington. At Barden Tower turn right to Appletreewick and after a couple of km turn right down the track to Howgill Farm. Park with consideration and take the steep track through the woods to emerge on the moor. Turn left and head for the summit of the moor. The area is part of the Barden Moor access agreement, so no dogs and there may be days when the moor is shut for shooting.


Northern England

The book is a selected route and crag guide although it still manages to pack over 2350 routes between its covers, spread across 44 crags. The main focus is on routes of all grades from Moderate to E9, but the best bouldering is also described.
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Good crag worthy of it's acclaim. Even during the showery pissy summer 2008 it was bone dry and almost all clean apart from a couple of routes right in the centre of the bay. The approach details in the Rockfax guide are partially bollox: from the South Face, walk to the trig point and then take a rocky gully down 20m or so to the right - this is a lot quicker, easier, and avoids the eroding mud path through the heather. Also it's a "good" 40 minutes to there! Aside from the climbing it is most noticable for the extensive millipede population - even the most hardened millipede enthusiast would not feel in want of millipede action here
Fiend - 24/Aug/08
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Simon's Seat
summit ***14
3Galaxy LH
f7C+ * 
4Galaxyf7A 54
5Galacticf7A+ 1
6Milkywayf6B 2
 And She Was 
8Red Hot Knobf4 4
9Corner CrackVD 28
10And She WasE3 6a **34
11I'll Bet She DoesE3 6a ***35
12Straight CrackVS 4c *17
13Inaccessible CrackVS 5a 8
14Big Ears and the battle of the Millipedes
S 4a 3
 Chunky Chicken - Central Cracks 
16Left Hand AreteHVS 4a 18
17Out With the OldE1 5b 7
18Central CracksS 4b *34
19Gimp Left HandHVS 5a 3
20CentipedeHS 4b **4
21Right-Hand CrackS 4b *32
22Chunky ChickenE1 5b 9
23Rush Hour
VD 10
24Bite Size
VD 7
25Jug Arete
f4+ 6
27Magnoliaf7B+ *1
f6C 1
 Hidden Buttress - Open Face 
30Sargy's CrackS 4a *2
31Hidden CrackS 4a 25
32Hidden ChimneyVD 19
33Open FaceHVS 5b *3
34The Egg (of course)
E2 5b *2
35Blinkers Rib
HVS 5b 1
36Grumpy's Crack
HS 4b 6
 Drift(ing) Wall 
38Drift Wall
f5 1
39In the Framef4+ 9
40Canvas Arete
f6B 11
f7A+ 7
f6B+ 27
f6A+ 12
f6A+ 3
f6B 7
f4+ 24
47Edge Udger
f6A 26
f6A+ 5
f5 6
50Mantel Upset
f5+ 6
f6A 8
 Trig Point - Whaleback 
53Funky Jam
54A Life Less Ordinary
E6 6b  
55Trigger Happy
56The Shelf
E3 6a  
58Whalebackf7B **20
E4 6a  
60Pebble Arete
61Apple Crumblef4 1
62Endnotef5+ 1
63Beck and Callf6B 1
 Main Edge 
65Layback Crack
VD 4
66North Gully Buttress
VS 5a 5
67North Gully
D 12
68Flake ClimbVD *13
69High Nose Traverse
S 4a 1
70MosaicVS 4c 4
71Hair of the Dog
VS 5a 1
72Posh Spice and the Bend in Beckham's Set Piece
VS 5a 2
 The North Face 
74Dog LeadHVS 5a *29
75Arete DirectVS 4c ***102
76Arete WallS 4a *50
77Y FrontS 4a *57
78Brief EncounterVS 5a *2
79Gentleman's Support
E1 5b 3
80Chimney Wall
S 1
81Window ChimneyD 3
82Clappers CrackE1 5b * 
83Turret CrackHVS 5a ***12
84PanzerE3 6a *1
85Outside FinishHVS 5b **2
86The Gunner
E1 5c  
87Square Chimney
88Baggin's Variation
VS 4c  
E3 5b  
90FinesseE4 6a ** 
91Pothole ChimneyVD 4
92TartarusHVS 5a *1
93Blind Alley
HVS 5b  
94Chockstone ChimneyVS 4c *4
95Shush PopeyeE3 5c *4
96A Question of BalanceE2 5b ***31
97Wheres Grandma?E4 6a  
98Griffith's ChimneyD  
99Winter Finish to Griffith's ChimneyVD 2
100Another Question
E2 5b  
101Question TimeE6 6b  
102And Others
HVS 5a  
103Real Chimney
D 1
VS 5a  
105Simple SimonS 4b **44
106Paws for ThoughtHVS 5b *2
107Low Nose Traverse
VS 4c *6
HVS 5a 6
109GymkhanaE1 5b **7
110Low Nose CrackVS 5a *1
111Flirtin' Cos I'm Hurtin'
E4 6a 1
113Solipsismf7C * 
114Blood Brothersf7B+ ** 
HVS 5b  
116The Pieman
E6 6a 2
117Simon Says
E2 5c *2
f7B+ 7
119Pernod Spillsf4 3
120Ouzo For Twozo
f5 1
121Touch Your Toes
VS 4c 3
122Not Too ShyS 4a *1
123BashfulE1 5b 2
 North West Boulders 
 Naked Edge Boulder 
126A Fall from Grace
E6 6c  
127The Naked EdgeE3 6a ***6
128The Naked Edgef6B+ ***7
129Dino-ManiaE5 6b *3
130The Scoop
f5 3
131The Scoop Direct
f6C 1
 Toe-Fu Boulder 
f5+ 2
f7B 3
136Monte Carlo
 Fulvia Boulder 
 Victorian Climb Area 
142The Triad
f7A 1
143Pinnaf7A+ ** 
144Simon Says Squeezef7C * 
145Victorian Climb
HVS 5a *4
146Little Simons Aretef7A **1
E1 *1

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