Simons Seat

Climbs 128 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 468m a.s.l – Faces all

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]

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

Guidebooks
YMC Yorkshire Gritstone Vol 1 (2012), Northern England (2008), Yorkshire Gritstone (1999)

Climbs at this crag

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  Climb nameGrade
1Simon's Seatsummit ***
 GALAXY 
3Galaxy LHf7C+ *
4Galaxyf7A
 AND SHE WAS 
6Red Hot Knobf4
7Corner CrackVD
8And She WasE3 6a **
9I'll Bet She DoesE3 6a ***
10Straight CrackVS 4c *
11Inaccessible CrackVS 5a
12Big Ears and the battle of the MillipedesS 4a
 CHUNKY CHICKEN - CENTRAL CRACKS 
14Left Hand AreteHVS 5a
15Out With the OldE1 5b
16Central CracksS 4b *
17Gimp Left HandHVS 5a
18CentipedeHS 4b **
19Right-Hand CrackS 4b *
20Chunky ChickenE1 5b
21Rush HourVD
22Bite SizeVD
23Jug Aretef4+
 MAGNOLIA 
25Magnoliaf7B+ *
26Orchidf6C
 HIDDEN BUTTRESS - OPEN FACE 
28Sargy's CrackS 4a *
29Hidden CrackS 4a
30Hidden ChimneyVD
31Open FaceHVS 5b *
32The Egg (of course)E2 5b *
33Blinkers RibHVS 5b
34Grumpy's CrackHS 4b
 DRIFT(ING) WALL 
36Drift Wallf5
37In the Framef4+
38Canvas Aretef6B
39Masterpiecef7A+
40Palettef6B+
41Brushstrokef6A+
42Eaself6A+
43Legendf6B
44Cock-a-Hoopf4+
45Edge Udgerf6A
46Prowlerf6A+
47Splinterf5
48Mantel Upsetf5+
49Wallenderf6A
 TRIG POINT - WHALEBACK 
51Funky Jamf4
52A Life Less OrdinaryE6 6b
53Trigger Happyf7B
54The Shelff7B
55??E3 6a
56Whalebackf7B **
57ObsequiousE4 6a
58Pebble Aretef5+
 MAIN EDGE 
60Layback CrackVD
61North Gully ButtressVS 5a
62North GullyD
63Flake ClimbVD *
64High Nose TraverseS 4a
65MosaicVS 4c
66Hair of the DogVS 5a
67Posh Spice and the Bend in Beckham's Set PieceVS 5a
 THE NORTH FACE 
69Dog LeadHVS 5a *
70Arete DirectVS 4c ***
71Arete WallS 4a *
72Y FrontS 4a *
73Brief EncounterVS 5a *
74Gentleman's SupportE1 5b
75Chimney WallS
76Window ChimneyD
77Clappers CrackE1 5b
78Turret CrackVS 5a **
79PanzerE3 6a *
80Outside FinishHVS 5a
81The GunnerE1 5c
82Square ChimneyVD
83Baggin's VariationVS 4c
84AzimuthE3 5b
85FinesseE4 6a
86Pothole ChimneyVD
87TartarusHVS 5a *
88Blind AlleyHVS 5b
89Chockstone ChimneyVS 4c *
90Shush PopeyeE3 5c
91A Question of BalanceE2 5b ***
92Wheres Grandma?E4 6a
93Griffith's ChimneyD
94Winter Finish to Griffith's ChimneyVD
95Another QuestionE2 5b
96Question TimeE6 6b
97And OthersHVS 5a
98Real ChimneyD
99SlantVS 5a
100Simple SimonS 4b **
101Paws for ThoughtHVS 5b
102Low Nose TraverseVS 4c *
103BeakyHVS 5a
104GymkhanaE1 5b **
105Low Nose CrackVS 5a
106Flirtin' Cos I'm Hurtin'E4 6a
107iPerbolef7B
108Solipsismf7C *
109Blood Brothersf7B+ **
110AmenHVS 5b
111The PiemanE6 6a
112Simon SaysE2 5c *
113Spondonicalf7B+
114Pernod Spillsf4
115Ouzo For Twozof5
116Touch Your ToesVS 4c
117Not Too ShyS 4a *
118BashfulE1 5b
 NORTH WEST BOULDERS 
 NAKED EDGE BOULDER 
121A Fall from GraceE6 6c
122The Naked EdgeE3 6a ***
123The Naked Edgef6B+ ***
124Dino-ManiaE5 6b *
125The Scoopf5
126The Scoop Directf6C
 TOE-FU BOULDER 
128Toe-Fuf8A+
129Trunkf5+
130Deltaf7B
131Monte Carlof7B
 FULVIA BOULDER 
133Fulviaf6B+
 VICTORIAN CLIMB AREA 
135Triptychf7A+
136Trilogyf7A
137The Triadf7A
138Pinnaf7A+ **
139Simon Says Squeezef7C *
140Victorian ClimbHVS 5a *
141Little Simons Aretef7A **
142OrcaE1 *
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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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