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.

Guidebooks

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.
More info
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
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summit ***19
 Galaxy 
3Galaxy LH
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f7C+ * 
4Galaxyf7A 57
5Galacticf7A+ 1
6Milkywayf6B 2
 And She Was 
8Red Hot Knobf4 6
9Corner CrackVD 29
10And She WasE3 6a **37
11I'll Bet She DoesE3 6a ***41
12Straight CrackVS 4c *19
13Inaccessible CrackVS 5a 9
14Big Ears and the battle of the Millipedes
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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 *33
22Chunky ChickenE1 5b 9
23Rush Hour
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VD 11
24Bite Size
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VD 7
25Jug Arete
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f4+ 6
 Magnolia 
27Magnoliaf7B+ *1
28Orchid
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f6C 1
 Hidden Buttress - Open Face 
30Sargy's CrackS 4a *2
31Hidden CrackS 4a 25
32Hidden ChimneyVD 20
33Open FaceHVS 5b *3
34The Egg (of course)
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E2 5b *2
35Blinkers Rib
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HVS 5b 1
36Grumpy's Crack
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HS 4b 6
 Drift(ing) Wall 
38Drift Wall
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f5 1
39In the Framef4+ 13
40Canvas Arete
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f6B 13
41Masterpiece
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f7A+ 10
42Palette
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f6B+ 33
43Brushstroke
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f6A+ 14
44Easel
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f6A+ 3
45Legend
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f6B 8
46Cock-a-Hoop
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f4+ 29
47Edge Udger
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f6A 29
48Prowler
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f6A+ 5
49Splinter
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f5 9
50Mantel Upset
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f5+ 9
51Wallender
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f6A 10
 Trig Point - Whaleback 
53Funky Jam
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f4  
54A Life Less Ordinary
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E6 6b  
55Trigger Happy
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f7B  
56The Shelf
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f7B  
57??
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E3 6a  
58Whalebackf7B **20
59Obsequious
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E4 6a 1
60Pebble Arete
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f5+  
61Apple Crumblef4 1
62Endnotef5+ 1
63Beck and Callf6B 1
 Main Edge 
65Layback Crack
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VD 5
66North Gully Buttress
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VS 5a 5
67North Gully
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D 13
68Flake ClimbVD *14
69High Nose Traverse
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S 4a 2
70MosaicVS 4c 6
71Hair of the Dog
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VS 5a 1
72Posh Spice and the Bend in Beckham's Set Piece
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VS 5a 2
 The North Face 
74Dog LeadHVS 5a *33
75Arete DirectVS 4c ***133
76Arete WallS 4a *53
77Y FrontS 4a *60
78Brief EncounterVS 5a *2
79Gentleman's Support
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E1 5b 3
80Chimney Wall
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S 2
81Window ChimneyD 4
82Clappers CrackE1 5b *1
83Turret CrackHVS 5a ***15
84PanzerE3 6a *1
85Outside FinishHVS 5b **2
86The Gunner
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E1 5c  
87Square Chimney
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VD 1
88Baggin's Variation
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VS 4c  
89Azimuth
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E3 5b  
90FinesseE4 6a ** 
91Pothole ChimneyVD 5
92TartarusHVS 5a *1
93Blind Alley
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HVS 5b  
94Chockstone ChimneyVS 4c *5
95Shush PopeyeE3 5c *4
96A Question of BalanceE2 5b ***31
97Wheres Grandma?E4 6a  
98Griffith's ChimneyD 2
99Winter Finish to Griffith's ChimneyVD 3
100Another Question
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E2 5b  
101Question TimeE6 6b  
102And Others
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HVS 5a  
103Real Chimney
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D 2
104Slant
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VS 5a  
105Simple SimonS 4b **51
106Paws for ThoughtHVS 5b *2
107Low Nose Traverse
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VS 4c *6
108Beaky
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HVS 5a 6
109GymkhanaE1 5b **11
110Low Nose CrackVS 5a *1
111Flirtin' Cos I'm Hurtin'
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E4 6a 1
112iPerbole
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f7B  
113Solipsismf7C * 
114Blood Brothersf7B+ ** 
115Amen
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HVS 5b  
116The Pieman
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E6 6a 2
117Simon Says
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E2 5c *2
118Spondonical
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f7B+ 7
119Pernod Spillsf4 3
120Ouzo For Twozo
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f5 1
121Touch Your Toes
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VS 4c 3
122Not Too ShyS 4a *1
123BashfulE1 5b 2
 North West Boulders 
 Naked Edge Boulder 
126A Fall from Grace
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E6 6c  
127The Naked EdgeE3 6a ***8
128The Naked Edgef6B+ ***7
129Dino-ManiaE5 6b *3
130The Scoop
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f5 4
131The Scoop Direct
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f6C 1
 Toe-Fu Boulder 
133Toe-Fu
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f8A+  
134Trunk
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f5+ 2
135Delta
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f7B 3
136Monte Carlo
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f7B  
 Fulvia Boulder 
138Fulvia
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f6B+  
 Victorian Climb Area 
140Triptych
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f7A+  
141Trilogy
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f7A  
142The Triad
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f7A 1
143Pinnaf7A+ ** 
144Simon Says Squeezef7C * 
145Victorian Climb
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HVS 5a *4
146Little Simons Aretef7A **1
147Orca
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E1 *1

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