Simons Seat

Climbs 129 – 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.

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 ***12
3Galaxy LHf7C+ * 
4Galaxyf7A 45
5Milkywayf6B 1
7Red Hot Knobf4 4
8Corner CrackVD 25
9And She WasE3 6a **32
10I'll Bet She DoesE3 6a ***32
11Straight CrackVS 4c *16
12Inaccessible CrackVS 5a 7
13Big Ears and the battle of the MillipedesS 4a 3
15Left Hand AreteHVS 4a 18
16Out With the OldE1 5b 7
17Central CracksS 4b *32
18Gimp Left HandHVS 5a 3
19CentipedeHS 4b **4
20Right-Hand CrackS 4b *30
21Chunky ChickenE1 5b 9
22Rush HourVD 9
23Bite SizeVD 6
24Jug Aretef4+ 5
26Magnoliaf7B+ *1
27Orchidf6C 1
29Sargy's CrackS 4a *2
30Hidden CrackS 4a 24
31Hidden ChimneyVD 19
32Open FaceHVS 5b *3
33The Egg (of course)E2 5b *2
34Blinkers RibHVS 5b 1
35Grumpy's CrackHS 4b 6
37Drift Wallf5 1
38In the Framef4+ 7
39Canvas Aretef6B 7
40Masterpiecef7A+ 5
41Palettef6B+ 23
42Brushstrokef6A+ 9
43Eaself6A+ 3
44Legendf6B 6
45Cock-a-Hoopf4+ 19
46Edge Udgerf6A 19
47Prowlerf6A+ 4
48Splinterf5 4
49Mantel Upsetf5+ 5
50Wallenderf6A 6
52Funky Jamf4  
53A Life Less OrdinaryE6 6b  
54Trigger Happyf7B  
55The Shelff7B  
56??E3 6a  
57Whalebackf7B **18
58ObsequiousE4 6a  
59Pebble Aretef5+  
61Layback CrackVD 4
62North Gully ButtressVS 5a 5
63North GullyD 12
64Flake ClimbVD *13
65High Nose TraverseS 4a 1
66MosaicVS 4c 4
67Hair of the DogVS 5a 1
68Posh Spice and the Bend in Beckham's Set PieceVS 5a 2
70Dog LeadHVS 5a *28
71Arete DirectVS 4c ***99
72Arete WallS 4a *47
73Y FrontS 4a *54
74Brief EncounterVS 5a *2
75Gentleman's SupportE1 5b 3
76Chimney WallS 1
77Window ChimneyD 3
78Clappers CrackE1 5b * 
79Turret CrackHVS 5a ***12
80PanzerE3 6a *1
81Outside FinishHVS 5b **2
82The GunnerE1 5c  
83Square ChimneyVD  
84Baggin's VariationVS 4c  
85AzimuthE3 5b  
86FinesseE4 6a ** 
87Pothole ChimneyVD 4
88TartarusHVS 5a *1
89Blind AlleyHVS 5b  
90Chockstone ChimneyVS 4c *4
91Shush PopeyeE3 5c *4
92A Question of BalanceE2 5b ***31
93Wheres Grandma?E4 6a  
94Griffith's ChimneyD  
95Winter Finish to Griffith's ChimneyVD 2
96Another QuestionE2 5b  
97Question TimeE6 6b  
98And OthersHVS 5a  
99Real ChimneyD 1
100SlantVS 5a  
101Simple SimonS 4b **43
102Paws for ThoughtHVS 5b *2
103Low Nose TraverseVS 4c *6
104BeakyHVS 5a 6
105GymkhanaE1 5b **6
106Low Nose CrackVS 5a *1
107Flirtin' Cos I'm Hurtin'E4 6a 1
109Solipsismf7C * 
110Blood Brothersf7B+ ** 
111AmenHVS 5b  
112The PiemanE6 6a 2
113Simon SaysE2 5c *2
114Spondonicalf7B+ 7
115Pernod Spillsf4 3
116Ouzo For Twozof5 1
117Touch Your ToesVS 4c 3
118Not Too ShyS 4a *1
119BashfulE1 5b 2
122A Fall from GraceE6 6c  
123The Naked EdgeE3 6a ***6
124The Naked Edgef6B+ ***7
125Dino-ManiaE5 6b *3
126The Scoopf5 3
127The Scoop Directf6C  
130Trunkf5+ 2
131Deltaf7B 3
132Monte Carlof7B  
138The Triadf7A 1
139Pinnaf7A+ ** 
140Simon Says Squeezef7C * 
141Victorian ClimbHVS 5a *4
142Little Simons Aretef7A **1
143OrcaE1 *1
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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