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.

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 37
6Red Hot Knobf4 3
7Corner CrackVD 24
8And She WasE3 6a **28
9I'll Bet She DoesE3 6a ***29
10Straight CrackVS 4c *15
11Inaccessible CrackVS 5a 5
12Big Ears and the battle of the MillipedesS 4a 3
14Left Hand AreteHVS 5a 17
15Out With the OldE1 5b 6
16Central CracksS 4b *30
17Gimp Left HandHVS 5a 2
18CentipedeHS 4b **3
19Right-Hand CrackS 4b *28
20Chunky ChickenE1 5b 9
21Rush HourVD 9
22Bite SizeVD 6
23Jug Aretef4+ 5
25Magnoliaf7B+ *1
26Orchidf6C 1
28Sargy's CrackS 4a *2
29Hidden CrackS 4a 24
30Hidden ChimneyVD 19
31Open FaceHVS 5b *3
32The Egg (of course)E2 5b *2
33Blinkers RibHVS 5b 1
34Grumpy's CrackHS 4b 6
36Drift Wallf5 1
37In the Framef4+ 6
38Canvas Aretef6B 7
39Masterpiecef7A+ 3
40Palettef6B+ 19
41Brushstrokef6A+ 7
42Eaself6A+ 1
43Legendf6B 5
44Cock-a-Hoopf4+ 18
45Edge Udgerf6A 16
46Prowlerf6A+ 3
47Splinterf5 4
48Mantel Upsetf5+ 4
49Wallenderf6A 6
51Funky Jamf4  
52A Life Less OrdinaryE6 6b  
53Trigger Happyf7B  
54The Shelff7B  
55??E3 6a  
56Whalebackf7B **14
57ObsequiousE4 6a  
58Pebble Aretef5+  
60Layback CrackVD 4
61North Gully ButtressVS 5a 5
62North GullyD 12
63Flake ClimbVD *13
64High Nose TraverseS 4a 1
65MosaicVS 4c 4
66Hair of the DogVS 5a 1
67Posh Spice and the Bend in Beckham's Set PieceVS 5a 2
69Dog LeadHVS 5a *28
70Arete DirectVS 4c ***96
71Arete WallS 4a *45
72Y FrontS 4a *54
73Brief EncounterVS 5a *2
74Gentleman's SupportE1 5b 3
75Chimney WallS 1
76Window ChimneyD 3
77Clappers CrackE1 5b  
78Turret CrackVS 5a **11
79PanzerE3 6a *1
80Outside FinishHVS 5a 2
81The GunnerE1 5c  
82Square ChimneyVD  
83Baggin's VariationVS 4c  
84AzimuthE3 5b  
85FinesseE4 6a  
86Pothole ChimneyVD 3
87TartarusHVS 5a *1
88Blind AlleyHVS 5b  
89Chockstone ChimneyVS 4c *4
90Shush PopeyeE3 5c 4
91A Question of BalanceE2 5b ***31
92Wheres Grandma?E4 6a  
93Griffith's ChimneyD  
94Winter Finish to Griffith's ChimneyVD 2
95Another QuestionE2 5b  
96Question TimeE6 6b  
97And OthersHVS 5a  
98Real ChimneyD 1
99SlantVS 5a  
100Simple SimonS 4b **43
101Paws for ThoughtHVS 5b 2
102Low Nose TraverseVS 4c *6
103BeakyHVS 5a 6
104GymkhanaE1 5b **6
105Low Nose CrackVS 5a  
106Flirtin' Cos I'm Hurtin'E4 6a 1
108Solipsismf7C * 
109Blood Brothersf7B+ ** 
110AmenHVS 5b  
111The PiemanE6 6a 2
112Simon SaysE2 5c *2
113Spondonicalf7B+ 5
114Pernod Spillsf4 3
115Ouzo For Twozof5 1
116Touch Your ToesVS 4c 3
117Not Too ShyS 4a *1
118BashfulE1 5b 2
121A Fall from GraceE6 6c  
122The Naked EdgeE3 6a ***5
123The Naked Edgef6B+ ***7
124Dino-ManiaE5 6b *3
125The Scoopf5 3
126The Scoop Directf6C  
129Trunkf5+ 2
130Deltaf7B 3
131Monte Carlof7B  
137The Triadf7A  
138Pinnaf7A+ ** 
139Simon Says Squeezef7C * 
140Victorian ClimbHVS 5a *3
141Little Simons Aretef7A **1
142OrcaE1 *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
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