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Whitestone Cumbria, ENGLAND
Climbs 25 – Rocktype Slate – Altitude 100m a.s.l – Faces SW
This is the prominent crag above the A590 between High Newton and Newby Bridge. A reasonable selection of single pitch routes up to about 20m in length on clean, fast drying Silurian slate (actually Siltstone). Recommended: Moose (HS 4a); The V (VS 4c)
Warning: Whitestone Allotment is known locally as being very bad for bracken ticks. Take care with leaving clothing on the ground or even lounging around.
Eden Valley & South Lakes Limestone (2012), Lancashire Rock (1999)
Climbs at this crag
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Now the Newton by pass is built, there is no lay-by opposite. There is a convenient stretch of former road on the NE (crag) side of road accessed from the Staveley-in-Cartmel road about 200m NW of the end of the dual carriageway. Incidentally, the correct name for the crag is Whitestone not Whitestones.
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Nice crag, great roadside access and good quality routes. Moose is fantastic, think this crag has been largely overlooked sadly. Definitely worth spending an evening or two there; superb position on the hill side when the evening sun is coming down.
Martin Davies - 24/Jul/13
Hoping to put an end to the geological controversy - having consulted the 1:50,000 Geological Survey map I can state with some certainty that it isn't igneous (rhyolite), or metamorphic (slate), or limestone (obvious to anyone who's climbed it), but is in fact a sedimentary siltstone of Silurian age, and is a part of the Banisdale Series. So now you know.
I understand that siltstone is a clastic sedimentary rock which lies somewhere on the sandstone - mudstone spectrum. In case it doesn't sound like a good rock for climbing, I can confirm that it has good friction and is a very sound rock.
Rog Wilko - 30/Jul/12
Jeez. The crag is Silurian Slate, as is the entire area around Coniston Water, Windermere, Rusland and Cartmel Fell - just take a look at a geological map of the Lake District. The boundary of the Borrowdale Volcanic Series lies somewhere around a line through Coniston, Brathay and Ambleside.
Peter Metcalfe - 22/Oct/11
The crag is getting vegetated. Stag and Missing Words are badly affected. The climbs to the right are okay. The rock is neither slate or limestone. It's Rhyolite.
Simon2005 - 29/Sep/11
Not sure what kind of rock, but definitely not limestone. I'd settle for weathered slate.
PeteC - 17/Aug/09
Clearly the Rock is actually Limestone judging from the images here, definately not Slate.
halo - 04/Jul/09
The correct name for this crag is \"Whitestone\" singular. The crag is on land owned by my brother. No access problems, but use the stile by the main gate next to the main road rather than the gate further towards Newby Bridge.
Bob - 26/Jul/02