Climbs 71
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 470m a.s.l
Faces NW

John Earl on a V1 problem at the Dove Stones © Andy Birtwistle

Crag features

A remote outcrop of moorland grit high on the moors at the back of Boulsworth Hill on the Lancashire /Yorkshire border. Climbed on for years but kept quiet due to access problems. Comprising of a large isolated boulder (in Lancashire?) and a number of small broken buttresses and blocks. Contains routelets, cracks, walls, roofs and slabs, much in the easier grades but enough to occcupy you for the day/evening and challenge all-comers. The grains of coarse grit tend to break off, so a soft brush may proove useful but this should improve with use.

Approach notes

From either Burnley/Colne via Thursden Valley or Hebden Bridge passing Widdop. Park carefully (few spaces) near to the high point of the road. Dont block the track! From the watershed a made up road (for oil exploration about 30 years ago) leads NE for about a mile. When this ends trend eastwards across boggy ground to the outcrop

WARNING! This whole area has been a problem for many years. Being on grouse shooting land it has been jealously guarded by gamekeepers (likewise Scout Crag) Apparently few problems have been encountered recently and new mapping may open it up but keep a low profile.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 The Pinnacle 
2The Crack
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f4 1
3Hell Hole Wall
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f7A  
4Pinnacle Arete Direct
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f6C+  
5Pinnacle Arete
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f6C+ 2
6Pinball
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f5+  
7The Wizard
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f6A+  
8The Other Crack
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HVS 5b  
9The Perfect Kiss
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f5+  
10Mr Nobody
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f6A+ 1
11Critical Care
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f6C  
12A and E
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f6A+  
13The Monkey Face
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f6A+  
14The Donkey Show
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f6B+  
15Primate
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f6B+  
16Reg
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f6C  
17Twins
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f6A 1
18Monkey Face Traverse
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f7A+  
 Main Buttress 
20Green Crack
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f4  
21Rad's Traverse
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f6C  
22Wad's Woof
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f6B  
23Clarence
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f6B+  
24The Tempest
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f6B+  
25Jackson's Groove
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f6A+  
26Black Widow
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f6B+ 1
27Compound Bow
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f7A  
28Pro Diablo
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f7A *4
29Strong Bow
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f6B  
30Zig and Zag
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HVS 5b  
31Silence In DeathE4 6b 1
32Deathly Silence
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E5 6b 1
33Terror Firma
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E4 6b 1
34Gatt Gun
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f6B  
35Catapult Roof
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f6C  
36Sling Shot
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f6A  
37Over the Shoulder Boulder Holder
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f5 3
38Nasal Congestion
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f5+  
 The Slabs 
40Crinkle Cut
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f5 1
41Seabrooks
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f4  
42Crinkle Crack
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f4  
43Love Sculpture
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f5 1
44Eight Legged Groove Machine
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f4  
45Aviation Pleasure
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f4  
46Loose Torque
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f6A 2
47Torque Wrench
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f6B 1
48Monkey Wrench
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f6B  
 Triangle Block 
50Slot Machine
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f6A  
51The Bandit
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f6C  
 Perched Block 
53Down Fall
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f4+  
54The Fall
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f4+  
55Canary Wall
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f5+  
56Yellow
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f4+  
57Yellow Arete
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f4  
 Fossil Roof 
59Critical Care
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f5+  
60Old Fossils
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f4  
61Carnivore
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f6B+  
62Fossil Roof
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f5+  
63Fossil Roof Right Hand
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f6B+  
64Carnivalada
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f6C  
 Low Roof 
66Cowboys Versus Aliens
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f6A  
67Clint
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f5  
68Arnie
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f6A  
 Wrinkled Block 
70Boney Icarus
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f5+ 3
71Glitterball arete
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f5+ 2
72Gumball Arete
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f5 2
73Heathen's Wall
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f4+ 1
 End Block 
75The Big Bopper
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E1 5c 3
76Green Groove
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f5  
77Dirty Old Town
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f5  
78Left Wall and Crack
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f4  
79Middle of Wall
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f4  
80Right Arete
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f4  

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