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Birk Crag

North Yorkshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 38 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 90m a.s.l – Faces NW

Crag features
Good quality but sometimes heavily vegetated gritstone. Would need regular use or brushing to stay climbable. Offers quiet and secluded bouldering and climbing, catching the sun towards the afternoon in late spring / summer (best times to visit). mainly a bouldering spot, although climbs of good quality can still be found.

Access notes
The BMC Access Notes linked to this crag are for a different Birk Crag!

Weather forecast

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Guidebooks
YMC Yorkshire Gritstone Vol 1 (2012), Yorkshire Gritstone (1999)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 BIRK CRAG MAIN BUTTRESS  
2llex WallVD 2
3Ilex Wall DirectVS 4c **4
4WendyVD 2
5FionaD 3
6MoiraM 4
7HilaryVD 2
8TomVD 2
9JerryD  
10RoslaS 4a *6
11Under controlE6 6a **1
12ArmpitHVS 5a *1
13Armpit crack SDSf6A *2
14Centre stage Alt startE4 6a *1
15Centre StageE5 6b *2
16Centre stage startf7A **4
17Armpit SDS into centre stage startf6B+ 1
18Centre stage traversef7B+ ** 
19Birk CrackS 4a *4
20Surprise CrackS 4a 1
21Lilac CrackHS 4b 1
22Lilac SlabMS 3c 1
 Climb nameGradex
23Girdle TraverseMS 4a 1
24Joan's ClimbVD  
25EpilobiumHD  
26GeneralissimoS 4a 1
27TrotterM  
 FOOTPATH BOULDER  
29Footpath boulder arêtef5+ *1
30Footpath boulder centralf6A *1
31Footpath boulder dynof6C **1
32Footpath boulder central without crimpf6B+ **1
33Cruisingf7A 1
 NURSERY SLABS  
35Nursery slabf4 **2
36Nursery slab without breaksf5 **2
37Attack of the slopersV3 **2
 FLAKE BUTTRESS  
39The Flakef5 ** 
40Flake Aretef5 **1
 BOULDER  
42Far awayf5 1
43Steep pullsf5+ 1
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For the experienced climber there are the 2 high quality E5/6's of Death Throes and Centre Stage. Death Throes would require a head point ascent whereas Centre Stage could be done as highball 7A+/7b with pads. The bouldering is generally good. The footpath boulder has an obvious foothold which is very crumbly and should be avoided.
Wizzy - 13/Nov/13

Sorry, the E4 is to the right of armpit and to the left of birk crack
Wizzy - 15/Sep/13

Because the crag is close to my house, I've been bouldering and soloing and I've done the FA of an E4, that is to the left of Armpit. The gritstone is good but I've never seen any other climbers there.
Wizzy - 10/Aug/13

I cleaned the Nursary Slabs area (in 2006 I think!), which required extensive cleaning. The majority of the former climbs were undetectable. I reclimbed about 6 alternatives (which I'm sure have been done before. I thought I'd submitted this information (sorry!). It may well be overgrown again but it provided an enjoyable evening, great for learning how to lead and for beginners.
craig watson - 04/Feb/11

There's Connoisseur and then there's just crap. This is really not worthy of wasting print or paper in the guidebook, nor wasting fuel and energy getting there. Yes the rock, under all the lichen, is actually solid, but the lines just don't appeal at all. There's possibly one good line at HS, but so lichenous, green and covered in brambles you'd have to be Alan Titmarsh to be interested. There are much better connoisseur crags and obscurities worthy of a mention above this - that bit of quarried stuff above Kildwick would be better in the YMC guidebook. There are also a lot of really annoying unfriendly Harrogatite dog walkers who don't let on thereabouts to give it a bad vibe for an area. The box quarry at Baildon Bank would be more of a fun day out - it's that bad!
jimorothy - 11/Oct/09