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Hawks StonesWest Yorkshire, ENGLAND
Climbs 50 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 427m a.s.l – Faces SW
The crag has been 'off the radar' despite it's roadside position for many years due to ongoing disputes with local land owners. Please adhere to the BMC RAD and heed the notices.
The myriad of moorland buttresses and pinnacles provide an extensive array of bouldering and some quality trad lines. The rock is green in places (usually the north facing sections) and where it isn't green it is slightly scrittly - as you'd expect on a forgotten crag - nothing a soft brush won't solve, provided you're gentle...
The landings are varied but in the main are mostly good, however recent tree planting around the trad/highball sectors make landings here occasionally tricky and will eventually become tree-choked.
The crag gets any of the weather going - this means it can dry quickly but can also catch what little poor weather there is around!
Climbs have been given names for their addition to UKC. Please feel free to inform of their actual FA (If known) names. The Climbs are described LEFT to RIGHT and the list is far from definitive - it's a big crag!
Climbs at this crag
Access to the crag is via a track from the Sportsmansí Inn car park.
Follow the signposted footpath for approx. 200m until meeting an obvious large wooden post, turn left along the path/track and follow this (alongside the old drystone wall) for 200m until a vague track branches leftwards through the heather - The whole route is marked out by thin wooden posts.
Access the crag via the obvious stile - please do not climb over any other fences. Only the sectors between the 'un-stiled' fences are on access land. Please don't foray towards the enticing 'Matterhorn Boulder' or the boulders down in the small holdings below!
Car park to crag = 10 mins.
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