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Druids' Altar

West Yorkshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 35 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 220m a.s.l – Faces NE

Crag features
A local viewpoint and point of interest near the St. Ives Estate outside Bingley. Evidence of druidic activity is lacking but other earlier pioneers have left their marks: cleaned holds, ancient chips and, more recently, chalk.

Despite the aspect, the rock dries quickly and doesn't suffer much drainage.

The recorded trad routes are on the main face of the tallest rock but other smaller buttresses exist with some good, albeit short lines - the traditionalist is generally advised to bring some clippers and a trowel.

The bouldering has recently seen a renaissence with a lot of new lines (all new?) cleaned and climbed around April 2014. Two main bouldering areas exist; beneath the main Druids' Altar block comrpising a good mid-grade circuit and around the Sundary Morning boulder. Other isolated climbs are present along the edge.

Accessible from Bingley train station via a long walk or else parking is to be had either at the pub 'The Brown Cow', St Ives Estate or discretely on the verge before the 'Access-Only' sign a little way up Altar Lane.

Some old photos of early pioneers can be found here, here and here:

http://www.valendale.myby.co.uk/moss_carr.html

http://www.francisfrith.com/bingley/photos/the-druids-altar-1894_34759/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/49642305@N02/12837716213/

Access notes
Once the access road (Altar Lane) opens up into a small woodland either cut down immediately right along the drystone wall to join a path that runs along the base of the crag (for the wings) or walk north-east towards the Druids' Altar itself (well walked paths) and boulder hop down to the crag/boulders. Additional craglets including the Sunday Morning boulder are present further along the edge. The Sunday Morning Boulder is reached after a 5mins walk along the footpath that continues away from Bingley towards Keightley - once the dry-stone wall kicks back in towards the path the Beech plantation opens up on the right. The Sunday Morning Boulder is 100m diagonally down the slope, just above the farmhouse. The boulders beneath the Druids' Altar are, on first encounters, tricky to navigate but straightforward once familiar with the place. Odd bits of litter scattered in places - fill a bag or two and it'll be clean in a couple of visits.

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Guidebooks
Yorkshire Gritstone (1999)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 EASTERN FLANKS  
2Cacophonixf6A 2
 LOWER TIER  
4Still Life with Woodpeckerf6A **1
5Still Life without...f7A+ *1
6Cleopatraf3 1
7Slave 1f3+ *1
8Slave 2f2+ 1
9Huffnpufff6B 1
 DRUIDS' ALTAR (MAIN BLOCK)  
11First Aretef2+ 1
12First Groovef3 2
13Druids' Facef3+ *2
 CAESAR BLOCK  
15Caesarf7A+ *1
 COCK-ON-THE-BLOCK  
17Cock-on-the-Blockf6B *1
 BRAD SQUIT WALL  
19Gracchus Armisurplusf6A+ *2
20Magnumopusf6A 2
21Anticlimaxf5 1
22Brad Squitf6B+ **2
 Climb nameGradex
23Gracchus Squitf6C *2
 TRIANGULAR BLOCK  
25Geriatrixf4 1
26Vitalstatistixf6C *1
27Dogmatixf4+ *2
 RUSH BLOCK  
29Rush (Stand Start)f5+ *1
30Rush (Crouch Start)f7C  
 BRUTUS BLOCK  
32Brutusf6B **2
 PYRAMID BLOCK  
34Getafixf6B *2
35Obelixf6C **1
 THE EDIFICE  
37Edifisf5+ 1
 SUNDAY MORNING BOULDER  
39High as I Mightf6A *1
40Fly as a Kitef5 *1
 SWEET JANE BOULDER  
42Sweet Janef5 *2
43Venus in Fursf4+ 2
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