Hagg Wood

Climbs 61 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 330m a.s.l – Faces NW

Crag features

Varied climbing up to 15 metres in woodland setting, catches evening sun, tree belays prevail, caution loose finishes, easy access, some excellent routes

Approach notes

New access details. Park on mown grass area just opposite the caravan park entrance. From the Reeth side of the parking area, follow a vague path into the woods, heading up and left until you see luminous green spots on trees. Follow these spots up a steep slope to some red marker posts. Keep going in a general left-and-up direction until you meet the crag. The bets climbing areas are to the left.

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Swaledale Miniguide (2004),
Out of print: North East England (2003), North of England Rock Climbs (1992)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
1Yankee DoodleS 4a 11
2Letter BoxVD 7
3Littler EliminateS 5
4MinorityVD 9
5Pocket Hole CornerS 4a *26
6Pocket BilliardsVS 5a *2
7Garlic GrooveMVS 4b *19
8Shield GrooveHS 4b  
9PerronS 4a  
10SwingingD 1
11CrystalsS 4a  
12CalityS 4a *14
13CrastifitVD *5
14Tower TraverseVD ***13
15Dandelion CrackVS 4c 2
16BabelVS 4c 1
17The BladeHVS 5b  
18BarkadVS 4c **18
19Rack CrackHS 4b *4
20Holy MosesVS 4c *2
21Holy Moses DirectHVS 5a *5
22LimboVS 4b 1
23Dust and TearsE3 5b * 
24The CriminalsHVS 4c  
25CleavageMVS 4b * 
26Dry GaspHVS 5a  
27Slow DrifterVS 4c  
28Ginger CrackHVD 1
29Acid HeadVS 4c *6
30JubileeVS 4c  
31Cat's CradleHS 4b  
32CatwalkVS 4b  
33Crows NestVD  
34CawVD 2
35RookeryS 4a  
36Midnight GrooveHS 4b * 
37Twilight CrackE1 5b *6
38Twilight Crack DirectE2 5b **1
39Twilight GrooveHVS 5a * 
40D-RiderE2 5c **2
41Cobs CornerS 4a  
42Claim to FameS 4a  
43Cob PieceMS  
44CobsS 4a 1
45Tiny DancerVS 4b  
46Razor FaceVS 4c * 
47Indian SunsetVS 4c * 
48LevonVS 4c * 
50Work OutS 4a * 
51The Rose and the RamsonE1 5b * 
52KarumbaHVS 4c * 
53Only a RoseVS 4c * 
54Lamumba FinishHVS 5b * 
55Just a CarrotE2 6a ** 
56StingerS 4a  
57IntruderS 4a  
58Criminal InfusionE2 5b  
59The GallowsS 4a  
60The Happy WandererS 4a  
61Girdle TraverseHVS 4c/5a  
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Access is emotional but once you get there it is definitely worth the nettles. Some really nice short climbs for soloing and some tastier stuff for gear. Nicely shaded in the sunshine, although this isn't always an issue in this neck of the woods.
JoeDickens - 21/Jun/13
Visited this crag in May 2013. Packed on the bend between those plastic reflector posts. Nettles weren't too bad at this time of year alltho by 4pm I was being eaten by midges while belaying. Loads of wild garlic at the base of the crag and throughout the wood. We couldn't find the path up but found it on the way back down and its easier than the route we took up. The path leads up from the right hand side of the plastic posts.
lissymanners - 13/May/13
Some surprisingly fine routes though finishes typically loose, needs more traffic to clean up more. Some in situ tat on trees would make it more user friendly.
freemanTom - 04/May/11
The crag exists and is spelt Hag Wood in the mini guide. The access to it is terrible, though when you know the way it is no more than 10 minutes. The rock, when you get there, is a lot more stable than most areas in Swaledale and some of the climbs are sublime, especially Tower Traverse 18m. The crag also dries quickly, however, after rain the access and path beneath it are very slippy - there are a few nettles to be negotiated as well (do not wear shorts). GETTING THERE: Drive out of Richmond on the A6108 for 2.5 miles until you meet the main gate of the Swaleview caravan site. On the opposite side of the road is the dense Hag Wood. Heading back towards Richmond there is a gradual bend of about 300m at the end of which is a sharp little bend to the left and a public footpath. In between these two points there is a point on the road where it is possible to drive onto some long grass between some of those plastic road reflector posts. While the path can not be seen from this parking area (room for two cars tops), it is no more than 10m from you. Head through the nettles to find the path. This can be very slippy. Follow it up the hill as it trends and traverses slightly rightwards. This will bring you to the lefthand end of the crag not far from a distinctive detached pillar on the right. 5-10 min.
jimorothy - 09/Jun/08
I'm not sure this crag exists! We went looking for it, but we couldnt see it!
Jamie Hill - 11/Sep/06