Danby Crag

Climbs 80 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 197m a.s.l – Faces N

Crag features
Danby crag has sprong from nowt to stake its claim as Moors crag de premiere. It is, quite literally, well good. A large crag it be too, with out-crop-esque to the west and big, fat agressive buttri to the east. Draw de Top aretes, scoops, walls and little finger, long figure masterpieces. It's a crag that loves you, if you don't approach it with a sack full of cliches about what a dump it is. Quite simply:

The best lines you've ever seen everywhere you look!

The crag should be given a day to dry out after heavy rain, but often the exposed buttresses (particularly the aretes) can be dry within hours. Some light brushing may be needed if venturing off the beaten track.

Many of the VDiffs to the west of the crag are quite stiff, but well worthwhile. Chimney and Wall (Severe**), Danby Crack (VS 4c**), Valiant (HVS 5a***) and Osiris (HVS 5a**) are the classic mid-grade routes of the crag and great outings. There is then a bit of a jump in grades, with 'Palma Ham' (E2 6b), 'Stalin' (E3 5b**)'The Jungle drum' (E3 5c**), 'The Polish Diplomat' (E5 6b*), 'the Otter wilderness route' (E6 6b**), 'The Breaking Wheel (E5 6c)' and the Chocolate Moose (E4 6b**) offering a great day out in the mid extremes.

The Hypocrisy of Moose (H8 6c***) was the only harder route at the crag to have been led, but has now been joined by 'Howl Psyche' (E7 6b**), Die By The Sword (H7 6c*) and 'The Battle For Tripoli'(E6 6a*) (all on the same buttress).

In 2013, Psykovsky's Sequins (H8/9 7a) was added, which bends the mind almost as much as it bends the fingers. 2014 saw the birth of Fly Agaric (H8 7a) and Elysian Fields (E7 6a**). Later on, Powerslave (E6 6a), Ebola Tombola (H8 6b), Infinity in a Grain of Sand (H8 6c) and Anubis (E6 6b).

Perhaps with time a great surge of routes upto and beyond H9 will come, certainly many of the current projects are of a superb quality. The Mono Wall offers an exceptional crux in a dangerous position, whilst the Wangledoodle Wall is relatively safe, but sustained with many hard moves. At the other end of the scale is the blunt arete, which is just one utterly desperate slabby move above a bad fall. Beyond that are the realms of the truly futuristic lines- things like the impossible arete direct, that is incomprehensible at the moment. In any case there are projects in every style really and a lot will be 2 or even 3 stars.

A small amount of good quality bouldering is also available, with more to be developed. A couple of boulder problems of particular note are 'The Chocolqte Moose' and 'The Effervescent Pheasant', which are some of the best problems in the North York Moors.

Approach notes
Up to three cars can be parked at the bend on the minor road at GR739068,

otherwise park just inside the gate of the track leading up to Head

House farm.

* Climbing is banned between 1st November and 31st May. *

Approach the crag on the bridleway & cross the wall by the stile

above the crag.

See climbonline for details on crag bans.

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


Out of print: North East England (2003), North York Moors (1985)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2King of the SwingersHVS 5a *2
3The Jungle DrumE3 5c **6
4The Polish DiplomatE5 6b 4
5China SockE3 5c *2
7PowerslaveE6 6a 1
8Ebola TombolaE7 6b 1
10Barrel Highball Proj.E7 6c?  
11Aerial GullyVD 1
13IsisHVS 5b * 
14OsirisHVS 5a *2
15NephthysE4 6a 1
17StalinE2 5b *2
18RooseveltVS 4c **1
20The Crack ProjectE8 7a? * 
21The Wangledoodle WallE10 7b? ***1
22Impossible Arete ProjectE11 7b? *** 
24PortcullisVS 5a 3
25Amun-RaHVS 5a **4
26Elysian FieldsE7 6a **3
28The Battle For TripoliE6 6a *3
29Howl PsycheE7 6b *1
30The Otter Wilderness RouteE6 6b **2
31The Hypocrisy Of MooseE8 6c ***3
32BastileHS 4b * 
33Die By The SwordE7 6c *4
34The Effervescent Pheasantf6C ***2
36SodomS 1
37Beacon GrooveD 8
38ValiantVS 5a **17
39Dance Of The TranceE7 7a 1
40Psykovsky's SequinsE9 7a **3
41Chimney and WallHS 4a **19
42Frowning ButtressE8 7b?  
44Infinity in a Grain of SandE9 6c 2
45Bracken CornerD 1
46HorusHS 4b 2
47TendrilVD 3
48SiloHS 2
49Little GreenhopperS 4b 2
50Creeper WallVD **9
51Pearl JamS 4b 2
52NemesisVS 4c 2
53The Breaking WheelE5 6c 1
54RippleE5 6c **2
55Dark StarE7 6c **2
56VulcanVS 4c *1
57Fly AgaricE8 7a **3
58Chocolate MooseE4 6b **7
60Palma Hamf6C 2
61Marine Band Traversef6C 1
62Vulcan Bloc Aretef6B+ 2
64Western Highball ProjectE5 6c?  
65AnubisE6 6b **1
67GenevieveD 1
68Birch CrackVD 7
69Broken ChimneyHD 5
70Mood IndigoVD **15
71Castle CrackVD 4a 4
72Mussel MemoryVS 4c *2
73Castle RidgeVS 4c **16
74Castle ChimneyD *13
75Beacon ChimneyS 2
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Great Crag for the Severe leader, the VS/HVS leader; the E4/5 leader and the E7 leader. There are some brill lines on good rock and more ready for the taking. Some routes might need a quick brush, but they tend to clean up quite quickly and it drys very fast, which is odd for a north facer in trees...
Franco Cookson - 29/Sep/11
Once a disappointing crag, lacking in routes over HVS and a general feeling of neglect, it is quickly becoming an extensive and quality crag. Some of the original strong lines; Valiant, Portcullis, Osiris and Vulcan provide excellent climbing and the area is host to many newly developed routes and FA's too. Jungle Drum (E4 6a) and The Hypocrisy of Moose (E7) are brilliant climbs, comparable to many of the classic lines on Gritstone. The crag now boasts a slab climb too, 'Palma Ham' E2 6a which can be bouldered out at a high Font 6c and the nearby 'Chocolate Moose' (E4) can be bouldered at a highball font 6c+. Still plenty to do and the routes are worthy of repeats. Get to it!
Dave Warburton - 16/Aug/11