Clifton Crag

Climbs 81 – Rocktype Granite – Altitude 150m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
Warm, dry, and sunny crag with good views over the Lakes and the Solway coast. Climbing is steep.

Access notes
DO NOT ask for permission to climb at the farm before climbing. Please do not disturb the owner. Keep dogs on a lead when in the fields. BIRD BAN: In spring, peregrines often nest near The Main Area or Red Slab and these buttresses should be avoided at this time.

From most areas, the best approach is via the A710, S from Dumfries. 1.5mi N of the car park at Sandyhills Bay there is an narrow lane on the R (W) and some outcrops can be seen on the hillside to the N. The lane is signed variously to Southwick Cemetery, Nether Clifton and Clifton Farm. Follow the lane for about 1 mile to a small lay-by on the L just past Upper Clifton Farm, which is itself just beyond the cemetery.

A granite stile leads into a field. Walk straight across this (wellies advised), just to the left of the new farm buildings, to an angle in the far wall. A second stile is hidden some 15m to the right.

Cross the next field (keeping an eye out for the bull that sometimes lurks there) to a gate in the far corner, under Hollowstones Wall. [thanks Stephen Reid for info]

Bouldering in Scotland (2008), Lowland Outcrops (2005),
Out of print: Lowland Outcrops (1994)

Climbs at this crag

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  Climb nameGrade
2SideshootVS 4b
3SideshowE1 5b
4SidekickHS 4b *
5AquilineE1 5b
6Jeune EcoleS 4b **
7OvergroundS 4b *
8OutcastHVS 5a
9InfillE1 5b
10Hollowstones chimneyHS 4a *
12GramercyS 4a *
13Dirl ChimneyVS 4c ***
14Monkey BusinessHVS 5a
15LemurE3 6a *
16Gibbon in WonderlandVS 5a **
17Blazing ApostlesE1 5b **
18Tour de ForceVS 4c **
19Owl CaveD
21The SuckerE1 5a
22LipstickHS 4b *
23Stiff Upper LipS 4a *
24Lip Service DirectVS 5a
25HotlipsVS 4c **
26LabrumE1 5a *
28Long EarsHS 4b
29Le TourVD
30Le CoinVD
31Easy StreetVS 4b
32Bright EyesVS 4c
33Long Ears/Liplet Direct combinationVS 4c **
34LipletS 4b **
35Ratten's RestHVS 5b *
36Wall StreetE1 5b ***
37The GrooveVS 4c
38Novice CrackVS 4b *
39Kenny's ChimneyVS 4b *
40The AreteE2 5b ***
41Elders CrackVS 4b *
42Muckle KnobVD
43The EsplanadeD
44PegusesHS 4b
45Red SlabVS 5a
46D.I.Y.HVS 5a *
47ToddamundoE4 6a **
48NebulaE1 5b
49CrosswiresE1 5b
50FingerlustE4 6a ***
51Dulce CourHVS *
53Horner CornerVD
54Crawl WallVS 4c *
55WiggleHVS 5b *
56The DirectHVS 5a *
57CrackshotHVS 5a *
58RevolverE1 5b *
59BulletHVS 5a
60Twin CracksVS 4b **
61Clifton PinnacleS 4a
63The PinnaclesS 4a
64Essence of GiraffeE1 5c
65Beyond the TerminatorE3 6a **
66MoonshineE2 5c ***
67The SlashHVS 5a **
68SlashshineE1 5b **
69Jugular VeinE1 5b ***
70Loneliness of the long distance runnerE4 6a
71Little WallE1 5a
72Crack upHS 4a
73SunsetVS 4c *
74The CornerD
76Gorilla WarfareVS 5a *
77Piece of CakeVS 4c **
79Knife Partyf7C **
80Half Knifef7B *
81Study Breakf6B *
82Traumaf7B+ *
83Wall Problemf7B
84Paul's Dynof6B+ ***
85Zillion Dollar Sadistf8A+ **
86Trauma Wallf7C+
87Dwarf Cave Traversef6B
886 Inchesf6A
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Visited this surprisingly good crag on a day trip from Newcastle. Closer than half of the Lakes and better than half of the County. Unless I've improved massively overnight, the grades are of the 'sympathetic' variety. The bracken is unpleasant, so do your walking on the top.
Richard Alderton - 16/Apr/12
A nice crag, think along the lines of Rivelin or similar in the Peak. Some great routes but the grading really needs sorting out - when the guide says something is easy for the grade, think easy for the grade below that given, i.e. easy E1 is really easy HVS! Good for breaking into leading at a particular grade though.
Bob - 04/May/09
Excellent for a day out. Dirl Chimney is well worth its three-stars! Heading to Twin Cracks Buttress? We found it easier to walk along the top of the crag from Hollowstones Wall and descend (walk) immediately from above the farm house. The path along the bottom of the crag is lost in brambles and bracken at the present (16/07/2006).
K Wall - 17/Jul/06
Great place 2 learn to lead. Fantastic short routes on excellent rock with easy gear placements. Check out the Dirl Chimney (VS 4c ***).
camw - 29/Dec/05
Worth a visit. Some excellent middle grade routes and new bouldering developments. Go and do Wall Street....
GCW - 17/Oct/02
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