Climbs 29 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 310m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
A compact buttress boasting many worthwhile cracks and interesting highball solos. The classics of Esklets Eliminate, Right Unconquerable and Slip and Fly are not to be missed.

Access notes
Close to Ralph's Cross take the signposted road NW towards Westerdale and park at a green barrier on the left hand side of the road approximately 1.5 miles north. Tseveral cars on the grass verge if parked with care. Take the very well made “shooters’ road” SSW initially, cutting through Clough Gill and on to Esklets Crag after 2km. It is also possible to approach the crag from Waites House Farm along a public right of way in the Esk Valley.

The crag lies on prime grouse moor so dogs are not allowed. Large groups are discouraged. There have been access problems with this crag and it would be useful to report any difficulties to the BMC.
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
2Crag End WallVD 1
3Holly Tree WallD 2
5Eary SlabMS 4
6Dwarf's EarS 4
7Giant's EarS *5
8EskapadeHVS 5b 1
9EskalationE2 6a *4
10EskhewE1 5c *5
11Green ChimneyVD 2
12Green SlabHS *5
13Green Slab's CrackS 2
14Esk Club 7HVS 5b 3
15Left UnconquerableHS 4b *14
16Esk OffHVS 5a 1
17Right UnconquerableVS 5a **14
18Communication BreakdownVS 4c 1
19Deception ChimneyVD 1
20The Wall of DoogeHVS 5a 2
21EskapeVD 3
22Waiting For An AlibiMVS 4b *7
23No More HeroesVS 4c *5
24EskrementE3 6a 5
25Slip And FlyE4 6b **3
26Esklets EliminateHVS 5b *4
27Dwarf's Ear to Esklets Eliminate TraverseHVS 5b 2
29EskrowHVS 5c 2
30EskisionHVS 5c 2
31EskalatorHVS 5b 2
32Vinaig AreteE2 5b *2
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Please note the "new" Access notes detailing a suggested route to the crag which is along a well made track, avoids having to struggle through thick heather and will prevent further conflict.
nocker - 28/Jan/15
Sunny November day. 9 degC and 21 mph westerly wind onto a west-facing crag at 310m sounds unpromising, but it was fine. The valley is narrow and the ridges on either side rise over 400m. The wind was much weaker on the face, but enough to dry it out after heavy overnight rain. The crag was a nice place to be as it warmed up in the sunshine. Last climbs of the day in glorious autumnal sunset.
johnjb - 04/Nov/13
On leaving the crag on Monday eveing (17/06/13) we were approached by game keepers who said we shouldn't be climbing here. There are no restrictions on the RAD so the BMC have been notified. Will update when I know more.
Jamie Brown - 21/Jun/13
went last night, got accosted by gamekeeper afterwards- but it's all on open access land so should be fine. Big fence around the top. Good rock, steep and grading (from smartboys online) to be treated with suspicion. Top outs horrible and midgy last night but beautiful quiet place
lithos - 18/Jun/13
Beautiful place. Great if you're operating at HVS-E2.
Franco Cookson - 07/Apr/13
The rock is excellent & some routes do look good. Will be back armed with a rope to do the crack of Right Unconquerable & i`d like to get rid of some heather & mud from the harder routes. Was`nt much of a walk in either, parked at the westerdale road at the pond & caught shooters paths all the way practically!
phleppy - 05/Aug/10
Quality crag, that is now pretty much ignored. No evidence of recent climbing when i've been. It's a local crag for me and its got plenty on it. Although the grades do demand respect and the topouts are quite challenging, a good place to practice that heather grabbin'!
DaveWarb - 10/Mar/08