Berryhill Northumberland, ENGLAND
Climbs 54 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 75m a.s.l – Faces S
Mostly easy stuff. 2 roof routes at the right hand end, usually top-roped due to biscuity rock and no gear. The gear is generally very good. All single pitch routes, Marcher Lord, VS 5a being the crag classic.
Nice range of easy bouldering on good rock in 3 areas; on small walls before the crag; free-standing boulders; and on the main crag. Definitely worth a trip for the low grade boulderer. 'Knocking on Heavens Door', Font 6b, is a great problem, a light-bulb-esque arete with a teetering finish.
1.5 km north of Etal, farm track to Berryhill. Park in the farm lane. Ask permission at the farm. Go through the farmyard, through two gates at the left-hand end of the buildings. The crag is in the field behind the buildings. Go along the fence to the far end and cross via the wooden bit.
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Berry Hill is accessed through a working farm. There are only issues here if people are not thoughtful. There are no parking spaces as such you are parking on their lane so be aware that they might need access to machinery and silage etc. that they store here.
Please ask at the farm and all will be fine. There are often rooks nesting in the crag but in an area you would not normally climb. They have all sorts of stock in the field, last time I was there there were some highland bullocks so I would be cautious re dogs but that is the case in many Northumberland crags.
Ollie Jay - 03/Apr/13
Planning on calling by in 2 weeks- anyone know if the access issues (parking and livestock) are sorted?
brynbobaggins - 07/May/12
I told the BMC so they know, they have just lambed and the wee things are all over the place cows are in the crag field at the moment.
jonnie3430 - 27/Feb/12
The rockfax Northern England recommended carpark has "no parking," signs even though there are two carparking spaces, it's still possible to park in front of the wee houses.
Something falcon-like is nesting on Marcher Lord, I don't think eggs are present yet but are coming. It had cleared off before we arrived, but we heard it all day and saw it return to the crag after we had finished.
jonnie3430 - 27/Feb/12
April 12, 2007
Asked at the farm, the landlord is running a couple of bulls on the crag field- they haven't bothered people, but may bother a dog if you have one with you (we did, so we pottered off elsewhere for the day, where the dog was far better at getting up the damn rock than me, predicatbly). 4 years ago, not a problem, as the landlord ran sheep on the field at the time. Apparently there is a notice at the field about dogs, but we didn't go and see.
Sarah G - 16/Apr/07
worth a visit for marcher lord VS 5a best route for miles !
bongo - 03/Aug/06