Climbs 124 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 323m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
A very bold sort of crag. The routes tend to be hard, but short. Home of the VS 6a (and the 6a bit is a sandbag)

Single pitch routes.

Rock becomes brittle after rain and should not be climbed on. Allow 2 days of dry weather before climbing here.

"Its not chalk they'll need but bog roll"

Access notes
B6320 into Bellingham, turn right and follow the West Woodburn sign for 1km. Take the road marked 'Blakelaw" to the farm. Follow the Pennine Way north to a small copse at tje top of the hill. The crag can be seen from here, on the right.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Northumberland Bouldering Guide (2008), Northern England (2008), Northumberland Climbing Guide (2004),
Out of print: Northumberland (1989)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
  Climb nameGrade
2On the Markf7A+ ***
3Bracken Blackf6C
4Black Ribf7A
5Pinch Punchf5+
6Colour Bruisef5+
7Pick your Pleasuref5
9Cloud 9f5+ **
10Cloud 9 SSf7B **
11Love Handlesf6B
13Airf7A+ **
14Postal Servicef6B
15Bullit Timef7B
17Little Piggyf4+
18Thin Crackf5
20Peg Legf5+
21Iron Piratef5+
23Flake WallVS 4c *
24The Felter's TeapotVS 4c
25Chockstone CrackMVS 4b
26Bait Cabin Wallf4
27Time and Punsishmentf8A
28Snap Crackle and Popf5+
29PinchedHVS 5b
30ThunderclapVS 5a
31Pincher WallVS 4c
32Twin CracksMVS 4c
33ArkleE1 5a
34Side WalkHVS 5a
36Boulevardf6C **
37Curbsidef5+ *
38Footpathf5 *
40Ta Macf5+ *
41The Eyes of Silencef7C+ ***
42Blocked ChimneyD
43The MallHVS 5a
44Knock Yer Block Offf7C
45Quarrel Aretef5+ *
46Tom's PeepingE1 5b **
48Coppers NarkHVS 5b *
49Crouching the Mahoganyf7A+ **
50Weeping FingersE2 5c **
51The Storytellerf6C *
52Task MasterHVS 5b **
53The WhipHVS 5a
55Border Craic & Deeks Abootf6C
56Looking Good Feeling Greatf7B+
57Ming Vasef6B
59Gully WallHVS 5b
60Dolcis AreteE4 6a **
61Rain DropsE2 5b *
62Shadow PlayersE4 5c *
63Pot-Hole WallE6 6a *
64Shoe HornHVS 5a *
65Tossin a WobblerE3 5b *
66Callerhues CrackHVS 5a ***
67Twin HatsE3 5c *
68Ned KellyE3 5c ***
69Second BornE5 6b ***
70Callerhues ChimneyHVS 4c *
71Rice KrispiesE4 5c *
72Toshiba ReceiverE4 5c **
74Pilot's LicenseE1 5b
75Air TimeE1 5b
76Cold StartE3 6b
77Green FluffE4 6b **
78Dulalai T.A.PE5 6b *
79Sheer TemptationE6 6b **
80The MongrelE4 6a *
81Flake CornerHS 4b
83MicroE3 5c
84TomE1 5b *
85DickHVS 5a *
86HarryE1 5b *
87Hanging CrackE2 5c *
88ChoucaE4 6b *
89Bracken CrackE1 5b
90Cut and DriedE2 5b *
91White RockE2 5b *
92The LurcherE3 5c *
93Country DownfallD
94The HyenaE2 5c *
95New Kids on the RockE5 6b *
96Scar Tissuef7C+
97The ThoroughbredE5 6b ***
98Horse PlayE4 6a *
101Binary Choicef6A
102Softly Softlyf7A
103The Soft Touchf7C
105In the Cloudsf5
106Coming Downf5+
107Groove is in the Heartf6A
108Reid Linkf6A
109Spring Healerf6B
111Ascendance of Decadencef5+
112Retrospective Phonomenationf5+
113Dot to Dotf5+
114Fone Callf6B **
115Pocket Pickingf6C **
116Happy Slapping SSf7A
117Happy Slappingf6A
118Happy Slapping RHf6C
119Surfing on a Rockf5+
120Tanned Gentsf5
121Crush n Burnf5+
122Pasty Facef5
123O Zonef5+
124Factor 30f7A
125Factor 15f6B
126Factor 8f6B
127Cal's Wallf6A
128Tyres on Firef6A
131Blazing Beatf6C
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Beautiful spot, lovely technical climbing but VS (or font 5) climbers could definitely get themselves in bother at this crag; and it's a long hobble back to the car!
Climbster - 02/Apr/13
The train from Newcastle to Hexham takes about 45 to 55 minutes and the bus from Hexham to Billingham about 35 to 40 minutes for anyone interested. Would definatly recommend taking boots for the approach and as many boulder mats as possible. Some of the climbs have been graded as boulder problems, you probably don't want to be falling from them though. The climbing that I did was good quality as was the dry rock but I don't see that being a problem later in the year. Great setting, lovely view.
Emilio Bachini - 02/Feb/11
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These details were last updated on 31/Jan/2011

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