Climbs 128 – 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"

Approach 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), Northumberland (1979)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2On the Markf7A+ ***9
3Bracken Blackf6C 7
4Black Ribf7A 1
5Pinch Punchf5+ 4
6Colour Bruisef5+ 5
7Pick your Pleasuref5 4
8Smilef7C+ 1
9Cloud 9f5+ **8
10Cloud 9 SSf7B **9
11Love Handlesf6B 4
13Airf7A+ **10
14Postal Servicef6B 8
15Bullit Timef7B  
17Little Piggyf4+ 10
18Thin Crackf5 12
19ACf5+ 6
20Peg Legf5+ 7
21Iron Piratef5+ 9
23Flake WallVS 4c *4
24The Felter's TeapotVS 4c 1
25Chockstone CrackMVS 4b  
26Bait Cabin Wallf4 8
27Time and Punsishmentf8A  
28Snap Crackle and Popf5+ 2
29PinchedHVS 5b  
30ThunderclapVS 5a 5
31Pincher WallVS 4c 4
32Twin CracksMVS 4c 4
33ArkleE1 5a 1
34Side WalkHVS 5a  
35Handrailf5 3
36Boulevardf6C **9
37Curbsidef5+ *5
38Footpathf5 *28
39PavingE1 5b 19
40Ta Macf5+ *2
41The Eyes of Silencef7C+ *** 
42Blocked ChimneyD 6
43The MallHVS 5a  
44Knock Yer Block Offf7C  
45Quarrel Aretef5+ *11
46Tom's PeepingE1 5b **25
47Monoclef5+ 16
48Coppers NarkHVS 5b *6
49Crouching the Mahoganyf7A+ **2
50Weeping FingersE2 5c **31
51The Storytellerf6C * 
52Task MasterHVS 5b **20
53The WhipE1 5b *1
55Border Craic & Deeks Abootf6C  
56Looking Good Feeling Greatf7B+  
57Ming Vasef6B 3
59Gully WallHVS 5b  
60Dolcis AreteE4 6a * 
61Rain DropsE2 5b *3
62Shadow PlayersE4 5c *1
63Pot-Hole WallE5 6a *2
64Shoe HornHVS 5a *3
65Tossin a WobblerE3 5c *2
66Callerhues CrackHVS 5a ***46
67Twin HatsE3 5c * 
68Ned KellyE3 5c ***5
69Second BornE6 6c *** 
70Callerhues ChimneyHVS 4c *4
71Rice KrispiesE4 5c *5
72Toshiba ReceiverE4 5c **5
74Pilot's LicenseE1 5b  
75Air TimeE1 5b  
76Cold StartE3 6b  
77Green FluffE4 6b *1
78Dulalai T.A.PE5 6b * 
79Sheer TemptationE6 6b **1
80The MongrelE4 6a * 
81Flake CornerHS 4b *4
82PoloVD 5
83MicroE3 5c  
84TomE1 5b * 
85DickHVS 5a *1
86HarryE1 5b *3
87Hanging CrackE2 5c *1
88ChoucaE4 6b * 
89Bracken CrackE1 5b  
90Cut and DriedE2 5b *2
91White RockE2 5b * 
92The LurcherE3 5c *4
93Country DownfallD 1
94The HyenaE2 5c *1
95New Kids on the RockE5 6b * 
96Scar Tissuef7C+  
97The ThoroughbredE5 6b *** 
98Horse PlayE4 6a * 
100H8f6A 10
101H8 Sit Startf6A+  
102Binary Choicef6A  
103Softly Softlyf7A 11
104The Soft Touchf7C  
105Dramaminef5+ 6
106In the Cloudsf5 8
107Coming Downf5+ 5
108Groove is in the Heartf6A 6
109Reid Linkf6A 6
110Spring Healerf6B 3
111Tonicf6A 4
112Microbof5+ 1
113Blue Calxf6A *1
114Petit Mais Bon Bonf6A+ *1
115Ascendance of Decadencef5+ 4
116Retrospective Phonomenationf5+ 4
117Dot to Dotf5+ 4
118Fone Callf6B **1
119Pocket Pickingf6C **3
120Happy Slapping SSf7A 2
121Happy Slappingf6A 5
122Happy Slapping RHf6C 1
123Surfing on a Rockf5+ 5
124Tanned Gentsf5 5
125Crush n Burnf5+ 4
126Pasty Facef5 5
127O Zonef5+ 7
128Factor 30f7A 4
129Factor 15f6B 8
130Factor 8f6B 1
131Cal's Wallf6A  
132Tyres on Firef6A  
135Blazing Beatf6C  
136Dregsf4 1
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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