Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 300m a.s.l
Padda Crag foot © Colin Matheson
Do not ring Forestry Commission (as per suggestion) in the NMC guide and on UKC) they do not let cars up to the crag. They have asked that this information is corrected.
Along the Spadeadam road from Gilsland. Turn off right after 2km at Moscow Farm, along a narrow road. Follow for about 10km until the tarmac ends. head for Chirnside Lodge. Then turn left, past a ruined barn and then turn right. Follow this road for 1.2km until you reach a dip in the road over a stream. The crag is visible on the right. Follow the stream to reach it. Mountain bike approach is quick and easy.
|This is an excellent little crag in an absolutely beatiful location at the western edge of Northumberland. The views across to the Lakes and North Pennines on a good day are marvellous. You really feel that this is a remote spot.
The crag itself deserves more attention because, although not extensive, is south facing, the rock is excellent and unlike a lot of crags in the County there are plenty of lower grade routes to test the V.S. leader and below. There are a few places where the veg has taken over a little but traffic will soon clear this up and clean off the lichen etc. Most of the routes are clean and there are pine trees at the top from which to get a bomb proof belay.
If you're looking for a quiet, splendidly situated moorland crag look no further and what's more you can drive almost to the bottom. On the way out we saw loads of roe deer, bird life and lots olf pine trees - give it a try!|
Paul Quin - 16/May/05