Padda Crag

Climbs 44 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 300m a.s.l – Faces S

Crag features
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.

Approach notes
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.

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Northumberland Climbing Guide (2004),
Out of print: Northumberland (1989)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
1Padda WallHS 4b 10
2Rooster CogburnD 6
3Churnsike CrackS 8
4The Tower Crack *M 4
5The Tower Ordinary *M 4
6Muleskinner *D 3
7One-eyed Jack *VS 4c *5
8Teton *VD 3
9Ojibwa *MS 3
10Red Cloud *HVS 5b 1
11Whoops *VS 2
12Oregon Trail *MS 7
13Chisholm Trail *D 1
14Plute *S 2
15Oregon Trail *MS *1
16Padda Chimney¬† *D  
17The Secret Six *VS 4c  
18Whoops *MVS 4b 5
19Blad Eagle *HS 4b 2
20Sioux Hare *VD  
21Cave Climb *VD  
22Creak *D  
23The Funnel *VS 5a  
24Sike Wall *HVS 5b *1
25Lone Ranger *HVS 5b  
26Witch Hunt *HVS 5b *1
27Arete Direct *HS 2
28Leaning Crack *S 2
29The Niggler *MVS 1
30Vital Signs *VS 5b ** 
31Pipe of Peace *MVS 4c **4
32Padda Stairs *D 1
33Born Again *HS  
34Forked Tongue *MS *1
35Tomahawk *HS  
36Hiding to Nothing *HVS 4c * 
37Nasty Knobbles *S  
38Muleskinner *D  
39The Nebbish *HVS 5b  
40Little Groove *D  
41Tusk *MVS 4c  
42Little Squawk *VS 5a  
43Hiawatha *HVS 5a **5
44Papoose *MS 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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USER FEEDBACKLogin as Existing User to add your comments
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