Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 390m a.s.l
Into the light and a long way to go. © Sean Bell
A superb crag on top quality sandstone. It suffers from insufficient traffic, presumably because of its' exposed position and the length of the walk in. Lots of hard stuff to go at.
Best approached by Mountain Bike. Park in the forestry commission car park between Lordenshaw and Great Tosson. Follow the forestry roads west to beneath Simonside. A track leads off West to a stile. The crag is 100 mtrs away.
|Great sunny day out, I will be back. The lichen was dry today, but produced slippery ball bearings under hands and feet - needs more traffic (or bring a soft brush). We cleaned most of the starred VSes on lead, so they should be better for the rest of 2009 at least.|
jonny taylor - 12/Sep/09
|A very attractive crag in a very attractive location (a `long' walk-in is no excuse!). However, I found the grading extremely stiff.|
stuaart - 21/Jun/09
|Why have some of the routes on here been given boulder problem grades when they are 8/9m high??|
Ben Gilbert - 15/Apr/09
|Needs and deserves a lot more attention. Some of the best and most impressive lines in Northumberland, probably the most classics per crag in the county, and all in a stunning location. Even the walk isn't too bad. BUT the condition of many of the routes is poor and the lichen soaks up any moisture in the air. It REALLY needs some dedicated locals to go up regularly and give it a good scrub as well as climbing - should this really be left to outsiders who will might have driven 3+ hours?? I think not. Come on people, climb and clean up here, otherwise it's a waste of a superb crag.|
Fiend - 09/Sep/08
|Well worth the walk, but all fairly green and lichenous after the recent damp weather. Probably better later in the summer after a dry spell.|
ed woods - 25/Jun/07