Simonside North Face

Climbs 106 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 420m a.s.l – Faces N

Crag features
A fabulous crag with top quality single pitch routes in every grade up to E6. The best place in the county for beginners.

Approach notes
From the Forestry Commission Lordenshaw car park, follow the forestry road onto the plateau. The road passes under the crag.

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

Northern England (2008), Northumberland Climbing Guide (2004),
Out of print: Northumberland (1989), Northumberland (1979)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2The ProwS 6
3Window Buttress Face TwoVD 2
4The FlakeD 5
5Slab and ChimneyM 13
6Fenestration FrontHS 4
7Window ButtressM 23
8Peeping TomVS 4c 2
10Zig Zag RouteD 81
11Swastika ChimneyD *80
12Swastika FaceHVD 36
13Swastika CrackS 4a *72
14Kyley's RouteHVS 5a *11
15Gaucherie GrooveVS 4c 3
16Boulder Face ChimneyM 27
17Flying NunE1 5a *13
18RothVS 5a 4
19Overhanging ChimneyVD 13
20Flare ChimneyD 5
22Boulder Face CornerM 12
23Nameless WallVS 4c 38
24Boulder Face CrackD 72
25Innominate CrackVD **273
26Flake CornerVS 4c *219
27Flake Corner Direct FinishHVS 5a *67
28Flake ChimneyVD 62
29Vibram WallHVS 5a **138
30On EdgeE2 5b *8
31On the BrinkE3 5c 1
32Long Layback CrackVS 4c ***47
33A.K.A Mr. Vegas.E7 6c *** 
34Command PerformanceE4 6b ***4
35Nine Inch NailsE4 5c  
36Over the EdgeE3 5c ***16
37Dirty CornerVD 6
38On the BorderE3 5c  
39Dry RunE2 5b  
40Staircase ChimneyD 15
41Two Way ChimneyVD 4
42Coquet CornerVS 4c 1
43Chinese CrackMVS 4b 1
44Little 'A' ClimbMS 6
46The PrivyHVS 5a  
47Giant's StairVS 4c **15
48Great ChimneyD ***167
49'A' Buttress Left-handVD 23
50'A' Buttress DirectVD **109
51'A' Buttress, Right HandS 4a 55
52Eden GrooveM 6
53The God MachineE3 5c * 
54The Wind TunnelHVS 5a 1
55Aeolian WallVS 5a *29
56DelicatessenVS 4c ***142
57Delicatessen Direct StartHS 4b 25
58Golden DaysE1 5b *3
59Gimme WingsE4 6a * 
61Chockstone CrackD 23
62The Whalers ThoughtsHVS 5a  
63Stepped ButtressM 6
64Archer's ChimneyD 8
65SagittariusVS 4c *32
66The QuiverVS 5a *27
67Wide Eyed and WitlessVS 4c 18
68Quartz ButtressHVS 5a **68
69Regular NightmareE4 6a * 
70Blood on the RooftopsE5 6b *1
71GilletteE3 5b **6
72Cut ThroatE4 6a ** 
73The StoicE2 5c **38
74Loophole CrackS 4a *44
75Les PerchassHVS 5b *40
76Nee PerchassVS 5a *35
77Broken ToeHVS 5a 2
78Cairn CrackVD 18
79Cairn SlabS 4a *29
80Cairn ScoopVD 24
81Cairn Crack WestVD 36
82Sunset WallS 4a 8
84'B' Buttress DirectHS 4b *34
85'B' Buttress ChimneyS 4b *4
86Bee BumbleE5 5c *2
87Cairn WallS 4a *45
88Lightning WallHVS 5a *2
89StormbringerHVS 5a * 
90Fair WindE1 5b  
92The SkodaMVS 4b 3
93Treebeard the Happy RabbitE1 5b 1
94The Naked LedgeHVS 5a  
95Thunder CrackE1 5b **7
96Master PlasterE2 5b * 
97Dirty Thor'tE3 5c * 
98A-wristedHVS 5a  
99'D' Buttress CrackVS 4c * 
101Problem 1f4+ 8
102Problem 2f5 2
103Problem 3f5 5
104Left Flakef4 5
105Problem 5f5 1
106Problem 6f4+ 6
108NE Aretef6A 5
109Pebble Patrolf7B **1
110Pigeon Patrolf8A ** 
111The Groovef5  
113Problem 10f6C  
114The Crackf5 1
116Bob Pyle's Wallf6C 2
117Bob Pyle's Crackf4 4
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Agree more traffic needed, but a new venue and a good venue,def be back on a warmer day, nice walk in aswell
Geds - 20/Oct/11
Frazoir is spot on with his comment. Definitely a good place to get the uni groups ;)
Fiend - 01/Oct/11
Fine crag although some of the less popular routes could do with more traffic to keep them clean (plenty of other crags in Northumberland could do with a bit of a rest)
frazoir - 02/Aug/10
Some great climbs, however, be aware of the green mossy, slimey, powdery stuff, they will cause gear (especially cams) failure. Also at some climbs the rock is not as strong and it can break. Some of the grading at the crag is very inconsistent, so don't assume the general logic of british grading at this crag.
duzinga - 02/Jun/08
Very green in late may. Some of the classics had enough traffic that it wasn't a problem but 80% of the grag had 3mm of green flaky stuff all over it.
CurlyStevo - 30/May/05
Prone to 'going off' early in the season when prolonged damp weather results in greasy conditions, but great when dry. Tends to dry quickly in summer esp when windy (eposed) so don't be put off by a splash or two of rain. Grab 'Delicatessen' - delightful VS (MVS?) with a bit of slab (not well protected), a bit of crack work, finishing on an exposed face. Chuffing brill.
John MacDonald - 24/Mar/05
Insufficient traffic!? Very green and slippery, even on the 3 star routes, despite only being October. Potentially fantastic, but dissapointing
Matt Leggett - 28/Nov/02