Simonside North Face

Climbs 105 – 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
3The FlakeD 3
4Slab and ChimneyM 13
5Fenestration FrontHS 4
6Window ButtressM 22
7Peeping TomVS 4c 2
9Zig Zag RouteD 79
10Swastika ChimneyD *76
11Swastika FaceHVD 36
12Swastika CrackS 4a *70
13Kyley's RouteHVS 5a *11
14Gaucherie GrooveVS 4c 3
15Boulder Face ChimneyM 27
16Flying NunE1 5a *13
17RothVS 5a 4
18Overhanging ChimneyVD 13
19Flare ChimneyD 5
21Boulder Face CornerM 12
22Nameless WallVS 4c 38
23Boulder Face CrackD 72
24Innominate CrackVD **266
25Flake CornerVS 4c *215
26Flake Corner Direct FinishHVS 5a *66
27Flake ChimneyVD 60
28Vibram WallHVS 5a **133
29On EdgeE2 5b *8
30On the BrinkE3 5c 1
31Long Layback CrackVS 4c ***47
32A.K.A Mr. Vegas.E7 6c *** 
33Command PerformanceE4 6b ***4
34Nine Inch NailsE4 5c  
35Over the EdgeE3 5c ***16
36Dirty CornerVD 6
37On the BorderE3 5c  
38Dry RunE2 5b  
39Staircase ChimneyD 15
40Two Way ChimneyVD 4
41Coquet CornerVS 4c 1
42Chinese CrackMVS 4b 1
43Little 'A' ClimbMS 6
45The PrivyHVS 5a  
46Giant's StairVS 4c **15
47Great ChimneyD ***158
48'A' Buttress Left-handVD 23
49'A' Buttress DirectVD **109
50'A' Buttress, Right HandS 4a 54
51Eden GrooveM 5
52The God MachineE3 5c * 
53The Wind TunnelHVS 5a 1
54Aeolian WallVS 5a *28
55DelicatessenVS 4c ***136
56Delicatessen Direct StartHS 4b 25
57Golden DaysE1 5b *3
58Gimme WingsE4 6a * 
60Chockstone CrackD 23
61The Whalers ThoughtsHVS 5a  
62Stepped ButtressM 6
63Archer's ChimneyD 8
64SagittariusVS 4c *32
65The QuiverVS 5a *27
66Wide Eyed and WitlessVS 4c 17
67Quartz ButtressHVS 5a **67
68Regular NightmareE4 6a * 
69Blood on the RooftopsE5 6b *1
70GilletteE3 5b **6
71Cut ThroatE4 6a ** 
72The StoicE2 5c **38
73Loophole CrackS 4a *43
74Les PerchassHVS 5b *40
75Nee PerchassVS 5a *35
76Broken ToeHVS 5a 2
77Cairn CrackVD 18
78Cairn SlabS 4a *29
79Cairn ScoopVD 23
80Cairn Crack WestVD 34
81Sunset WallS 4a 8
83'B' Buttress DirectHS 4b *34
84'B' Buttress ChimneyS 4b *4
85Bee BumbleE5 5c *2
86Cairn WallS 4a *45
87Lightning WallHVS 5a *2
88StormbringerHVS 5a * 
89Fair WindE1 5b  
91The SkodaMVS 4b 3
92Treebeard the Happy RabbitE1 5b 1
93The Naked LedgeHVS 5a  
94Thunder CrackE1 5b **7
95Master PlasterE2 5b * 
96Dirty Thor'tE3 5c * 
97A-wristedHVS 5a  
98'D' Buttress CrackVS 4c * 
100Problem 1f4+ 8
101Problem 2f5 2
102Problem 3f5 5
103Left Flakef4 5
104Problem 5f5 1
105Problem 6f4+ 6
107NE Aretef6A 5
108Pebble Patrolf7B **1
109Pigeon Patrolf8A ** 
110The Groovef5  
112Problem 10f6C  
113The Crackf5 1
115Bob Pyle's Wallf6C 2
116Bob 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