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.

Access 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.

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

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
  Climb nameGrade
 WINDOW BUTTRESS FACE 
2The ProwS
3The FlakeD
4Slab and ChimneyM
5Fenestration FrontHS
6Window ButtressM
7Peeping TomVS 4c
 BOULDER FACE 
9Zig Zag RouteD
10Swastika ChimneyD *
11Swastika FaceHVD
12Swastika CrackS 4a *
13Kyley's RouteHVS 5a *
14Gaucherie GrooveVS 4c
15Boulder Face ChimneyM
16Flying NunE1 5a *
17RothVS 5a
18Overhanging ChimneyVD
19Flare ChimneyD
 LONG LAYBACK 
21Boulder Face CornerM
22Nameless WallVS 4c
23Boulder Face CrackD
24Innominate CrackVD **
25Flake CornerVS 4c *
26Flake Corner Direct FinishHVS 5a *
27Flake ChimneyVD
28Vibram WallHVS 5a **
29On EdgeE2 5b *
30On the BrinkE3 5c
31Long Layback CrackVS 4c ***
32A.K.A Mr. Vegas.E7 6c ***
33Command PerformanceE4 6b ***
34Nine Inch NailsE4 5c
35Over the EdgeE3 5c ***
36Dirty CornerVD
37On the BorderE3 5c
38Dry RunE2 5b
39Staircase ChimneyD
40Two Way ChimneyVD
41Coquet CornerVS 4c
42Chinese CrackMVS 4b
43Little 'A' ClimbMS
 'A' BUTTRESS 
45The PrivyHVS 5a
46Giant's StairVS 4c **
47Great ChimneyD ***
48'A' Buttress Left-handVD
49'A' Buttress DirectVD **
50'A' Buttress, Right HandS 4a *
51Eden GrooveM
52The God MachineE3 5c *
53The Wind TunnelHVS 5a
54Aeolian WallVS 5a *
55DelicatessenVS 4c ***
56Delicatessen Direct StartHS 4b
57Golden DaysE1 5b *
58Gimme WingsE4 6a *
 BUTTRESS FACE 
60Chockstone CrackD
61The Whalers ThoughtsHVS 5a
62Stepped ButtressM
63Archer's ChimneyD
64SagittariusVS 4c
65The QuiverVS 5a *
66Wide Eyed and WitlessVS 4c
67Quartz ButtressHVS 5a **
68Regular NightmareE4 6a *
69Blood on the RooftopsE5 6b *
70GilletteE3 5b **
71Cut ThroatE4 6a **
72The StoicE2 5c **
73Loophole CrackMS *
74Les PerchassHVS 5b *
75Nee PerchassVS 5a *
76Broken ToeHVS 5a *
77Cairn CrackVD
78Cairn SlabS 4a *
79Cairn ScoopVD
80Cairn Crack WestVD
81Sunset WallS 4a
 'B' BUTTRESS 
83'B' Buttress DirectHS 4b *
84'B' Buttress ChimneyS 4b *
85Bee BumbleE5 5c *
86Cairn WallMS *
87Lightning WallHVS 5a *
88StormbringerHVS 5a *
89Fair WindE1 5b
 'D' BUTTRESS 
91The SkodaMVS 4b
92Treebeard the Happy RabbitE1 5b
93The Naked LedgeHVS 5a
94Thunder CrackE1 5b **
95Master PlasterE2 5b *
96Dirty Thor'tE3 5c *
97A-wristedHVS 5a
98'D' Buttress CrackVS 4c *
 BOULDER 1 
100Problem 1f4+
101Problem 2f5
102Problem 3f5
103Left Flakef4
104Problem 5f5
105Problem 6f4+
 BOULDER 2 
107NE Aretef6A
108Pebble Patrolf7B **
109Pigeon Patrolf8A **
110The Groovef5
 BOULDER 3 
112Problem 10f6C
113The Crackf5
 TRACKSIDE BOULDER 
115Bob Pyle's Wallf6C
116Bob Pyle's Crackf4
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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
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