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Simonside North Face

Northumberland, ENGLAND

Climbs 104 – 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.

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11 °C
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Out of print: Northumberland (1989)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGradex
2The ProwS 3
3Slab and ChimneyM 8
4Fenestration FrontHS 2
5Window ButtressM 18
6Peeping TomVS 4c 2
8Zig Zag RouteD 65
9Swastika ChimneyD *60
10Swastika FaceHVD 30
11Swastika CrackS 4a *54
12Kyley's RouteHVS 5a *8
13Gaucherie GrooveVS 4c 2
14Boulder Face ChimneyM 23
15Flying NunE1 5a *11
16RothVS 5a 2
17Overhanging ChimneyVD 6
18Flare ChimneyD 3
20Boulder Face CornerM 6
21Nameless WallVS 4c 28
22Boulder Face CrackD 60
23Innominate CrackVD **225
24Flake CornerVS 4c *174
25Flake Corner Direct FinishHVS 5a *50
26Flake ChimneyVD 51
27Vibram WallHVS 5a **106
28On EdgeE2 5b *7
29On the BrinkE3 5c  
30Long Layback CrackVS 4c ***39
31A.K.A Mr. Vegas.E7 6c *** 
32Command PerformanceE4 6b ***2
33Nine Inch NailsE4 5c  
34Over the EdgeE3 5c ***13
35Dirty CornerVD 6
36On the BorderE3 5c  
37Dry RunE2 5b  
38Staircase ChimneyD 12
39Two Way ChimneyVD 4
40Coquet CornerVS 4c 1
41Chinese CrackMVS 4b  
42Little 'A' ClimbMS 4
44The PrivyHVS 5a  
45Giant's StairVS 4c **10
46Great ChimneyD ***143
47'A' Buttress Left-handVD 20
48'A' Buttress DirectVD **92
49'A' Buttress, Right HandS 4a *45
50Eden GrooveM 3
51The God MachineE3 5c * 
52The Wind TunnelHVS 5a 1
53Aeolian WallVS 5a *24
54DelicatessenVS 4c ***112
55Delicatessen Direct StartHS 4b 20
56Golden DaysE1 5b *3
57Gimme WingsE4 6a * 
 Climb nameGradex
59Chockstone CrackD 19
60The Whalers ThoughtsHVS 5a  
61Stepped ButtressM 3
62Archer's ChimneyD 5
63SagittariusVS 4c 24
64The QuiverVS 5a *20
65Wide Eyed and WitlessVS 4c 16
66Quartz ButtressHVS 5a **55
67Regular NightmareE4 6a * 
68Blood on the RooftopsE5 6b * 
69GilletteE3 5b **4
70Cut ThroatE4 6a ** 
71The StoicE2 5c **32
72Loophole CrackMS *35
73Les PerchassHVS 5b *33
74Nee PerchassVS 5a *30
75Broken ToeHVS 5a *1
76Cairn CrackVD 13
77Cairn SlabS 4a *22
78Cairn ScoopVD 16
79Cairn Crack WestVD 27
80Sunset WallS 4a 6
82'B' Buttress DirectHS 4b *30
83'B' Buttress ChimneyS 4b *4
84Bee BumbleE5 5c *2
85Cairn WallMS *39
86Lightning WallHVS 5a *2
87StormbringerHVS 5a * 
88Fair WindE1 5b  
90The SkodaMVS 4b 3
91Treebeard the Happy RabbitE1 5b 1
92The Naked LedgeHVS 5a  
93Thunder CrackE1 5b **5
94Master PlasterE2 5b * 
95Dirty Thor'tE3 5c * 
96A-wristedHVS 5a  
97'D' Buttress CrackVS 4c * 
99Problem 1f4+ 5
100Problem 2f5 1
101Problem 3f5 3
102Left Flakef4 4
103Problem 5f5  
104Problem 6f4+ 3
106NE Aretef6A 5
107Pebble Patrolf7B **1
108Pigeon Patrolf8A ** 
109The Groovef5  
111Problem 10f6C  
112The Crackf5 1
114Bob Pyle's Wallf6C 2
115Bob Pyle's Crackf4 4
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.

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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