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Simonside North Face

Northumberland, ENGLAND

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.

Weather forecast

 Today  Wed  Thu  Fri  Sat 

0.1mm rain
Sunny periods
17 °C
15 kph

0.4mm rain
Mainly cloudy
12 °C
19 kph

0.0mm rain
Sun
13 °C
17 kph

7.9mm rain
Mainly cloudy
13 °C
29 kph

8.1mm rain
Sun
10 °C
22 kph
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Guidebooks
Northern England (2008), Northumberland Climbing Guide (2004),
Out of print: Northumberland (1989)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 WINDOW BUTTRESS FACE  
2The ProwS 4
3The FlakeD 2
4Slab and ChimneyM 12
5Fenestration FrontHS 3
6Window ButtressM 20
7Peeping TomVS 4c 2
 BOULDER FACE  
9Zig Zag RouteD 72
10Swastika ChimneyD *69
11Swastika FaceHVD 32
12Swastika CrackS 4a *62
13Kyley's RouteHVS 5a *10
14Gaucherie GrooveVS 4c 2
15Boulder Face ChimneyM 25
16Flying NunE1 5a *12
17RothVS 5a 2
18Overhanging ChimneyVD 9
19Flare ChimneyD 4
 LONG LAYBACK  
21Boulder Face CornerM 9
22Nameless WallVS 4c 35
23Boulder Face CrackD 67
24Innominate CrackVD **245
25Flake CornerVS 4c *196
26Flake Corner Direct FinishHVS 5a *62
27Flake ChimneyVD 55
28Vibram WallHVS 5a **120
29On EdgeE2 5b *7
30On the BrinkE3 5c  
31Long Layback CrackVS 4c ***43
32A.K.A Mr. Vegas.E7 6c *** 
33Command PerformanceE4 6b ***2
34Nine Inch NailsE4 5c  
35Over the EdgeE3 5c ***14
36Dirty CornerVD 6
37On the BorderE3 5c  
38Dry RunE2 5b  
39Staircase ChimneyD 13
40Two Way ChimneyVD 4
41Coquet CornerVS 4c 1
42Chinese CrackMVS 4b 1
43Little 'A' ClimbMS 6
 'A' BUTTRESS  
45The PrivyHVS 5a  
46Giant's StairVS 4c **13
47Great ChimneyD ***152
48'A' Buttress Left-handVD 23
49'A' Buttress DirectVD **105
50'A' Buttress, Right HandS 4a *52
51Eden GrooveM 4
52The God MachineE3 5c * 
53The Wind TunnelHVS 5a 1
54Aeolian WallVS 5a *26
55DelicatessenVS 4c ***124
56Delicatessen Direct StartHS 4b 25
57Golden DaysE1 5b *3
58Gimme WingsE4 6a * 
 Climb nameGradex
 BUTTRESS FACE  
60Chockstone CrackD 21
61The Whalers ThoughtsHVS 5a  
62Stepped ButtressM 4
63Archer's ChimneyD 6
64SagittariusVS 4c 29
65The QuiverVS 5a *24
66Wide Eyed and WitlessVS 4c 17
67Quartz ButtressHVS 5a **59
68Regular NightmareE4 6a * 
69Blood on the RooftopsE5 6b * 
70GilletteE3 5b **5
71Cut ThroatE4 6a ** 
72The StoicE2 5c **37
73Loophole CrackMS *40
74Les PerchassHVS 5b *36
75Nee PerchassVS 5a *31
76Broken ToeHVS 5a *1
77Cairn CrackVD 15
78Cairn SlabS 4a *27
79Cairn ScoopVD 18
80Cairn Crack WestVD 30
81Sunset WallS 4a 7
 'B' BUTTRESS  
83'B' Buttress DirectHS 4b *34
84'B' Buttress ChimneyS 4b *4
85Bee BumbleE5 5c *2
86Cairn WallMS *44
87Lightning WallHVS 5a *2
88StormbringerHVS 5a * 
89Fair WindE1 5b  
 'D' BUTTRESS  
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 * 
 BOULDER 1  
100Problem 1f4+ 8
101Problem 2f5 2
102Problem 3f5 5
103Left Flakef4 5
104Problem 5f5 1
105Problem 6f4+ 6
 BOULDER 2  
107NE Aretef6A 5
108Pebble Patrolf7B **1
109Pigeon Patrolf8A ** 
110The Groovef5  
 BOULDER 3  
112Problem 10f6C  
113The Crackf5 1
 TRACKSIDE BOULDER  
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