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Shaftoe Crags

Northumberland, ENGLAND

Climbs 255 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 200m a.s.l – Faces all

Crag features
Primarily a bouldering venue, and a bloody good one at that. There are hundreds of problems strewn all over the moor, with easy stuff to mega desperates. The routes are all on the Southern Escarpment (the bit visible from the main road).

Access notes
From Belsay on the A696, head for Bolam Lakes. Go past the lake car park on the right to a crossroads, turn left along an unmetalled road past a row of cottages. Park by the wall on the moor just over the cattle grid. Be sure to keep your speed down.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Weather forecast

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3.2mm rain
Cloudy
13 °C
14 kph

0.6mm rain
Sun
13 °C
21 kph

0.0mm rain
Sunny periods
17 °C
28 kph

0.3mm rain
Cloudy
13 °C
26 kph

0.0mm rain
Sunny periods
15 °C
13 kph
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Guidebooks
Northumberland Bouldering Guide (2008)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 -----SHAFTOE NORTH----  
 THE RIFT  
3First Problemf6A 4
4Problem 5f5 10
5Problem 6f6A 4
6Problem 7f5+ 4
7Problem 8f6A 2
8Problem 10f6C 1
9The Second Nosef6B 2
 THE PUDDING STONE  
11Problem 1f4+ 14
12Problem 2f5 22
13Pudding Fillerf4 3
14Problem 3f6C 6
 NORTH BUTTRESS  
16Short Wallf4 15
17Merry Dancersf6A 6
18Undercut Aretef6B  
19Mini Powerf6C 5
20Aurora Borealisf4 1
21Northern Frightsf5+  
 ARETE LAND, HALLIONS ROCKS  
23Problem 10f5 39
24Pianof7B 3
25Fingersf7A 1
26The Long Reachf6A 23
27The Long Reach SDSf7B 4
28Slapperf7A 110
29Clamperf7A+ 15
30Corner Crackf4+ 32
31Problem 18f5 18
32Problem 19f5+ 14
33Classic Aretef6A 65
34Shaftoe Blocf6C  
35Problem 21f5+ 38
36Problem 22f5+ 24
37Problem 23f6A+ 18
38Problem 24f5+ 8
 SIX PACK  
40Six Pack Circuitf6B 6
41Lip Tripf6A+ 8
42Alexisf6B+ 12
 PUNISHMENT BLOCK  
44Green Linef4+ 8
45Problem 29f4 14
46Problem 30f4 14
47Problem 32f5+ 12
 DOLPHIN  
49Problem 36f6C 3
 THE INCLINED SLAB  
51Problem 38f4+ 22
 GRINDSTONE  
 JUBILEE BOULDER  
 -----CENTRAL AREA-----  
 SALTER'S NICK  
56In the Nickf6A+ 3
57Sharp Aretef6A 12
58Salt n Pepperf5+ 9
59Salt n Pepper Right Hand Sidef6A 4
60'S' Crackf4 24
61Central Traversef6C 4
62Right-hand Traversef5+ 4
63Problem 10f5+ 4
64Small Boulderf5 10
65Small Fryf4+ 2
66Syco Sheepf6C *4
67Full Nettle Jacketf5+ 1
68Finger Bowlf4 9
69Chicken Edf4+ 6
 LOST ARROWHEAD LOWER BOULDER  
71Problem 17f4+ 34
72Problem 18f5+ 29
73Problem 19f5+ 29
74Problem 20f5 13
75Problem 20af6A+ 3
76Sunshowerf6A 7
77Rainshowerf6B 6
 LOST ARROWHEAD CAVE  
79Lost Slabf4 27
80Lost Groovef4 37
81Axe Headf6A 46
82Stone Age Manf7A+ 4
83Lost Arrowheadf6C 10
84Neolithic Manf6B 18
85Cave Dwellerf7A+ 17
 CRUCIFIX BOULDER  
87Christmas Timef4 3
88Problem 31f6A 1
89Crucifix Crackf5 13
90Problem 33f5 3
91Problem 34f6C 1
 OYSTER ROCK (WALL BOULDER)  
 BOULDER IN THE WOODS  
 GATEWAY BUTTRESSES  
95Mrs Mops Problem 40f4 27
96Mrs Mops Problem 41f4 33
97Mrs Mops Problem 42f4 31
98Mrs Mops Problem 43f4 24
 THE RAVINE  
100Shallow Groovef4 61
101Pocket Wall (problem 45)f4 60
102Side Wallf4 58
103Hidden Crackf6A 8
104Young's Aretef6B 7
105Easy Wallf4 32
106Crack Onef5 41
107No Need for Speedf6C+ 3
108Smooth Wallf7A 17
109Crack Twof4 57
110Buford T Justicef6C+ 31
111Pocket Wall (problem 53)f5+ 45
112Problem 54f5+ 19
113Way Coolf5 60
114Problem 56f6A 22
115Problem 57f5 25
116Low Level Traversef4 13
117Mid Level Traversef4+ 12
 THE BIG BIRCH  
119Problem 61f4+ 3
120Problem 63f4 3
121The Mantelf7A+ 3
 -----WESTERN EDGES-----  
 FONT BOULDER  
124Bleaustardf6A+ 23
125Purely Belterf8A **15
126Suprising Solutionf7A 57
127Font Centref7A 11
128Incipient Crackf6A 49
129Incipient Crack (sit start)f7A ***63
130Problem 5f6A 26
131Problem 5 Sit Startf6B 7
132Short Crackf4+ 40
133Little Prowf6A 23
134Cuvierf6A 33
135Final Prowf4+ 27
136Font Traversef6C 40
137Reverse Traversef6B 4
 THE BUSINESS  
139Problem 14f7A 7
 STOLEN FROM IVOR  
 MINI OBELISK  
142Cliff's Slabf4 18
 ASTRO  
 HAIR LIP  
 SMITH'S ROCKS  
146The Lipf7A 3
147The Scoopf6B 21
148The Maskf6C+ 22
149The Crackf4 15
150Milk and Cookiesf6A+ 11
151Knee Crackerf6A+ 5
152The Bunkerf6B 7
153The Edgef6A 14
154Weasels Ripped my Fleshf6C 3
 Climb nameGradex
155Classic Arete (standing start)f4 32
156Classic Arete (sit start)f6B 17
157Clampf5+ **8
158City of Sandf6B 8
159Problem 38f6C 8
160Pebble Slabf6C 7
161Proposalf6C 15
 TURTLE ROCK  
163Turtle's Flipper Left-Handf5 12
164Turtle's Flipper Right-Handf5 10
165Underbellyf5 14
166Soft Centref6A 22
167The Bossf7B **16
168Blood Sportf8B 1
169Bloodsport Left Hand Finishf8B+ 1
170Hard Shellf6C 6
171Darkness Beckonsf6A 31
 NEB BOULDER  
173Power is Nothing Without Controlf7C ***5
174Crease Classicf6B 32
175Broken Hearts Are For Assholesf7A+ 38
176The Neb Rooff6C 63
177The Originalf6A **33
178Perverse Classicf6C *4
179Problem 58f6A 10
180Problem 59f5+ 10
181Sloper Masterclassf5+ ***93
182Problem 61f6A 10
183Problem 62f6B 23
184Asidef6B 21
 -----SHAFTOE SUMMIT-----  
 DEAD PINE BUTTRESS  
187The Alligatorf5+ 2
188The Alligator Right-Handf6B 1
189Clueless Caiman Huntersf6A+ 1
190Living Fossilf6A 1
191Lightning Never Strikes Twicef5 2
192Problem 10f5+ 3
193The Cowf6A  
 DISHPAN ALLEY  
195East Wallf5+ 20
196Aretef6A 19
197Problem 18f4 32
198Problem 19f4+ 21
199Problem 20f5+ *11
200Problem 21f5+ 22
201Problem 22f5+ 33
202Rising Dampf6B 20
203Cornerf4+ 24
204Mantel Madnessf6C ***23
205Problem 29f5+ 11
206Blunt Nosef6A+ 8
207Problem 31f5+ 9
208Problem 32f4 12
 MAIN BUTTRESS  
210Problem 34 (standing start)f5+ 6
211Viagra Plusf6B+ 15
212Viagra Plus Sit Startf7B 25
213Sloppy Ploppinf6C 5
214Sloppy Ploppin S.Sf7C+ 1
215Central Wallf7B+ 3
216Main Wallf6C 7
217Main Wall Sit Startf7B+ **16
218Timmy Tip Toesf7A+ *26
219Magic Flutingf5 66
 FLUTED WALL  
221The Stingf6A+ 4
222Buzzingf6C 5
223Buzzing (sit start)f7A **3
 THE COB  
225Problem 48f5+ 15
226Cob Aretef5 78
227Problem 50f6A 28
228Hound Dogf7A+ 11
229Killer Queenf6C 4
230Hip Hopf6A 30
231Honeycomb Wall Traversef6C 34
232The Linkf6A 3
 SHIP'S BAIT CABIN  
234Problem 58f4 45
235Problem 59f4 40
236Problem 60f5 42
237The Thugf5+ 25
238The Technicianf5+ 24
239Lip Traversef4 18
240Portf5+ 40
241Galley Wall (standing start)f4+ 44
242Galley Wall (sit start)f6A *29
243Wolff6B 17
244Starboardf5 44
245Bow Wavef6A 28
246Lost Crack (standing start)f5 15
247Lost Crack (sit start)f5+ 18
 SHAFTOE GRANGE FARM BUTTRESSES  
249Cow Patf5+ 3
 -----SHAFTOE SOUTH-----  
 RUDDER'S BOULDERS  
252Rudyardf5+ 2
 THE SEADOG BOULDER  
 PUNCH BOWL  
255Black Puddingf7A *1
256Problem 7f6C 1
257Duvel 8.5%f7A 10
258Problem 10f5+ 12
259Caninef6A 8
260Problem 12f6C 1
 CAVE BUTTRESS  
262Flake Crackf4+ 8
263Pocket Rocketf7A 19
264The Wallf4+ 3
 LITTLE DAL BUTTRESS  
266The Scoopf4 2
267The Wallf6B 2
268Little Crackf4 1
269Little Johnf5 1
270Slab Aretef4 4
271Little and Oftenf6B+ *1
272Problem 26f4+ 3
 LONG WALL  
 MINISCULE MATTERHORN  
275Problem 28f4 8
276Problem 29f4 6
 CAFE NOIR  
278Cafe NoirE4 5c **1
 CENTRAL ALCOVE  
280Problem 34f4 5
281Butch Catch-Me and the Campus Board Kidf6C+ 5
 TWO TIER BOULDER  
283Tears in Heavenf5+ 5
284River of Tearsf7B+ *1
285Tears on the Dance Floorf6B+ 2
286Edge of Sanityf5 2
 CYCLOPS BUTTRESS  
288Green Wallf4 7
289Left Aretef4+ 8
290Cyclops Wallf5 6
291Right Aretef5 4
292The Scoopf4+ 3
293Side Wallf4+ 2
 HALFWAY HOUSE  
 ROADSIDE BOULDER  
296The lip sit startf7A+ 1
297Spinal Tapf7C **3
298Slim Shady (standing start)f6A 34
299Slim shady (sit start)f7A **47
300Real Slim Shadyf7A+ ***17
301Real Slim Shady (Left Hand)f7B ***2
302Intermittent Crackf5+ 26
303Not to be Taken Awayf5 31
304Roadside Wallf7C+ 1
305Roadside Aretef5 23
306Problem 61f4 2
307Problem 63f4 6
308Problem 12 f6B 1
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*CAUTION* Climbed here today (23/08/13) and on the way back to the cars found a very big BULL in the fields with the cows.
DaveB_86 - 23/Aug/13

Can be very wet and boggy on walk in. Mind the cattle they can be very easily spooked
Fluvial - 06/Aug/12

Extremely sad.
Ian Jones - 09/Apr/12

Was there today and parked at the second 'limited' parking spot closest to the pond. Arrived back to find a very polite letter explaining that parking here now should not happen and that we should all use the top parking area after the first cattle grid. Letter said information had been posted on 'the website' which i assume is UKbouldering. Here's me sharing it with all of you. TLDR; Park beside wall at first cattle grid and walk down. Pond area is about to be worked on.
sneaks - 19/Apr/11

Amazing place to climb. Lots of good problems spread out over quite a large area. Only real issue is that people seem to climb mainly on 3 or 4 boulders/walls so most of the place is dirty and needs more traffic.
pigeonjim - 26/Aug/10

The rock is from the same deposit as Rothley, It's called Ingoe Grit. Whoever said there was no grit in Northumberland should look up Jack Rock.
JDal - 17/May/10

I've seen it written up as a type of gritstone, as well as a coarse sandstone. It's completely different in texture from the Fell Sandstone of Bowden etc, so I thought it worth calling it gritstone just to made the difference clear. I can change it if it bothers you!
Stuart S - 06/Mar/09

Gritstone!?!?! There isnt any in Northumberland! This Crag is Sandstone
benj_d - 05/Mar/09