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no_more_scotch_eggs - on 08 Jul 2018

What a great crag. The roughest gritstone I think I’ve ever climbed on- my hands feel like I’ve been climbing gabbro. heather groove is a brilliant v diff (and it is v diff, not what the logbooks here say)

but that walk in...! hard work in the heat. 1 hour for the approach seems optimistic- took us an hour and a half. And it was worse on the way out- our attempts to find a path by the beck failed and we ended up thrashing through chest high bracken and narrowly avoiding falling into hidden crevasses in vegetated boulder fields...

so, is there a path? Or does everyone just find their own way through the obstacle course that protects the crag...?

Presley Whippet on 09 Jul 2018
In reply to no_more_scotch_eggs:

> What a great crag. The roughest gritstone I think I’ve ever climbed on- my hands feel like I’ve been climbing gabbro. heather groove is a brilliant v diff (and it is v diff, not what the logbooks here say)

> but that walk in...! hard work in the heat. 1 hour for the approach seems optimistic- took us an hour and a half. And it was worse on the way out- our attempts to find a path by the beck failed and we ended up thrashing through chest high bracken and narrowly avoiding falling into hidden crevasses in vegetated boulder fields...

> so, is there a path? Or does everyone just find their own way through the obstacle course that protects the crag...?

Did you get your skirt caught on a branch? 

jkarran - on 09 Jul 2018
In reply to no_more_scotch_eggs:

There was no path up to the crag 10-15 years ago, just deep vegetation and plenty of the hidden pitfalls you discovered. I still remember that sun-baked ordeal. Great crag but Sypeland is rougher still.

jk

no_more_scotch_eggs - on 09 Jul 2018
In reply to jkarran:

I don’t think much has changed since then... Indeed, looked like you might have been the last visitors before us!

 

i won’t go hunting for a path if I’m back up there then. Worth the walk in though, isn’t it...?

Paul Clarke on 11 Jul 2018
In reply to no_more_scotch_eggs:

The walk in is pretty easy. Follow the path to the old mine buildings. Continue to a little gill that comes off the moor. Ignore the main valley at this point and cross the gill. Straight up the slope to gain the moor edge. Go along the moor edge choosing the best line depending on heather growth or burning. Simples.

As you found. The main valley is a nightmare of deep bracken and hidden holes.

Offwidth - on 11 Jul 2018
In reply to Paul Clarke:

We were forced out of the approach valley by boggy ground near the end of the good track at some breeding pens. We turned right up a stream and then left heading straight across the moor to tne crag (low growth on top so not too bad) to nasty boulder jumbles at the end as we reached the crag... great place well worth the walk-in once you arrive.

Brown - on 11 Jul 2018
In reply to no_more_scotch_eggs:

We approached from the east once. We walked round the east of Grimwith Reservoir and then up a long straight shooting track up onto the moors. When this ends cut across the open moor to the top of the crag.

A good route in dry conditions when the pathless moor is not too boggy.

On our way out we were intercepted by gamekeepers who looked like they had escaped from the 1920s. They even had woollen putties wrapped round their lower legs. We were escorted off the moor at gunpoint. This was in 2004 just before right to roam.


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