In reply to TN:
THE best place for Severes in Northumberland is Crag Lough, and, despite a couple of postings to the contrary here*, you should be OK on everything up to and including the brilliant Main Wall, which is 99% of the crag anyway. Peel Crag, which you pass on the walk in to Crag Lough, has 2 excellent severes also.
Winshields Camp Site
Tel. 01434 344243.
(Walking distance to the pub/crag)
* Information from NT Warden via BMC Access Rep. Do not go any further east than Main Wall and you should be ok. If the Peregrines get alarmed you'll know about it and just back off to the west a bit. They should be just about fledged by now.
http://www.thenmc.org.uk/pages/guide/index.htm and click on Access in the sidebar menu for gory details.
In reply to TN: there should be enough to keep ypu amused at Bowden and Back Bowden- including the fab Russet Groove (Diff) Castle Crack (VDiff)and the overhanging V Diff at Back Bowden which is brill...
In reply to TN: Kyloe Crag. Two routes I'd recommend are Flake Crack (S) and Christmas Tree Arete (D).
I wouldn't recommend the campsite we were at in Wooler. You shouldn't have the problems queueing for the toliets, queueing for the sinks, queueing for showers... because it shouldn't be so busy as it was on the bank holiday, but I found the staff/owner to be somewhat lacking when it came to customer relations. That's putting it kindly.
if it's good weather and you want nice views, you can't beat Simonside.
goodwin91208 Jun 2004
I'd recomend Bowden doors, i did my first lead there (grovel groove (sp)). although kyloe and corby's are still great. simonside's not the best of crags, was rarther green and slimey the other week, should be ok if its been climbed alot recently though (if you dont mind a long hike)
gourd09 Jun 2004
In reply to TN: There's a good bunkhouse just north of Seahouses. Phone the tourist office for the number.
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