/ Suggestions for best beginner crags near Leeds

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beeaanno - on 15 Apr 2019

Does anyone have any suggestions for the best crags to take a beginner close to Leeds? Particularly with good views!

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Sean_J - on 15 Apr 2019
In reply to beeaanno:

CLIFF

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hbeevers on 15 Apr 2019
In reply to beeaanno:

I like Ilkley, good range of easier grade climbs. Easy to set up at the top there too.

Almscliff; lower man is really amenable but otherwise it's pretty tough. Views are lovely though, as is the atmosphere.

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ollyroberts - on 15 Apr 2019
In reply to beeaanno:

As others have already mentioned, quite a few options at Almscliff (low man) and Ilkley Quarry.

Brimham Rocks should tick all the boxes!

Worth checking out Baildon Bank possibly. Good for easier routes, probably not the most inspiring place or views though.

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cragtyke on 15 Apr 2019
In reply to beeaanno:

Wharncliffe Crags

is only about 45 mins from Leeds.

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Will Hunt - on 15 Apr 2019
In reply to beeaanno:

If you're willing to travel a little further within Yorkshire, Twistleton on a sunny day is hard to beat.

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Andrew Wilson - on 16 Apr 2019
In reply to beeaanno:

Eastby Crag near skipton is a little further but more amenable than almscliffe or ilkley. 

Lovely place too. 

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Simon Caldwell - on 16 Apr 2019
In reply to beeaanno:

I'd avoid Almscliff unless you want to risk putting them off for life!

Crookrise or Rylstone have some great routes with unbeatable views. Eastby too though maybe less for beginners.

In my early climbing life, having been put off gritstone for a few years by my experiences at Almscliff and Brimham (where we tried RH Crack, VS, at its old misprint grade of VD), I climbed mostly at Twistleton, Attermire, Peak Scar, and Whitestone Cliffe. These last two are probably best avoided unless they have a background in mountaineering ;-)

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