Climbs 26
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 189m a.s.l
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Paul Clarke on the first ascent of 'The Settle-Carlisle Line' F7a © nigel baker

Crag features

New sport crag above Settle town centre. A range of easier climbs from f4 to f6a+, and some good harder lines in the f6c to f7b range.

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PLEASE NOTE: After the severe weather this winter (09/10) there have been reports of lots of loose rock on the easy routes on the left of the crag. In one reported case a very large flake fell near '3 Peaks Bunk Room'. Please be very careful and remember to wear your helmet!

Approach notes

The cliff can be accessed via gates in Castlebergh Lane or Constitution Hill leading to various paths which zig-zag up to the crag. Parking is a difficult problem for residents in the narrow streets so please use public car parks around the town centre.

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Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire

Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire covers some of the best limestone crags in the UK including the big three of Malham, Kilnsey and Gordale. Alongside these titans are numerous other destinations that offer both sport and trad climbing throughout the grades, ranging from the intimidating walls of Blue Scar and Trow Gill to the long lines of newly-developed low to mid-grade sport crags such as Moughton Nab and Giggleswick South. Trad climbing is also well catered for on the walls and escarpments at the likes of Trowbarrow Quarry, Twistleton Scar, Attermire Scar and Witches Quarry.
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2 big blocks came off around Victoria Hall on 23-02-19. Be careful on this an Ye Olde Naked Man. Wear a helmet.
RBonney - 24/Feb/19
Hadn't seen Dominic's comment, but saw the kestrel (I think it's a kestrel) on the ledge in the middle of the crag, toward the end of a climb this Monday. Pretty sure there's a nest there.
C Witter - 14/Jun/18
Nesting Kestrels (I'm 99% sure) in the ledge midway up Victoria Hall (6a). Avoid climbing routes 6-9 on the topo at the very least to prevent scaring the mother away from the nest.
Dominicgriff - 01/Jun/18
Really enjoyed the climbing here. Lots of well bolted fun routes. Yorkshires equivalent to La Turbie, only better of course. Thought the routes were a little bit easy for the grade.
The Jazz Butcher - 27/Aug/16
Be aware of loose blocks!!
Lloyders - 28/Sep/14
14th June 2014 - an accident when a climber pulled a large area of rock off 5m up Town Hall Corner. Bolts unaffected, but take care and check out the route before using it with beginners.
lionel - 16/Jun/14
Enjoyed my visit to this crag. Easy to get to, convenient for the cafes of Settle. The climbing was a little worrying at times due to some loose rock, but the bolts add an element of reassurance. A good place to remember your helmet, especially whilst belaying.
Mark Eddy - 06/Mar/14
Great crag. Well bolted.
John Hunt - 16/Mar/13
Good day out - great value crag given how accessible it is. Some small loose rock, but no different to Giggleswick. Good rock from around 8/9 onwards, but the easier stuff would be perfect for first leads.
Bertbee - 17/Jun/12
Climbed there this weekend on routes up to 6b. Some alright routes, some loose rock, but not a deathtrap. Not a place to dick about though
psychomansam - 15/May/12
The easier routes are virtually all poor. A loose and potentially dangerous venue.
Bulls Crack - 13/May/10
5min walk (if that) from town centre carparking - Didnt manage to climb as got rained off (good tea shops in settle though!), but routes in general looked pretty good - the steeper lines 13-20 suffer a little seepage, but all other routes dry quickly will definately be back here before it gets too polished but more traffic will help clean the rock on the lower grades (lines 1-8)
Woodiee - 17/Nov/09
Great winter venue I think gets full sun and is reasonable sheltered. lower greade routes are not great - the 6C's and above are on the best rock.
Tom Phillips - 10/Sep/09
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Poppies for Tea? 6a 194
2 Blacksmith's Corner 6a 156
3 The 5a 249
4 Lib/Dem Groove 5c * 283
5 Town Hall Corner 4a ** 322
6 Settle Festival 4a ** 332
7 3 Peaks Bunk Room 5a * 323
8 Victoria Hall 6a ** 329
9 Ye Olde Naked Man 6b * 195
Climb name Grade
10 Off the Rails 6a+ ** 274
11 Off The Rails - Maypole Finish 6b * 32
12 The Maypole Inn 6c+ ** 48
13 Cave and Crag 7a *** 96
14 Practically Everything 7a *** 113
15 Castleberg Outdoors 6c+ ** 49
16 The Talbot Arms 6c+ *** 36
17 Paul Taylor's Climb for Life 6c * 13
18 Spot-on, Health and Safety 7a+ ** 50
Climb name Grade
19 Environmental Understanding 6c ** 154
20 Scary Mary 7a ** 43
21 The Bike Shop 6c * 77
22 The Folly 6c+ ** 46
23 Mounsey's Electrics 6c+ * 99
24 Shock Treatment 6a+ 131
25 Settle Injuries Clinic 5c 213
26 The Settle-Carlisle Line 7a+ ** 14

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