Climbs 133
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 468m a.s.l
Faces all

Duncan Campbell on the highball 'I'll Bet She Does' at Simons Seat © Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing

Crag features

Almost a tor surrounding the summit of Simons Seat, the crag has two aspects: the smaller faces south and consists of lower grade cracks and some good, harder faces. The northern aspect is up to 20m high and requires a fine spell to bring it into condition. Some routes can remain green or dusty. It is however home to one of the best VSs on grit: Arete Direct. Also worth doing are A Question of Balance E2 and a little bold; and The Naked Edge E3. [Bob Wightman]

Approach notes

From Bolton Abbey on the A59 Skipton- Harrogate road take the B6160 to Grassington. At Barden Tower turn right to Appletreewick and after a couple of km turn right down the track to Howgill Farm. Park with consideration and take the steep track through the woods to emerge on the moor. Turn left and head for the summit of the moor. The area is part of the Barden Moor access agreement, so no dogs and there may be days when the moor is shut for shooting.

Guidebooks

Northern England

The book is a selected route and crag guide although it still manages to pack over 2350 routes between its covers, spread across 44 crags. The main focus is on routes of all grades from Moderate to E9, but the best bouldering is also described.
More info
More Guidebooks:
YMC Yorkshire Gritstone Vol 1 (2012)

Out of print:
Good crag worthy of it's acclaim. Even during the showery pissy summer 2008 it was bone dry and almost all clean apart from a couple of routes right in the centre of the bay. The approach details in the Rockfax guide are partially bollox: from the South Face, walk to the trig point and then take a rocky gully down 20m or so to the right - this is a lot quicker, easier, and avoids the eroding mud path through the heather. Also it's a "good" 40 minutes to there! Aside from the climbing it is most noticable for the extensive millipede population - even the most hardened millipede enthusiast would not feel in want of millipede action here
Fiend - 24/Aug/08
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Simon's Seat
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summit *** 30
  Galaxy
3 Galaxy LH
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f7C+ *  
4 Galaxy f7A 70
5 Galactic f7A+ 1
6 Milkyway f6B 2
  And She Was
8 Red Hot Knob f4 6
9 Corner Crack VD 31
10 And She Was E3 6a ** 47
11 I'll Bet She Does E3 6a *** 61
12 Straight Crack VS 4c * 23
13 Inaccessible Crack VS 5a 11
14 Big Ears and the battle of the Millipedes
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S 4a 3
  Chunky Chicken - Central Cracks
16 Left Hand Arete HVS 4a 18
17 Out With the Old E1 5b 7
18 Central Cracks S 4b * 37
19 Gimp Left Hand HVS 5a 3
20 Centipede HS 4b ** 4
21 Right-Hand Crack S 4b * 34
22 Chunky Chicken E1 5b 9
23 Rush Hour
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VD 11
24 Bite Size
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VD 7
25 Jug Arete
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f4+ 8
  Magnolia
27 Magnolia f7B+ * 1
28 Orchid
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f6C 1
  Hidden Buttress - Open Face
30 Sargy's Crack S 4a * 2
31 Hidden Crack S 4a 27
32 Hidden Chimney VD 20
33 Open Face HVS 5b * 3
34 The Egg (of course)
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E2 5b * 2
35 Blinkers Rib
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HVS 5b 1
36 Grumpy's Crack
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HS 4b 6
  Drift(ing) Wall
38 Drift Wall
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f5 1
39 In the Frame f4+ 14
40 Canvas Arete
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f6B 15
41 Masterpiece
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f7A+ 14
42 Palette
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f6B+ 40
43 Brushstroke
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f6A+ 16
44 Easel
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f6A+ 3
45 Legend
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f6B 9
46 Cock-a-Hoop
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f4+ 32
47 Edge Udger
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f6A 34
48 Prowler
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f6A+ 8
49 Splinter
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f5 9
50 Mantel Upset
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f5+ 9
51 Wallender
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f6A 11
  Trig Point - Whaleback
53 Funky Jam
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f4  
54 A Life Less Ordinary
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E6 6b  
55 Trigger Happy
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f7B  
56 The Shelf
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f7B  
57 ??
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E3 6a  
58 Whaleback f7B ** 22
59 Obsequious
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E4 6a 1
60 Pebble Arete
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f5+  
61 Apple Crumble f4 1
62 Endnote f5+ 1
63 Beck and Call f6B 1
  Main Edge
65 Layback Crack
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VD 5
66 North Gully Buttress
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VS 5a 5
67 North Gully
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D 13
68 Flake Climb VD * 15
69 High Nose Traverse
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S 4a 2
70 Mosaic VS 4c 6
71 Hair of the Dog
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VS 5a 1
72 Posh Spice and the Bend in Beckham's Set Piece
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VS 5a 2
  The North Face
74 Dog Lead HVS 5a * 32
75 Arete Direct VS 4c *** 116
76 Arete Wall S 4a * 57
77 Y Front S 4a * 68
78 Brief Encounter VS 5a * 2
79 Gentleman's Support
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E1 5b 3
80 Chimney Wall
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S 2
81 Window Chimney D 4
82 Clappers Crack E1 5b * 1
83 Turret Crack HVS 5a *** 14
84 Panzer E3 6a * 1
85 Outside Finish HVS 5b ** 2
86 The Gunner
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E1 5c  
87 Square Chimney
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VD 1
88 Baggin's Variation
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VS 4c  
89 Azimuth
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E3 5b  
90 Finesse E4 6a **  
91 Pothole Chimney VD 5
92 Tartarus HVS 5a * 1
93 Blind Alley
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HVS 5b  
94 Chockstone Chimney VS 4c * 5
95 Shush Popeye E3 5c * 4
96 A Question of Balance E2 5b *** 35
97 Wheres Grandma? E4 6a  
98 Griffith's Chimney D 2
99 Winter Finish to Griffith's Chimney VD 3
100 Another Question
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E2 5b  
101 Question Time E6 6b  
102 And Others
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HVS 5a  
103 Real Chimney
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D 2
104 Slant
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VS 5a  
105 Simple Simon S 4b ** 49
106 Paws for Thought HVS 5b * 2
107 Low Nose Traverse
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VS 4c * 7
108 Beaky
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HVS 5a 6
109 Gymkhana E1 5b ** 8
110 Low Nose Crack VS 5a * 1
111 Flirtin' Cos I'm Hurtin'
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E4 6a 1
112 iPerbole
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f7B  
113 Solipsism f7C *  
114 Blood Brothers f7B+ **  
115 Amen
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HVS 5b  
116 The Pieman
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E6 6a 2
117 Simon Says
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E2 5c * 2
118 Spondonical
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f7B+ 8
119 Pernod Spills f4 3
120 Ouzo For Twozo
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f5 1
121 Touch Your Toes
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VS 4c 3
122 Not Too Shy S 4a * 1
123 Bashful E1 5b 2
  North West Boulders
  Naked Edge Boulder
126 A Fall from Grace
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E6 6c  
127 The Naked Edge E3 6a *** 8
128 The Naked Edge f6B+ *** 7
129 Dino-Mania E5 6b * 3
130 The Scoop
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f5 4
131 The Scoop Direct
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f6C 1
  Toe-Fu Boulder
133 Toe-Fu
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f8A+  
134 Trunk
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f5+ 2
135 Delta
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f7B 3
136 Monte Carlo
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f7B  
  Fulvia Boulder
138 Fulvia
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f6B+  
  Victorian Climb Area
140 Triptych
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f7A+  
141 Trilogy
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f7A  
142 The Triad
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f7A 1
143 Pinna f7A+ **  
144 Simon Says Squeeze f7C *  
145 Victorian Climb
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HVS 5a * 4
146 Little Simons Arete f7A ** 1
147 Orca
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E1 * 1

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