Climbs 144
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 485m a.s.l
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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: Arête Direct. 

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.

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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)
Unknown Stones

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 summit
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summit *** 39
  Galaxy
3 Galaxy LH
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f7C+ * 1
4 Galaxy f7A 78
5 Galactic f7A+ 2
6 Milkyway f6B 3
  And She Was
8 Red Hot Knob f4 7
9 Corner Crack VD 32
10 And She Was E3 6a ** 47
11 I'll Bet She Does E3 6a *** 52
12 Straight Crack VS 4c * 25
13 Inaccessible Crack VS 5a 13
14 Big Ears and the battle of the Millipedes
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S 4a 3
  Chunky Chicken - Central Cracks
16 Left-hand Arête HVS 4a 19
17 Out With the Old E1 5b 7
18 Central Cracks S 4b * 37
19 Gimp Left Hand HVS 5a 4
20 Centipede HS 4b ** 4
21 Right-Hand Crack S 4b * 35
22 Chunky Chicken E1 5b 10
23 Rush Hour
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VD 12
24 Bite Size
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VD 8
25 Jug Arête
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f4+ 8
  Magnolia
27 Magnolia f7B+ * 2
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 2
39 In the Frame f4+ 21
40 Canvas Arête
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f6B 19
41 Masterpiece
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f7A+ 15
42 Palette
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f6B+ 58
43 Brushstroke
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f6A+ 19
44 Easel
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f6A+ 5
45 Legend
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f6B 11
46 Cock-a-Hoop
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f4+ 44
47 Edge Udger
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f6A 45
48 Prowler
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f6A+ 12
49 Splinter
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f5 11
50 Mantel Upset
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f5+ 12
51 Wallender
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f6A 16
  Trig Point - Whaleback
53 Funky Jam
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f4  
Climb name Grade
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 ** 33
59 Obsequious
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E4 6a 1
60 Pebble Arête
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f5+  
61 Apple Crumble f4 1
62 Endnote f5+ 1
63 Beck and Call f6B 1
64 Crackback * V8+  
65 Hump Back * V11  
  Main Edge
67 Layback Crack
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VD 5
68 North Gully Buttress
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VS 5a 5
69 North Gully
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D 13
70 Flake Climb VD * 17
71 High Nose Traverse
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S 4a 3
72 Mosaic VS 4c 7
73 Hair of the Dog
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VS 5a 3
74 Posh Spice and the Bend in Beckham's Set Piece
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VS 5a 3
  The North Face
76 Dog Lead HVS 5a * 35
77 Arête Direct VS 4c *** 129
78 Arête Wall S 4a * 58
79 Y Front S 4a * 74
80 Brief Encounter VS 5a * 2
81 Gentleman's Support
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E1 5b 3
82 Chimney Wall
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S 3
83 Window Chimney D 4
84 Clappers Crack E1 5b * 1
85 Turret Crack HVS 5a *** 17
86 Panzer E3 6a * 1
87 Outside Finish HVS 5b ** 2
88 The Gunner
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E1 5c  
89 Square Chimney
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VD 1
90 Baggin's Variation
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VS 4c  
91 Azimuth
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E3 5b  
92 Finesse E4 6a **  
93 Pothole Chimney VD 5
94 Tartarus HVS 5a * 1
95 Blind Alley
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HVS 5b  
96 Chockstone Chimney VS 4c * 7
97 Shush Popeye E3 5c * 4
98 A Question of Balance E2 5b *** 40
99 Wheres Grandma? E4 6a  
100 Griffith's Chimney D 4
101 Winter Finish to Griffith's Chimney VD 4
102 Another Question
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E2 5b  
103 Question Time E6 6b  
104 And Others
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HVS 5a  
105 Real Chimney
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D 2
106 Slant
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VS 5a  
Climb name Grade
107 Simple Simon S 4b ** 52
108 Paws for Thought HVS 5b * 2
109 Low Nose Traverse
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VS 4c * 8
110 Beaky
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HVS 5a 6
111 Gymkhana E1 5b ** 12
112 Low Nose Crack VS 5a * 1
113 Flirtin' Cos I'm Hurtin'
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E4 6a 1
114 iPerbole
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f7B  
115 Solipsism f7C *  
116 Blood Brothers f7B+ **  
117 Amen
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HVS 5b  
118 The Pieman
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E6 6a 2
119 Simon Says
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E2 5c * 2
120 Spondonical
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f7B+ 10
121 Pernod Spills f4 3
122 Ouzo For Twozo
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f5 1
123 Touch Your Toes
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VS 4c 3
124 Not Too Shy S 4a * 1
125 Bashful E1 5b 2
126 Myriad * f7C *** 1
127 Myriad (Stand Start) * f7B ** 1
  North West Boulders
  Naked Edge Boulder
130 A Fall from Grace
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E6 6c  
131 The Naked Edge E3 6a *** 10
132 The Naked Edge f6B+ *** 7
133 Dino-Mania E5 6b * 3
134 The Scoop
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f5 4
135 The Scoop Direct
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f6C 1
  Toe-Fu Boulder
137 Toe-Fu
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f8A+ 2
138 Trunk
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f5+ 2
139 Delta
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f7B 10
140 Monte Carlo
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f7B  
  Fulvia Boulder
142 Fulvia
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f6B+  
  Victorian Climb Area
144 Triptych
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f7A+  
145 Trilogy
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f7A  
146 The Triad
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f7A 1
147 Pinna f7A+ **  
148 Simon Says Squeeze f7C *  
149 Victorian Climb
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HVS 5a * 4
150 Little Simons Arete f7A ** 1
151 Orca
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E1 * 1
152 Cover-note * V6  
153 Hole and One * V6  
154 Monkee Puzzle * f4+  
155 I’m a Believer * f6B+ *  
156 Day Dream Believer * f6B+ **  
157 Tork Talk * f3+ *  
158 Monkee Mouth * f2 *  
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