Climbs 64
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude Tidal
Faces N

Watkins Ale on a miserable day! © robal

Crag features

The cliffs are quite short, up to 15 metres, but are often extremely steep. Fortunately, most of the climbs are well supplied with jugs and it is difficult to think of another venue where rock so steep can be climbed at such a reasonable standard; one of the best routes, Watkin's Ale F6b+, goes 25 feet vertically and 30 feet out! The rock is banded and varies from pure sandstone to pure limestone, through all sorts of hybrids in between. On most of the climbs, the rock is reliable but a wary eye should be kept to watch out for the odd loose block or brittle hold.

Approach notes

The cliffs are tidal but most of the climbs are accessible at all states of the tide in calm seas. When the sea is rough the whole area should be avoided. The Brigg is included in the new North East England guide.

Guidebooks

Where can I find a guidebook for this area?
Dbrooks53139 - 10/Jan/17
More info and mini guide available here: http://www.climbonline.co.uk/filey_brigg.htm
Steve Crowe - 27/Oct/12
It is worth taking some hangers in case this happens. The bolts at Filey are all 12mm, so make sure you don't buy 10mm ones!
Chris Shorter - 16/Jun/08
BEWARE! Some eejit has stolen many of the hangers from the belays (you top out onto a ledge), so check the top of your route before climbing!
Jack B - 03/Nov/07
I visited May 2004 - would be good on a warm still day.
nathan - 24/May/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Shorters Folly
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VS 4c 6
2 It's No Crime (To Bolt a Line)
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6b 15
3 Pretty Ring Time
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6c 6
4 A Short Ride in a Fast Machine
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6b+ 5
5 Springtime
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7a+ *** 1
6 All At Sea
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6c 2
7 Test of Youth
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7b  
8 Behold, The Sea
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6c+ ***  
9 watkins ale
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6b+ *** 11
10 .....And Then She Broke me
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7a ** 5
11 Nikolaus Harnoncourt
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6a 6
12 The Imaginary Hold II
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6a+ *  
13 The Punto Boys
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6b **  
14 The Trial of Harmony and Invention
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6a+ 3
15 The Leap of the Imagination
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6b+  
16 Free For All
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7a+ 2
17 The Cutting Edge
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6a 3
18 The lactic Acid bath test
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6c **  
19 Betty Dodson
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7a 1
20 The Girlie Button
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6c+ *** 1
21 Ralph Vaughan Williams
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6c ** 1
22 Diogenes
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HVS 5b * 3
23 Sir Adrian Boult
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6b * 1
24 Sir Bernard Haitink
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6a * 3
25 Ampedextroids's Righthand
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S 2
26 Ampedextroid's Route
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VD * 4
27 John Major
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6a+ *  
28 Phallic vein
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7a **  
29 Rock Tectonics
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E2 5c  
30 The Crack
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S 10
31 The Crack Variation Finish
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VS 4b 3
32 Bare Knuckle Fighting
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4a 3
33 Premiere
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D 9
34 The Battle of the Bulge
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VD 7
35 Nonentity
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D 7
36 Nonentity Right-hand Finish
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VD 6
37 The Chaffer
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VS 4c 1
38 Chaffer Variation Finish
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VS 4c 1
39 The Eliminate
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HVS 5a  
40 I Should Have Known Better
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VS 4b 3
41 RIP
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S 6
42 The Pocket
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VS 4c *  
43 The Winchman
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VS 4b 1
44 Overhanging Bastion
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VS 4b 1
45 Slip Up
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VS 4c  
46 Surfing USA
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HS  
47 Dives
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VD  
48 Snorkel
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D 4
49 Apple Crumble
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VS 1
50 Smooth Torquer
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6c+ ** 1
51 Fighting Torque
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6c+ **  
52 Torquing Shop
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7b *  
53 Fat Boy Slim
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6b * 2
54 The Wanderer
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S 1
55 Hangover
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VS 4b  
56 Tall Storey Teller's Route
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D 2
57 Same Old Story
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D 1
58 Dave's Arete
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E1 5b *  
59 The Last Hurrah
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6b+ *** 2
60 Laurie Lee
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E2 5c ***  
61 Der Erlkonig
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5a  
62 Fisherman's Route
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D 1
63 Nameless
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VD  
64 Crumbs
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VS  

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