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.


Where can I find a guidebook for this area?
Dbrooks53139 - 10/Jan/17
More info and mini guide available here:
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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