An exposed outcrop of rough moorland grit in a fine location. Generally clean with good, sometines rounded holds. Sandy after rain and vegetated in places. Worth a visit for the large number of historically significant climbs with many classic VS and HVS routes. Staircase (M), Long Climb (HVD), Pilar Ridge (HS), the immaculate Tower Face (VS 4c), Priscilla Ridge (HVS 5a) and Berg's 1916 astounding on-sight, Cave Arete Indirect (E1 5a) are a good introduction.
From Crowden (SK 074993) follow the well signposted Pennine Way north for 1 3/4 miles (?) until beneath the crag (45-60 mins). At the stream crossing, follow the upper stone path easily to the top of the crag, rather than the lower dirt track which eventually leads (through boggy ground) to the bottom of the crag.
Went for the first time today, the climbing is really good (especially tower face/long climb) the crag is in a stunning position.
Theres quite a lot of vegetation & when we visited there were hundreds midges. Defo worth a visit tho!! jimbonfire - 27/Jul/14
Great crag though I found it hard for the grades. The walk in is not too bad and if you stick to the main Pennine Way path there's no bogs or shrubs - it brings you nicely to the top of the crag. max_chan - 01/Apr/11
The book of lies states this is a 50-60 minute walk. Allow plenty more - especially when you're near the crag. Lots of shrubbery/swampy bits to get through. On the plus side there's some fantastic views from there. Just make sure you've been to the gym before hand :-). Gaz - 15/Aug/10
Really good!!! Well worth the walk in. Not nearly as dirty and green as I expected (climbs largely unaffected by the slight green), in fact in pretty good nick. A little more traffic would make things even better GET UP THERE!! Enjoy the great climbs, geat positions and views!! Graeme Hammond - 14/Sep/09
The "trad" approach from Dovestones is truly knackering! badpants - 15/Apr/07
An epic hike to get there - probably the crux of most Laddow climbing, particularly if you're fat, weak, and lazy (2 out of 3 ain't bad) - but you are rewarded by a splendid situation. The greenness isn't a problem on the classic routes. Fiend - 31/Aug/04
Should have a 'kermit' symbol, very green even after several warm dry days. The 'old pennine way' approach is no more boggy than the rest of the walk in, and has the advantage on a first visit of giving you a good look at the crag. Simon Caldwell - 07/Jul/03