Climbs 159
Rocktype Limestone

Faces SW

After the burly section on Illywacker © AdamBrown

Crag features

Like its near neighbour the long thin line of well-disguised crags of Giggleswick Nouth offer only fleeting glimpses of grey limestone even in the middle of winter. The climbing is generally good with a wide choice of styles ranging from the extremely steep horizontal world of the Hollywood Bowl to a mix of easier sport climbs and traditional lines on the walls to its left. Due to its ease of access Giggleswick North is a popular evening or short-day venue and can be a viable venue in winter during a dry spell as it gets plenty of sun and is sheltered from northerly winds. The Hollywood Bowl is very steep and stays dry in the rain but it is prone to bad seepage and does not normally come into condition until late spring.

Approach notes

Giggleswick North is approached from parking pull-offs located on the road that runs west out of Settle towards the A65 (Ingleton amd Kendal). When approaching from Settle the parking place is on the right after the brow of the long hill 1 mile from Settle. When approaching from the A65 / Ingleton direction the parking place is on the left just before the brow of the hill about a quater of a mile from the junction with the A65. A path leads from the parking area and climbs to the base of the cliff line. The first crag to be encountered is the very obvious Hollywood Bowl. Further left just beyond an old wall and two yew trees the path splits take the narrow upper path above a broken crag. This path passes below the climbing on the North Buttess.

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Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire

Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire covers some of the best limestone crags in the UK including the big three of Malham, Kilnsey and Gordale. Alongside these titans are numerous other destinations that offer both sport and trad climbing throughout the grades, ranging from the intimidating walls of Blue Scar and Trow Gill to the long lines of newly-developed low to mid-grade sport crags such as Moughton Nab and Giggleswick South. Trad climbing is also well catered for on the walls and escarpments at the likes of Trowbarrow Quarry, Twistleton Scar, Attermire Scar and Witches Quarry.
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Yorkshire Limestone (2005)

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any idea where I can get an up to date topo or guide for Gigg north
daviesxxx - 26/Jun/13
May I withdraw my earlier comments; I was having a bad day, and say that, bar the noise, its actually quite good. Best place for 6'cs locally and a couple of decent easier routes too. I apologise unreservedly to the developers of the cliff!
Bulls Crack - 01/Apr/12
Some decent low grade routes, as well as the obvious and amazing Hollywood Bowl. Please, please crag moderator sort out the routes and grades!
chris_j_s - 31/May/10
Apart from the Bowl and a few of the harder routes + Ivy Buttress fairly dire. Short, cr*ppy routes in the main not worth excavating at the expense of habitats and wildlife.
Bulls Crack - 13/May/10
Good crag but noisey with the traffic. some routes are not in the guide book3.
Booey - 20/Sep/08
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Climbs at this crag

57Haggard Herring7b *10
58Sarcastic Fringehead7b * 
59Breadsnapper6c+ *19
60Branching Out6c *11
61Muted Mackerel7b **20
62Mainlining7b+ *4
63Audience with Jello7c **4
64Stunned Mullett7b+ 2
65Flights of Fancy7a+ *23
66Jackdaw HoleE2 5c *2
67Jackdaw Hole (sport)6c+ *2
68Pole Dancing6c+ *12
69The MaypoleE2 6a  
70Maypole Direct6c+ *8
71Maypole Revisited6c *4
72MoribundHVS 5b 9
73Northern Sole6a 42
74First Plaice5a 36
75Threadbarely6b+ 2
76New Threads6b+ *2
 Woodcutter's Buttress 
S 4
79TrepidationVD 3
80Three Steps to Heaven5c **11
81Centrepiece6a *8
82Dodgy Brexit6a+ *10
83Are Yew In?5b 7
84Are Yew Out?4c 7
85Birthday Surprise5b 8
86Ben Hur6a+ *68
87Sundowner6b *20
88Retro-Killer6c *51
89FellsmanE2 5c *5
90Fellsman (Revisited)6b+ *65
91Soft Touch6c *32
92Soft Touch (sport)6b+ 18
93Direct Debit7a **18
94DebbieHVS 5b *1
95Debbie Direct6a+ **118
96The Craftsman6b+ *63
97Joinery6a 52
98Tong and Groove6a 68
99Crosscut6b ***4
100The Adze6a+ 21
101Stumpy5c 51
 Hollywood Bowl 
VS 4c 1
104Brinks Mat Robbery5c *15
105New Bottle6b **10
106Back From the Brink6b *8
VS 4b 1
108The BrinkVS 4b *7
109Enter Stage Left6a+ **14
110Glasto 156c+ 6
111The Brink Link4c *2
112Before Sunset7a+ *2
113Sunset Boulevard7c ***50
114Sunset brown7c+ **3
115Divine Sunset7c+ **6
116Divine Brown7c+ **12
117Accelerator8b+ ***1
118Illywacker7b+ ***74
119Aladdin8c ***1
120King of Thieves8c+ *** 
121Willywacker7c 2
122Whitelock Witchery7b+ *6
123Jorjas Connection7c **1
124Hollywood Bowl (aid)
A2 2
125Hollywood Bowl7c **3
126Molly's Bowl7c * 
127Superbowl7c ** 
128Joe's Spork7b+ * 
129Angel Eyes8b+ *1
130Kleptomania8a **24
131Tonto8c+ *** 
132The Jordanator8b 1
133The Sound of One Hand Slapping7c *24
134We Come in Fear7c *4
135Seconds Choice7a *53
136Taking The Mikey
HVS 4c 1
137Dragon Wall
VS 4c  
138Jungle Bunny
MVS 4b  
MVS 4b  
 Hollywood Cup 
141Jack Horner
VD 1
142Film Clips6a *20
143Blue Movies7b 2
144Cinemascope6a+ **2
145Pulp Friction6c+ *5
HVS 5b 1
147Yew Tree Wall
S 4a 5
148Yew Tree Sport5b 3
149Honeyed Dwarf6b 5
 Parking Wall 
151The Fakir Awakes5c *36
152Bed of Nails
S 4a  
153Original Chimney
S 4b  
154Cat in Clarke's Shoes6a 9
155North of the Border6a 45
156Sport for All6a+ *45
157Dreams in which I'm Dying6a *36
158Broken Flake Wall
HVS 4c **5
159Liquid Acrobat6a *48
1607a At 706c **4
161Red Rag
6b *2
162Skyline Route
VS 4b  
163Easy Pickings
S 1
164The Reach
HVS 5b  
165Lay-By Slabs Direct
VS 5a 1
166Route 1
S 4

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