Climbs 20
Rocktype Slate

Faces N

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Crag features

The crag is now completely overgrown with moss from top to bottom left of the tree with significant amounts of moss to the right of the tree as of 6th August 2013.

The Outwoods Crag is a north-facing woodland outcrop of natural rock (weathered Precambrian slate agglomerate) which is slow to dry. It has several lower grade routes which make it a good crag for beginners although some of the problems are not without interest. The crag is desperately greasy on a wet winter day but catches the sun through the trees very late on a summer evening. The main characteristic of the crag is the oak tree running up the Main Face.

Approach notes

The quickest approach is along the track through the wood which starts on the Nanpantan/Woodhouse Eaves road near Charnwood Hall. The crag is just beside the track where the path leaves the Outwoods.


Dry today, mossy but enjoyable.
althesin - 14/Aug/15
Not worth visiting at present, the orange and green lichen and moss seems to have taken over.
spenser - 16/Mar/14
As above we have been asked to not use the trees with acute oak disease, contact Charnwood Council 01509 634976 for further information, or to let them know if you are taking a group.
marsbar - 27/Jun/11
Be careful there have been a spate of thefts from cars parked along the road (Woodhouse Lane/ Breakback Road)
Ian_Whitfield - 14/Apr/10
Spoke to the warden when we visited and we should be contacting the Borough Council or himself before visiting to climb.
PhillS - 06/Jul/09
Great little crag for having a bit of fun on a sunny afternoon. just been there on my own on a scouting mission so didn't push it but still had a good boulder.
wowsteadyon - 25/Jun/08
Nice and easy for beginners, no rope required
mlbower - 09/Nov/07
Would take issue with that comment. The lichen is bright orange and green! Otherwise spot on.
Sankey - 25/May/06
The main feature of this crag is the yellow and green slime all over it, it looks more like a giant Norwich City shirt than a crag. Best avoided
Big Steve - 24/Oct/05
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Pip D 9
2 Squeak
D 16
3 Wilfred D 32
4 Mid S 29
5 Split D 40
6 Twee HS 25
Climb name Grade
7 Oak VS * 15
8 Monkey VD 25
9 Puzzle D 56
10 Clown S 53
11 Bear
D 49
12 Squirrel D 58
Climb name Grade
13 Edge HS 4b * 45
14 Steps
D 45
15 Done Years Ago V1 1
16 The Outwoods *
V0- * 1
17 Papa Si * S 2
18 VC Bob * S 4a 2
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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