Climbs 18
Rocktype Limestone

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Barrow Scout Cove RIGHT, routes The Perfect Drug to Sleeping Sickness © Joe W-O

Crag features

Great little crag for sunny summer evenings. Some excellent views can be had from the top. Limited parking is available in a lay-by directly under the crag, after passing Scout Crag Caravan site. Located 40m up the hillside in the trees. Good range of sport climbing and the imposing roof section has an array of good routes at E3+

Approach notes

Follow a rubble path from the north end of the lay-by. Coppicing and limited use means that the path leading up from the road is well vegetated, please be conscientious of the environmentally sensitive area.

Restricted Access

The BMC have learned that palaeolithic man visited Barrow Scout Cove in Silverdale some 12,000 years before sport climbers and the unassuming cave there and the area around the cave mouth are a scheduled site. The site itself is vulnerable and in order to preserve it and avoid any accidental damage, climbers have agreed not to go past route 14 (Pincher). Therefore, both Caveman and Going Underground must be avoided, but all other climbs to the left of the cave are still permitted.

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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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More Guidebooks:
Lancashire Rock (2016)
Lancashire Rock (1999)

Out of print:
The GPS coordinates in Northern Limestone are wrong; they take you one lay-by too far. The coordinates for the crag on here (54.14833, -2.79444) are correct.
LGraham - 30/Jun/19
Spent a very pleasant day at the crag today. Winter meant that vegetation was low for the most part. Bolts on most routes are in good condition, as too are lower-offs. Going to contact local environmental bodies to enquire about cutting back some of the bramble, particularly on the decent paths.
Joe W-O - 28/Dec/13
There are two types of bolts in use here, u shaped ones mortared in and the normal screwed in D thingies. The D ones are alright but the U ones are loose or badly corroded. Also got 5 tick bites from this place.
afeuillade - 29/May/12
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Johnno
VS 4c  
2 Fuel My Fire 7a+ 1
3 Serial Thrilla 7b+ 1
4 The Perfect Drug 6c *  
5 Whitewood E1 5c * 2
6 Their Law 7a 3
Climb name Grade
7 Like a Dick Only Smaller 6a+ * 14
8 Sleeping Sickness 6a+ * 16
9 TV Tan 5a 26
10 Picture This 4c 35
11 The Modern World 3c 41
12 Modern Man 3c 35
Climb name Grade
13 Scouse
4c 19
14 Pincher 5c ** 17
15 Caveman HVS 5a * 4
16 Going Underground 6c * 4
17 Ten in 2010
18 The Grey Race
6b *  

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