Climbs 39
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 90m a.s.l
Faces NW

Birk crag, Harrogate taken on I phone 5s © Wizzy

Crag features

Good quality but sometimes heavily vegetated gritstone. Would need regular use or brushing to stay climbable. Offers quiet and secluded bouldering and climbing, catching the sun towards the afternoon in late spring / summer (best times to visit). mainly a bouldering spot, although climbs of good quality can still be found.

Approach notes

The BMC Access Notes linked to this crag are for a different Birk Crag!

For the experienced climber there are the 2 high quality E5/6's of Death Throes and Centre Stage. Death Throes would require a head point ascent whereas Centre Stage could be done as highball 7A+/7b with pads. The bouldering is generally good. The footpath boulder has an obvious foothold which is very crumbly and should be avoided.
Wizzy - 13/Nov/13
Sorry, the E4 is to the right of armpit and to the left of birk crack
Wizzy - 15/Sep/13
Because the crag is close to my house, I've been bouldering and soloing and I've done the FA of an E4, that is to the left of Armpit. The gritstone is good but I've never seen any other climbers there.
Wizzy - 10/Aug/13
I cleaned the Nursary Slabs area (in 2006 I think!), which required extensive cleaning. The majority of the former climbs were undetectable. I reclimbed about 6 alternatives (which I'm sure have been done before. I thought I'd submitted this information (sorry!). It may well be overgrown again but it provided an enjoyable evening, great for learning how to lead and for beginners.
craig watson - 04/Feb/11
There's Connoisseur and then there's just crap. This is really not worthy of wasting print or paper in the guidebook, nor wasting fuel and energy getting there. Yes the rock, under all the lichen, is actually solid, but the lines just don't appeal at all. There's possibly one good line at HS, but so lichenous, green and covered in brambles you'd have to be Alan Titmarsh to be interested. There are much better connoisseur crags and obscurities worthy of a mention above this - that bit of quarried stuff above Kildwick would be better in the YMC guidebook. There are also a lot of really annoying unfriendly Harrogatite dog walkers who don't let on thereabouts to give it a bad vibe for an area. The box quarry at Baildon Bank would be more of a fun day out - it's that bad!
jimorothy - 11/Oct/09
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Birk crag main buttress 
2llex Wall
VD 2
3Ilex Wall Direct
VS 4c **3
VD 1
D 3
6MoiraM 4
VD 1
VD 1
S 4a *5
11Under controlE6 6a *1
12Under control arĂȘteE5 6b ** 
13ArmpitHVS 5a * 
14Armpit crack SDSf5 *2
15Centre stage Alt startE4 6a *1
16Centre StageE4 6b *2
17Centre stage startf7A **4
18Armpit SDS into centre stage start
f6B+ 1
19Centre stage traversef7B+ ** 
20Birk CrackS 4a *3
21Surprise Crack
S 4a  
22Lilac Crack
HS 4b  
23Lilac Slab
MS 3c  
24Girdle Traverse
MS 4a  
25Joan's Climb
S 4a  
 Footpath boulder 
30Footpath boulder arĂȘtef4+ 1
31Footpath boulder centref6A 1
32Footpath boulder dynof6C *1
 House slabs 
34Nursery slab
f4 **2
35Nursery slab without breaks
f5 **2
36Attack of the slopersV3 **3
 Flake buttress 
38The Flakef5 ** 
39Flake Aretef5 **1
41Far away
f4 1
42Steep pulls
f4+ 1

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