Climbs 12
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 420m a.s.l

Panoramic view of Hen Stones © Andrew Jennings

Crag features

Small but perfectly formed bouldering crag a couple of hundred metres to the south-east of Simon's Seat. It does not appear to offer much from a distance as the bouldering is tucked out of sight.

The climbs cover a spread of grades and are, almost without exception, extremely good.

The rock is undoubtedly the purest grit on Barden Fell (and therefore perhaps in Yorkshire?) and will not stand abuse. Keep brushing to a minimum; a whack with a towel between attempts is plenty.

Approach notes

Approach as for Simon's Seat until you reach the crossroads in the path - Hen Stones is visible to the south-east as a small outcrop.

There is no direct path to the crag - take care not to trip over nesting birds or fall into bogs.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Chicken Run f5 13
2 Hen Arete f7A 33
3 Bird Flu f6C 38
4 Family Bucket f4 12
5 Unnamed f3 4
6 Chicken Tonight f3 14
7 Hen Pecked f6C 32
8 Taken By Surprise f7A+  
9 Free Range f7B+ 8
10 Chickens Go In, Pies Come Out 5.8 3
11 Over Easy f7A  
  Outlying Problems
13 Spirit of Kinder E2 6a ** 3

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