Climbs 57
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 75m a.s.l
Faces S

The Flutings VD* at Berryhill © Murph

Crag features

Mostly easy stuff. 2 roof routes at the right hand end, usually top-roped due to biscuity rock and no gear. The gear is generally very good. All single pitch routes, Marcher Lord, VS 5a being the crag classic.

Nice range of easy bouldering on good rock in 3 areas; on small walls before the crag; free-standing boulders; and on the main crag. Definitely worth a trip for the low grade boulderer. 'Knocking on Heavens Door', Font 6b, is a great problem, a light-bulb-esque arete with a teetering finish.

Approach notes

1.5 km north of Etal, farm track to Berryhill. Park in the farm lane. Ask permission at the farm. Go through the farmyard, through two gates at the left-hand end of the buildings. The crag is in the field behind the buildings. Go along the fence to the far end and cross via the wooden bit.


Northern England

The book is a selected route and crag guide although it still manages to pack over 2350 routes between its covers, spread across 44 crags. The main focus is on routes of all grades from Moderate to E9, but the best bouldering is also described.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Northumberland Climbing Guide (2004)

Out of print:
A lot of cows, some with calfs are currently being kept in the crag field. The farmer wasn't about and we didn't want to push through them or cause issues, so we abandoned and went elsewhere
iamstebarker - 30/Apr/17
Surprised by how many people were there yesterday but as a first time visitor I really enjoyed this place. Some great looking butresses with good routes, some great soloing and even potential for some new lines to be developed!
Gabe Oliver - 06/Oct/14
The residents of the cottages will get very arsy if you park outside their home. One chap won't think twice about moving his shed (Audi A3) to block you in. No doubt he intends on giving you a load of hassle before moving it out the way.
y2keable - 06/Oct/14
Berry Hill is accessed through a working farm. There are only issues here if people are not thoughtful. There are no parking spaces as such you are parking on their lane so be aware that they might need access to machinery and silage etc. that they store here. Please ask at the farm and all will be fine. There are often rooks nesting in the crag but in an area you would not normally climb. They have all sorts of stock in the field, last time I was there there were some highland bullocks so I would be cautious re dogs but that is the case in many Northumberland crags. Ollie Active4seasons
Ollie Jay - 03/Apr/13
Planning on calling by in 2 weeks- anyone know if the access issues (parking and livestock) are sorted?
brynbobaggins - 07/May/12
I told the BMC so they know, they have just lambed and the wee things are all over the place cows are in the crag field at the moment.
jonnie3430 - 27/Feb/12
The rockfax Northern England recommended carpark has "no parking," signs even though there are two carparking spaces, it's still possible to park in front of the wee houses. Something falcon-like is nesting on Marcher Lord, I don't think eggs are present yet but are coming. It had cleared off before we arrived, but we heard it all day and saw it return to the crag after we had finished.
jonnie3430 - 27/Feb/12
April 12, 2007 Asked at the farm, the landlord is running a couple of bulls on the crag field- they haven't bothered people, but may bother a dog if you have one with you (we did, so we pottered off elsewhere for the day, where the dog was far better at getting up the damn rock than me, predicatbly). 4 years ago, not a problem, as the landlord ran sheep on the field at the time. Apparently there is a notice at the field about dogs, but we didn't go and see. Best regards Sarah
Sarah G - 16/Apr/07
worth a visit for marcher lord VS 5a best route for miles !
bongo - 03/Aug/06
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1No O Levels RequiredE3 5c 1
2Overhanging CrackVS 4c *36
3Much Ado About NothingE1 5b 12
4Legal SeparationE4 6a 1
5Western ArêteVS 4c **168
6Western Arête Direct
VS 5b 8
7CheatVD *45
8Kinmont WillieVD *107
9Jock O the SydeVD *66
10Reivers WayD *80
11Steep Fluted WallHVS 4c 9
12A Pocket Full of LichenightHVS 5a 1
13Slab CrackD *131
14The FlutingsVD **245
15Hi Diddle DiddleVS 4b *152
16Marcher LordVS 5a ***236
17This PedestrianE3 5c *1
18FootsloggersVS 4c *41
19Potters WayVS 5a *24
20Potters Way Variation
E3 5c  
21Slanting CrackHVD 4a *117
22Eastern ArêteS 4a **243
23Do or DieE4 6a  
24Faye or Fly
E5 6a  
25Death or GloryE4 5c 2
26Border BalladHVS 5b *56
27ThrutchS 4a 36
28Boulder DirectHVS 5a 15
29Boulder RHVS 5a 36
30Lunger's Leap
E1 5b 9
31Route One
M 17
32Route Two
HVS 5b 24
33Route Three
VS 5a 62
34Route Four
M 17
V0 14
36Toothless Fairy
V0+ 12
37Nameless Arete
V2 10
38Grim Reaper
V0+ 12
39The Berryhill Nibbler
V0- 10
40Bareback Rider
V0 9
f5 9
42Warmer Upper
f3 19
f3 14
44Wall and Fluted SlabS 4a 21
 Warm Up Walls 
46Flight of Fancy
f5+ 5
 Berryhill Boulder 
48Escape from Hell
f6A 7
49The Undertaker
f5 6
50Knocking on Heaven's Doorf6A 10
51Satanic Cursesf6C 1
 Overhanging Wall 
53The Furrowf6A+ 4
54The Furrow Variation
f7A+ 4
55The Courting of Jilly Cooper
f6A 4
 Square Faced Arete 
f4+ 9
f6A 7
f5+ 6
60Festerf6A+ 3
f7A+ 2

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