Climbs 130
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 323m a.s.l
Faces SW

The loneliness of long distance boulderers... © Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing

Crag features

A very bold sort of crag. The routes tend to be hard, but short. Home of the VS 6a (and the 6a bit is a sandbag)

Single pitch routes.

Rock becomes brittle after rain and should not be climbed on. Allow 2 days of dry weather before climbing here.

"Its not chalk they'll need but bog roll"

Approach notes

B6320 into Bellingham, turn right and follow the West Woodburn sign for 1km. Take the road marked 'Blakelaw" to the farm. Follow the Pennine Way north to a small copse at tje top of the hill. The crag can be seen from here, on the right.

Guidebooks

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
Beautiful spot, lovely technical climbing but VS (or font 5) climbers could definitely get themselves in bother at this crag; and it's a long hobble back to the car!
Climbster - 02/Apr/13
The train from Newcastle to Hexham takes about 45 to 55 minutes and the bus from Hexham to Billingham about 35 to 40 minutes for anyone interested. Would definatly recommend taking boots for the approach and as many boulder mats as possible. Some of the climbs have been graded as boulder problems, you probably don't want to be falling from them though. The climbing that I did was good quality as was the dry rock but I don't see that being a problem later in the year. Great setting, lovely view.
Emilio Bachini - 02/Feb/11
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  The Play Pen
2 On the Mark
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f7A+ *** 12
3 Bracken Black
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f6C 10
4 Black Rib f7A 1
5 Pinch Punch
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f5+ 6
6 Colour Bruise
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f5+ 8
7 Pick your Pleasure
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f5 5
8 Smile
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f7C+ 1
9 Cloud 9
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f5+ ** 11
10 Cloud 9 SS
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f7B ** 10
11 Love Handles
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f6B 4
  Air Bloc
13 Air
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f7A+ ** 20
14 Postal Service
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f6B 13
15 Bullit Time
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f7B  
  The Black Pig
17 Little Piggy
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f4+ 15
18 Thin Crack
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f5 18
19 AC
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f5+ 9
20 Peg Leg
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f5+ 10
21 Iron Pirate
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f5+ 9
  Left-hand Buttresses
23 Flake Wall
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VS 4c * 8
24 The Felter's Teapot
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VS 4c 5
25 Chockstone Crack
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MVS 4b 1
26 Bait Cabin Wall
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f4 10
27 Time and Punsishment
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f8A  
28 Snap Crackle and Pop
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f5+ 2
29 Pinched
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HVS 5b 1
30 Thunderclap
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VS 5a 5
31 Pincher Wall
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VS 4c 7
32 Twin Cracks
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MVS 4c 6
33 Arkle E1 5a 2
34 Side Walk HVS 5a 3
35 Handrail f5 8
36 Boulevard E3 6b * 15
37 Curbside E3 6a * 11
38 Footpath E2 5c * 40
39 Paving E1 5b 30
40 Ta Mac
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f5+ * 5
41 The Eyes of Silence
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f7C+ *** 13
42 Blocked Chimney
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D 6
43 The Mall
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HVS 5a 2
44 Knock Yer Block Off
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f7C  
45 Quarrel Arete E2 5c * 16
46 Tom's Peeping E1 5b ** 32
47 Monocle E2 5c * 23
48 Coppers Nark HVS 5b * 8
49 Crouching the Mahogany E5 6b ** 5
50 Weeping Fingers E2 5c ** 43
51 The Storyteller E5 6b  
52 Task Master HVS 5b ** 29
53 The Whip E1 5b * 5
  Central Buttress
55 Border Craic & Deeks Aboot
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f6C  
56 Looking Good Feeling Great
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f7B+  
57 Ming Vase
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f6B 4
  Central Buttress Pinnacle
59 Gully Wall
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HVS 5b  
60 Dolcis Arete E4 6a *  
61 Rain Drops E2 5b * 5
62 Shadow Players E4 5c * 2
63 Pot-Hole Wall Direct Start
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E3 5a 2
64 Pot-Hole Wall E5 6a * 2
65 Pot-Hole Wall Direct Finish
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E3 5c 1
66 Shoe Horn HVS 5a * 5
67 Tossin a Wobbler E3 5c * 3
68 Callerhues Crack HVS 5a *** 56
69 Twin Hats E3 5c *  
70 Ned Kelly E3 5c *** 6
71 Second Born E6 6c ***  
72 Callerhues Chimney HVS 4c * 5
73 Rice Krispies E4 5c * 5
74 Toshiba Receiver E4 5c ** 6
  Right-hand Buttresses
76 Pilot's License
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E1 5b  
77 Air Time
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E1 5b  
78 Cold Start E3 6b  
79 Green Fluff E4 6b * 1
80 Dulalai T.A.P E5 6b *  
81 Sheer Temptation E6 6b ** 1
82 The Mongrel E4 6a *  
83 Flake Corner HS 4b * 6
84 Polo VD 7
85 Micro E3 5c  
86 Tom E1 5b * 1
87 Dick HVS 5a * 2
88 Harry E1 5b * 5
89 Hanging Crack E2 5c * 2
90 Chouca E4 6b *  
91 Bracken Crack E1 5b  
92 Cut and Dried E2 5b * 5
93 White Rock E2 5b * 1
94 The Lurcher E3 5c * 6
95 Country Downfall
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D 2
96 The Hyena E2 5c * 4
97 New Kids on the Rock E5 6b * 1
98 Scar Tissue f7C+  
99 The Thoroughbred E5 6b ***  
100 Horse Play E4 6a *  
  Right-hand Boulders
102 H8
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f6A 17
103 H8 Sit Start f6A+  
104 Binary Choice
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f6A  
105 Softly Softly
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f7A 15
106 The Soft Touch
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f7C  
107 Dramamine
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f5+ 8
108 In the Clouds
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f5 10
109 Coming Down
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f5+ 7
110 Groove is in the Heart
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f6A 7
111 Reid Link
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f6A 7
112 Spring Healer
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f6B 4
113 Tonic
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f6A 6
114 Microbo
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f5+ 1
115 Blue Calx
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f6A * 2
116 Petit Mais Bon Bon
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f6A+ * 3
117 Ascendance of Decadence
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f5+ 8
118 Retrospective Phonomenation
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f5+ 5
119 Dot to Dot
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f5+ 5
120 Fone Call f6B ** 1
121 Pocket Picking f6C ** 6
122 Happy Slapping SS
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f7A 5
123 Happy Slapping f6A 6
124 Happy Slapping RH
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f6C 1
125 Surfing on a Rock
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f5+ 7
126 Tanned Gents
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f5 5
127 Crush n Burn
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f5+ 4
128 Pasty Face
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f5 5
129 O Zone
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f5+ 7
130 Factor 30
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f7A 4
131 Factor 15
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f6B 9
132 Factor 8
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f6B 1
133 Cal's Wall
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f6A  
134 Tyres on Fire
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f6A  
135 Heathen
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f6A  
136 Imagination
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f7A+  
137 Blazing Beat
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f6C  
138 Dregs
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f4 1

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