Altitude 290m a.s.l
Arete at Turning Stone © Col Allott
Hidden, sometimes neglected, but increasingly popular, Turningstone Edge has always kept its delights camouflaged under a green cloak. The slope below the cliff is smothered in rhododendrons and this invasive species has taken quite a hold on the cliff too. Concerted efforts by keen locals (last major clearence in summer 2016 by members of a local climbing club) have cleared sections of the cliff face and its base, making the place worth a visit. A pair of secateurs should be an addition to your normal rack to help keep the shrubs in check.
There is parking opposite a farm where a track (footpath sign) heads into the trees. Follow this to a beech copse with a stone wall around it. Walk straight through this (the footpath jigs away right) and follow a narrow trod across the field and straight into the woods. A hundred metres or so into here is a clearing where the local kids build dens and campfires; continue in the same direction to arrive at the top of the cliff where a scramble down a narrow gulley reaches its base, towards the centre.