Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 287m a.s.l
Andrew Webb on Gehenna, Beacon Scar. 1972. © Tony Marr
There has been a significant rockfall/landslip in the vicinity of the rickety old bridge between the slabs area and Gehenna. There is a considerable amount of loose rock, uprooted trees and other debris above the line of the old path. Take care!
An impressive crag, fairly sheltered with typically good views from the top. It is prone to dirt washed down from above, but there are some fine routes when dry. The top is steep and very loose, so a top rope for access is recommended.
Two main buttresses, the left has belay bolts placed by a local centre. Recommended Routes: Party Line (VS), Gehenna (HVS), Tremor (E2) and Mongol (E2).
From the A19 go through the village of Osmotherley, turn left at the end of the village, drive up past the village shop and out of the top of the village. Follow this road over the moor to a parking place near the highest point of the road at 473003. There are restrictions on pulling up on the roadside verge and you will get a ticket. Drive to the top of the reservoir as there are two car parks. Walk up the hill on the 'Lyke Wake Walk', south west onto the Cleveland way for 1km to a stone wall. There is a stand of trees at the top of the crag which you can't miss. Pass through 2 gates in quick succession and turn immediately right to take the small path through the woods. Access to the crag is down a steep incline and bear left, with kit on your back it's easier to break out a rope and double it over In order to Scramble down to the crag. Awkward to find from above; it lies in the woods on the scarp to the North of Osmotherly.
The crag has limited access to the bottom, but is passable. There are lots of trees to hang kit in and although one or two spots are a little boggy, most of the base is solid under foot.
i wouldn't recommend trying to get in and out if the ground is wet as the access will become very slick and slippery.
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