Climbs 126
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 184m a.s.l
Faces W

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Me on The Plonka (S), Corby's Crag, Northumberland © Jamie Moss

Crag features

Some great low/middle grade climbs, located close to the road and with the best sunsets around. Very soft sandstone, so prone to be dusty. Sometimes slow to dry as can take runoff from above. Fine and worthwhile in spring or summer. The more popular routes are normally quite clean. Route of the Crag: Audacity - 15m, HVS, 5a.

Because of its proximity to the car park the crag has seen a lot of traffic over the years and some climbs have been damaged, particularly by large groups.

11/06/23 - lots of ticks about at the moment, so keep an eye out!

Approach notes

3 miles west of Alnwick, on the B6341, and 3 miles east of the A697. Travelling E, you'll see the crags from the road. Travelling W, look for the second largish lay-by of the downhill side of the road, about 300 yards after a ninety degree left turn. There are a number of crags; the main ones are below the level of the road, hidden from view, but all of twenty yards from the road. You get one of the best views in Northumberland from the crags, over the Vale of Whittingham, an ancient floodplain, with Cheviot in the distance.


Parking grid ref: NU126099

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The rock at Corby's is a soft and has suffered badly in recent years from top roping and heavy group use. It is an excellent mid grade venue but is not suitable for beginners as the climbing is often delicate and technical.

Not as bad a crag as the locals would have you believe. The rock on the Sunshine Superman section of the crag is some of the best quality sandstone in the county. Nice evening crag with a lovely view, not perfect though.
hobblingfool - 22/Sep/12
Nice little crag easy access with the parking right above it, Great views from top, some climbs graded on the soft side, but good venue
Geds - 20/Oct/11
Good days climbing to be had, Parking roadside could be dodgy due to angle facing upwards when parking and nice not to hear cars roaring passed. Dries out very quickly
ronaldo45 - 17/Aug/10
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