Altitude 350m a.s.l
Sunset soloing on the grit. Ali on Hovis (E1 5c) at Crookrise, Yorkshire. © Jamie Moss
One of Yorkshire's premier venues and a long-time evening favourite despite the flog up to the cliff. The cliff consists of some fine steep buttresses separated by more broken areas, so a bit of moving around is needed to get the best out of the place. The path along the base of the cliff is a bit scrambly in places.
The crag faces southwest and so is in the sun from midday onwards. It is exposed to the vagaries of the weather but dries quickly and suffers little from greenery or drainage. The place is often worth a visit on a sunny winter's afternoon if the wind isn't too strong.
The crag is located north of the centre of Skipton and is clearly visible from the Skipton bypass. From this road, follow signs for Embsay, then in the centre of the village, turn left onto Pasture Road following the narrow lane for 600m before zig-zagging up to the parking place by the reservoir.
Continue on foot around the reservoir to where signs point to the moor. Head up the slope, following the best track, to meet the wall and follow this to where it levels out on the crest of the moor. The cliff lies on the other side of the wall and is accessed by one of a pair of stiles.
Approach time: 20 mins
|Scoop buttress has recently had a clean and is well worth a visit.
petellis - 22/Mar/09
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