Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 250m a.s.l
Alan James on finishing jugs of High Velocity at Curtis Crag in Northumberland © Rob Lovell/Alan James Collection
A small crag just west of Sweethope Lough. It is split into two small buttresses which each have a handful of good routes on quality juggy rock. Gear is okay but not always where you need it. The routes are a little high for bouldering.
The crag faces just north of west cgetting sun from early afternoon. It is quick to dry although the less-travelled routes will gather lichen.
Park just past the trees after passing Sweethope Lough (fishing spot) at a large gated entrance on the south of the road. There is plenty of room but don't block the gates.
Dry approach - Go over the gate and through a small quarry area. Head up the heather at the back and then plough through it along the crag top to a stone wall. Don't go down to early since there is a false bluff before the decent section. Go over the wall with care and drop down to the base of North Buttress.
Wet approach - Walk up the road and then follow a rough path parallel to a stone wall across boggy ground to the crag. Quicker and easier when it is dry enough.
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