Despite its prominent position, conspicuous on the hillside above the reservoir car park, Deer Gallows is too often overlooked by climbers heading for the mighty Crookrise. Well more fool them for here lies a lovely little crag, friendly in aspect and nature. There are a healthy number of excellent routes up to 12m high on the crag along with an equally fine collection of boulder problems across the grade range. The spectacular views across the valley and the isolated feel of the place only adds further to the experience. Moorland grit at its best.
Park at the sailing club car park. Follow the track towards the farm, alongside the reservoir, and cross the stile on the right-hand side as for Crookrise. A noticeboard here will display any restrictions to the Barden Moor due to shooting days etc. From here, head right along the track (eastwards) for 30m until just past the first pipe running below the path. Head straight up the hill on a rapidly improving track avoiding the temptation to trend rightwards too soon. The over-enthusiastic that will make a beeline for the crag as soon as it is sighted will likely find themselves knee-deep in a bog, while the more cautious will follow the track until level with the crag before contouring across to it.
Approach time: 20 mins