Altitude 470m a.s.l
John Earl on a V1 problem at the Dove Stones © Andy Birtwistle
A remote outcrop of moorland grit high on the moors at the back of Boulsworth Hill on the Lancashire /Yorkshire border. Climbed on for years but kept quiet due to access problems. Comprising of a large isolated boulder (in Lancashire?) and a number of small broken buttresses and blocks. Contains routelets, cracks, walls, roofs and slabs, much in the easier grades but enough to occcupy you for the day/evening and challenge all-comers. The grains of coarse grit tend to break off, so a soft brush may proove useful but this should improve with use.
From either Burnley/Colne via Thursden Valley or Hebden Bridge passing Widdop. Park carefully (few spaces) near to the high point of the road. Dont block the track! From the watershed a made up road (for oil exploration about 30 years ago) leads NE for about a mile. When this ends trend eastwards across boggy ground to the outcrop
WARNING! This whole area has been a problem for many years. Being on grouse shooting land it has been jealously guarded by gamekeepers (likewise Scout Crag) Apparently few problems have been encountered recently and new mapping may open it up but keep a low profile.
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