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Rocktype Limestone

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After the burly section on Illywacker © AdamBrown

Crag features

Like its near neighbour the long thin line of well-disguised crags of Giggleswick Nouth offer only fleeting glimpses of grey limestone even in the middle of winter. The climbing is generally good with a wide choice of styles ranging from the extremely steep horizontal world of the Hollywood Bowl to a mix of easier sport climbs and traditional lines on the walls to its left. Due to its ease of access Giggleswick North is a popular evening or short-day venue and can be a viable venue in winter during a dry spell as it gets plenty of sun and is sheltered from northerly winds. The Hollywood Bowl is very steep and stays dry in the rain but it is prone to bad seepage and does not normally come into condition until late spring.

Approach notes

Giggleswick North is approached from parking pull-offs located on the road that runs west out of Settle towards the A65 (Ingleton amd Kendal). When approaching from Settle the parking place is on the right after the brow of the long hill 1 mile from Settle. When approaching from the A65 / Ingleton direction the parking place is on the left just before the brow of the hill about a quater of a mile from the junction with the A65. A path leads from the parking area and climbs to the base of the cliff line. The first crag to be encountered is the very obvious Hollywood Bowl. Further left just beyond an old wall and two yew trees the path splits take the narrow upper path above a broken crag. This path passes below the climbing on the North Buttess.

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Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire

Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire covers some of the best limestone crags in the UK including the big three of Malham, Kilnsey and Gordale. Alongside these titans are numerous other destinations that offer both sport and trad climbing throughout the grades, ranging from the intimidating walls of Blue Scar and Trow Gill to the long lines of newly-developed low to mid-grade sport crags such as Moughton Nab and Giggleswick South. Trad climbing is also well catered for on the walls and escarpments at the likes of Trowbarrow Quarry, Twistleton Scar, Attermire Scar and Witches Quarry.
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Yorkshire Limestone (2005)

Out of print:
Please avoid routes from Sweet Gene Vincent to Ginger Jesus due to Kestrel nesting with young chicks. Thanks
dillon_archer - 24/May/20
A fair amount of loose rocks around the main crag area, most are obvious, others less...
FelixL - 18/Sep/17
any idea where I can get an up to date topo or guide for Gigg north
daviesxxx - 26/Jun/13
May I withdraw my earlier comments; I was having a bad day, and say that, bar the noise, its actually quite good. Best place for 6'cs locally and a couple of decent easier routes too. I apologise unreservedly to the developers of the cliff!
Bulls Crack - 01/Apr/12
Some decent low grade routes, as well as the obvious and amazing Hollywood Bowl. Please, please crag moderator sort out the routes and grades!
chris_j_s - 31/May/10
Apart from the Bowl and a few of the harder routes + Ivy Buttress fairly dire. Short, cr*ppy routes in the main not worth excavating at the expense of habitats and wildlife.
Bulls Crack - 13/May/10
Good crag but noisey with the traffic. some routes are not in the guide book3.
Booey - 20/Sep/08
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