Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 234m a.s.l
sleepy hollow © jas wood
Many problems covering a huge area of hillside below Greenhow Bank on some of the best rock in the North York Moors. Most of the bouldering is situated on boulders that lie beneath the main crag but there are also other boulders in the forest and above the forest running north. Much of the bouldering requires a walk of up to 45 minutes but there are some boulders which lie less than 30 minutes from the car. Can easily be combined with routes up on the main crag. Classics include: The Signal (4+), Pleasant Arête (5+), It's Just a Ride (6a), Inclination (6b+), Mono Wall (6c), Waylander (6c), No Prisoners (6c), Drill Sergeant (6c+), Big Paw (7a) and Sleepy Hollow (7c+).
The boulders of 'Dave' and Insidious are now out of the trees and clean due to forest operations. Other boulders including The Shadow and Station Master will need reclaiming from nature.
Several new boulders have been cleaned: Bivvy Block is located about 100m before reaching The Station Master in the woods on the right. Also two new Incline Boulders including the problems of The hatchet and Forestry Arête are just south of Shooters Wall below the main track, all these new boulders dry fairly quickly.
Since the development of the Incline Boulders the area has become overgrown. Currently if you want to go to The Mushroom from Mono Block, its probably best to walk up the incline to the fence, follow this back north and approach from above.
Park at a large lay-by at the small farm/village of Bank Foot. Please do not drive down the road as it is private. The incline below the crag is reached after about 45 minutes walk although a mostly flat bike ride significantly reduces this time. The boulders in the forest can be reached in half an hour or so, some are in light woodland and dry quickly but some need several days of dry weather before a visit is recommended. Alternatively you can follow the road past Park Nab up onto the moor to limited parking just before a sharp bend as the road drops into Baysdale, avoid parking on the bend itself as the road is often used by lorries from tree felling. Take the main track across the moor and drop down onto the boulders which takes about 30 minutes.
|Some fat punter pulled the starting LH crimp off Big Paw... Still possible from a LH undercut although much harder (7c?)...
Fatneck - 29/Jan/20
|Some fat punter managed to rip the left hand crimp off The Bear Pit. Still possible with burly undercut but much harder - poss 7c?
Fatneck - 27/Jan/20
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