Altitude 352m a.s.l
Bejabers Sport © Paul Clarke
This was formerly know as Gate Cote Scar but is more correctly called Knipe Scar, which includes the west crag as well. Above the B6160 grassington to kettlewell road. East facing, dries extremely quickly. Bolted routes and trad lines though many of the old routes need thorough cleaning and loose hold removal which radically changes their nature. Quite sheltered on a windy day. The rock varies across the three main areas and is often very good though sometimes has a flaky structure that demands care. The bolts compensate but a helmet and careful approach are both sensible on some climbs, most notably around the left side of Knipe East. Climbs occasionally share bolts.
It is worth noting that accessing the crag from the path that leads above it is the most pleasant way of getting to the various sectors and provides excellent pre and post-climb lazing and views. Park on grass off the road running above the River Skifare accessed over a cattle grid just north of the bridge. The best place is just before the conifer woodland. A sign indicates that a charge is made to park here but there is no honesty box and collection seems to be only on very infrequent weekends. A Parking place just uphill from Skifare Bridge also gives access to a footpath crossing to this point. Walk uphill, crossing a fence using a stile. A clear path leads up to another stile giving access to the moor above the crag. Walk rightwards along the line of the wall then pass to the left of a prominent ash tree and limestone pavement. There is a scramble down to the left sectors by an easily stepped-over wire fence found near the end of the pavement and then go along the base (see pic below). Alternatively, set up a delightful base camp, on a ledge 50m further on, above the Blue Meanings Sector for fine views and drop down either by abseil (bolts in place) or as described.
The original approach (so found in guidebooks) is fairly unpleasant being steep and trackless. It goes from parking for an absolute maximum of two small cars by a big tree a little over 1km north of Skifare Bridge. From here a gate accesses the hillside and a steep flog leads upwards and slightly rightwards to reach the crag line accessing the Left Sectors via a stile feature in the wire fence. You may need to drive to Kettlewell to turn on leaving.
The right sector can be approached from the Left Sectors by a bushwhack below the crag but it is currently better to go along the top and scramble down.
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