Altitude 220m a.s.l
Worth a star. Well worthwhile. © Simon2005
As with a lot of trad Limestone, some of the rock is loose and dubious quality. Some of the low quality rock is obvious and other sections of loose rock are less obvious due to the large size of the blocks. Having climbed for 12 years in the UK and greater ranges I was disappointed to pull off a 1m+ sized block from Grandad (S**) (having climbed it earlier) when I was escaping from the VS to the side due to it's loose rock. This resulted in a 'life changing' badly broken ankle and excellent rescue from Clapham DCRO. I would hate for anybody else to suffer the same fate and suggest that somebody inspects the top of the crag as I suspect there are more 'sections' of the crag that are unstable and difficult to read, as well as the obviously loose rock. Perhaps this crag would make a better nature reserve.
In the intrest of providing some balance to the above discription of the crag, many limestone crags have at least some loose rock and this crag is no exception. However it is not any worse than many other crags,with some plesant routes.
Access from parking spaces on the outskirts of Austwick. The guidebook gives directions which must be followed to avoid crossing walls.
|The comment about the loose rock in the crag overview seems a little excessive to me. I visited on 14/10/16, there is some loose rock which requires care but no worse than many other limestone crags. Don't be put off, just be careful. There are some pleasant routes in a lovely setting.|
DaveHK - 16/Oct/16
|Went up to the crag last saturday perfect weather just really cold lovley crag dont know why i didnt go there before then some good routes mid grade Great Views |
nofearnolimits - 15/Nov/04
|Climbed here in December (2003) when there was a cold north easterly wind. The crag was perfectly sheltered. Pleasant quiet crag with beautiful outlook towards Ingleborough. Bullroar, a steep wide crack line, is probably classic of the crag and feels pretty strenuous for the grade in the first 6m.|
RichT - 09/Dec/03
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