Climbs 107
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 174m a.s.l
Faces NW

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Crag features

NOTE: Please see access notes

The rocks face northwest and are situated within dense woodland dominated by conifers. The crags are best avoided during the winter months as they tend to retain moisture. Conversely it is a really very nice place to be in summer when the trees provide cooling shelter from the sun. Of historical interest, and directly above the main section of Ruin Bank is St David’s Ruin. This Grade II listed folly was erected in 1796, intentionally visible from Benjamin Ferrand’s home.  Unfortunately the folly has been subject to graffiti and littered with BBQs and beer cans in recent years.

  Due to the lack of use the rocks, especially the finishes, are in need of a very good clean. It is likely that this will happen soon. Star ratings are for the clean state.

A mini guide will be on Unknownstones soon.

Approach notes


Parking and approach info: There are two official access points into the woods. It is possible to approach from Bingley following the Bradford Millennium Way across Shipley golf course (parking at either Myrtle Park or St Ives).  However, the shortest walk is from Lee Lane.  From Cottingley Moor Road (B6146) turn onto the first section of Lee Lane. Follow this for just over a mile to ample parking just beyond where the road takes a ninety degree turn leftwards. Please don’t park further down the lane. Follow the Millennium Way northwards to the corner of the woods, and go forward a short way to meet a broad path. Left here leads to St David’s Ruin.  The Ruin Bank Rocks are directly below. Approach time is 10 minutes.


At the point where the main track goes eastwards following the fence separating open woodland from that of the Black Hills Scout Camp, a narrow track follows the edge of the steep ground falling away to the north. This narrow track gives access to the climbing but it is also possible to follow the main track and access the smaller on further along to reach the furthest areas. Some reference points will be highlighted in the text to guide access. The first area described is found by following the edge for about 1km.  The woodland opens out into an area of more open ground covered in bracken and isolated trees.  Just after entering this are a cluster of triple holly trees grows just left of the path.  A small path leads down to the Mohican Area which lies beneath a fairly obvious large fallen tree.  A little further on another indistinct path leads to the Diamond Area.  On the way here The Sloping Traverse Area is about 50m along from the point where the paths near each other. Another obvious feature is the bridging block of the Nob Jockey Area.


Access Advice


Please note. The rocks are located in private, commercial woodland where there has been antisocial behaviour over many years. Access was banned and the following has been agreed on a temporary and trial basis with the landowner.  BMC have agreed to indemnify the landowner (for climbing by BMC members) who has legitimate concerns about opening access onto private land.  Failure to follow these arrangements is likely to result in access being removed.


o    Access is for a trial period of 6 months

o    Only BMC members are covered under the arrangement

o    Climbing is restricted – Monday to Friday only – no weekend climbing.

o    Anyone visiting the rocks should respect the environment and behave responsibly. Please keep climbing low-key

o    No large groups

o    No litter – it would be helpful if climbers bag any litter they find and take it away

o    Keep noise to a minimum.

o    No dogs

o    No Lamping sessions

o    Use the agreed access route(s)

 Please Note

The BMC Yorkshire Area have agreed run regular crag clean-ups and to monitor access on behalf of the landowner.

 If you plan to visit please send a text indicating your intention to do so to the local BMC Access Rep – Mick Johnson -07759 427737

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