Climbs 511
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 422m a.s.l
Faces NW

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Faith (in friction). Ali solo on the rounded finish of Monument Crack (E1 5b), Rylstone, North Yorkshire © Jamie Moss

Crag features

A fine crag, one of Yorkshire's best, guarded by a decent walk up which tends to keep the crowds away. The crag consists of a series of buttresses scattered along the crest of the moor and, although a bit of bobbing about is required to get the most out of a day, the effort will be repaid in full. The trio of Dental Slab, President's Slab and Monument Crack are the targets for most visitors but while you are up here it is worth taking a look at some of the other challenges.

The crag is inclined to be green and gritty after rain and generally visits are best made in the spring and summer, though after any dry spell it can be worth a shout. It faces northwest and is at best on warm summer evenings. On a clear day the views over to the Lake District are superb. The crag is well-sheltered from cold Easterlies and fully exposed to roaring Westerlies.

Good topo here.

Approach notes

Just south of the village of Rylstone, there is parking on the roadside for 5 carefully placed cars - if this is full there is space in the village. Walk down the road (away from the village) for 200m to a track on the left and follow this to a gated track (the second one) on the left with a variety of signs about the Barden Estate. Follow this as it steepens and loops round the crest of the moor. Just beyond a cutting a footpath branches left, under Warm-up Buttress and runs along to the monument. The buttresses are most easily reached from above. If heading to the far end of the crag the path on the south side of the wall is better.

Approach time: 30 mins

Be aware, there is no path on the road through Rylstone, and it is very fast and busy. There is a safer route available by parking in the village, taking the bridleway at Manor House Farm and heading south from the church to join the described route above shortly after it begins. 

No Access Issues

The majority of the crag is on CRoW designated land and no access issues have been encountered in recent years.

However, as per the rest of Barden Moor no dogs are allowed on the moor.

The landowner is permitted to close the moor for up to 28 days per year. Typically this is for grouse shooting, which will be between the dates of 12th August and late December (never on a Sunday). The moor may also be closed if there is significant fire risk. The estate office can be contacted on 01756718009 or via the website

Always much to explore here and gems to find - e.g. moon area
andy gittins - 09/Aug/19
Lovely crag for a sunny summers day - particularly Dental Slab in a warm breeze.
andy gittins - 10/Jun/13
A beautiful setting and a good choice if you want to escape the crowds. A longish walk in and routes are generally short. However, has some classic routes including arguably the best value Diff on Gritstone (see guide).
Action Mañana - 31/May/05
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