Altitude 404m a.s.l
Duncan Campbell on the highball 'I'll Bet She Does' at Simons Seat © Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing
Almost a tor surrounding the summit of Simons Seat, the crag has two aspects: the smaller faces south and consists of lower grade cracks and some good, harder faces. The northern aspect is up to 20m high and requires a fine spell to bring it into condition. Some routes can remain green or dusty. It is however home to one of the best VSs on grit: Arête Direct.
From Bolton Abbey on the A59 Skipton - Harrogate road, take the B6160 to Grassington. At Barden Tower, turn right to Appletreewick and after a couple of km turn right down the track to Howgill Farm. Park with consideration and take the steep track through the woods to emerge on the moor. Turn left and head for the summit of the moor. The area is part of the Barden Moor access agreement, so no dogs and there may be days when the moor is shut for shooting.
Parking seems not to be allowed here now? There is a large pile of grit in the obvious place and a sign saying no parking, turning area only. The track says no vehicles except for access. We parked on the parallel road (Skyreholme Bank) past Upper Skyreholme, the road widens to a track wide enough to park (54.0477720, -1.8838787) , then walk back down the road and through a gate to a footpath across to Howgill where the parking above is described.
The relationship between climbers and the Duke of Devonshire’s Estate which manages this land are excellent Climbers must adhere to the access conditions applicable to this area - notices should give advance warning of closure dates for shooting or high fire risk. This crag is located on Common Land.
|Spectacular area well worth visit lifetime of boulders took short steep path from Dalehead accessed from High Skyreholme careful parking path currently under repair - not a millipede in sight, quite scrittly on boulders - great views - can see the weather coming in for miles pick a nice day.
andy gittins - 26/Sep/20
|Good crag worthy of it's acclaim. Even during the showery pissy summer 2008 it was bone dry and almost all clean apart from a couple of routes right in the centre of the bay. The approach details in the Rockfax guide are partially bollox: from the South Face, walk to the trig point and then take a rocky gully down 20m or so to the right - this is a lot quicker, easier, and avoids the eroding mud path through the heather. Also it's a "good" 40 minutes to there! Aside from the climbing it is most noticable for the extensive millipede population - even the most hardened millipede enthusiast would not feel in want of millipede action here
Fiend - 24/Aug/08
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