Climbs 16
Rocktype Quartzite
Altitude 192m a.s.l
Faces NE

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Main face - wall to the right of the arête © JPE

Crag features

A fine little boulder enjoying something of an international reputation on account of its somewhat erroneous inclusion in a guidebook to European climbing.

The Geltstone is situated on the side of the River Gelt about seven miles south-east of Brampton in Cumbria . The boulder is no higher than 5m and is composed of a fine-grained Quartzite. The climbing is steep, sometimes slightly overhanging and the holds are small, so strong fingers are essential to make the best of it. Lots of eliminates are possible with the more obvious ones listed. Just downstream is an excellent swimming pool for all the family in the clean water of the Gelt.

Midges can be a problem on still summer evenings.

Approach notes

From Brampton on the A69 Carlisle to Newcastle road, follow signs for Castle Carrock. The B6413 leads after about six miles to Castle Carrock , take the turn by the pub signed Geltsdale and up the hill. Park cars in the layby on the obvious right-hand bend at Jockey Shield Cottages. A track leads downhill and crosses the river at Hynam Bridge. Turn right and walk upstream passing the new house of High Hynam. Be respectful passing the house as the path is a permissive path and not a right of way. Continue through the field for a couple of hundred metres, passing the plunge pool, the boulder being 100yds further on. No access problems exist and the place is popular with walkers and picnickers even though the land is privately owned. Please respect this privilege and observe the usual courtesies. Dogs must be left at home or access problems will occur.

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