Altitude 166m a.s.l
Immaculate Deception, lost rocks in a surprising location. © Emilio Bachini
Surprising limestone buttresses which appear seemingly out of nowhere in an otherwise typical average location. There's a good amount of rock, a few established routes and plenty of vegetation to go at.
Follow the A6 south from Penrith and after passing through Clifton take the left turn immediately before the A6 crosses the M6 and follow the minor road towards Melkinthorpe. The road passes under the railway and within a few hundred metres a right turn is taken leading to Great Strickland. In half a mile a bridge crosses the River Leith and cars can be parked just beyond on the vergeside taking care not to block any access.
The South side and routes are accessed by returning to the bridge and entering the wood on the downstream side of the parapet. Follow the path until the first outcrops appear - The Otterstones - are reached on the opposite bank. To view the Otterstones, it is necessary to cross to the North Bank. The established climbing however is located several minutes further down river.
It is also possible to access the North side by passing by an oak tree with a large broken limb, through a small opening and under some evergreen trees. Head uphill from here before small outcrops appear slightly downhill. The Otterstones involve a short and easy scramble to pass and more rock exists further on.
Both sides of the river are on private land and despite well trodden paths, access is unknown at present. Given the last mention of access is in a nearly 30 year old guide, it may have changed since.
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