Climbs 50
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 420m a.s.l
Faces SW

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The wild west © Obi Wan

Crag features

Initially developed between April 2021 and June 2021, with more problems being added all the time.

The Wild West sits high on the moors at Bowland Knotts, above Stocks Reservoir and literally on the border between Lancashire and Yorkshire. It is a large collection of gritstone boulders, in an excellent exposed position, which means they are quick to dry, and catch the sun most of the day and evening.

The rock is generally sound, good quality grit, with good landings and a variety of styles and grades, from V0 to V6.

Due to the large area the boulders cover, they have been grouped into "sectors" and given a what3words reference for each.

Topos and description etc are available here - 

Since developing The Wild West, we have also developed the opposite side of the moors, The East Side. Although technically an extension of The Wild West, as it lies on the opposite side of the road we have given it it's own UKC page, and Topo.

See here - 


Approach notes

Follow the road through Gisburn Forest, past Stocks Reservoir and up onto the moors. Park in the small layby directly next to the cattle grid (on the Yorkshire side) at the top of the hill beside the roadside boulders.

From here, head west behind the roadside boulders, following the wall. After a few hundred yards you will reach Sandy Slabs just before the stile in the wall.

Worth the trip for the extensive 360 view from the trig point - some fun problems in an outstanding setting if you keep an open mind - sunny and breezy is best.
andy gittins - 14/Jul/22
Great crag! Just one comment on a problem that I'm not sure warrant new problem but might alter the description. Jam and Cheese - we did this at about 6b without the footblock which seemed logical. Shark Bite seemed fair at about 6c which is also the grade we felt the Area 51 roof was without and side wall except the dish at the start.
Fatneck - 15/May/22
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