Altitude 500m a.s.l
A gap in hill cloud at sunrise, allows the sun to light up the mist around West Nab, Meltham Moor. © Andy Hemingway
PARKING/ACCESS UPDATE July 2020 - Parking is currently limited to approx 2 cars due to suspected fly tipping. BMC access reps have been notified and will contact the land owner. ~ J. Williamson
The thing you need to know about West Nab is that it is bloody marvellous; only a visit can do it justice. It's loved not just for the wide range of about 300 boulder problems - mostly up to the middle grades on proper gritstone blocks - but also because of its aspect and history. It's regarded by many as 'a special place' with ethereal magic. When it starts getting dark don't head for the car, stay and watch the sunset, it's a joy not to be missed. Iron Age Man lived locally, somebody never finished carving The Praying Monk, and in 1945 a Flying Fortress crashed here.
This is the highest point in West Yorkshire. If you can see anything higher it's either in Derbyshire or you're at the wrong crag. On a good day this could mean it's cool or dry when other venues are inhospitable, on bad day it could be almost Arctic or you won't see the next problem for mist, never mind the next boulder.
There is very little parking; half a dozen cars already here and you might struggle. But it's easy to find, being the highest point to the right as the road climbs southwest out of Meltham to meet the A635 between Holmfirth and Greenfield. Two stiles mark footpaths up, one at The Cock Crowing Stone, the other about 1/4 mile up the road.
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