Regional Access Database

Advice Trow Gill

Superb sports venue in a deep, atmospheric gorge.

BMC Area Yorkshire Rock Type Limestone
Climbing Area Yorkshire Limestone Access Status Advice
County North Yorkshire CRoW Land Yes
Importance Local No. of Routes 82
Ownership Common Land Year Developed 1962
Within National Park Yes Grid Reference SD755716

The geological structure of this crag means some of the large flakes (esp. the finishes of routes on the right wing) are unstable. Belayers should be aware that leaders have occasionally pulled flakes off during an ascent.

Common Raven have nested at the crag in recent years. The nest which is usually partially hidden on the vegetated terrace to the left of the main left wall is protected by The Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). To avoid damage to nests, the birds, or their eggs during this sensitive period the BMC advises climbers to avoid Muggles Buttress and The Tree Walls from 1st February to mid-May.

The magnificent landscape of the Yorkshire Dales was shaped by melting glacial ice 300 million years ago to produce the towering crags, shadowy peaks, rock-pavements, and picturesque valleys found today. The area was designated as a National Park in 1954, and covers approximately 1,769 km/683 square miles with many nationally significant climbing venues and a rich diversity of wildlife. Most of the crags in this region lie within Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s), a designation with a high level of legal protection for wildlife and geology. Responsibility for identifying and protecting SSSIs in the Dales lies with Natural England – the statutory governmental advisor on conservation issues and contributor towards the Yorkshire Dales Green Climbing Guide. The guide is intended to help climbers or walkers identify the protected flora, fauna, and geology found in the Dales and contribute towards their conservation. Click this link to see the guide; The guide is also available free from the BMC office or at various tourist offices in the region.

This page was last updated on 08/03/2013. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.