Thorn Crag


A remote outcrop with routes and bouldering on superb fine grained gritstone with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and out to sea on a clear day.

Crag information
Climbing Area: North West Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Estate No. of Routes: 19
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1985
Grid Reference: SD596571

There is a permenant dog ban in place to protect moorland birds at Thorn Crag and the surrounding moorland under the CRoW Act.

Please do not take dogs to Thorn Crag or the surrounding area - it risks conflict with local residents and landowners and could lead to issues with parking and access.

Parking and Approach

Parking is very limited and sensitive in the small hamlet of Tarnbrook - ensure that you don't park anywhere marked as 'no parking' and avoiding blocking acces for local residents and farm machinery. Failure to do so could easily result the the few parking areas that are available now being made unavailable.

Approach from Tarnbrook using the permissive path leading north across open access land to the crag.

CRoW Information

Open access land, designated under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act (2000) give area access rather than linear access as provided by public rights of way. It also gives a legal right of access specifically for climbing, as well as walking and other quiet recreation on foot.

Please bear in mind however that the landowner still has the right to restrict access for up to 28 days per year (often used on public safety grounds for shooting in moorland areas), and can also apply for longer term restrictions with Natural England (such as bans on dogs, or regular restrictions during particular times of year). It is important to check for these restrictions regularly as they can be added at short notice – all details for open access land in England can be found on Natural England’s website.  

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