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Blue Scar

Yorkshire Limestone

Outstanding, unusually coloured crag with some of the best, hard trad limestone challenges in the county.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Yorkshire Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: National CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 120
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1961
Grid Reference: SD936708

Currently access can only be gained with permission of the landowner, Patrick Walker via email. Mr Walker owns the farm land and buildings below the left hand side of the cliff and the left wing of the crag. Other landowners own the various parcels of land below Central Wall and the Right Wing and the majority of the cliff face and are happy for climbing to continue but so far, the only agreed access route from the road is via Mr Walker's Land.

Restrictions apply from 1 February - 31 July.

Reason: Nesting Birds

The restriction applies to the whole crag for both peregrine and raven. The birds on this cliff are more sensitive to disturbance than at other sites such as Malham Cove.

Parking and Approach

The parking for Blue Scar is situated near a farm about half way from Kilnsey to Arncliffe. Parking space is limited - take great care not to block any of the farm buildings entrances or the road itself. If the farmer is in the buldings then permission should be sught to use the following access.

From the parking, walk to the east end of the farm buildings and go through the iron gate (cow shed) and then through the iron gate immediately on the left into a field. Cross the small stream and walk diagonally across the field towards a gate in the wire fence. Go through the gate and follow the fence line to a gap in the stone wall where the stream runs. Go through the gap, or one 50m to the left, to arrive at the base of the crag. This is a permissive path rather than a public right of way and the approach described is the only permitted access to and from the crag.

Area information

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. Follow the link belowe to see the guide; http://www.thebmc.co.uk/Download.aspx?id=154

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