West Yorkshire Gritstone

High moorland crag with many very good routes and excellent bouldering.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Yorkshire Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Local Authority No. of Routes: 84
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1928
Grid Reference: SD934324

The crag is owned by Yorkshire Water, looked after by the ranger team at Calderdale Borough Council and is designated a SSSI. Please keep dogs on leads and beware of car break-ins. Please also note the seasonal voluntary restrictions relating to ground nesting birds.

Restrictions apply from 1 March - 31 July.

Reason: Nesting Birds

The restriction applies to night time access (for lamping / lantern sessions) during nesting season. Ground nesting birds are numerous in this area and easily disturbed at night, so please avoid visits after dark during the spring and early summer. 

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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The parking here is currently dubious as the carpark is still blocked off with concrete blocks.
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We were speaking to the farmer who looks after Widdop land today. He is really concerned about climbers lamping. Apparently climbers have been at both Widdop & Scout crag on recent evenings.
The crags have been super busy during the day & the evening lamping sessions are disturbing nesting birds, they need a chance to rest too! The climbers may also be confused for poachers. The farmer has been involved in bird conservation for many years however has noticed a drop off in nesting for peregrines, kestrels & little owls. Please can everyone respect this.