West Yorkshire Gritstone

A gritstone crag, the best in Yorkshire (and therefore the world) with a quality like no other. A crag which clings to the skin and to the affections.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Yorkshire Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: National CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 124
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1900
Grid Reference: SE268490

Access to Almscliff is a privilege, not a right. The crag is on privately owned land and is not designated as open access. This means that it's very important that climbers look after the crag and behave well to maintain a good relationship with the farmer and the currently excellent access we enjoy.

The farmer who owns Almscliff does not want the crag to be used at nightime for a lamping venue and continued daytime access relies on climbers respecting his wishes. For advice on how to pick an appropriate alternative venue for lantern sessions and minimise your impact, read this article


Parking and Approach

Be careful not to block gates and be aware that your car may be damaged when the farmer brings cattle along the road, so park sensibly.

Local BMC volunteers worked hard to install a stone slab access path across the muddy field in 2021. Please use this to approach the crag and don't walk along the top of the easily damaged dry stone wall (here or anywhere else,) as some inconsiderate visitors have done in the past.

Group Advice

Large student groups partying on the crag to the accompanyment of loud music have frayed relationships with the farmer in the past. The more irritated the farmer gets, the more cows he puts on the land each winter!

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General rule is that's it's ALWAYS windy at Almscliff! You have been warned 😉 Take an extra layer even if you're absolutely convinced you won't need it!
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Do not walk to the crag along the top of the drystone wall
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No lamp sessions and DO NOT walk on the wall!
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Please do not post dog poo bags into the wall. Take it home with you please.
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There actually is an active birds nest in birds nest crack. Blackbird with 4 chicks
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There is a birds nest in “Birds Nest Crack” with 4 chicks. Probablt bedt to avoid for a few weeks