Ash Head Crag

Yorkshire Gritstone

A fine, remote crag high on Masham Moor with some good routes up to 10m and some excellent bouldering.  Don't be put off by the shooting lodges that sit in front of the main buttresses.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Yorkshire Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Estate No. of Routes: 140
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1962
Grid Reference: SE142754

There may be some short term restrictions prior to and during the grouse shooting season. Open Access Land but probably best to avoid in shooting season.  Dogs are discouraged, need to be kept under close control and restricted to public rights of way.  Check Natural England Open Access webpage for general and date limited restrictions to access (see below).

Parking and Approach

The shortest way is from 100m west of the track leading to Summer Side Farm.  A stone style crosses the wall near a line of trees and there is ample parking on the grass a short way to the west of this.  Pass to the side of the farm and drop down to the bridge crossing the river.  Follow a grassy track up to a gate then diagonally through the fields and a couple of gates (not marked accurately on the map) to gain the moor and a path that leads up to the crag.  Also possible is an approach from Roundhill Reservoir though right of way is uncertain for part of this approach.  A much longer way is from the Sypeland parking and along the tracks to drop in from above 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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