Yorkshire Gritstone

Outstanding bouldering/highball venue.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Yorkshire Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Estate No. of Routes: 178
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1957
Grid Reference: SE138820

The land agents have expressed concern about the increased use, erosion, and disturbance to heather below the crag. Access is therefore best by following the wall up to the RH end and contouring directly below the crag.

See parking advice.

Parking and Approach

Update 15/09/23:

The owner of the land where cars have traditionally parked has recently objected to parking in this area due to instances of obstruction to tracks. The obvious track leading west is frequently used by large farm vehicles which need sufficient space to turn. Access is also required at all times to the less obvious green drive leading east.

After careful negotiation by access volunteers a parking ban has been avoided for the present, so long as the following arrangement is adhered to:

A maximum of three vehicles only, to be parked to the right of their existing noticeboard and in no way impeding the green lane which is also to the right of this sign. 

The landowner has stated access will be revoked if this is not adhered to.

Ample alternative parking is available 900m back east along the road at Gollinglith Foot, at a layby beside a phone box -  54.224335, -1.766235

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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An issue has arisen over the parking due to people blocking the access track. BMC access rep is aware and in conversation with the landowner. In the meantime please follow parking guidance in the guide and park elsewhere if asked to do so.