Moughton Nab

Yorkshire Limestone

Well positioned south-east facing crag with a mixture of short trad. and pleasant sport routes mainly in the F5 to F7b grade range.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Yorkshire Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Common Land No. of Routes: 50
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1987
Grid Reference: SD797696

Please park on the left of the quarry access road, by the quarry entrance from where a footpath follows the south side of the quarry to gain the footpath coming over the fields to the west.  The approaches to this crag are all on CroW Access Land although the farmer who owns the field below the right-hand side has recently stated he doesn't accept that this gives a right to climb there. If challenged, be polite but the legislation is on your side. Climbing is a permitted activity on Access Land. The left hand sports sector which is in effect the central part of the crag is directly above the working quarry and the owners have asked that climbing be avoided on this sector during the working week (Mon to Fri up to 6pm) to minimise any risk of rock being dislodged onto workers below. No one works in that part of the quarry at weekends.

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.  

Group Advice

Not suitable. Very steep slopes below the climbs make it unsuitable for large parties.

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The drystone wall in the middle of Sporadic Walls has a newly erected fence, with a sign discouraging access to the quarry side of the fence. The best access to the climbs on the right-hand side of the fence is to walk around the northern side of the quarry, then up the long grassy rib that leads to the Overhanging Buttress sector.