Orgate Scar

Yorkshire Gritstone

Faces south west across Marske Beck, a northern tributary of the River Swale. There is some loose rock & belays at the top can be difficult.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Yorkshire Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 42
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1964
Grid Reference: NZ096019

For many years the landowner did not allow public access, however part of the crag is now included in Open Access Land - routes 32 to 42 in the guide. There is currently permission to climb on other parts of the crag (which arguably contain the best routes ie Nos 1 to 31) but only between 1st February and 31st July.

Restrictions apply from 1 August - 31 January.

Reason: Nesting Birds

Routes 1 to 31  in guidebook-  No climbing between 1st August  to 31st January due to ground nesting birds and shooting.

Parking and Approach

Take the minor road (Cordilleras Lane) due north out of Marske for approximately 2 1/2km. There is verge parking by a bridleway on the left. Follow the bridleway SW -S -SW to the top of the escarpment. Pass through a substantial wall and follow it south on its valley side for several hundred metres to the start of the crag. The going under the crag can be rough and hazardous due to several boulder fields.


CRoW Information

Access Land terminates at drystone wall at west end of Limekiln Wood.

Group Advice

Not suitable for group use.

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