Cold Moor

North York Moors

A series of small buttresses on the edge of Cold Moor clearly seen from the Wainstones.

Crag information
Climbing Area: North East Rock Type: Sandstone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 82
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1950
Grid Reference: NZ554028

The land owners have been granted a 5 year ban on dogs due to ground nesting birds.

The small buttresses are dispersed along and below Cold Moor. There are some good lines although an exploratory nature is necessary to locate them. It is "hard going" below the crags and not easy to identify individual buttresses from above.

There are extensive bouldering opportunities.

Parking and Approach


There is an approach via The Wainstones from Clay Bank car park on the B1257 Stokesley to Helmsley road at NZ573035. Follow the road briefly in the direction of Helmsley to the end of the trees where there are stone steps on the right going uphill. At the top of the steps there is a choice of route. A) Pass through a gate on the left and follow The Cleveland Way up to the top of the moor and along the edge of the escarpment for approximately 1.5km. to The Wainstones. B) Continue up the rough eroded track to level out and skirt beneath Landslip and Ravenscar before Wainstones Needle becomes obvious above and over a stile. Both routes take approximately 30 mins to this point. Continue westwards for approximately1/2km down and up Garfit Gap to Cold Moor crags which run north /south below the skyline.

An alternative approach is from adjacent to Toft Hill Farm (541042) where there is discreet parking. Follow the track/path south and up the escarpment to a gate at 546034. The crags are 1km eastwards in the direction of The Wainstones either over or around the hill.

There are a number of alternative approaches.

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

The outcrops are broken and discontinuous and offer few roped lines and belays. The ground below is steep and hazardous and is not suited to group use. 

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