Howlerhirst Crag


A fine, remote sandstone outcrop in the North Tyne valley - catches the sun.

Crag information
Climbing Area: North East Rock Type: Sandstone
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 18
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1970
Grid Reference: NY787829

From Bellingham take the westerly minor road just after the bridge and opposite the cemetary. Follow this for 3 miles and turn up to High Cairpeth farm. Park on the verge just before the farm between the sheep pen and sheds. Let Mrs Johnson the farmer (friendly) know you are going up. No dogs.

Take the good track towards the cottage but branch off partway aiming for a gate on the skyline. Go through this and follow a vague track leftwards around the minor rocks, then after a few hundred yards branch right to the crag itself.

Restrictions apply from 30 March - 8 July.

Reason: Nesting Birds

Peregrines are nesting at the crag. Please do not visit until the restriction is lifted.

Parking and Approach

Drive up the gated farm track. Park on the wide verge on the rhs of the road just before the farm. (Between a sheep pen and old sheds). Note that while the crag is on CroW land this convenient approach is permissive.

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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