Castleberg Crag

Yorkshire Limestone

User attention

Settle Town Council will be carrying out work to remove several large trees from around and above the crag, including removal of some vegetation from the crag face and landscape work on the approach paths.

This work is due to begin in the coming weeks and be finished by the end of October, although exact dates haven't been given. For obvious safety reasons, please avoid the crag whilst work is taking place.

from 11/09/2019 to 31/10/2019

The crag everyone used eyeball just above Settle - now cleaned and equipped by Yorks activists.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Yorkshire Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Local Authority No. of Routes: 24
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 2009
Grid Reference: SD822636

This is great easily accessed crag hosting a number of popular lines, but there have been some instances of rockfall here over the years.

Being aware of the possibility of loose rock, it is worth considering wearing a helmet and taking other appropriate precautions to minimise the risk of any potential rockfall.

Parking and Approach

Parking is a difficult problem for residents in the narrow streets so please use public car parks around the town centre.

The cliff can be accessed via gates in Castlebergh Lane or Constitution Hill leading to various paths which zig-zag up to the crag.

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

Unsuitable - Although there are a few easy grade routes the rock quality and position above scenic footpaths used by non climbers suggests this is not a venue ideal for large parties.

Area information

The magnificent landscape of the Yorkshire Dales was shaped by melting glacial ice 300 million years ago to produce the towering crags, shadowy peaks, rock-pavements, and picturesque valleys found today. The area was designated as a National Park in 1954, and covers approximately 1,769 km/683 square miles with many nationally significant climbing venues and a rich diversity of wildlife. Most of the crags in this region lie within Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s), a designation with a high level of legal protection for wildlife and geology. Responsibility for identifying and protecting SSSIs in the Dales lies with Natural England – the statutory governmental advisor on conservation issues and contributor towards the Yorkshire Dales Green Climbing Guide. The guide is intended to help climbers or walkers identify the protected flora, fauna, and geology found in the Dales and contribute towards their conservation. Follow the link belowe to see the guide;

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