Yorkshire Gritstone

The routes, star ratings and grades in this section correspond exactly to the Northern England Rockfax published in February 2008. If you have a comment about any particular route, or an opinion on the grade or star-rating - agree or disagree - then this is the place to have your say. All opinions are taken into consideration when we update the guidebook.

Routes

986 trad routes (M...E9)
259 boulder problems (VB 4a...V13 8B)
50 of the Best Routes top50
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents


Crag (click for details) No. of Routes Grade Range Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Pule Hill
A cliff with two contrasting sets of climbs. In the centre are the extensive...
78
^^--
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

10 mins

 
Shooter's Nab
A long abandoned quarry overlooking the town of Marsden, to the south west of...
25
-^--
Trad
No sun
Uphill

30 mins

Restricted Access
Heptonstall Quarry
A secluded but imposing quarry, cut into the hillside, below the charming...
20
_---
Trad
Afternoon sun
Downhill

10 mins

Sheltered
Widdop
A fine set of rounded buttresses looking out over the Widdop Reservoir and the...
40
-^--
Trad
No sun
Uphill

15 mins

 
Earl Crag
One of Yorkshire's finest gritstone cliffs, though its rather remote setting,...
62
-^^^
Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

5 mins

 
Ilkley
Ilkley has been a popular destination for generations of climbers. Sitting...
150
^^^^
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

3 mins

Sheltered
The Chevin
The Chevin overlooks the lower reaches of the Wharfe Valley to the east of...
16
----
Trad
No sun
Uphill

7 mins

 
Caley
Almost an urban cliff, Caley is the quick-hit of choice for Leeds-based...
91
^^^^
Trad
No sun
Uphill

5 mins

Sheltered
Almscliff
Yorkshire's finest and no arguments are allowed. A warty lump of premier...
117
^^^^
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

 
Eastby
A great little cliff, slabby and tall, in a sunny position and with the added...
16
----
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

Sheltered
Restricted Access
Crookrise
One of Yorkshire's premier venues and a long-time evening favourite despite the...
61
^^^-
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

20 mins

 
Rylstone
A fine crag, one of Yorkshire's best, guarded by a decent walk up which tends...
63
^^^-
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

35 mins

 
Simon's Seat
A classic Yorkshire cliff - a true summit, miles from the road and...
32
-^--
Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

40 mins

 
Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks is set on the edge of the moor, just to the east of the central...
172
^^^^
Trad
Sun and shade
Level

2 mins

Sheltered
Eavestone Crag
Eavestones is a bit of a Lost World, once a lightly wooded valley with pretty...
30
--^-
Trad
Sun and shade
Downhill

3 mins

Sheltered
Slipstones
A fine little cliff, not unlike a northern version of Burbage, though...
172
^^^^
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

 
Crag Willas
This small crag is about as remote as you could wish for, set in a position of...
53
^^--
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

30 mins

 
Goldsborough Carr
The only crag in the Yorkshire section which isn't actually in Yorkshire,...
47
^-^-
Boulder
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

 
  • Latest Comments

    For Yorkshire Gritstone

    Take No Notice (Brimham Rocks)
    "Does this route go straight up or move left at the top to the large pocket? It's..." 17/Nov

    The Padder (Eastby)
    "An excellent slab, and well-loved - certainly not just 1*. @Luke: Always amus..." 09/Aug

    Ricochet Wall (Shooter's Nab)
    "Very very good!" 10/Jun top50

    Rat au Vin (Earl Crag)
    "Sandbag!" 03/May

    Frankland's Green Crack (Almscliff)
    "Dirty and very awkward. How long does it take the symptoms of Pigeon-Fancier's ..." 21/Apr top50

    Angel's Wall (Caley)
    "Not in any way a boulder problem - why change from HVS 5a?" 28/Mar

    Charming Crack (Brimham Rocks)
    "Did this in 1991 when my guide book had it as HVS - my comment at the time was &..." 23/Sep

    Spinnaker (Eavestone Crag)
    "The move off the first ledge is quite reachy, definitely harder for the short." 23/Aug top50

    Birdlime Traverse (Almscliff)
    "Seems a funny choice to upgrade to HVS - yes it's really hard at that grade, but..." 02/Aug top50

    Gary Cooper (Caley)
    "Originally soled and given a grade of HVS!" 20/Jun

    Anticyclone (Heptonstall Quarry)
    "This description is incorrect. Anticyclone climbs TRL until it is possible to sw..." 06/Jun

    Impregnable (Slipstones)
    "Yes there is, more obvious from the ground than when up there..." 28/Mar

    Thumper (Eastby)
    "Onsighted this and thought benchmark E4 5c, soft. Also onsighted the direct star..." 13/Oct top50

    Mousehole Slab (Earl Crag)
    "HVS 4c - pretty nasty sandbag at VS and could hurt someone. The move to get your..." 21/Aug

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