ALMSCLIFF


Yorkshire's finest and no arguments are allowed. A warty lump of premier quality gritstone that is perched on the windy hillside between Leeds and Harrogate, looking out over rolling farmland. Almscliff is a venue best suited to honing gritstone technique rather then learning it, though lessons learnt here will serve you well and take you far. The rock is hard and coarse, flared breaks and rounded holds are the order of the day. The crag has been climbed on for over 100 years and many of climbing's greats have left their mark here - welcome to the Academy.

Routes

81 trad routes (M...E7)
36 boulder problems (V0- 4b...V11 8A)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
The Boulders
A huge tilted block, the size of a small planet, home to a small set of hard routes and much...
23
Boulder
Sun and shade
Uphill

5 mins

Low Man
Named for it position rather than it height, Low Man is always popular, especially its right-hand...
12
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

Central Climb
The Gentlemen's side of the cliff - the North West Face - gets the sun in the afternoon and has...
13
Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

5 mins

Great Western
The junction of the North West Face and the West Face presents one of the finest buttresses on Grit...
18
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

5 mins

West Face
The West Face is the small facet of rock that faces towards the car park. It is rather eclipsed by...
10
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

5 mins

South Face
This face is ever popular with a great selection of short routes that are easier than most...
28
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

Black Wall
The section of cliff beyond the stone wall is a favourite sheltering spot for cows. In wet winter...
14
Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

5 mins

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  • Latest Comments

    For ALMSCLIFF

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

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

    ‘Arries' Ook
    "Onsighted this and thought it was low in the grade. Tricky moves are low down an..." 06/Oct top50

    South Wall Traverse
    "Polished start isn't great, the top few moves are trickier and steeper than they..." 17/May

    The Big Greeny
    "I held John rope when he made an attempt, he failed to get the top pocket and ba..." 15/Oct top50

    Great Western
    "Agree with the above. This route is pleasant but overhyped. If your technique is..." 07/Jun top50

    South Wall Traverse
    "The polished start is probably the real crux! The upper hard move is using a poo..." 24/May

    Birdlime Traverse
    "Had exactly the same experience Si dH, I reckon the poor rest is the one in the ..." 24/May top50

    North West Girdle
    "A brilliant, rambling adventure." 22/May

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