BRIMHAM ROCKS


Brimham Rocks is set on the edge of the moor, just to the east of the central reaches of Nidderdale. It is, with good reason, an immensely popular tourist attraction owing to the amazing rock formations. This confusing array of blocks, towers and buttresses, threaded by myriad paths, have confused both walker and climber for years and the chances of getting completely lost are very real. Hopefully the following pages will point you in the right direction so that you can locate the many superb routes along the Main Edge as well as the few routes on the taller pinnacles.

Routes

150 trad routes (M...E8)
22 boulder problems (V0- 4b...V8 7B+)
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
Fag Slab
The most northerly of the regularly visited venues at Brimham are the slumped pieces of rock of the...
12
Trad
Evening sun
Level

15 mins

sheltered
Pig Traverse
The right-hand of the slumped slabs has a prominent diagonal break rising rightwards across the...
12
Trad
Evening sun
Level

15 mins

sheltered
Charming Crack
A couple of green and rather neglected buttresses that are worth a look if the rest of the crag is...
9
Trad
Evening sun
Level

15 mins

sheltered
Hatter's Groove
A green and neglected area, it does have a great selection of climbs but is perhaps best left for...
15
Trad
Evening sun
Level

15 mins

sheltered
Grit Corner & Duggie's Dilemma
Two short faces with a pleasant collection of easier climbs plus some harder offerings. The routes...
11
Trad
No sun
Level

12 mins

sheltered
Black Chipper
A rather retiring buttress with one classic climb. To its right are some shorter walls and ribs...
11
Trad
Afternoon sun
Level

10 mins

sheltered
Birch Tree Wall
Brimham's tallest buttress has a selection of climbs as good as you could wish for. Apart from the...
17
Trad
Afternoon sun
Level

8 mins

sheltered
Cracked Buttress
A quartet of worthwhile crack climbs tucked in behind the boulders. All have been popular for...
4
Trad
Afternoon sun
Level

8 mins

sheltered
Cleft Buttres
Part way down the shallow valley that runs down from Brimham House is the odd triple tower of Cleft...
15
Trad
Sun and shade
Level

8 mins

Notice Board Crack
This is the wall overlooking Cleft Buttress with a conspicuous kinked crack in it. The bolts that...
3
Trad
No sun
Level

5 mins

sheltered
Cyclops
Between Cleft Buttress/Notice Board Crack and the huge obelisk of Cubic Block are a series of short...
6
Trad
Afternoon sun
Level

5 mins

sheltered
Red Tape to Acme Wall
Between the delights of the Cleft Buttress area and the Cubic Block are a whole series of...
16
Trad
Afternoon sun
Level

5 mins

sheltered
The Cubic Block
A huge tilted chunk of gritstone that makes a good attempt at Yorkshire's answer to the Peak's...
27
Trad
Sun and shade
Level

2 mins

sheltered
Cannon Rock
A fine tower named because of the cannon hole, a narrow tunnel that pierces its upper section. The...
4
Trad
Morning sun
Level

2 mins

sheltered
Castle Rock
This is the imposing squat tower that sits in an open valley just to the left of the road as it...
8
Trad
Lots of sun!
Level

5 mins

sheltered
Dancing Bear
One of the best-known of the formations at Brimham is just to the west of the cafe. The two routes...
2
Trad
Lots of sun!
Level

10 mins

sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For BRIMHAM ROCKS

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

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

    Fag Slab Variant
    "Not straightforward. Feet! Are you supposed to go straight up at top of overla..." 09/Jun

    Black Chipper
    "I've topped this out several times and never found the chip at the top. As long..." 06/Oct

    Great Slab
    "Great route, easily worth 2 stars!" 21/Jun

    Minion's Way
    "It was only 5a when I soloed it in 1990. Grade inflation gone mad." 27/Mar

    Clingon
    "Is the grading on this a misprint? Seems more straightforward than V5(and the fu..." 12/Mar

    Centre Point
    "Barely Moderate." 12/Sep

    Peerless
    "Where does 5a come from?! It's HS 4a in the YMC guide, S 4a probably more accura..." 10/Jun

    Easy Escape
    "This climb is also called 'Easy Exit' in both the 1989 and 2000 YMC grit guides...." 08/May

    Ritornal
    "This is more E1 than most E1s. Bold and fully committing mid-height crux, and a ..." 31/Oct

    Left Wall
    "brilliant route with good pro. soft touch" 19/Oct top50

    Rough Stuff
    "This was green and not perfectly dry feeling when I did it. However the vast qua..." 09/Oct

    Left Wall
    "when under the roof, climb direct through the cleft above you, crux of the route..." 17/Sep top50

    Charming Crack
    "Bit fairer at E2 I think. Quite similar to Emmerald Crack in style and types of ..." 09/Aug

    President's Progress
    "we had the millenium edition of Yorkshire gritstone we shows a number for the ro..." 26/Jun

    President's Progress
    "The line is clearly shown on p147 so I am not sure what the last post was saying..." 26/Jun

    President's Progress
    "this route is hard to find in most guidebooks - the line of the route not actual..." 26/Jun

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