CRAG LOUGH


An austere crag with a long climbing history - the most impressive cliff in Northumberland some would argue. The well-preserved remains of the Roman Wall and the superb views northwards add to the ambience of the place. There is a lot of good climbing here, much of it in the lower grades, often up strong natural lines. But ... (there is always a 'but') the crag is north-facing and set at a height of 500m; conditions can often best be described as a little 'fresh'. The rock is a layer of fine grained dolorite (basalt) that was injected between older rocks 295 million years ago, and underlies much of northern England. On cooling, the rock formed pillars that give the crag its characteristic blocky structure. This means that there can be large loose areas of rock and the fine grained texture leads to it being impossibly slippery if conditions are at all wet. The cliff is called Highshield Crag on some maps.

Routes

42 trad routes (M...E4)
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
Central Buttress
The most extensive buttress on the cliff and just about the furthest decent piece of rock from the...
10
Trad
Evening sun
Up and down

20 mins

Restricted Access
Dexter Buttress & Raven's Tower
A trio of interesting and clean buttresses with a good spread of grades, an excellent area for a...
9
Trad
Evening sun
Up and down

20 mins

Jezebel and Tarzan
These two narrow buttresses each has its own low-grade classic. The other routes are worth a look...
7
Trad
Evening sun
Up and down

20 mins

Hadrian's Buttress
The first buttress left of the Pinnacle and the descent gully of Appian Way is the broad bulk of...
6
Trad
Evening sun
Up and down

20 mins

Pinnacle Face to West Buttress
The quartet of buttresses and faces nearest the car park are the most popular venues on the cliff -...
10
Trad
Evening sun
Up and down

20 mins

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  • Latest Comments

    For CRAG LOUGH

    Pinnacle Face
    "The thuggy direct didn't seem very thuggy to me" 14/Aug

    Impossible Wall
    "Needs a clean." 11/Apr

    Great Chimney
    "excellent climb, could do with more traffic as its quite vegetated at the start,..." 13/Sep top50

    Main Wall
    "We split this into two pitches which makes for 2 contrasting pitches. The rock ..." 09/Aug

    Jezebel
    "A poor route, inexpicably overrated. Much vegetation, with some unexceptional c..." 13/Jun

    Crystal
    "A cracking climb, one of the best on the crag. Something for everyone ending wit..." 07/Jun

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