STANDING STONES


An easily reached cliff, from roadside parking near the high point of the A635 Holmfirth to Greenfield road. It is south facing and has a worthy selection of routes through it is inclined to be a little gritty after rain due to the slope directly above the cliff. The chaotic state of the terrain below the cliff reveals that it was formed by a landslip and it has been suggested that Falling Stones might be better name for the place though the central section of the cliff has stood in its present form for quite a time. The slope above the cliff is not the crisp clean top of the Eastern Edges; care required when setting up belays. Descents can be made round either edge of the cliff - again care required when wearing slick soled boots on steep grassy terrain. The best of the climbs here such as the fine line of Twin Crack Corner (VS 4b) the impressive Fairy Nuff (VS 4c) the devious Ocean Wall (E1 5b) and the pumpy Fallen Heros (E1 5b) would be lauded routes were they on the Eastern Edges; here you may have them to yourself.

Routes

58 trad routes (VD...E5)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Approach walk Other
Smiler's Corner
The left-hand side of the crag has always played second fiddle to the rest of the place. The array...
9
Trad
Lots of sun!
Downhill

15 mins

Windy
Main Wall
The main wall of the cliff is the show-piece of the place with many fine climbs on good rock. It...
20
Trad
Lots of sun!
Downhill

15 mins

Windy
Tranquillity
Two short walls on separate tiers. Although the area looks a bit grotty at first acquaintance there...
12
Trad
Lots of sun!
Downhill

15 mins

Windy
Left Twin and Ocean Wall
Tucked away on the far right, in a grassy hollow is the excellent venue of Ocean Wall, also known...
13
Trad
Lots of sun!
Downhill

15 mins

Windy
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    For STANDING STONES

    Twin Crack Corner
    "Forget 'MVS', how about HS 4b, a far too underused grade?" 21/May

    Fish-meal and Revenge
    "On sighted this yesterday and thought E5. Have no idea where you could stop and..." 12/May

    Fat Old Sun
    "Surprisingly amenable. Good route. Made me think maybe I boulder too much........." 03/Jul

    Right of Pie
    "at E3 5c I think it sensible to use an obvious hold (layaway seem to recall) on ..." 22/Jun

    Ocean Wall
    "Lovely, lovely, lovely. A bit reachy but still- gues what - lovely!" 17/Oct top50

    Fairy Nuff
    "Brilliant stuff, every time you think you've done the crux, the next bit turns o..." 13/Jun

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