Northern Limestone

The core of the Dales is a high limestone plateau cut by a series of steep-sided valleys that drain southwards towards industrial Yorkshire. The whole landscape is criss-crossed with hundreds of miles of drystone walling and dotted with many timeless hamlets and villages. Scattered throughout the area are some impressive chunks of limestone; pre-eminent amongst these are Yorkshire’s “big three” - namely Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Kilnsey Crag. Scattered around this mighty trio lie many other memorable venues that, if located elsewhere, would manage to steal the limelight themselves.

Routes

451 trad routes (D...E8)
1029 sport routes (3...9a+)
1 boulder problem (V5 6C)
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
Twistleton Scars
Twistleton (sometimes spelt 'Twisleton') is a long low escarpment of limestone...
79
^^^-
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

 
Trow Gill
This secluded groge has two dark walls with several atmospheric sport routes...
85
_^^^
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

30 mins

Seepage
Sheltered
Robin Proctor's Scar
Robin Proctor Scar, or as it was formerly known - Norber Scar, has been...
40
-^^-
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

 
Crummackdale
A fine buttress perched high above Austwick. Although there is much very...
16
_---
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

25 mins

Seepage
Panorama Crag
The short and steep walls of Panorama Crag are magnificently located high above...
31
--^-
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

17 mins

 
Moughton Nab
Moughton Nab is an exposed escarpment that has a good selection of lower and...
72
-^^^
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

12 mins

 
Hull Pot
The sheer walls of Hull Pot give plenty of scope for hard sport climbing as...
20
----
Trad and Sport
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

30 mins

Abseil
Seepage
Sheltered
Pot Scar
The low cliff-line above the hamlet of Feizor is a popular trad venue. Pot Scar...
36
-^-_
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

12 mins

 
Giggleswick North
A small crag with one impressive steep upside-down bowl packed with desperate...
93
_^^^
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

8 mins

Sheltered
Giggleswick South
The convenient and very popular Giggleswick South crags offer a wide variety of...
222
-^^^
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and Down

15 mins

 
Langcliffe Area
The extensive workings of Langcliffe Quarry, and the smaller unquarried Skyline...
39
_-^^
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

8 mins

Seepage
Sheltered
Restricted Access
Castleberg Crag
Castleberg Crag is perched just above Settle and is easily seen from the town....
25
--^-
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

5 mins

Sheltered
Attermire Scar
Above the bustling town of Settle is an area of unusual limestone outcrops that...
43
-^^^
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

25 mins

Seepage
Windy
Malham
Surely this is the finest limestone crag in the country. A huge sweeping...
150
_^^^
Trad and Sport
Lots of sun!
Level

10 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Sheltered
Comb Hill Crag
A low wall of shattered rock that is set in a small gorge in the dry valley...
0
____
Sport
Afternoon sun
Up and Down

13 mins

 
Langscar
A very short crag with a small number of bouldery lines on good rock. The...
0
____
Sport
Afternoon sun
Level

2 mins

 
Gordale
Gordale is one of the UK's major limestone climbing destinations having a mix...
79
_-^^
Trad and Sport
Evening sun
Level

5 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Stoney Bank
The cliffs of Stony Bank have plenty of sport climbing on offer in the lower to...
0
____
Sport
Afternoon sun
Up and Down

13 mins

 
Yew Cogar Scar
Yew Cogar is a superb little crag nestled at the foot of a deep and impressive...
24
__-^
Trad and Sport
Afternoon sun
Downhill

10 mins

Seepage
Blue Scar
A fine shady crag with one magnificent wall which contains some of the best...
52
_-^^
Trad and Sport
Early morning sun
Uphill

15 mins

Seepage
Restricted Access
Knipe Scar
Between Blue Scar and Kilnsey is this attractive section of wall that has some...
0
____
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

15 mins

Sheltered
Kilnsey
The unmistakable leaning bulk of Kilnsey Crag is one of the UK's major...
106
---^
Trad and Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

2 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Sheltered
Dib Scar
Dib Scar is a quaint horseshoe-shaped cove that lies hidden across the dale...
43
_-^^
Trad and Sport
Evening sun
Uphill

20 mins

Seepage
Sheltered
Loup Scar
Steep overhangs are what Loup Scar is all about and there are plenty of them!...
13
__--
Trad and Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Level

10 mins

Dry in the Rain
Sheltered
Trollers Gill
Troller's Gill is a pleasant crag set in a remote dry valley, reached by a...
48
--^^
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

14 mins

Sheltered
Scout Scar
Scout Scar is a small limestone crag perched high above the beautiful Lyth...
27
_-^-
Sport
Afternoon sun
Up and Down

15 mins

Sheltered
White Scar
Large white buttress with awkward approach and access problem.
9
_---
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

60 mins

Restricted Access
Chapel Head Scar
Chapel Head Scar is the finest limestone crag in Cumbria and stands comparison...
71
_-^^
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Sheltered
Restricted Access
Mill Side Scar
Mill Side Scar is the prominent small crag, on the corner of the escarpment, to...
11
_---
Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

15 mins

Sheltered
Humphrey Head
Humphrey Head is positioned on a remote headland in the midst of Morecambe...
20
_---
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

1 min

Sheltered
Restricted Access
Trowbarrow Quarry
Trowbarrow Quarry is a popular venue with a wide appeal. It also makes a...
27
--^-
Trad
Afternoon sun
Level

5 mins

Sheltered
Barrow Scout Cove
This very short, steep crag is the home to routes that want to be boulder...
0
____
Sport
Afternoon sun
Level

3 mins

Sheltered
Witches' Quarry
Witches' Quarry is cut into the lower slopes of Pendle Hill and is home to a...
0
____
Trad
Evening sun
Level

5 mins

Sheltered
  • Latest Comments

    For Northern Limestone

    Friends in High Places (Kilnsey)
    "Changed from 5c ** to E4 5c **, no votes" 19/Nov

    Twisted (Malham)
    "My video of this is on my youtube page, type in Ted Twisted 8a and it will come ..." 18/Oct

    Lost In Thought Lost In Time (Attermire Scar)
    "Cleaned and brushed this today - great route but pretty tough for the grade. The..." 29/Jun

    Energy Vampire (Malham)
    "I did a new linkup yesterday of this. Follow Energy Vampire to its end at the ri..." 11/May

    Love Sculpture (Yew Cogar Scar)
    "A cheeky kneebar right at the top takes the sting out of the final hard moves an..." 21/Jul

    Last Action Hero (Kilnsey)
    "Great technical route with 2 hard clips - fely stern for the grade." 27/Jun

    The Arches (Giggleswick South)
    "Think the thread is the same one Austin used...." 12/Jun

    The Inertia Syndrome (Revisited) (Robin Proctor's Scar)
    "The bolts really do wander ! Worth spending a bit of time extending some of the ..." 07/May top50

    Slender Loris (Malham)
    "Was my first E3 (sic) - sandbagged by mates who recommended it knowing it was to..." 23/Sep

    The Great Big Onion (Trow Gill)
    "Use the belay on the left (hidden from sight)" 15/Oct

    Javelin (Trowbarrow Quarry)
    "First bit is the crux - just one move after that really - nice though" 25/Sep

    A Sense of Doubt (Trowbarrow Quarry)
    "Good climbing, only E3 6a/F6b. Rediculous over grading." 30/Jun

    Harijan (Trowbarrow Quarry)
    "I would agree that Harijan is slightly harder than JJ and, any many ways, more e..." 27/Jun top50

    Open for Business (Trow Gill)
    "This wall is pretty easy to clean from above. Lots of big trees on top to ab fro..." 15/Jun

    L.S.D (Pot Scar)
    "Decent gear in the groove should just keep you off the deck if you fluffed the c..." 14/Jun

    Kathleen's Nightmare (Scout Scar)
    "This has all new bolts making the hard clip a bit easier. Much easier after half..." 13/Jun

    Open for Business (Trow Gill)
    "The start once you've got it sussed was fingery but stable last year. I looked a..." 09/Jun

    Open for Business (Trow Gill)
    "It always did have a bouldery start, Andy. If you are disappointed its short liv..." 06/Jun

    Devil's Grip (Yew Cogar Scar)
    "The crux of the route is the start up to the second bolt. As has been said, the ..." 05/Jun

    Open for Business (Trow Gill)
    "Has something come off the start of this? The first few moves felt very fingery ..." 04/Jun

    Barguest (Trollers Gill)
    "Easier than the Barguest Direct certainly, but the traverse adds to the climbing..." 23/May

    Junkyard Angel (Malham)
    "Nice route but not as good as Crossbones/East Route combo I reckon." 14/May top50

    Slender Loris (Malham)
    "outstanding route!!!" 12/May

    Passion and Warfare (Dib Scar)
    "I went back to this today for another look - it took a while to work out where e..." 17/Apr

    Amber Gambler (Attermire Scar)
    "Has this lost footholds? Start looks positively 6b?" 20/Mar

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