Yorkshire 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

272 trad routes (VD...E8)
459 sport routes (3...9a+)
1 boulder problem (V5)
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 Page
Trollers Gill
A fine crag situated in a sheltered little valley north of Appletreewick. The...
14
_--^
Trad and Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

15 mins

Sheltered
-
Loup Scar
A small buttress which overhangs the River Wharfe to the north of Burnsall. The...
13
__--
Trad and Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Level

10 mins

Dry in the Rain
Sheltered
-
Dib Scar
A secluded bowl near Conistone which gives well-sheltered climbing. The routes...
20
__--
Trad and Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

15 mins

Dry in the Rain
Sheltered
-
Kilnsey
A magnificent steep crag with many superb routes. Much of the climbing is in...
106
---^
Trad and Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

1 min

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Sheltered
262
Blue Scar
A fine shady crag with one magnificent wall which contains some of the best...
52
_-^^
Trad and Sport
No sun
Uphill

10 mins

Seepage
272
Yew Cogar
The access to this crag has changed slightly recently. Please phone Mr. Campb
24
__-^
Trad and Sport
Afternoon sun
Downhill

10 mins

Seepage
Sheltered
Restricted Access
280
Malham
Surely this is the finest limestone crag in the country. A huge sweeping...
150
_^^^
Sport
Lots of sun!
Level

10 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Sheltered
287
Gordale
The third of the Yorkshire 'big three'. This narrow defile has many faces whic
79
_-^^
Trad and Sport
Evening sun
Level

10 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Sheltered
304
Attermire Scar
Typical of main of the smaller Yorkshire crags Attermire consists of a short...
43
-^^^
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

15 mins

  316
Langcliffe Skyline
A small buttress developed with a few sport routes.
14
__--
Trad and Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and Down

10 mins

  -
Giggleswick South
A fine outcrop spilt into two bands of rock. An upper band with several...
73
_^^-
Trad and Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

5 mins

Seepage
Sheltered
320
Giggleswick North
A small crag with one impressive steep upside-down bowl packed with desperate...
31
--^^
Trad and Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

2 mins

Seepage
Sheltered
327
Robin Proctor's Scar
Robin Proctor Scar, or as it was formerly known - Norber Scar, has been...
25
-^^-
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

  332
Pot Scar
No description
10
_--_
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

  43
Crummackdale
A fine buttress perched high above Austwick. Although there is much very...
13
_---
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

  44
Trow Gill
This secluded groge has two dark walls with several atmospheric sport routes...
65
_^^^
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

30 mins

Seepage
Sheltered
336
  • Latest Comments

    For Yorkshire Limestone

    Love Sculpture (Yew Cogar)
    "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

    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 top50

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

    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

    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)
    "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

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