SIMONSIDE


A fine cliff in a lovely setting, though tilted a bit too much towards the north for maximum user-friendliness. The setting and collection of amenable routes means that Simonside has possibly the longest climbing history of any crag in Northumberland - the rocks were first explored around 1900 and the crag even had a small guidebook by the 1920s. If the conditions are right you will probably end up sharing the place with other teams, though the 60+ routes are quite spread out so there is always plenty to do.

Routes

68 trad routes (M...E7)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
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Approach walk Other Page
Boulder Face
The left-hand section of the Main Face rises up behind the Picnic Boulder. The left-hand side of...
11
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

40 mins

296
Long Layback
The main feature of the crag is the well named wide crack-line that still succumbs most easily to a...
17
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

30 mins

297
'A' Buttress
The left-hand of the three taller buttresses has an excellent set of climbs which can conveniently...
15
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

30 mins

298
Buttress Face
Less popular than the rock to the left, though these short but smart walls do see some action....
15
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

30 mins

299
'B' and 'D' Buttresses
'B' Buttress is the centre of the three taller buttresses - the ancients avoided the temptation to...
10
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

30 mins

300
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  • Latest Comments

    For SIMONSIDE

    Quartz Buttress
    "Good route (except in humid conditions when, like the rest of the climbing here,..." 09/Sep

    Kyley's Route
    "I think this deserves a fluttery hear symbol, as gear comes well after the hard ..." 12/Sep

    Cut Throat
    "Yes the fall potential is far greater than the length of the route!" 03/Sep

    Cut Throat
    "Don't waste your time carrying protection, as you wont find anywhere to place it..." 02/Sep

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