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The wide rolling hills, outcrops and quarries of Sandstone and Gritstone that pepper northern England have long been popular with the locals, though visitors are less common, except on the few better known cliffs. Although lacking the extensive edges of the Peak District, there are many fine crags and hidden classics here waiting for the diligent explorer. This guidebook will help climbers get the most from this superb and varied area. The book is a selected route and crag guide although it still manages to pack over 2350 routes between its covers, spread across 44 crags. The main focus is on routes of all grades from Moderate to E9, but the best bouldering is also described.

The full guide is available on Rockfax Digital
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This guidebook covers a huge swathe of Northern England and its high-quality outcrop climbing. Some of the venues such as Almscliff and Bowden Doors are well known, though between these are many smaller gems that see few visitors other than knowledgable locals. 

Our journey starts near the Yorkshire-Lancashire border with many of the varied venues that make fine gritstone cliffs of West Yorkshire. These crags give a climbing experience similar to their counterparts to the south in the Peak, only perhaps a little less accommodating – sometimes remote, sometimes savage, sometimes wild, but almost always rewarding.

The next stop is the North York Moors where we find a different kind of cliff. The sandstone here offers more short outcrop-style climbing, but there are fewer familiar names and none of the celebrity ticks. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth visiting though, and most who make the effort will be pleasantly surprised with what they find.

The final destination is the rolling hills of Northumberland – the Country’s best-kept secret. There is none of the hectic atmosphere of the Lake and Peak Districts here, just empty hills, beautiful crags and some fine climbing to keep you busy.

Pule Hill, Shooter's Nab, Heptonstall, Widdop, Earl Crag, Ilkley, The Chevin, Caley, Almscliff, Eastby, Crookrise, Rylstone, Simon's Seat, Brimham, Slipstones, Goldsborough Carr, Crag Willas

North York Moors
Scugdale, Wainstones, Raven's Scar, Highcliffe Nab, Park Nab

Causey Quarry, Crag Lough, Peel Crag, Callerhues, East Woodburn, Great Wanny, Sandy Crag, Ravensheugh, Simonside, Corby's, The Drake Stone, Bowden Doors, Back Bowden, Kyloe in the Wood, Kyloe out the Wood, Berryhill

February 2008






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3 reviews for Northern England

  1. Franco cookson

    Nicely done and good pictures. A lot was missed out and the grading is out by a bit, but we always expected that I suppose. Good effort though and I hope it sells well, just a pity about Barker’s eh?

  2. duncan_s

    Just got the book through and used it today at Brimham, our first visit to the crag, made finding our way round very easy. Like the fact that you’ve put a map at the back, always thought western grit should have done that.
    The boxes at the start of each crag breaking down what grades are at the crag and their quality is a nice touch. The photography keeps getting better from guidebook to guidebook, nothing else can compare. For those used to the rockfax format, there are a few new symbols, including how busy the crag gets.
    Also good is the flaps on the cover to help keep your page, with handy topo information on the front and ticklist on the back.

  3. Bernard Newman, Climber Magazine

    Chris Craggs has sprinkled his fairy dust over all the popular edges from Almscliff to Kyloe, effortlessly locating, describing and beautifully illustrating all the climbs that most of us would ever want to do across this great swathe of northern England.

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