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Karin soloing Eve (HVS 5a) Scot Crag, Scugdale Photo Steve Crowe


"The guide Climbing in North East England covers the North York Moors and surrounding areas of Colsterdale, Swaledale, Teesdale and Weardale and the South Tyne Valley oh and Filey."


The area consists of many accessible sandstone outcrops, some prominent limestone cliffs and further west, nestling In the more remote East Pennines, are many quick drying gritstone edges. It is an accessible and diverse area that can be enjoyed on pleasant days at any time of the year. The North York Moors has much to offer the visitor besides the climbing, with ruined abbeys, rolling hills and the busy resorts of Whitby and Scarborough as well as quieter sandy beaches along the coast.


By far the best crag in the area must be the proud and bold north facing sandstone cliff, Raven's Scar overlooking Great Broughton. Most popular are the Wainstones and the friendly south facing sandstone outcrops that line the head of Scugdale. The new kid on the block is the gritstone edge Goldsborough in Baldersdale near Bowes. Certainly the most remote but still well worth the effort of seeking out is Healhaugh which situated in an exposed position on Reeth High Moor upon the shoulder of Great Pinseat. Perhaps the most famous of all the crags in the area however must be Whitestonecliffe, this prominent limestone escarpment which easily seen from the A19. Nearby hidden in the trees but just below the road is perhaps the most accessible crag in the area, Peak Scar.


"Whether you have only a few hours to spare or prefer to while away a quiet day in remote solitude and whatever the weather brings there is always somewhere suitable to visit in the area."   Steve Crowe


Read the  North East England article here.


Details about the BMC NE Area meetings can be found here.

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Climbing in NE England

 is the definitive guide to the East Pennies, North York Moors, and Tyne and Wear.

(This guide does not include Northumberland)

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Guide book corrections and updates can be found here


New routes can be recorded by email to The Editor at this address.


Northumberland Climbing Guide

The definitive guide to climbing routes in Northumberland.

Updates available from the NMC here.


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The Northumberland Bouldering Guide  

The Second Edition of the guide was written and produced by the people who developed the area.

Updates available from the NMC here.


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