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Shaw Crag


Map Reference: SE 630971
Aspect: West
Altitude: 270m
Approach Time: 5 minutes

Situation and Character
Shaw Crag is situated in the secluded valley of Bransdale. The rock is clean solid sandstone on the whole with a few friable
intrusions and the routes reach a height of six metres. Some of the climbing involves negotiating a large undercut above a steep landing. There are more smaller bits of rock around but impact has been kept to a minimum with routes on the cleanest buttress only. There is a stake in place directly above.

Access and Approaches
Take the main road entering Bransdale on it's east side by driving through the village of Fadmoor or by taking the last right turning out of the village of Gillamoor as you drive west, it's just after the school. Follow this road for about 6 miles to a lay-by on your left opposite a public bridleway at SE 629966, it's at a bend in the road sign as you drop down into the valley. Take the bridleway up onto the moor for about 100m, then break off along the edge on sheep tracks for 5 minutes where the crag is inconspicuous down on your left in line with a stone wall coming up between the farms below. On open access land but strictly no dogs.

Photo Copyright Steven Phelps


1. Dominion 3m S
Use the jammed block to follow the short arÍte.
Steven Phelps 30/11/13

2. Space Invaders 4m HS 4b
Follow the shallow corner flake to finish leftwards as for the arÍte.
Steven Phelps 30/11/13

3. Embers Of Burnt Bridges 6m E1 5b *
Step off the embedded boulder and follow the blunt arÍte on it's right at first, then swing round to pockets on the front face to a bold finish.
Steven Phelps 24/03/2014 "I ended up soloing this after an ascent above a stack of mats and it didn't end up being as worrying as I thought it would be, although it still required a positive approach"

Soloing Embers of Burnt Bridges E1 5b                                                  Photo Copyright Steven Phelps

4. Past Times 5m VS 5a
Step off the boulder again and climb the wall direct past an iron nodule and thin edges.
Martin Whitton 30/11/13

5. Last Summer 5m VS 5a
Step off the boulder once more. Move up the blunt flake and faint crack line avoiding the adjacent wall.
Steven Phelps 30/11/13