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Gate House crag

Yorkshire Gritstone

This is an excellent and long overlooked moorland bouldering venue with good rock and flat landings. It is generally south facing, though with walls of varying aspect, and an easy 20 minute fairly level approach walk. The approach and most of the boulders are on open access land with great views although the far right hand end extends beyond a dry-stone wall into private pine woods with a mini-Fontainebleau feel. Most of the problems are between 3 and 4 metres high with no significant scary highballs. The grade range is currently Font 2 to 7a.


Crag information
Climbing Area: Yorkshire Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Unknown No. of Routes: 100
Within National Park: No Year Developed:
Grid Reference: SE182709

The majority of the crag is on access land (with the exception of the woodland section) but it is on an active grouse moor so check for temporary restrictions to open access. Dogs are not allowed year round.

The crag is on Dallowgill Moor above Nidderdale at NGR SE 183710. Park at Harper Hill near the farm (giving consideration to the need for farm and shooting vehicles to access roads and parking - so best to park at the far end of the parking place) and follow a Land Rover track past the NIDDERDALE AONB access and info signs westwards taking the first right fork and continue parallel to and above the valley/woodland until the track ends near a line of grouse butts. Cross the stream and take a vague track up the other side to reach the left end of the main crag.  Closures for shooting are likely during August/September and will be listed on the Natural England website.

Parking and Approach

Follow the pateley Bridge - Kirby Malzeard road, park at Harper Hill (giving consideration to the need for farm and shooting vehicles to access roads and parking - so best to park at the far end of the parking place). Follow track opposite farm taking right then left fork. Stay on track until it ends and then cross the beck and head up to the crag.
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Most of this crag is on access land - only a small section in the wood, on the other side of the wall isn't.

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John Hunt