As the Covid-19 lockdown eases, access for climbing is opening back up, subject to some measures and restrictions depending on where you are going. Please make sure you have read and understood our current advice before heading out and apply it alongside RAD advice to ensure access issues don’t develop.

Castleberg Crag

Yorkshire Limestone

User attention

The crag has been temporarily closed by the emergency services following a serious climbing accident whilst the circumstances around the accident are investigated. We don't know how long this will take, but please avoid the crag whilst this investigation is ongoing.

from 27/05/2021

The crag everyone used eyeball just above Settle - now cleaned and equipped by Yorks activists.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Yorkshire Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Local Authority No. of Routes: 24
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 2009
Grid Reference: SD822636

This is great easily accessed crag hosting a number of popular lines, but there have been some instances of rockfall here over the years.

Being aware of the possibility of loose rock, it is worth considering wearing a helmet and taking other appropriate precautions to minimise the risk of any potential rockfall.

Parking and Approach

Parking is a difficult problem for residents in the narrow streets so please use public car parks around the town centre.

The cliff can be accessed via gates in Castlebergh Lane or Constitution Hill leading to various paths which zig-zag up to the crag.

CRoW Information

Open access land, designated under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act (2000) give area access rather than linear access as provided by public rights of way. It also gives a legal right of access specifically for climbing, as well as walking and other quiet recreation on foot.

Please bear in mind however that the landowner still has the right to restrict access for up to 28 days per year (often used on public safety grounds for shooting in moorland areas), and can also apply for longer term restrictions with Natural England (such as bans on dogs, or regular restrictions during particular times of year). It is important to check for these restrictions regularly as they can be added at short notice – all details for open access land in England can be found on Natural England’s website.  

Group Advice

Unsuitable - Although there are a few easy grade routes the rock quality and position above scenic footpaths used by non climbers suggests this is not a venue ideal for large parties.

Area information

Weather Information

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