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Almscliff Rock Climbing 

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Location: 53.9366, -1.5937 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Sam Feuerborn on Aug 4, 2009
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BETA PHOTO: Great Western and Western Front, Two classic climb...


Can be windy and exposed to the elements, good to check the forecast. Arguably THE best grit stone crag in Yorkshire, that should be all the description you need. There are tons of classic routes, some tend to be a bit polished but it is not difficult to get away from that and onto something delightfully frictiony. Grades range from M to E5.

Getting There 

Can approach off the Otley Rd. along new lane? or there is another approach from the other side. Walk up takes about 2 mins and is easy to figure out.

Climbing Season

For the Yorkshire area.

Weather station 4.0 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Almscliff
Rock Climbing Photo: Finishing up Great Western

Great Western 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : North West Face
The best route at the crag - possible the best in Yorkshire.Climb up the left facing groove until under the overhang. Traverse out left in a better and better position to reach the arete, and a good resting spot at a 'pinnacle'. From the pinnacle finish directly above....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Euan Cameron
From: Mammoth Lakes
Aug 22, 2009
The climbing is split into three main sections. There are the boulders scattered at the bottom of the crag, the Low Man (the next level of rock up), and standing proud on top of it all the High Man, which contains the majority of the stand out routes.
By the professor
Aug 12, 2013
Reading the descriptions and looking at the photos indicates a small mediocre crag (by USA standards). However, I just made a visit yesterday on a whim and it changed my opinion!

Yes, Almscliffe is a small crag but it has an outstanding position on the top of a hill. This hill is the highpoint for a number of miles in all directions and the view of the green countryside is lovely. Next, the rock quality (gritstone) is superlative. It has high friction with no loose or sandy holds anywhere. Finally, the sculpted shape of the rock seems custom-made for climbing. There is much overhanging rock with numerous cracks and huecos. Also plentiful bouldering on smaller outliers.

Unfortunately, my hasty 30 minute visit saw me dressed in business attire with street shoes (although that did not preclude some half-hearted bouldering).

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