Kilnsey Crag, near Kettlewell

Climbing in Kettlewell

Overview

For climbers we have one of Yorkshire's Big Three limestone crags, Kilnsey Crag (the other two being Gordale and Malham).  This is mostly higher grade sport climbing but there are some very good trad lines including The Diedre(E2), Central Wall(E4), Deja Vu(E5) and Balas(E5).  Classic sport routes include The Directissima(6c), Frankie Comes to Kilnsey(7b+), Dominatrix(7c), Comedy(7c), The Ashes(7c+), Let them Eat Jelly Beans(8a), Urgent Action(8a+), True North(8c), and Northern Lights(9a).  Aiding the classic Kilnsey main overhang route is an exciting option for a wet day, just down the road from Kettewell.

Great things clearly come in threes here.  If you’re a climber, get to grips with an epic limestone overhang and take on Kilnsey Crag, one of Yorkshire’s “big three”.  It’s an absolute titan that dominates the landscape and, though it has fewer routes than Malham and Gordale, the quality of its high end sports climbs are irrefutable: routes range from F6c to F9a and are the best to be found anywhere at these grades.

See the UKC Article for more details

What makes it special

  • Climb one of Yorkshire's Big Three limestone crags

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Climbing in Kettlewell

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Map references

OS Map: 98, and Explorer OL2

OS Grid Ref: SD974678

Lat/Lng: 54.106563, -2.040265

Contact information

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