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Climbing in Craven

Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the exhilarating challenges of the crags and potholes of Craven.

The gritstone outcrops are scattered throughout the Craven, such as Crookrise, Rylstone and Eastby. The main gritstone edges mostly have short traditional routes and boulder problems on a variety of buttresses. The grade range is wide with climbs suited to beginner and expert often located side by side.Gordale Scar Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Limestone is the other main rock giving the characteristic look with white outcrops framing the valley sides, ribbons of walls across the landscape, and expanses of limestone pavement. There are many climbable cliffs here include the intimidating 'big three' of Kilnsey, Malham Cove and Gordale Scar.

Most of the limestone cliffs are better suited to experienced climbers whilst beginners will generally find gritstone a more amenable medium on which to learn and practice

The limestone cliffs have both traditional and modern sport climbing on crags which include some of the hardest climbs in the country. In recent years the addition of new bolted routes have increased the popularity of a number of venues including Trow Gill, Robin Proctor's Scar and Giggleswick.

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Castleberg Crag: Settle : 24 bolted climbs overlooking Settle Town. Castlebergh has been the backdrop to a landscaped, hillside walk for well over 100 years and one of the large lower terraces once hosted swing-boats and other recreational park apparatus.

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Climbing Walls
:Inglesport Climbing Wall :  There is over 300 square meters of lead climbing wall with in-situ quickdraws and lower-off belays and there are routes to suit all abilities from novice to crag rat. There is over 150 square meters of bouldering walls at various angles with many colour coded problems.

Craven Mountaineering Club : The Craven Mountaineering Club is a friendly club based in Skipton, North Yorkshire with a regular programme of climbing and walking meets in the Dales, Lake District, Scotland and North Wales.

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is the representative body that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers

Dalesbridge is the ideal location to take advantage of the activities and sights this unique area is so well known for: from cycling, riding, fishing, walking and climbing to the delights of the nearby natural attractions of the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland that are too numerous to mention!