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Whin Crag What the symbols
& colours mean
Grid Ref: NU051388   Aspect: S 
Altitude: 150 mtrs   Walk in: 15 mins   Bike in: 5 mins   Bike out: 5 mins 
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Follow the route to Kyloe up to the first 'WS' sign. Turn left here and follow the forest road for a few hundred kilometres until the crag appears on the left. To get there from Kyloe Out, follow the path past the foot of the crag across a marshy area until you enter the forest. Turn left on the forest track and the crag soon appears on the left.
A large, impressive looking Whin Sill crag less than a kilometre along the escarpment from Kyloe Out. The few reported visits suggest that the crag is very loose and not as steep as it looks from below. Access is restricted by a profusion of gorse bushes. There are many fine looking lines. Definitely worthy of investigation.
Whinstone Quartz Dolerite, Permo-Carboniferous
Reputedly loose
Other interesting stuff:
Well hidden in the wood, near the east end of the crag, is a World War 2 hideaway, built for the use of some pretty heroic civilians who had been trained in guerrilla activities and who would go to ground in the event of a German invasion, lie low for a couple of weeks and then start attacking German installations. There were many such hideaways throughout the country and it was all part of Churchills strategy for dealing with a German Invasion. A recent TV documentary suggested that there was only one of these hideaways left, and it wasn't this one, so this is a pretty important relic of the war. The construction is basically a corrugated iron shed, dug into the ground with a small doorway. It is nigh on impossible to find, but if you want to try it is to the left of the path as you get past the end of the crag, just around where there are some notices nailed onto the trees.
John Earl & Co thought they'd discovered another Tremadog! There are no recorded routes.