A fine moorland crag in an exposed position on the top of Coe Crag Hill.
Fell Sandstone Carboniferous, Dinantian
Mostly good, but the exposed position, north facing aspect and low traffic mean that some routes get very dirty.
The routes tend to be discontinuous, but the climbing is good. Gradings on the Severes may seem harsh, but the steep bits are short and the protection os excellent.
The Kail Stone, on the hillside west of the approach path, has a few problems. There are also bits and pieces around the crag itself, but the rock is disappointing.
Prior to 1968 it is likely that most of the easier lines had been ascended as the crag had been visited occasionally for years, but records of specific routes cannot be traced. In that year Dave Roberts and Allan Austin climbed a number of notable lines including Ravens Buttress, Coe Crag Corner, Hippopotamus and Honeycomb Wall. Roberts returned in 1971 with Ernie Goodyear to climb the excellent Rough Castles Crack and in the same year Hugh Banner added the problematic Neb Crack. The crag lost popularity for many years but in 1984 a few visits by Hugh Harris, John Wallace and Graham Telfer resulted in Cave Wall, Rampart Wall and the large overhang of Orion Roof, albeit with a pre-placed friend. On a sunny evening in 2002, Tim Caterall teetered up the serious Raven Mad and added the obvious finish to Bumblebee Connection to create Worrisome Wasp.