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Hard Heugh What the symbols
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Grid Ref: NY871801   Aspect: W   Routes: 1   Problems: 2   Max Length: 9   Average Length: 9 
Altitude: 260 mtrs   Walk in: 0 mins   Route quality: * 
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The easiest route is to approach from the western side. From the Thropton - Whittingham road, 1 km north of Cartington Farm, a barely metalled road leads off rightwards, through a gate, past a large wooden hut and towards Cartington Hill. Park somewhere sensible, around where the track goes left and through another gate onto an open field. From here a grassy path goes through the reeds and onto the shoulder of the hillside. disappearing into deep heather and bracken. Carry on through this to a stone wall and follow this up to the crag. There are two other longer routes. The stone wall described above can be reached via a right of way from Callaly. This latter route has the advantage of taking you past the far superior Maiden Chambers, but involves a long thrash across the heather. Finally, mountain bikers can follow the escarpment from Coe Crag, past Long Crag and on to Hard Heugh.
A small crag high on the Rothbury Moors, with fine views to the south west. There are boulders and small buttresses scattered around the hillside which provide some poor bouldering. Most of the obvious lines on the crag were climbed by Nev Hannaby in the 60's - including the fine crack on the lower wall , which gives a good Severe.
Fell Sandstone Carboniferous, Dinantian
Good but lichenous
A bit disappointing, given the walk in.
No recorded problems.
Visited by Nev Hannaby in the 60's and the crack and other obvious lines climbed. Andy Cowley added a route and a couple of problems in spring 2014