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Huel What the symbols
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Grid Ref: NY829995   Aspect: W 
Altitude: 0 mtrs   Walk in: 15 mins 
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From the A68. When approaching Rochester from the south take a road on the right just before the village is entered. Follow this road up to a row of cottages where a gate crosses the road. Park somewhere here. Go through the gate, then sharp left across the hummocky remains of a Roman fort and over a footbridge. Follow the path along the bank of the stream until you go through a gate. Go diagonally up the field until you meet an MOD road. Follow this to just before the forest where a path leads leftwards, past the "Wheel Stones" to a stile. The crag is in the woods just over this stile
Huel Crag is a quarried area consisting of a mightily complex jumble of boulders, buttresses, narrow passageways and holes in the ground all set in a primeval forest of moss draped birch trees. There is a lot of rock here, but scarcely any of it is any good for climbing. There are some broken lines on the continuation of the natural crag at the top of the quarry and amongst the maze underneath there is a decent wall about 10 metres high split by a chasm through to the other side. 3 or 4 routes have been done hereabouts by Gordon Thompson up to about VS. A projecting snout (In photo) would provide a brave problem. There is no point in trying to describe where these lines are - the author probably couldn't find them again anyway. It's an interesting spot for an explore. Ridley Crag, on top of the hill on the right as you approach Huel is about 3 metres high and not steep enough for bouldering
Fell Sandstone Carboniferous, Dinantian
Curates egg
No recorded problems.
Visited by G Thompson in the 60's and some routes done but not recorded.