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Spindlestone Heugh What the symbols
& colours mean
Grid Ref: NU152338   Aspect: SW   Routes: 10   Max Length: 18   Average Length: 13 
Altitude: 0 mtrs   Walk in: 5 mins   Bouldering quality: poor 
Click here for StreetMap  This crag is an SSSI
The crag is situated near Warren Mill Caravan Site, between Belford and Bamburgh and is easily seen from the road when approaching from the A1. Cars can be parked near the Caravan Site and the crag reached by traversing the hillside on the left of the site.
Spindlestone is a south facing Whin Sill crag which, though broken, has some long routes. Afficionados of Whin Sill climbing may like it here, but sandstone lovers will hate it. Several loose blocks were removed during preparations for the 1979 guide, but more will lurk, waiting for the unwary.
Whinstone Quartz Dolerite, Permo-Carboniferous
The routes described here were developed by Ken Smith of The Wammeys club in the early 1980's and accidently misattributed in the NMC guide. A visit by Gordon Thompson at around the same time would probably have yielded some routes had it not been for the nest of hornets which put him in hospital.