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Widehope What the symbols
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Grid Ref: NU124087   Aspect: SW   Problems: 34 
Altitude: 0 mtrs   Walk in: 10 mins   Route quality:    Bouldering quality: * 
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From the A697 Morpeth - Wooler road, turn right along the B6341 Rothbury - Alnwick road towards Alnwick. . Widehope forest is reached on the right after 3km. Park in the lay-by beside the wood and go into the forest through a gate about 100 metres back down the road. Bear left through the forest and take a left fork after about 500 metres, where the track goes over drainage pipe in the ditch. This track brings you out at a nailed-up bit of the fence from where the main part of the crag can be seen on the hillside.
An arc of buttresses on the lip of the escarpment opposite Edlingham, just to the east of Widehope Forest. Avoid the crag during spells of wet weather, as the sandstone here loses much of it's strength when wet. The easier bouldering here is on mostly good rock, but care should still be taken. The landings are good, and this is a good place for beginners.
Fell Sandstone Carboniferous, Dinantian
Small flakes and protruberances have a tendency to snap, but the surface is quite hard.
Access issues:
There is no right of way. Attempts to locate the landowner/tenant have failed. Please take care not to damage the fence at the edge of the forest
The highest buttress is about 7 metres with a possible line up dubious rock.
The crag is suited to easy bouldering and actually has some traditional cracks and chimneys.Not a bad place for beginners, although some of the rock is a little "snappy".
The crag is visible from the B6341 Rothbury Alnwick road, and must have had several visits, but until 2000 nothing was recorded. The problems here were documented as a result of visits by Bob Smith, John Dalrymple & Steve Gray.