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Grid Ref: NY975882   Aspect: N   Routes: 38   Max Length: 8   Average Length: 5 
Altitude: 269 mtrs   Walk in: 5 mins   Route quality: **   Bouldering quality: poor 
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Visible on the east side of the A696. 3 kilometres north of Knowesgate. Cars can be parked on the roadside verge or on the access to a track 100 metres to the north of the crag.
A small north facing crag some 7 metres high with short, but good quality routes in the lower grades.
Ottercops Sandstones Carboniferous, Dinantian (Lower Limestone Group)
First records of climbing were by Sir George Trevelyan and friends, including Jack Longland, who used to ride on horseback to the Wanneys from the stately pile at Wallington, stopping off at Ray and Wolf crags en route. Gordon Thompson produced a comprehensive guide which was never published, and was responsible for writing the names of some of the routes at the foot of the climbs. This was in the mid 1960's - it's remarkably durable stuff this Dulux Enamel paint. Unaware of this earlier development, Malcolm Lowerson reclimbed all of the lines, added many of his own and produced the current guide. FA's are difficult to attribute as it's usually not possible to work out which lines GT climbed.