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Linshiels 1 (Cove Crag) What the symbols
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Grid Ref: NT896054   Aspect: S   Routes: 18   Max Length: 10   Average Length: 3Warning Crag on Firing RangesNesting Restrictions 
Altitude: 215 mtrs   Walk in: 20 mins   Route quality: ** 
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Follow the road west from Alwinton for about 3 kilometres and park near Linshiels Farm. The track south leads to the crag, after about 1 kilometre.
This remote but pleasant crag lies in the upper Coquet Valley on the Ministry of Defence Artillery Range. The rock is sound and a number of very good routes on steep rock have been recorded. The crag consists of two buttresses, the left hand Two Tier Buttress and to the right, Pinnacle Buttress.
Fell Sandstone Carboniferous, Dinantian
Hard and solid, but dirty
Access issues:
There is currently a bird ban in place at this crag. The access arrangements for the ranges are under review. The crag lies inside the firing ranges, so permission should be sought by phoning 0191 239 4329.
A fall from the wrong place on many of the routes would result in some very unsavoury ground falls.
No recorded problems.
Linshiels One was developed between September and November in 1973 by Bob Hutchinson, John Earl, Hugh Banner and Ian Cranston the most notable routes being the Mirage led by Hutchinson and The Phantom by Earl. Since that time the only activity has been by Bob and Tommy Smith with Mercenary in 1973, subsequently straightened by Bob in 1982.