Northumbrian Climbing Guide

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Worrisome Wasp, Coe Crag

Problem 4, Salters Nick, Shaftoe


This guide complements the definitive guides "Northumberland Climbing Guide" and "Northumberland Bouldering" published by the NMC and together with those guidebooks constitutes a definitive guide to climbing in Northumberland.

  • Takeaway guides are available for all of the minor crags with recorded routes
  • Additional information on the major crags
  • First Ascent details, where known
  • New routes and problems
  • Details of some routes which never made it into the guidebooks
  • Photos, including 1st ascent photos
  • Up to date access information, maintained by the BMC access rep
  • Camp sites
  • "The crags before the climbers" - the archaeology of the crags, by Derek Cutts
  • SSSI status of all crags is shown.

The new Guide Supplements

Over the coming months we shall be releasing PDF downloads to cover developments which have taken place in the county since the release of the printed guides

These are hosted on ISSUU
Supplement PDFs

Latest Access Issues

Vindolanda The landowner does not permit commercial instruction or guiding. The size of the venue and absence of belays make it unsuitable for large groups. Raptors have been reported as nesting here. The landowner does place permitted access restrictions on an annual basis, so check the Natural England access maps and BMC RAD for restrictions. If you appear to be disturbing nesting birds then leave.
Kyloe In (Dues Heugh) Shooting takes place in this woodland,check at the gate for any signs warning of this.Keep the gate clear at all times, so that a tractor and trailer can freely turn in from the road. Park off the tarmac and on one side of the road only. A notice from the woodland management company has been posted on the gate. It reads: "Deerstalking takes place within this woodland on a regular basis as part of ongoing forestry management activity. When the stalker is onsite a warning notice will be erected here and for your own safety access to the woodland will be prohibited."
Shaftoe Please respect the 10 mph speed limit at the cottages, the track is not a right of way for vehicles and residents of the cottages have every right to ask the landowner to ban cars. Also, at the farmer's request, parking is by the wall after the 1st cattle grid NOT by the pond.
Church Rock