Church Rock

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Grid Ref: NZ026996   Aspect: N   Routes: 10   Max Length: 8   Average Length: 6
Altitude: 320 mtrs   Walk in: 5 mins   Bike in: 1 mins   Bike out: 1 mins

A variety of approaches are possible. The crag can be reached from a descent from Simonside, but the obvious approach is from the forestry picnic site. Follow the red and yellow waymarked track west and the crag is rather conveniently signed.


Two small sandstone buttresses in the wooded area below and to the north of Simonside. They can easily be combined with a visit to Simonside North Face, but by comparison the buttresses are poor fare. They are, in fact, hopeless.


Fell Sandstone Carboniferous, Dinantian




All dismally poor, but P.C. Plod is recognisable as a route.

No recorded problems.


Details of the early first ascents are unknown, however, P.C. Plod and Is That It were climbed by Karl & Graham Telfer in 1988 in readiness for the 1989 edition of the guidebook.