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Alnwick Moors[edit]

This section covers large areas of moorland to the west of Alnwick, south of the B6348 road from Wooler eastwards through Chatton. The rock is all Fell Sandstone, of variable quality from the absolutely perfect at Hangmans Rock to the soft and sandy at Caller. With the exception of the two quarries in the area, the atmosphere is classic Northumbrian, with stunning views west to the Cheviots, beautiful sunsets and acres of wilderness to get lost in. The southern most part of these moors, around Corby's Crag, is on the West to North facing slopes of Bigges Pillar, and the crags in this area take a lot of drainage from the hillside and dry slowly.

Caller Crag & Boulders
Corby's Bridge
Harehope Quarry
Hunterheugh Crag
Cloudy Crags
Corbys Crags
Hangmans Rock
Lemmington Woods
The Mount
Boyes Quarry
Corbies Fortress (Corbies Crag)
Corbys East
Harehope Canyon (Dove Crag)
Hepburn Woods
Oxen Wood
White House Rocks


The crags in this area lie on the Fell Sandstone ridge forming the eastern boundary of Millfield Plain, the dry bed of the glacial Lake Ewart, which drained through the Till gorge north of Etal when the ice retreated. There are crags along this gorge, but the rock is poor and access is impossible. The crags are very convenient for access from north of the border. Bouldering is good an all the crags, the routes are not of such good quality.

Goats Buttress