Crookrise Crag overlooks Airedale and is one of a number of gritstone crags to be found on the large upland area of Embsay Moor and Barden Moor.
These substantial crags are situated on the other side of a wall to the well trodden path from Embsay Reservoir to Waterfall Gill and the Rylstone Cross. A number of stiles give access to the crags though most walkers probably only cross the wall to visit the trig point on Crookrise Crag Top.
It is definitely worth a more extended ramble above the crag as there are some fine outcrops with precipitous views to the plantations below and across to Flasby Fell. Although I’ve walked along the top of Crookrise Crag I’ve still not explored the foot of the crags, something that is on my to-do list.
If the actual crag is not that well known to walkers it certainly is to climbers. There are over 300 named routes on Crookrise Crag according to the UK Climbing website with one route, the Diagonal Crack, showing nearly 500 logged climbs.
The area around the trig point is one of my favourite spots in the Dales and in the summer of 2015 I spent a hugely enjoyable evening up there watching the sun go down with my feet dangling over the crags.