Deer Gallows

Deer Gallows

Deer Gallows is a super gritstone crag situated on Embsay Moor between the better known, and certainly more visited, Embsay Crag and Crookrise Crag.

The UK Climbing website lists 66 climbs and bouldering routes at Deer Gallows which suggests they are fairly well known to climbers. Situated off the main paths in the area they are probably less well known to walkers.

Checking out the south tower of Deer Gallows
Checking out the south tower of Deer Gallows

There are actually two main crags, both towering buttresses that form a mini canyon of gritstone. The top of the southern tower is accessible to climbers only but the top of the northern buttress can easily be accessed from the moorland above.

Looking past the south tower towards Embsay Crag
Looking past the south tower towards Embsay Crag

The views south from Deer Gallows are superb, especially towards Embsay Crag and Embsay Reservoir. All things considered they are definitely worth a detour to visit if in the area – just be warned, most approaches to Deer Gallows encounter boggy ground.

The superb view south from Deer Gallows looking towards Embsay Reservoir and Skipton
The superb view south from Deer Gallows looking towards Embsay Reservoir and Skipton

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