Embsay Crag is a shapely gritstone crag in Airedale which stands above Embsay Reservoir, a couple of miles north of Skipton.
There is a handy car park alongside the reservoir dam which is less than a mile from the top of the crag. The walk up to the top is thoroughly enjoyable with increasingly good views looking back down to the reservoir. Near the top one of the more prominent outcrops provides a great perch from which to survey the Airedale scene.
None of the outcrops are particularly high, the crag more like a rash of boulders. The UK Climbing website lists no fewer than 80 climbing and bouldering routes on Embsay Moor. Despite this I’ve never seen any climbers on the crag in the five visits I’ve made to the crag.
In addition to some excellent views on the climb up from the reservoir, the view from the scattered boulders on the summit of Embsay Crag is also rather good. This is especially the case looking east towards the likes of Simon’s Seat, Halton Height and Old Pike.