Gollinglith Crags

Gollinglith Crags

Gollinglith Crags is a modest gritstone crag situated on Gollinglith Ridge above Colsterdale, a quiet little valley to the west of Masham.

Whereas the nearby Slipstone Crags are a popular venue for climbers, Gollinglith Crags does not even warrant a mention in the Yorkshire Mountaineering Club’s fairly comprehensive guidebook, Yorkshire Gritstone Vol.1.

Gollinglith Crags is a modest gritstone crag situated on Gollinglith Ridge above the valley of Colsterdale to the west of Masham.
Gollinglith Crags is a modest gritstone crag situated on Gollinglith Ridge above the valley of Colsterdale to the west of Masham.

While Gollinglith Crags is not high enough to attract climbers I’d have thought that it might offer a few problems to boulderers who have otherwise exhausted the possibilities offered by the Slipstones.

Gollinglith Crags is a modest gritstone crag situated on Gollinglith Ridge above the valley of Colsterdale to the west of Masham.
Gollinglith Crags is a modest gritstone crag situated on Gollinglith Ridge above the valley of Colsterdale to the west of Masham.

The crags can be reached fairly easily from the Coal Road that strikes deep in to Colsterdale from Gollinglith Foot. A small amount of heather bashing is necessary in the final approach. While they are far from the finest gritstone crags in the area there is something particularly lovely about having such a little known crag to oneself, especially on a summer’s evening when the heather is in bloom.

The winning combination of gritstone and purple heather
The winning combination of gritstone and purple heather

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