Great Wolfrey Crag

Great Wolfrey Crag

Great Wolfrey Crag is a substantial line of remote gritstone outcrops overlooking Gate Up Gill, one of the major feeders of Grimwith Reservoir.

Unlike the more remote Wig Stones on the moor to the east, Great Wolfrey Crag seems to have been properly explored by climbers and boulderers. The guidebook, ‘Yorkshire Gritstone Vol.1’ lists no fewer than 65 climbing routes and almost forty bouldering problems.

Great Wolfrey Crag from below
Great Wolfrey Crag from below

The easiest way to access Great Wolfrey Crag is to follow the path anti-clockwise around Grimwith Reservoir before taking a track leading up Gate Up Gill. This track ends before the crags but gets you close enough to make the last bit of heather bashing not too bad. On my visit I thought there was a lot of rock hidden beneath the heather so there is some potential for ankle turning around the bottom of the crags.

A half fallen boulder on Great Wolfrey Crag
A half fallen boulder on Great Wolfrey Crag

When I visited Great Wolfrey Crag I came over the moor from Wig Stones. My initial impressions were very favourable. Unfortunately it was a very windy day and while trying to take a photo of myself on one of the outcrops my tripod blew over. It looked like my lens had smashed though fortunately it was just the filter. I didn’t know this until a couple of hours later when it was pulled off at Bass and Bligh in Harrogate. In the intervening time I thought my camera was broken and that experience has somewhat coloured my memories of Great Wolfrey Crag!

A fine gritstone buttress on Great Wolfrey Crag
A fine gritstone buttress on Great Wolfrey Crag

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