Little Alms Cliff

Little Alms Cliff

Little Alms Cliff, or Almias Cliff as it is also named on the map, is a gritstone crag situated to the north of the large plantation on Sandwith Moor.

Three miles north of its more famous namesake, Almscliff Crag, Little Alms Cliff is a much more modest affair. The climbing guidebook ‘Yorkshire Gritstone Vol.1’ lists 15 problems for boulderers to tackle, not enough to attract the number of climbers who seem to be permanent residents at Almscliff Crag.

Little Alms Cliff
Little Alms Cliff

For non-climbers Little Alms Cliff is a fun place to explore and most of the rocks are easy to clamber about on, even for children. Indeed I have fond memories of sunny afternoons playing hide and seek among the rocks with my daughter.

My daughter below the highest of the rocks at Little Alms Cliff
My daughter below the highest of the rocks at Little Alms Cliff

A great picnic spot with sweeping views the crag is easily accessible with space to park a few cars on the roadside just 150m away. It can also be visited on a fine little walk which includes the gritstone outcrops of Norwood Edge and the Hunter’s Stones to the west.

Another view of Little Alms Cliff
Another view of Little Alms Cliff

For trig point enthusiasts Little Alms Cliff is also notable for being the location of a small Ordnance Survey bolt which can easily be found on the highest rocks.

The Ordnance Survey bolt on Little Alms Cliff
The Ordnance Survey bolt on Little Alms Cliff

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