Little Pock Stones

Little Pock Stones

Little Pock Stones is the name given to a neat and compact cap of gritstone situated on Pock Stones Moor above the upper reaches of the Washburn valley.

Despite the name the gritstone outcrops on Little Pock Stones are more substantial than those of the Great Pock Stones which can be found less than half a mile away to the south-west. Presumably the name ‘Little’ is given because they are located at a lower altitude to the ‘Great’ stones.

Little Pock Stones
Little Pock Stones

Little Pock Stones are close by to the excellent track crossing from Skyreholme in Wharfedale to the Washburn valley so are fairly easy to access. It is surprising then to note that they seem to be relatively unknown to the bouldering community and fail to elicit a mention in the Yorkshire Mountaineering Club’s fairly comprehensive guidebook, ‘Yorkshire Gritstone Volume 1’.

The track from Hoodstorth Lane, the Little Pock Stones can be seen on the skyline to the right
The track from Hoodstorth Lane, the Little Pock Stones can be seen on the skyline to the right

The Little Pock Stones can be included on an excellent walk from Skyreholme that takes in the gritstone delights of Little Pock Stones, Great Pock Stones, Lord’s Crag, Simon’s Seat and Earl’s Seat. Alternatively, they can be visited on a shorter, but no less enjoyable walk, from Hoodstorth Lane at the northern end of Thruscross Reservoir.

Little Pock Stones looking towards Great Pock Stones
Little Pock Stones looking towards Great Pock Stones

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