Sigsworth Crags

Sigsworth Crags

Sigsworth Crags is one of three rarely visited gritstone crags on the moors above the eastern shore of Gouthwaite Reservoir in Nidderdale.

The three crags are, from north to south, Sigsworth Crags, Cow Close Crag and Yeadon Crag. Barely known to walkers they are not even that well known to climbers. They even fail to merit a mention in the Yorkshire Mountaineering Club’s otherwise definitive guidebook Yorkshire Gritstone Vol.1.

Looking up at Sigsworth Crags from the track climbing up on to the moors from Bouthwaite
Looking up at Sigsworth Crags from the track climbing up on to the moors from Bouthwaite

The fact that all three are difficult to access and lie a fair distance from a public right of way probably has much to do with this state of affairs. Having said that at least one adventurous boulderer has found his way there recently and has posted a video of his climbs on the aptly named blog Unknown Stones.

Rock tors on Sigsworth Crags
Rock tors on Sigsworth Crags

I visited Sigsworth Crags on a rough moorland walk in April 2015. Having approached via the trig point on Kettlestang Hill I encountered a couple of vicious rain showers on the way. Just as I neared Sigsworth Crags a magnificent rainbow appeared as the sun came out. It was a glorious sight ruined a few moments later when I stepped up on to one of the crags, slipped and dropped my camera and tripod. Sadly it was one fall too many for my Panasonic DMC-G3 camera. For that reason Sigsworth Crags doesn’t hold the happiest of memories for me and nor did I get as many photos of the crags as I should have done!

Scattered rocks at the southern end of Sigsworth Crags
Scattered rocks at the southern end of Sigsworth Crags

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