Wig Stones

Wig Stones

The Wig Stones are a little known but prominent outcrop of gritstone on the otherwise empty moorland to the north of Grimwith Reservoir.

Sometimes while scouring my OS maps my attention is grabbed by a feature off the beaten track and I resolve to visit it. Such was the case with the Wig Stones. The resulting ‘discovery’ of this magnificent upthrust of grit is one of the reasons I love exploring the Dales so much.

Looking acrosss Grimwith Reservoir to the distant Wig Stones
Looking acrosss Grimwith Reservoir to the distant Wig Stones

Far more substantial than I imagined they are in fact fairly easy to reach, a shooting track from the northern side of Grimwith Reservoir providing firm footing for most of the way. Their situation is superb and they have a real feeling of remoteness.

Exploring the foot of the Wig Stones
Exploring the foot of the Wig Stones

It is probably this remoteness that means that few climbers have explored the crag. The UK Climbing website lists just 12 routes which, according to the guidebook, ‘Yorkshire Gritstone Vol.1’, were the work of a couple of climbers as recently as 2005. It is noticeable that the guidebook does not even feature a single picture of the Wig Stones.

The Wig Stones, note the small buit wall halfway up the crag
The Wig Stones, note the small buit wall halfway up the crag

So far I’ve only visited the Wig Stones just the once but it was a memorable outing and I much preferred them to Great Wolfrey Crag (although dropping my camera at the latter might have something to do with that). In particular the view south towards Grimwith Reservoir was worth the walk.

The view towards Grimwith Reservoir from the Wig Stones
The view towards Grimwith Reservoir from the Wig Stones

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