Yeadon Crag

Yeadon Crag

Yeadon Crag 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.

Yeadon Crag
Yeadon Crag

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. Of the three Yeadon Crag is probably the easiest to access, it being fairly easy to reach from Wath Lane via the Bishopside Brae trig point.

Looking north from Yeadon Crag
Looking north from Yeadon Crag

At least one adventurous boulderer, Will Hunt, has ventured on to Yeadon Crag, indeed on the website Unknown Stones he describes Yeadon Crag as, “This is not a crag to be missed. In particular, Make My Heart Fly is perhaps one of Yorkshire’s finest highball walls at its grade – an absolute pant-filler!” I’m not a climber or a boulderer so I’ll just have to take his word for that!

Yeadon Crag
Yeadon Crag

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