Yorkshire Dales Rock Climbing Locations

Rock Climbing Courses and Experience Days

There are a rich variety of gritstone and limestone climbing venues on offer in the Yorkshire Dales to suit many abilities. At each venue we can provide climbing routes to suit all aspirations so everyone can have the best experience possible.


Very close to Harrogate, Leeds and York. This place is for people who want a challenge and we recommend that you have got a little bit of experience before coming to Almscliffe as it isn’t the ideal place to learn. In order to make the most out of your time in this outstanding place, we would recommend that you would be used to climbing 5+ on an indoor climbing wall. Almscliffe has a reputation of being quite a hard and thuggish place to climb.

It has a lot of high quality routes condensed into a small area 5 minutes walk from the road in a scenic location. These factors are the reason Almscliffe is known as one of the best places to climb in England and has routes on its faces that climbers come from all over the country to attempt.

On your day out at Almscliffe our expert instructors will give you some coaching to hone your skills on Yorkshire’s finest gritstone and teach you outdoor techniques such as chimneying and hand jamming. Depending on what you want out of your day we can also give you an introduction to using outdoor equipment and abseiling.



Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks
Combine a labyrinth of strange and beautiful gritstone rock formations with names like Dancing Bear, Druid’s Writing Desk, and the Idol, with a legend that the Druid’s created them and there’s no question why people have been intrigued by Brimham Rocks for over one hundred years – especially rock climbers. These interesting formations will keep you intrigued and busy all day long. We will climb to our hearts content in the morning, then eat our picnic lunches overlooking the Yorkshire Dales and take a wander around the formations in the afternoon rigging up our ropes almost anywhere you would like to climb.



Ilkley Cow and Calf

A big venue with big routes perched high above the village of Ilkley. There is a great little cafe at the bottom to get your pre-climb cuppa and enough routes to amuse the most adventurous of groups. There are shorter climbs popular with schools and youth groups and huge blank walls for people that want to push the limits or scare themselves senseless. The Ilkley Cow and Calf is a regular on the sets of Emmerdale and Helicopter Heroes, so there is a good chance you will be climbing some famous rock! Close to Otley, Harrogate, Leeds, Halifax, Bradford, Skipton, Settle, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Burnley.



Twistleton Scar

A fantastic limestone venue situated high in the Yorkshire Dales near Ingleton. Equally perfect for groups learning to climb or rock jocks pushing the grade, it boasts amazing views, great quality rock and is a climber’s favourite. A perfect activity to enjoy on your holiday in the Dales, the venue is close to Settle, Skipton, Milnthorpe and Kendal.



Cadshaw Quarry – Lancashire

Climbing Cadshaw Quarry
A really pretty crag hidden in the forest just south of Darwen suitable for all types of climbers, from beginners to those looking for more adventurous or technical climbs. This is a climber’s paradise not far from Blackburn, Preston, Bolton, Burnley and Wigan.



Scramble and Multi-Pitch Mountain Days

For those wanting more we also offer full mountain experiences in regions such as the Lake District and North Wales. Whether you want to summit a peak via a rocky ridge or climb an epic multi-pitch vertical wall, our experienced and knowledgeable guides can accommodate your ambitions. Let us know what you want to do or where you want to go by contacting our team and we’ll make the perfect trip for you.

For course or experience options, other locations, prices, dates and more information please visit the main rock climbing page.

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