Evenings at Scugdale

Summer evenings at Scugdale always bring back memories of when I was a good climber and I could solo half the routes on the crag without trying. These days I’m lucky if I can muster the courage to climb one or two of the easiest routes, but it’s still a great place to spend a few hours.

The crags lie on the north side of the Scugdale valley on the northern edge of the North York Moors and are reached by a narrow and winding road from Swainby. The rock is middle Jurassic sandstone, solid and with surprisingly positive holds. There are hundreds of routes to climb, none more than 8 metres high, all south facing and quick to dry.

It must be one of the most popular crags in the area but tonight I had it to myself. I managed a few short, easy routes and then sat at the top watching the sun go down over the moors.


Published by alpinejane

Explorer, hill walker, mountaineer, backpacker, scrambler, Mountain Leader and lover of wild places

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