After a great Thursday evening on Froggatt in glorious sun, with 5 routes being done I took today out to go and research Almscliff ready for next Sunday (15th) I have climbed there before, but that was 35 years ago, so thought a visit was appropriate.
The crag is still in exactly the same place as last time I was there. Almost all the routes are the same, if a little more used. And yes Franklands Green Crack is still bright green! There is a full range of routes, to suit all styles and abilities.
For the photographers and/or ornithologists today there was a pair of Red Kites flying within 10m of the climbers! The views from the crag are spectacular, and there is even a slurry pond to see!
The journey from Meadowhall to the parking area at the SW end of the crag took me 55mins, staying at or below the speed limit all the way. I did not go through Leeds. I went M1, and its link across to the A1, turned off at the Otley/Wetherby turn (45). Then I followed Harewood House, turned right in Harewood and followed the A61 towards Harrogate, turning left to North Rigton. In the village, hang left at the roundabout and then right onto Crag Lane. The parking area is about 1m along here on the right just after a T junction where you turn right
The Square and Compass in North Rigton is relatively expensive for food, but very nice and relaxed, with lots of outdoor tables, so I sat back with my beer and topped up my sunburn! Again the Red Kites made an appearance were soaring around and easily visible.
I hope for a good turnout. Please try and hook up with car-share if at all possible.
I will be in the parking area from 10:30 until 10:45, but the crag is not so big that you could miss us if you come later.