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Tyne Tees


This is the most heavily populated area and the main attraction of most of the crags in this section is their accessability. The crags at Cleadon may be small but it is south facing, quick drying and accessable. Houghton Graveyard and to a smaller degree Howns Gill offer some bolt protected climbing however both are usually top roped. Kepier Woods and Knitsley are the smallest crags to be included in this guide but they do provide a useful resource to the many climbers that are based near to them. Causey Quarry has a long tradition of being the local evening venue for workers based around Tyne and Wear. This mantle has been replaced to some degree by the popular artificial boulder at Whickham Thorns Outdoor Activities centre in Dunston. A mini fontainbleau of artificial boulders have been established at Summerhill Adventure Centre, Hartlepool. Access to both Whickham Thorns and Summerhill outdoor boulders is free.


These crags are near the urban conurbations of Consett, Newcastle, Sunderland or Hartlepool.



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Blackhall Rocks
Castle Eden Dene
Causey Quarry
The Cove
Hesleden Dene
Kepier Woods
Houghton Graveyard
Howns Gill


Weardale in Winter


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