With fascinating geology, the North Pennines offers good opportunities for climbing. You will find quiet spots with challenging climbs. There are access agreements in place for some crags.
Climbing in the AONB is mainly on three rock types: gritstone; limestone; and dolerite. Best known of the gritstone crags is Goldsborough in Baldersdale. Limestone is represented best at some of the more southerly locations such as Brough Scar and Windmore End, whilst dolerite can be enjoyed at Holwick Scar, near Middleton-in-Teesdale. There are indoor climbing walls at Barnard Castle Leisure Centre and Wolsingham Sports Hall.
Climbing is a permitted activity on Open Access Land. Visit the Natural England website for details of temporary closures. See the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) site and follow links to the Regional Access Database for up-to-date crag access information. The BMC also has volunteer Access Representatives covering the Eden Valley, Durham and Northumberland. Access arrangements for Holwick Scar have become a nationally important model for the reconciliation of access to ecologically important sites. It is really important that the published guidelines are followed correctly. Visit the BMC site for up to date details. Rock climbing courses in the AONB are also available from some licensed providers