Burn Stones – Masham Area

Burn Stones are located in a sparsely covered woodland on the south bank of the River Burn in Colsterdale. There’s a fair few boulders dotted along the hillside with the problems making use of the more obvious and cleaner ones. There’s some good technical walls and several steep offerings with the grades mainly in the mid range. The rock is solid gritstone, although there is some scrittle from lack of traffic so a brush is advised. Most of the problems lie on north facing walls so it can take a few days to dry and it’s probably best avoided throughout the winter months. If you find yourself there and the boulders aren’t in condition, there’s plenty of other options in Colsterdale. The Two Towers are to the south west if you follow the main track out onto the moor and there’s also High Crag, Slipstones and Agra Crag close by. Between April and July there are ground nesting birds so please keep dogs on a lead.

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