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Directions to Great Wanney, Northumberland.

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Need to Know

OS Map: Explorer OL42 - Kielder Water & Forest.
Grid Ref: NY 932 834.
Aspect: North West.
Parking: NY 933 845.
Walk In: 30 minutes.
On Offer: Excellent quality routes.
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Summary

Great Wanney is an imposing moorland crag famed for its high quality routes. The Northumbrian Mountaineering Club's guide, the Northumberland Climbing Guide, states that "although its northerly aspect does make it exposed to the elements. It has some of the best quality 'easy' grade routes in the county" and "the harder routes although often intimidating, provide quality and often well protected climbing in superb situations".

There is a right of access to the crag under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, and the walk in takes approximately 30 minutes.

How to Get There

Great Wanney can be accessed from an unnamed road that links Ridsdale on the A68 to Knowesgate on the A696, and it can be approached from either direction.

From the A68 near Ridsdale

1. Leave the A68 one third of a mile north of Ridsdale, turning in an easterly direction onto an unnamed road. The unnamed road is signposted Kirkwhelpington and Knowesgate.
2. Follow the unnamed road for a distance of one and three quarter miles to a gated track on the right side of the road (NY 933 845). The track leads into a coniferous plantation.
3. Park considerately near the gate, making sure not to restrict access.

From the A696 at Knowesgate

1 Leave the A696 at the crossroads at Knowesgate, turning in a westerly direction onto an unnamed road. The unnamed road is signposted Bellingham, West Woodburn and Kielder Water & Forest Park.
2. Follow the unnamed road for a distance of four miles to a gated track on the left side of the road (NY 933 845). The track leads into a coniferous plantation.
3. Park considerately near the gate, making sure not to restrict access.

Considerations

Please be mindful of the land owner and others who may need access to the area. Take care when parking, and do not cause obstructions. Leave the area clean and tidy, and pack out everything you bring in.