Bassett's Farm Rocks outdoor climbing
The outcrop consists of a steep smooth central wall and some buttresses on either side. Bassett’s Farm Rocks is in a peaceful, relaxed location surrounded by fields and is a wonderful day out for those wanting to get away from it all. The rocks are in an open setting and really stand out because of the red colour of the sandstone.
Bassett’s Farm Rocks are north east facing (the Climbers Club guidebook - Southern Sandstone is incorrect listing Bassett’s as south-facing). The rock is best climbed in the summer months, although because of its open setting it does tend to dry out quickly. Bassett’s Farm Rocks is not a large site but worth a trip for the few climbs and bouldering problems it has on offer. Climbing grading varies with the easiest being a 4a ranging to ‘Karate Liz’ - a grade 6b. Bouldering offers some technical traverse lines across the main wall.
Across the field opposite the outcrop is a group of smaller rocks known as Bassett’s Farm Annexe which is worth a look for the few problems they offer.
There are approximately 30 climbs in total.
Little is known about the history of the rocks. The outcrop is on private land, the owners are not known but climbing is tolerated. Access Bassett’s is located near Cowden off of a sharp bend on a small country road. Please see map for further details. On arrival go over the stile and walk straight through a large field for approximately 200 metres. There is a dirt footpath to follow and you’ll see the rocks on your left-hand side before a small wooded area at the end of the field. Be aware that cows can sometimes inhabit this field! If arriving by train the rocks can be reached after a walk from Cowden Station.
Parking is limited with only one space to park a car outside of the gates accessing the rocks (please don't block the gate). Otherwise, there are a few spaces on the grassy verges at the bottom of the hill further down the road.
It is essential when top roping to use a non-stretch belay sling and to position a karabiner over the edge of the crag in order to minimise damage to the rocks. Bring long static slings as some top rope anchors are set back from the edge. For set up, there are no in situ bolts but trees can be used as anchor points. The site is on private land so please respect the area.