Peak District Rock Climbing
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Watch video. The Peak District National Park provides plentiful opportunities for all manner of outdoor pursuits, and perhaps the most notable of these is rock climbing. Climbers in the Peak District are doubly blessed with two wholly different rock types to conquer – gritstone and limestone – and, while climbs in the Peaks seldom venture higher than 20m, they offer an unrivalled variety of action-packed routes. The Peaks provide an array of climbing for all levels, with literally thousands of routes on hundreds of crags.
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Climbing and bouldering in the Peak District
The gritstone cliffs can be divided into the western edges:
- The Roaches (SK001638) - If you want to inspire young climbers, you will struggle to find a more stunning location than the Roaches. Split into three main areas (Lower Tier, Upper Tier and Far Skyline), the crags have routes for all grades and a collection of quality climbs.
Access: Very limited parking below the crag. There is a park and ride from Tittesworth Reservoir, off the A53 Buxton to Leek road (SK993601), weekends only, May to September.
- Hen Cloud (SK008616) - Often overlooked in favour of its more illustrious neighbour the Roaches, this is a fabulous crag. Magnificent, gruelling routes on solid rock in a beautiful setting.
Access: From the A53 Leek-Buxton road turn off as for the Roaches. Park at the gateway, go through the barrier of trees (without blocking the gate) and walk along the dirt track. This takes you to Central Climb.
- Ramshaw (SK019622) - Home to some of the toughest routes in Britain, this is a notoriously cruel-yet-brilliant crag.
Access: From Buxton or Leek, the rocks lie parallel and close to the A53. Limited parking just off a narrow track, which is off the main road at the southern end of the rocks.
- Windgather (SK995783) - While not as visually stunning as the Roaches, there are tons of great climbs for novices. A great training ground for beginners.
Access: From Kettleshulme Village (SJ988797) on the Whaley Bridge-Macclesfield Rd (A5002) turn left near the Bull's Head (sign-posted Goyt Valley). The rocks are on the left after one mile.
- Kinder Scout (SK086898) - Classic moorland grit, perfect for when it’s too hot elsewhere in the Peaks.
Access: From Hayfield (SK037868), follow the road towards Kinder Reservoir to parking (SK 048868). Continue along the road past the LHS of the reservoir and a well-used path leading up to the LHS of the amphitheatre (40min).
…and also the Eastern edges:
Stanage (SK245833) - The 'Lady of the Peak', this is one of the most frequented crags in the world. Five miles long, over 800 routes, and styles and grades to suit all.
Access: Approach south from Moscar Top (SK231878) on the A57 Sheffield Glossop Road.
- Burbage (SK265808) - Finest quality grit, Burbage offers lots of tremendous routes. But beware – few are easy!
Access: Approach from the Upper Burbage Bridge (SK263829 - car parking). A more leisurely approach can be made up the Burbage Valley from just below The Fox House Inn (SK267803). Both starts are accessible by bus from Sheffield.
- Millstone (SK248804) - Beautiful and inspiring, yet also steep and uncompromising, Millstone presents large quarried bays of up to 40m and a serious challenge!
Access: Approach from Surprise View car park on A625 Sheffield to Hathersage Road (SK 251801).
- Froggatt (SK249765) – Top-drawer grit venue with many historic slab, crack and roof climbs. Popular, and consequently very busy.
Access: From the North on the B6054 Sheffield to Calver Road, parking available just below The Grouse Inn (SK259779). Alternatively, head East from just South of The Chequers Inn (SK247760).
- Curbar (SK255755) - Known as the 'Cloggy of the North' due to the tough, intimidating nature of some routes.
Access: Approach from the South from Curbar Gap car park (SK261747) or from just below The Chequers Inn on the Sheffield to Calver Road (SK247760).
- Birchen (SK278728) - A fine, natural edge in an elevated position overlooking the Derwent Valley, with a great range of climbs.
Access: From 100m above the Eric Byne car park (SK279721) on the Chesterfield-Baslow road (A619) in less than 15 minutes.
- Cratcliffe Tor (SK228624) - A fantastic, quick-drying outcrop of superb quality grit up to 30m high. A perfect spring venue on a sunny day
Access: Limited roadside parking below the crag on the B5056 (SK228618). Follow the track leading to the left of the Tor. To maintain access you must not take a short cut through the farm or across the field. A stile opposite Robin Hood's Stride allows access to the wood left of the Tor.
The other rock type found in the Peak is limestone – which can also be sub-divided into the older 'trad limestone' cliffs, and the newer 'sport climbing' cliffs.
Trad limestone climbing has drifted slightly out of fashion in recent years, although hardcore enthusiasts have continued to enjoy these fine climbs.
The main attractions include:
· High Tor (SK297590) – If you think you hate limestone, try this! Featuring sport and trad routes alike, this outstanding shield of steep limestone towers over Matlock Bath, with high quality routes on immaculate rock.
Access: From the flesh pots of Matlock Bath cross the footbridge under the Cable Cars and follow the footpath past the Ticket Office and then back left to contour the hill below the crags.
· Beeston Tor (SK106541) – One of the jewels in the Peak’s limestone crown, this is a fine, imposing, south-facing wall with a great set of climbs on outstanding pocketed rock.
Access: From the A515 Buxton-Ashbourne road, head west through Alstonefield to Wetton (SK108533). Continue along the Manifold Valley/Grindon road to Weag's Bridge and parking (SK100543). The Tor is a ten minute walk, south, along the river.
· Chee Tor (SK124734) - Magnificent water-washed walls of immaculate limestone, giving routes between 20 and 40m long.
Access: From Miller's Dale on the B6049, take the turning for Wormhill, where there is limited parking on the side of the road at the start of the village (SK124739). 50m back down towards Miller's Dale is a path leading past Chee Tor Cottage into the valley. As you emerge from the trees, take the small path on your right, and then cross the wooden footbridge. Head along the river and cross to the Tor via 'Rhubarb Island'. Wellies may be useful! Alternatively, keep following the path until you reach a proper footbridge, and then double back along the opposite bank (20 minutes).
And for sport climbers:
· Raven’s Tor (SK1405239): In a gorgeous setting above the river, Raven’s Tor offers fantastic crack and face climbing on solid, 40m high rock.
Access: From the B6049 Tideswell to Buxton Road, turn left at Miller's Dale (to Litton Mill). Limited parking is available in small lay-bys below the crag, or at the southern end of Tideswell Dale - 8 minute walk away.
· Chee Dale (SK121728): The beautifully wooded valley of Chee Dale is home to the biggest concentration of limestone sport climbing in the Peak District, as well as a huge variety of excellent traditional routes. Chee Dale is widely recognised as one of the centrepieces of Peak District climbing.
Access: situated on the river Wye 3 miles east of Buxton and is within easy reach of Manchester, Sheffield, Derby and Stoke-on-Trent.
· Water-cum Jolly (SK166728): The continuation of the River Wye forms this little sister to Chee Dale. The crags are smaller and less continuous. There is loads of hard sport climbing on Rubicon Wall and the Cornice, and mid-grade trad routes on the Upper Circle.
Beyond The Edge
Climbing tutorials for climbers of all standards – from complete novices to experienced, progressive climbers who wish to improve.
Tel: 07805 262 904
Rock and Ice
Catering for all ages and abilities, Rock and Ice let you decide how and when you want to learn. Please callRichard Hoganon01335 344982 for an informal chat, or to discuss any special requirements.
Located just outside Castleton, this purpose-built centre offers a residential experience incorporating instruction and activities for all ages and standards.
Tel: 01433 620 377
Personally devised training and development workshops in or out of the training room environment.
Tel: +44 (0) 1773 831327
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James Thacker Mountaineering
Climbing Equipment Suppliers
Established since 1987, Outside have stores in Calver and Hathersage and stock a wide range of top quality outdoor clothing and equipment.
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Telephone: (Hathersage store) 01433 651936 and (Calver store) 01433 631111.
Monday to Friday 9:30am-5:30pm
Jo Royle Outdoor
A specialist outdoor equipment and clothing shop based in Buxton in the heart of the Peak District. Jo Royle’s was established in 1972 and has built an excellent reputation for high quality service.
6 Market Place
Tel: 01298 25824
Fax: 01298 78545
Open: 7 days a week: Mon-Sat 9.30-5.30, Sun 10.00-4.00
Hitch n Hike Ltd
The Peak District’s longest established climbing shop, supplying gear from the world’s leading manufacturers.
Hitch n Hike, Mytham Bridge, Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 0AL
Tel :01433 651013
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015