Peak District Rock climbing - Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire
Rock Climbing is popular in the Peak District area of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire. There is wide range of gritstone and limestone crags and over 10000 recorded climbs of all types and standards of difficulty.
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This state of affairs continued until the 1950s, when a post-war generation emerged and simultaneously, public access to the majority of crags became possible. The number of climbers increased and, led by legendary figures such as Nat Allen, Joe Brown and Don Whillans, standards soared and the number of recorded routes increased dramatically.
The Peak provides a wealth of climbing for all standards and there so are many crags that it is not possible to list them all.
Around the moors above Hathersage there is a concentration of gritstone crags of which Stanage is pre-eminent, with a complete range of climbs. Further south, Higgar Tor, Burbage Edge and Millstone Edge provide generally hard and strenuous routes, while Froggatt Edge is both more sheltered and rather easier. Continuing southwards along the Derwent valley, Curbar Edge is more similar to Millstone while Baslow and Birchens Edges are relatively easy. Gardoms Edge is different again, green and wooded, with a range of routes of varying standards.
In the west of the Peak the gritstone edges are relatively small and broken. However, Windgather provides a good training ground for beginners, and Castle Naze has an interesting and sometimes testing range of climbs.
The most important of the limestone crags are concentrated at Stoney Middleton and around the valleys of the Wye, Derwent around Matlock and the Dove. On the Wye, Cheedale has a concentration of climbs almost unmatched elsewhere. Continuing downriver to Miller's Dale, Ravenstor is probably the most ferocious crag in the whole of the Peak and has a range of modern testpieces, while the crags of Water-cum-Jolly and Rubicon wall are hardly much easier, but in a side valley lies Ravensdale with rock at a gentler angle and some easier climbs.
A number of climbing clubs operate in the area and guidebooks are published by a local guidebook committee under the auspices of the British Mountaineering Council. The Council will provide contact names and addresses for local clubs and is based in the 177-179 Burton Road, Manchester, M20 2BB - or see the link below.
Peak District Rock Climbing Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
Useful links:Adam Evans Professional Caving instruction.
ISYS Outdoors Producers of digital maps and guides on CD
Outside Mountain Equipment Shops Outdoor equipment suppliers based in Hathersage and Calver
Jo Royle Outdoor Outdoor equipment suppliers based in Buxton
Hitch and Hike Ltd Outdoor equipment and caving suppliers, based in Bamford.
Hollowford Centre Outdoor activities instruction and accommodation.
Peak Activities Ltd Outdoor activities instruction - climbing, walking, caving.
David Matthews Adventure Outdoor activities instruction - climbing, walking, caving.
Focus Activities Outdoor activities instruction - climbing, walking, caving and team-building.
The British Mountaineering Council The body which speaks for mountaineers and climbers in this country.
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