Get a grip on our 10 favourite climbing routes
Put your strength and determination to the test with our favourite Peak District climbing routes.
1. Stanage Edge
From the novice to the experienced climber, Stanage Edge provides something for all abilities to enjoy. One of the Peak District’s most popular climbing locations, it reaches 458m high and is around four miles long. It’s a great location to track your climbing progress.
Find out more at: http://www.stanageedge.co.uk/
2. Laddow Rocks
Boasting a great mix of classic and historic climbs, including Staircase and Tower Face, there are 75 routes to choose from at Laddow Rocks. Access the crag from Crowden, following the signposts for Pennine Way north.
Find out more at: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=132
3. Burbage Edge
Being less frequented than its neighbouring edges makes Burbage Edge the ideal location to practise climbs of varying difficulty – without having to worry too much about being in someone’s way. Once the hard work’s done, be sure to reward yourself with a slice of cake and a brew in nearby Hathersage.
4. Froggatt Edge
There are 160 traditional routes to choose from at Froggatt Edge, so there’s plenty to keep coming back for. As it’s low lying, you’ll manage to evade bad weather, allowing you to devote all your concentration on the climb in front of you. There’s a good mix of crack climbs, including Terrace Crack and Haw’s Nest Crack, and slabs, such as Sunset Slab, depending on your preference.
Find out more: http://www.rockfax.com/databases/results_crag.html?id=15
With steep, tricky cracks, Valkyrie is one for the more advanced climber. If you can make it past the gruelling first pitch, you’ll be rewarded with some fantastic climbing. Take care to prevent the rope from jamming as you navigate the second pitch.
Find out more: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/c.php?i=10931
6. High Tor
If it’s a technical route you’re looking for, High Tor is the place for you. With a fantastic mix of routes for varying abilities, it offers great climbing all year round. Once you’ve grasped the easier Debauchery and Skylight routes, try your footing at one of the ‘superhero’ grade climbs.
Find out more: http://www.planetfear.com/articles/12_High_Tor_487.html
7. Kinder Downfall
The famous Kinder Downfall is renowned for great climbing, not only for the stunning views but on account of its varied routes and grades – put simply, there’s something for everyone. If you fancy your chances at ice climbing, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Downfall offers the best of it in the Peak District.
Find out more: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=134
8. Millstone Edge
With 263 climbs on offer, Millstone Edge has become known as the place to go for inspiring routes. Advanced climbers will find the more extreme routes to their liking. Try London Wall and the Master’s Edge for something a little more challenging.
9. Curbar Edge
With a fearsome reputation, Curbar Edge challenges you to steep crack climbing and upper grade routes – but the satisfaction you’ll feel upon completing them makes it all worth your while. Elder Crack and Moon Walk are must-climbs, but with 595 climbs to choose from, you can tailor the route to your ability.
Find out more: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=21
10. Gardoms Edge
Renowned for its individual routes, climbers tend to come to Gardoms Edge seeking a particular climb – with Moyer’s Buttress topping that list. The perfect location for secluded routes, you’ll find a delightful mix of strenuous and delicate climbs to enjoy.
Find out more: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=95