Altitude 440m a.s.l
The Trinnacle on Ravenstones Brow, Saddleworth Moor. © Andy Hemingway
An excellent mountain crag of rough moorland grit up to 20m high set in a superbly exposed situation (most routes feel like the second pitch!). Green early in the year, best visited afternons and evenings in summer when the crag gets the sun. Plenty of routes of all grades, the isolated location adding a serious air. Lower grade classics include Grey's Wall (HS 4b), Wedgewood Crack (VS 4c,4b) and Trinnacle East (HVS 5a). Best extremes are True Grit (E2 5c), Stranger Than Friction (E3 5c), Welcome to Greenfield... (E3 5c) and No Time To Pose (E5 6b). The stunning Black Mountain College (E7 6b) awaits a repeat!
The following information has changed since the publication of Western Grit Rockfax; please amend your copy. The crag should now only be approached from the Binn Green picnic/parking area. Drop down to the reservoir, take a left turn and walk up the valley until below the cliff up on the right (Standing Stones is up on the left) which is reached by a steep ascent - about 40 to 50 mins.
Since the introduction of CRoW, the approach described in the book now crosses access land and so is OK again!
|I lost a wild country xenon when I was here about a month ago. Only just found out you can ask on UKC. I know it's a long shot, but has anyone found it?|
AdamFreeman - 14/Sep/16