Restricted Access

There are frequently problems with car crime in the Stanage area. DO NOT LEAVE ANY VALUABLES ON DISPLAY IN CARS OR MINIBUSES.

Camper vans are becoming an issue with local residents and farmers as their concerns over human waste (and contamination of water supplies) increase with the number of vans overnighting in the various parking areas and laybys there. Please respect this incredible area and the people living wihin it by not overnighting in campervans at Stanage - a number of formal campsites are available locally including North Lees campsite

 

Access restrictions under CRoW  sometimes apply to areas north of the causeway, these vary each year - see signing at access points, or check the PDNP website for closure dates.

2023 published closure dates are: - August 29th - 31st; September 1st, 4th-8th, 11th - 15th, 18th - 22nd and 25th - 29th; October 2nd - 5th

 

These closures do not affect any public rights of way or concessionary paths which remain open.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 May to 30 July

Reason: Nesting Birds

Ring ouzels are nesting on Stanage, Burbage and Bamford this year. The nest sites change quickly and frequently as ring ouzels often have several broods each year with different nest sites for each brood. On site signage will be up around any of the nest sites where climbing may impact on the birds and this is always up to date and accurate.

Stanage from High Neb westwards (and Bamford Edge, Moscar, Derwent & Hallam Moors) has a permenant dog restriction and in addition can be for land management reasons, as allowed under the CRoW Act (which allows the landowner to restrict access for up to 28 days per year). Full details of any restrictions and the areas affected can be found by searching for 'Stanage' on the Natural England open access maps website and scrolling to the restrictions section at the bottom of the page. 

These closures do not affect public rights of way (which remain open) or the concessionary paths to Stanage.

16m.

Rockfax Description
Start to the right of Martello Buttress at a second jammed block. Move up and left into an open shallow scoop where long reaches and rounded breaks give excellent sustained climbing. © Rockfax

FA. Rodney Wilson 1959.

Ticklists

ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500 , Stanage Routes BMC Graded List , Stanage *** HVS's , 29 Routes, 87 Stars, 1 E Point each , Stanage 3 Star HVS's - Eastern Grit , Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+ , Ultimate HVS ticklist , Definitive *** Peak Grit , Eastern Grit 2 star plus (HVS/VS/HS) , Stanage Popular , The Gritlist , Stanage HVS Challenge - All the 3* , Wired Peak District Grit Graded List , Wired Peak District Grit (2020) *** List , Every 3 Starred HVS and Under Gritstone , Big trad grit list , LMC Lady Crushers 3* Extravaganza , Eastern Grit 2015 - Top 500 HVS , 3* HVS at Bamford, Stanage, Burbage, Millstone, Froggatt, and Curbar , *** HVS on Peak Gritstone , 2022 Rockfax Eastern Grit Graded List

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John Cuthbert 29 Aug, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: Surprisingly taxing (especially in the rain), and much sketchier than I recall. Doubling up on smaller cams (0 to 1) is well advised, otherwise it feels pretty bold. Stiff for HVS.
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βeta: Surprisingly taxing (especially in the rain), and much sketchier than I recall. Doubling up on smaller cams (0 to 1) is well advised, otherwise it feels pretty bold. Stiff for HVS.
GeorgiePorgie1 18 Jul, 2020 Show βeta
βeta: Up to half height you are looking at a Severe 4a. Crux starts above the cluster of short and deep scars and if you stick to the Rockfax line from there onwards (i.e. slightly to the left and then continue precisely in the middle of the face) there's only one poor rest and you are looking at climbing on classic open hand slopers to the top. Keeping to this line the climb is pumpy and sustained at 5b, albeit low in the grade, but 5b still. The non-pumpy comments might depend on the line you choose for the crux plus where you are in your day i.e. fresh or tired. I finished my leading day on this after having led two E1 5b and 2nd another HVS 5b so it all adds up.
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βeta: Up to half height you are looking at a Severe 4a. Crux starts above the cluster of short and deep scars and if you stick to the Rockfax line from there onwards (i.e. slightly to the left and then continue precisely in the middle of the face) there's only one poor rest and you are looking at climbing on classic open hand slopers to the top. Keeping to this line the climb is pumpy and sustained at 5b, albeit low in the grade, but 5b still. The non-pumpy comments might depend on the line you choose for the crux plus where you are in your day i.e. fresh or tired. I finished my leading day on this after having led two E1 5b and 2nd another HVS 5b so it all adds up.
Alan100 28 Sep, 2009 Show βeta
βeta: I think the difficulty varies a lot depending on how far left you go at the overlap. if you stay right and reach up over the square overlap then it's 5b. If you sneak off left (next to MB) then it drops a grade. Top half feels sustained after the 5b bit tho!
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βeta: I think the difficulty varies a lot depending on how far left you go at the overlap. if you stay right and reach up over the square overlap then it's 5b. If you sneak off left (next to MB) then it drops a grade. Top half feels sustained after the 5b bit tho!
MeMeMe 2 May, 2005 Show βeta
βeta: Bottom section was fine, found the top section was pretty pumpy as, as usual, I took ages to get my gear in. Got some jams in on one of the horizonal breaks on the top section which helped conserve my arms a bit.
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βeta: Bottom section was fine, found the top section was pretty pumpy as, as usual, I took ages to get my gear in. Got some jams in on one of the horizonal breaks on the top section which helped conserve my arms a bit.
cem 6 Apr, 2005 Show βeta
βeta: Great route, but I think HVS 5a is a more realistic grade.
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βeta: Great route, but I think HVS 5a is a more realistic grade.
ericinbristol 24 Jun, 2004 Show βeta
βeta: Soft touch. Only pumpy if you hang about. HVS 5a.
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βeta: Soft touch. Only pumpy if you hang about. HVS 5a.
Munir Hassan 15 Jun, 2004 Show βeta
βeta: I must have done this route wrong as I didn't find it pumpy. Very reachy though. I started a metre or two right of martello buttress's start, trended left until you are directly above the start of martello buttress and headed straight up. It was smack in the middle of the HVS 5a grade - which is also what my guidebook rates it at. Where does the 5b rating come in?
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βeta: I must have done this route wrong as I didn't find it pumpy. Very reachy though. I started a metre or two right of martello buttress's start, trended left until you are directly above the start of martello buttress and headed straight up. It was smack in the middle of the HVS 5a grade - which is also what my guidebook rates it at. Where does the 5b rating come in?
Nick Smith - Climbers 31 May, 2003 Show βeta
βeta: The crux appears to be a long reach up at half-height from a chalked pinch, but if it's all too much, then an easier alternative is to go left 1m, then up to a set of well chalked holds. Possibly only HVS 5a this way? but still worth 3 stars.
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βeta: The crux appears to be a long reach up at half-height from a chalked pinch, but if it's all too much, then an easier alternative is to go left 1m, then up to a set of well chalked holds. Possibly only HVS 5a this way? but still worth 3 stars.
mr__j5 29 Apr, 2003 Show βeta
βeta: Once the start is over come then the rest of the route is fairly easy for HVS provided that you are proficient in gritstone mantles on rounded holds. Picking the correct line is essential though.
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βeta: Once the start is over come then the rest of the route is fairly easy for HVS provided that you are proficient in gritstone mantles on rounded holds. Picking the correct line is essential though.
Glen 7 Apr, 2003 Show βeta
βeta: Not as easy as it looks! Quite steep and sustained. Great though!
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βeta: Not as easy as it looks! Quite steep and sustained. Great though!

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