Contributed by cheque Jul/23 - This public hilllist has been seen 400 times

Despite having loads of great climbing and being situated in the busiest climbing area in the country, the crags that ring the Kinder Scout plateau are spectacularly unpopular with trad climbers. You will never have to queue for a route so if you’re the sort of person who despairs at the crowds of Froggatt, The Roaches and Stanage Popular then this is where you need to be.

But while the whole mountain (hill? moorland plateau?) is testament to the fact that popularity and quality are independent it’s nice to know where to start in a dauntingly diffuse area and it’s always fun to have a list to tick, so here are the 26 routes on Kinder with the most recorded ascents on the UKC logbooks- almost half of them are into triple figures! While they are not necessarily the very best 26 routes up there, they are the most likely to be clean, which is another good thing to know.

Upper Tor Wall, Kinder  © caradoc
Upper Tor Wall, Kinder
© caradoc, Jul 2004

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User Percentage Latest Log
1st Hidden 65% 7 Oct, 2023
2nd Andy Reeve 50% 10 Jun, 2023
3rd deacondeacon 34% 9 Aug, 2020
4th Hidden 26% 17 Jun, 2023
5th Hidden 7% 2 Sep, 2023
6th alistairbaron 3% 4 Apr, 2021

Map of routes in this ticklist

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Note: Only showing summits, scrambles, winter routes, and low grade climbs

Distribution of grades - Trad

Top 12 photos of this hilllist

Janna on Legacy (HVS 5a), Kinder North

Legacy
Janna on Legacy (HVS 5a), Kinder North
© Tim W

Jesse cruising along Legacy at Kinder North

Legacy
Jesse cruising along Legacy at Kinder North
© mol

Jester Cracks

Jester Cracks
© Calum Wadsworth

Zigzag

Zig-zag
Zigzag
© Chris Ellis

Kinder Downfall

Downfall Climb
Kinder Downfall
© Philip Oldham

Awkward move left

Jester Cracks
Awkward move left
© ipfreely

dave on legacy

Legacy
dave on legacy
© ste

The final arete of Legacy with the Bleaklow Moors behind

Legacy
The final arete of Legacy with the Bleaklow Moors behind
© SteveHi

Connor Read leading a frozen Kinder Downfall behind the first party of the day.

Downfall Climb
Connor Read leading a frozen Kinder Downfall behind the first party of the day.
© www.samtaylorphoto.co.uk

Derbyshire Grit on a beautiful November(?!) day

Zig-zag
Derbyshire Grit on a beautiful November(?!) day
© Plenk

The Mermaid's Ridge (HS 4b 4c) second pitch

The Mermaid's Ridge
The Mermaid's Ridge (HS 4b 4c) second pitch
© Carmen Elphick

Jesse on his non-sight of Intestate at Kinder North.

Intestate
Jesse on his non-sight of Intestate at Kinder North.
© mol


Add Climb name Grade Ticks? Height Crag name
Upper Tor Wall HS 4b *** 311 18m Kinder Southern...
Legacy HVS 5a *** 283 20m Kinder Northern...
Zig-zag VD *** 219 18m Kinder Downfall
Misty Wall VS 4b *** 200 14m Kinder Northern...
Dunsinane VS 4c ** 140 16m Kinder Northern...
Downfall Climb M ** 140 60m Kinder Downfall
Jester Cracks HVS 5a *** 137 16m Kinder Northern...
Eureka VS 4c *** 135 18m Kinder Northern...
Twisted Smile HVS 5a *** 130 16m Kinder Northern...
Intestate E1 5b *** 126 18m Kinder Northern...
Flash Wall VS 5a *** 111 22m Kinder Southern...
Hiker's Crack S 4a * 107 16m Kinder Southern...
South Wall VD ** 88 12m Kinder Downfall
The Mermaid's Ridge VS 4c *** 86 30m • 2 Kinder Downfall
The Ivory Tower E1 5b *** 83 22m Kinder Southern...
Herford's Route HVS 5a *** 81 18m Kinder Southern...
Ashop Climb HVD ** 64 18m Kinder Northern...
Razor Crack S 4a * 59 12m Kinder Northern...
The Great Chimney HS 4b ** 59 18m Kinder Downfall
Bending Crack VD * 57 8m Kinder Southern...
Moneylender's Crack VS 5a *** 54 18m Kinder Southern...
Outlook D 53 10m Kinder Southern...
Artillery Chimney HS 4b * 48 12m Kinder Southern...
Chockstone Chimney VD * 49 12m Kinder Downfall
Big Brother E2 5c *** 47 18m Kinder Northern...
Ashop Crack E2 5b *** 41 18m Kinder Northern...
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