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Rock Climbing in The Peak District

Situated between Sheffield to the east, Derby to the south and Manchester to the west, this is the most popular rock climbing area in England, with literally many thousands of routes to choose from. These routes offer a wide variety of style of rock climbing and different types of rock.

The area is famous for its gritstone edges, such as Stanage and Froggatt that are situated on the moors around the villages of Hathersage and Grindleford, plus others further afield such as The Roaches near Leek. These are generally single pitch routes where the leader has to place traditional gear such as nuts and cams. Under no circumstances will you find any bolts or pegs on these gritstone edges! The style of climbing varies from hand jamming cracks to delicately smearing up slabs that offer superb friction. It is at these Gritstone crags where the majority of the bouldering in the Peaks is also found.

The Peak Distract also has many limestone rock climbing areas that are both natural crags and old disused quarries. The natural crags found at places such as Stoney Middleton, and High Tor near Matlock, offer both single pitch and multi-pitch routes. Here again the style of climbing is to place traditional gear such as nuts and cams, though you will find some in-situ pegs. At the old disused quarries, such Horseshoe quarry, there are many single pitch bolted sport routes.

It is possible to rock climb in the Peak District throughout the year providing it is dry. During the winter, on crisp cold days, is the best time to go gritstone bouldering, as this is when the friction is at its best. Also during the winter many of the limestone quarries offer sheltered sport climbing. The best time for traditional rock climbing on many of the edges is from spring right through to autumn. 

Map of the climbing areas in the Peak District, showing the major gritstone and limestone crags

Map of the climbing areas in the Peak District, showing the major gritstone and limestone crags

There are many different rock climbing and bouldering guidebooks that cover the gritstone and limestone crags shown on the above map of the Peak District.  These Peak District guidebooks are available to buy in our shop.

Walking and hiking in England

The Peak District is also an excellent place to go hill walking and mountaineering with many long distance paths and trails.  Find out more about the Pennine Way National Trail path that starts at Edale in the Peak District, and is 256 miles (409.5 km) long.

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Buy rock climbing and bouldering guidebooks for the Peak District from our shop

Buy rock climbing and bouldering guidebooks for the Peak District from our shop.