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Rock Climbing in the Peak District
If you are reading this then I'm sure the Peak District needs little introduction as Britain's busiest national park. In the last fifty years the peak district has become a mecca for rock climbing due to the vast amount of accessible climbing available.
The first areas explored by the pioneers were the gritstone escarpments, areas that are still massively popular today. The "grit' is a fairly unique climbing medium for which the area is now world famous due to the unusual friction properties of the rock.
Areas such as Stanage Edge, Burbage Valley, Curbar and Froggatt Edge all have routes from the easiest classics to the modern test pieces. In the centre of the Peak District lies the white peak , characterised by its limestone geology. This area provides a different climbing experience, the rock being steeper and offering less friendly cracks. Many of the climbs were initially climbed with artificial aid before being climbed free as standards improved. Today this legacy of natural and quarried crags leaves a variety of both traditional (trad) and bolt protected sport climbs many of which represent the upper end of the sport.
As a result the peak district has climbing to occupy the enthusiastic beginner through to the world-class athlete visiting from abroad.

When to visit for Rock Climbing In The Peak District?

The Peak District does have variable weather, however lying in the centre of the UK it seems less prone to the variations you are likely to experience on western coasts.
For Rock Climbing more often the weather is good (i.e. climbable) than not.
For the serious climber keen to make the most of the grits excellent friction properties the best part of the season is the autumn, winter and the spring. In fact the winters can be relatively mild in the peak district , with snow disappearing quickly. On the more exposed crags the wind dries wet crags very quickly, allowing good climbing in between the showers for those keen to stick it out. In the summer, the weather is frequently good for Rock Climbing. The limestone crags in the Dales of the white peak , are usually in good condition combined with the gritstone edges. During the height of the summer it's often possible to visit the higher moorland crags to escape the heat and be able do some more Rock Climbing in the Peak District !

Why not come and stay in one of our Peak District Cottages? We have hundreds to choose from near rock climbing sites.



Thu Jun 09 13:11:17 BST 2011
There is a good reason they call it Stanage popular end. With a good amount of parking, a short walk up the hill and a great set of routes all at an amenable grade this section of Grit Stone probably sees more traffic than any of its neighbours. Its popularity shouldn’t mean you should avoid it, as its popular for good reason but a tactical...

Thu Apr 28 16:48:46 BST 2011
Its 5pm and your already out of the office and in the car heading out to the Peak ready for some hard earned climbing time! Stanage, “Apparent north” is the destination and a short walk in equipped with only a bouldering pad leads you to your escape and some less frequently visited gems.      This...

Thu Apr 14 14:23:14 BST 2011
  The 4th article in the series from Pure Outdoor is on accessiblilty for people coming out to get stuck into some of the countried finest rock climbing. Perhaps you do not own a vehicle or you fancy using public transport as a cost effective and environmentally sounds way of getting to and from te crags. Afterall, if you don't smash...

Tue Mar 29 13:36:37 BST 2011
  Location One of the nearest crags to Sheffield . It is mostly short in height but provides a delight of routes or High boulder problems. It is easily accessed from car parking at Burbage Bridge (SK264826) and is a very short walk in along a bridleway 2mins to the first buttress or 10/15 to the furthest climbing . The crag is...

Fri Mar 18 10:31:32 GMT 2011
  The third article in the Pure Outdoor series and this week we are looking at setting up good quality belays on gritstone crags. You have just topped out after climbing your first Peak District rock climb. If you are used to climbing in different areas with an abundance of anchors, trees or at complex crags without a 'flat...

Tue Mar 15 09:49:51 GMT 2011
It is yet another beautiful day here in the Peak District and as we are slowly turning toward the summer with longer days and dry crags. This weekend at Pure Outdoor we were running a hillwalking and navigation course and our first rock climbing course of the season so it is certainly time to make summer plans. Today however we are...

Fri Mar 11 10:49:17 GMT 2011
It was a beautiful day from the office that overlooks the Peak this morning. Time to leave the computer alone and get out climbing for the afternoon. At PureOutdoor we are lucky enough to get out climbing in the Peak Distric t for work and play, but when the phone rings and it is time to go climbing, where do you go? This article is...

Fri Feb 04 15:30:36 GMT 2011
About Will Legon   Formerly Mr Legon (maths teacher), Captain Legon (Territorial Army officer) and sometimes that loud-mouth Legon (my mates), and now just Will Legon, I am a mountain leader and a qualified single pitch award holder taking people walking and rock climbing within the UK and overseas. Never too serious, but...