Eastern Gritstone

User attention

A loose block was reported at the top of Scoop Crack in 2020 - the route should be treated with extreme care or avoided until this has been reported as dealt with.


from 28/09/2020

The quarry overlooking Hathersage is home to the best collection of quarried grit climbs in the country. A beautiful place in the evening, when it catches the sun.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: National CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Local Authority No. of Routes: 290
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1920
Grid Reference: SK247804

Parking and Approach

Parking for a round 80 vehicles is available in the Surprise View pay and display car park. This is a Peak District National Park Authority car park. Annual and weekly permits are available, which cover this and other PDNPA car parks.

This car park is gated shut overnight at weekends - 21:30 on Friday, Saturday (and Sunday if prior to a bank holiday Monday). The following day the gate may be open as early as 06:00, but PDNPA only guarantee it will be opened by 09:00. Efforts are being made to improve this situation. In the meantime should you arrive before the gate is open please do not park in the entrance. Alternative parking is available in a layby 0.9km further towards Hathersage.


CRoW Information

Open access land, designated under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act (2000) give area access rather than linear access as provided by public rights of way. It also gives a legal right of access specifically for climbing, as well as walking and other quiet recreation on foot.

Please bear in mind however that the landowner still has the right to restrict access for up to 28 days per year (often used on public safety grounds for shooting in moorland areas), and can also apply for longer term restrictions with Natural England (such as bans on dogs, or regular restrictions during particular times of year). It is important to check for these restrictions regularly as they can be added at short notice – all details for open access land in England can be found on Natural England’s website.  

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