Ramshaw Rocks

Western Gritstone

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A nesting buzzard with chicks has been reported to be present in the vicinity of Prostration. This would be unusual as buzzards are typically tree nesting. It is currently advisable that climbers approach the area with caution and avoid if there are buzzards present. 

from 25/06/2024

The Roaches' ugly sister, Ramshaw is a Gothic nightmare of prows, cracks and overhangs. A crag with teeth - you won't forget a visit here.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Unknown No. of Routes: 151
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1950
Grid Reference: SK019624

Ramshaw is home to some of the hardest routes in Britain and most of them are graded HVS - a Yosemite style tape job is the only access requirement! There are no access problems at the main crag. However, do not try and climb at Lady Rock (the buttresses on the far right above the farm house), these are not on access land, the owner lives very close and has been confrontational.

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.  


The furthest right buttresses including Lady Rock are not on CRoW land unfortunately.

Group Advice

Groups may use this crag, but please do not abseil and in particular not down Louie Groove. All group leaders should familiarise themselves with BMC guidelines for group use, see here, http://www.thebmc.co.uk/Download.aspx?id=350

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01/06/20 Birds nest in crack halfway up Boomerang- this route should be avoided.
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Bird nest under the roof on the lower tier! Avoid the area and don't ascend Crab Walk