As the Covid-19 lockdown eases, access for climbing is opening back up, subject to some measures and restrictions depending on where you are going. Please make sure you have read and understood our current advice before heading out and apply it alongside RAD advice to ensure access issues don’t develop.

Shining Clough

Moorland Gritstone

User attention

The well-publicised Bearded Vulture which has been present in the Peak over the last month appears to have moved its roost site to Shining Clough. It remains to be seen whether this roost will be continue to be used, but if so a formal restriction will need to be applied. In the meantime, please be prepared to change your plans if the bird is roosting on the crag. from 01/09/2020

Recessed slightly and overlooking the Woodhead Reservoir, Shining Clough is a microcosm of Moorland Grit - big, exposed, brilliant. The climbing reaches 30 meters in places on routes that surpass the quality of other, more often frequented crags. Phoenix Climb is the classic of the crag while Bloodrush is the most spectacular line.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Unknown No. of Routes: 105
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1901
Grid Reference: SK098986

Restrictions apply from 1 January - 1 January.

Reason: Nesting Birds

The well-publicised bearded vulture which has flown to the Peak District from the Alps is currently active in this area and using number of different crags to roost on. If the bird is present on any crag in the area, please avoid climbing on it so as not to disturb the bird.

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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A little warning for anyone using the car park by the Woodhead Dam near Shining Clough, on the back Glossop road. A group of us had multiple tyres slashed there while we on the moor yesterday evening (19 March 2020). Have reported it to the police. If anyone sees anything suspicious while parked there, please call it in. If anyone has dash cams, keep them running while you're away from the car if you can.
The Lammergeier is roosting towards Laddow Rocks, as of today Wednesday 5th August. Been watching it take off and flying in the valley. Last seen heading over Laddow.