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Peak Limestone

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Willersley Castle Hotel (which includes part of Wildcat) has recently closed and is up for sale. Future access is in flux until a new owner is identified and access discussed with them, so please keep a very low profile and demonstrate that climbers are responsible and low impact users of the crag. from 01/10/2020

Popular collection of buttresses near Matlock Bath with a collection of long, mid-grade routes

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 38
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1963
Grid Reference: SK296578

Please do not scramble down the bank between the A6 and the new bridge to avoid a longer walk. The righthand end of the crags is owned by Wesley (Methodist) Guild Holidays who are concerned about the public wandering around the private grounds near the castle. Please keep disturbance to a minimum - particularly around Upper Tor.

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At lunchtime today 3rd July, we were climbing on Upper Tor when a groundsman drove past on his tractor. Half an hour lateras we were preparing to start a second climb he drove by again. This time he stopped and informed us that "this is private land and climbing was prohibited" then he left. Whilst not actually asked to leave we thought it wise to do so.
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We were climbing at Wildcat Upper Tor today and were told by a gardener that it is private land and that climbing is not allowed. He did not actually ask us to leave but we thought it wise to do so.