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.
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.
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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.
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.
There are no guidebooks assigned to this crag
There are no files associated with this crag