Bamford Edge

Eastern Gritstone

Historically restricted crag now open thanks to the CRoW Act. Great rock and what might be the most photogenic crag in the peak.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 143
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1901
Grid Reference: SK207849

Please access Bamford only by the reccomended access path in the Burbage, Millstone and Beyond (2005) guide. This access point is beside a layby next to an obvious marked gate with a stile. Previous guides have mentioned an access point by an iron gate and an old ruin - please do NOT use this.

Bamford is included within a long term restriction for dogs on open access land (the restriction covers the whole of Moscar, Derwent and Hallam Moors). Dogs are still allowed on public rights of way, but not on the access land to the sides or on footpaths that are not designated as rights of way. Given that there are no rights of way that run under the crag, please do not take dogs climbing with you as this could damage the currently good relationship climbers enjoy with the landowner. 

Ring ouzels nest on Stanage, Burbage and Bamford each year. The nest sites change quickly and frequently as ring ouzels often have several broods each year with different nest sites for each brood. On site signage will be up around any nest sites where climbing may impact on the birds and this is always up to date and accurate.

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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Anonymous User
05/06/2018
Local restrictions are posted on the gate. No access June 4th - 8th and 11th - 13th; September 28th - 29th
Anonymous User
17/05/2020
Please note that there is currently a bird nest (possibly kestrel) just to the left of gargoyle flake, near the final section of the route. 16/may/2020
Anonymous User
10/06/2020
Avoid Terrace Trog - raptor nest on this route but nothing to be seen on Gargoyle Flake. Probably best to avoid the whole buttress.
Anonymous User
20/06/2020
Bird nesting with young chicks on the ledge at the top of the slabby section on 'Terrace Trog'.
Anonymous User
02/04/2021
Ring Ouzel active at Porthole Buttress (30th March 2021). 2 males and 1 female, others seen to the right of the lower approach path.