Raven Tor

Peak Limestone

As a crucible for hard sport routes and bouldering, home to some of the UK’s best known hard routes and problems, Raven Tor is hallowed ground for many. It’s not a crag for beginners with grades starting at 7a+ for routes and f6b for bouldering. A suntrap - can be too hot!

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: No
Ownership: National Trust No. of Routes: 232
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1956
Grid Reference: SK150732

The National Trust own the crag and whilst it’s not on open access land with a right of access, the Trust kindly allow public access for climbers, on the condition that we look after the crag. Here are some simple tips to help you enjoy your visit, look after the area and make sure we retain access for the future.

  • Be considerate and aware that we share this quiet dale with other users. Anglers by the river, walkers and local residents all value this place for its peaceful setting so keep a lid on shouting or screaming.
  • Parking is a serious issue here - see the 'parking and approach' section below for detailed advice.
  • Van camping and biving at the crag has increasingly caused friction with locals over the last few years and is now strongly discouraged. It’s very noticeable in the dale and there are places much better suited to this so head elsewhere.
  • Toileting in the area around the crag is also becoming more of a problem and its crucial that climbers minimise their impact to avoid future access problems. Don’t be tempted to use the bushes – use the public toilets at Millers Dale station a very short trip away. If you can’t do that, carry a ‘wag bag’ and pack out all human waste and toilet paper. This special place deserves better than a minefield of human poo around it.
  • Normal practice now is to remove quickdraws at the end of the day and not to leave overnight. Though leaving in-situ draws is common practice on other crags around the world, here, locals have objected.  
  • Keeping the crag and surrounding area litter free is a good way of showing others that climbers care. Take everything home with you including litter you find to dispose of responsibly.
  • Over use of chalk might not look like much to climbers, but it can be an unwelcome intrusion to others. Make sure you clean off tick marks and brush excess chalk off holds at the end of your session.
  • Be vigilant for loose rock. Even on well established lines bits still do drop off, especially higher up on the crag.
  • Some of the routes have high first bolts, a clipstick or a well placed pad may save a twisted ankle (or worse).

Parking and Approach

Parking is a serious issue here, and on busy days the parking below the crag with space for, at most, 10 carefully parked cars can quickly fill up. Don't be tempted to push your luck and obstruct traffic.

There's space for a few more cars further down the road near the bridge, but this is past the clearway sign so parking here is potentially liable to prosecution and is located on a bend,  so too many vehicles can (and has) caused hazardous obstruction. It's better to drop your bags and park at the southern end of Tideswell Dale (10min walk), or head elsewhere. Use common sense. Parking is the most serious issue effecting access. 

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