Western Gritstone

Quality (but slightly overused) bouldering and tough short routes.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Within National Park No. of Routes: 61
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1976
Grid Reference: SK018638

There are no major access issues for individual climbers but dogs should be kept under control. Please park considerately (not in the driveway of the nearby house) and keep noise to a minimum. Only use public footpaths to access Gib Torr and Baldstones. In recent years significant damage has been caused to these boulders by wire brushing and hold sculpting. DO NOT DO EITHER. Climb the rock as it is or train harder until you can.

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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