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Peak Limestone

A tourist honeypot with a good series of crags and caves on both banks of a leafy, limestone dale with a stunning river running through it.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: No
Ownership: National Trust No. of Routes: 250
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1950
Grid Reference: SK145527

Restrictions apply from 15 March - 30 June.

Reason: Nesting Birds

Peregrines are nesting at Tissington Spires - please avoid all routes on South Gully Buttress (Zulu Dawn to Amoeba inclusive) during the restriction period.

Parking and Approach

Parking is available at either Milldale (currently free National Park car park) for those approaching from the north, or at the main Dovedale car park between Ilam and Thorpe for those approaching from the south (privately owned, bring cash). Be aware that the Dovedale car park closes around 1630 and whilst cars already parked can exit, new arrivals will not be able to enter. The alternative for late arrivals is to park in Ilam with a longer walk, or approach from Milldale.

For climbers approaching from the south and wanting to climb on crags on the west side of the river (Dovedale Castle, Dovedale Church etc) there are two possible approaches. Either follow the main footpath through the dale and wade across the river underneath your chosen crag, or alternatively jump the metal gate next to the stepping stones which gives access to a (overgrown and hard to see in summer) track on the west side of the river. Regardless of which route you use, please keep a low profile as whilst the National Trust are very happy for climbers to use these routes, they don’t want to encourage the general public to follow.

CRoW Information

Some parts of the dale are Open Access land. See map here;

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