Central Limestone

Nicely positioned trad limestone catching the evening sun.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Limestone
County Derbyshire Access Status: Restrictions/ Sensitive Access
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 40
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1958
Grid Reference: SK174736

The crag is owned and managed by Natural England and located in the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve.

Restrictions apply from 12 March - 31 May.
Reason: Nesting Birds

Following a climbing trial in 2014 in collaboration with Natural England site staff, it was established exactly how close climbers could get to the nest before disturbing the birds. The new restriction applies to all routes from Solitaire rightwards.

In addition to this, climbers should approach the crag using the lower (left hand) branch of the approach path which avoids Raven Buttress and make sure you move quickly along it rather than stopping to watch the birds. This left hand branch is a bit hard to spot as it clearly hasn't been used much recently, but it branches off the main path at a small cairn approx 30-40m from the toe of Raven Buttress and stays in the trees.

Avoid staying at the top of the crag once you have topped out and instead descend to the base as quickly as possible. The only walking descent that should be used during the restriction is the gully on the left side of the crag but for several routes it is possible to abseil directly back to the bottom which is the quickest and best option.

CRoW Information

Land above and below the crag is Open Access land. See map here; http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/enjoying/places/openaccess/default.aspx

Area information

Weather Information

Peak Limestone Rockfax 03

Alan James

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On Peak Rock

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