Standing Stones

Northern Gritstone

Nice clean crag tucked-away on the moor edge.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 86
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1943
Grid Reference: SE039053

'Private Land' signs have appeared at some points along the boundary with the A635 road which has led to some confusion over whether access is permitted or not. This land is designated as Open Access and the public have a full legal right to access is for recreation on foot, including climbing. Please keep dogs on a lead to help avoid future difficulties.

June 2020 update: the unstable pillar at the left side of the crag (mentioned in Over the Moors) appears to have fallen down. Caution is advised in this area as there appears to be some loose rock remaining on ledges etc.

Parking and Approach

Two approaches are possible:


  • If approaching from above the crag, the recommended access has changed since the description in the BMC 'Over The Moors' guidebook. From the large layby on the Greenfield to Holmfirth Road (approx grid ref SE051063) the best access point is 250m west just to the right of the first culvert reached. Walk just right of the clough, after 130m a faint double track appears which leads to the ruins of Rimmon Cottage. Keep left of the ruins, crossing a subsidiary clough close to its confluence with the main clough (Rimon Pit Clough). A faint path is now followed leading steadily away from the clough and onto higher ground until the edge is reached. An easy descent is just left of a small rock face visible on the right, leading down between The Lower Right Wall and Left Twin Face.
  • Alternatively and easier to follow (providing you don’t mind walking along what can be a busy road) - head west from the layby towards Greenfield and take the first gated track on the left, to join the previous route at what was Rimmon Cottage
  • A longer but very scenic apporach is also possible from the Binn Green car park - descend to the dam, turn left and follow the left bank of the reservoir to it's end, then continue up the valley bottom until the crag is visible on the left. A steep walk up the slopes above takes you to the base of the crag.

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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Using the longer Binn Green approach, we came across two peregrines. One unfortunately dead in the water where the streams meet, and another in the bushes at the top of the slope directly above the stream. No signs of nesting at the crag but worth being cautious if using this approach.