Western Gritstone

Justifiably popular crag for with those making their first steps into trad climbing as well as a popular evening cragging venue.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Within National Park No. of Routes: 59
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1913
Grid Reference: SJ994783

A very popular group and family site that also sees its fair share of soloing and bouldering. Belays at the top are sometimes difficult to arrange and friable so be careful when placing and removing gear. Please keep dogs under close control at all times as there are usually sheep grazing below 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.  

Group Advice

Good group site but note the belay difficulties. All group leaders should familiarise themselves with BMC guidelines for group use, see here,

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A first time visit to the windgather Rock, a great place to learn gear placement and lead, if you have not already do so, however, there is also good climbs fir the more experienced.

Parking is very easy, the road has a good size layby, and is 50 meters from the crag, i would defo visit the crag again, as ther is so many climbs to tackle.