/ child friendly grit crags, peak district
Any advice gratefully recieved.
Windgather would be good unless you have to first drive to Sheffield to pick them up in which case there would be a lot of driving
Nearer Seffield some parts of Wharncliffe should fit the bill.
I'd consider going somewhere like Higgar tor and just doing some weasling and clambering, I managed to totally put my stepson off climbing by getting the ropes out too early.
Disagree re. Birchen. It can be quite an unpleasantly boggy walk up.
Suggest Burbage North - there are lots of friendly boulders near the path if they just want to clamber over them.
Or agree with suggestion of Windgather.
I wouldn't worry about looking for actual routes at that age - 2 - 3m high boulders are better as you can sit on top of the higher boulders with a rope and really give them encouragement. Its not too high that they will get scared.
Anywhere on the eastern edges is fine - Burbage is not too much of a walk, or Baslow
And it does of course have the added merit of a pub next door :-)
Birchen bogs are easily avoided by following the side path to Kismet Buttress or an earlier path straight up a shallow gully to a crag-top path. It's not the best place for kids as most routes have hard starts and can be reachy.
Burbage North start boulders are good and some not in the guide are detailed on Offwidth:
Windgather is really good but Wharncliffe has good bits (esp black slab area) and sounds maybe more convenient.
I still think that thinking in terms of 'routes' is too big for a 4 year old who hasn't climbed before unless you want to risk terrifying them when they freeze halfway up and are too scared to lower down.
I kind of agree and kind of dont cause if they were indoor they would be rainbowing the routes and here it's just a case of finding somewhere where they wont be out of their depth. If they are going to freeze then they will do it anyway.
Thats true the unlisted slabs next to Gangplank and the variants on the main line are great for kids as well.
> I still think that thinking in terms of 'routes' is too big for a 4 year old who hasn't climbed before unless you want to risk terrifying them when they freeze halfway up and are too scared to lower down.
Yeah I guess the requirements for the 4 year old and the 7 year old will differ a bit.
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