/ Best Crag for a total newby - Derbyshire Peak
I'm taking a complete beginner on some Grit tomorrow, so obviously I need a variety of nice Diff's and Vdiffs, preferably somewhere where I'm not going to annoy other climbers etc (though there'll be no top-roping, just slow climbing!).
Obvious choice is Stanage due to the variety (though crowded), perhaps Yarncliffe for it's potential quietness (though only a couple of suitable routes) - Any other suggestions for 5-6 decent suitable routes to go at? Nice view and atmosphere preferred.
Thanks in advance,
Don't be afraid to get yourself up to the popular end of Stanage and enjoy yourself. Ignore those who moan about it always being busy and full of newbies - you're just as entitled to go there and climb as anyone else and if they are annoyed then they will have hundreds of other routes to choose from!
Birchen Edge is always a reasonable alternative, though the starts are notoriously awkward.
Burbage North has some nice routes but not in great numbers.
Quarries such as Yarncliffe and Lawrencefield have little gems but as you said there's not great volumes.
Stanage is OK as would alomst any big crag, as the breeze will keep the midges at bay. Yarncliffe is a poor choice loose tops and biting ants in summer. I tend to go to Wharncliffe if I want a quieter venue with lots to go at at Diff to VD. Wingather is good but often rammed.
You could do a couple of easy bits on the first, upper tier and the. Head along to some o the bigger routes.
Guaranteed a good day out :-)
No walk in,
Easy access to the top of the routes and therefore easy walk offs,
Lots in the Diff/vdiff range to to at.
Windgather usually has a couple of groups in attendance as well as soloist out to bag lots of routes quickly and people learning to lead so the atmosphere is pretty friendly.
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