Chee Dale Lower

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Crag features

Chee Dale Lower refers to the crags in Chee Dale which are generally approach from Milldale. These are the Cornice, Rhubarb Buttress and Chee Tor.

Approach notes

The revised access routes are:

  • Plum Buttress – Access from the railway traditionally crossed the scree slopes to the right of the buttress - this has now changed. Access is now via the obvious new stile directly beneath the crag, avoiding the ecologically sensitive scree. Descent from the buttress (if not completely topping-out) should be via the gully on the left-hand side.
  • The 2nd and 3rd Lifts – Descent to these crags can be achieved by abseiling down the small gully (marked by a cluster of small ash trees) next to the obvious feature of ‘Ragged Arête.’ Caution - this descent contains loose rock. An easier approach is down the DWT marked gully, which gives access to the 3rd Lift (on the left if facing outwards).
  • Moving Buttress – Descend the DWT marked gully, past the Pinnacle, to below the Western end of the buttress.
  • Long Wall – Access is by continuing at the junction past Mad Dogs area (Two Tier "right") and the gully approach as for the upper tier.
  • Two-Tier Buttress – Access to the Lower Tier is via the weir at the left end of the crag. Access to the upper tier is detailed in the BMC Wye Valley guidebook – ascend the easy gully right of the Mad Dogs section and descend via the ‘Sibser’ abseil.  If abseiling from the Upper Tier to the Lower Tier, most parties choose to descend below ‘Reward’. Do not abseil from any point further West than an obvious tree stump with a bolted abseil station behind it – the wet gully bordering the crag has significant ecological importance.
  • Nettle Buttress – Cross the river directly below the crag via a fishermen’s weir. Alternatively, if the river is in spate, access the crag just above the river via a path joining the Monsal Trail. This should be considered a last option due to the sensitive floral assemblage in this riverside habitat.

Access notes

Cheedale is a SSSI and cSAC with a high level of legal protection under European law. Access for climbing is concessionary and can only be maintained if climber's continue to adhere to a number of conditions These include, - No access along the top of the dale beyond a corner formed by the wall and obvious new fence bounding the 3rd major gully east of Plum Buttress. Therefore, no access to Runyans Corner and Moving, Long, or Two-Tier Buttresses from the dale top. - No further bolted development on the small, vegetated, and obscure crags, which rim the dale - most of these are of negligible climbing quality. - Do not leave in situ crabs or tape on bolt hangars. - Parts of Nettle Buttress, Chee Tor East, and Dogs Dinner area are bolt free areas of outstanding appearance. - Do not remove large swathes of ivy.

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Peak Limestone North (2015), Peak Limestone (2012)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
2The Glorious NinthE3 5c **4
3Flying CircusE2 5b 1
4Too Tame For The TroubleE5 6a  
5White LifeE4 6a **2
6Blanc de BlancsE4 6a  
7Kumquat8a+ ** 
8White OutE4 6a * 
9White DeathE4 6a  
10Truffles7c * 
12Scratch Your Eyes OutE3 6a  
13Shake Hands With the OctopusE5 6c  
14White Gold7a ***40
15Nobody's HeroE5 6b * 
16What Aches?E3 5c  
17The MyrmidonE5 6b **2
18Fatty Manwell and the Paranoid OystersE4 6a  
19KoroblinE1 5b 1
20SwitchE2 6a 1
21The Ape EscapeE4 6a  
22The Ogre8a ***5
23Igor7c * 
24Kriklet's CancerE6 6b  
25TecE1 5b 5
26OblomovE2 5b 8
27RasputinE1 5a,5b  
28Two SunspotsE2 5c **103
29Midnight Summer DreamE5 6a **37
30Midnight at the OasisE6 6b  
31Blind AlleysE4 5c 5
32SergeyennaE1 5b **153
33Heart of DarknessE3 5c *42
34HergianiE2 5b *139
35Tropic of CancerE1 5a,5c,  
36Absent FriendsE3 5c **146
37NostradamusE1 5b *162
38A Widespread Lack of ImaginationE3 6a 1
39Rave OnE3 5c **83
40Boobs8a **3
41Boo7c+ **1
42Tequila MockingbirdE6 6b ***8
43Basic Channel8a * 
44The Freeman Trap6c+  
46The Poverty Trap7b  
47The Freedom TrapE5 6b  
48Eyes of FireE6 6c **1
49Mortlock's AreteE4 6a ***78
50Books on the BonfireE6 6b  
51The Golden MileE5 6b ***27
52The Dream MileE5 6b ** 
53ApocalypseE4 6a ***45
54AlfrescoHVS 5b 31
55One NightE1 5b *8
56SuddenlyE5 6b 2
57Less Than ZeroE3 5c *40
58Less Than Zero/Valentine ConnectionE3 5c, 6b **3
59MeditationE1 5b ***247
60Valentine (pitch 1)E1 5b *41
61Valentine/One Night ConnectionE1 5a, 5b *3
62ApproachingE3 5c **51
63The MessiahE4 6a 2
64ValentineE3 5a, 5b *11
65CeramicE4 5c ***66
66Ceramic ExtensionE5 6a ***11
67TerrorcottaE6 6c *1
68LaughingE6 6b **1
69Splintered PerspexE3 6a **79
70A Nasty Farming Accident7b *1
71Great Central RouteE2 5c **128
72Of YouthE3 5c *38
73Highway 57E1 5b 4
74ShakeE1 5b *46
75Two GenerationsE6 6b  
76Captain Ahab7b+  
77Body LineE4 6a *3
78AutobahnE5 6b **17
79Lily StreetE5 6b 2
80Queer StreetE3 6a ***84
8142nd StreetE3 5c **115
82Pheasant PluckerE2  
83Duel in the SunE5 6b **1
84Moby Dick7c * 
85Theology7c ** 
86Sunny Goodge StreetE2 5b *75
87HatredE4 5c 4
88The Last LaughHVS 5a 3
89Pink PantherE5 6a 2
90Grinning ChimneyHVS 5b 4
91HooligansE3 5c  
92Match of the DayE2 5c *63
93Goal of the MonthE3 5c *62
94The ChopperVS 5a *64
95SleepwalkersHVS 5b 7
96Pleasant DreamsHVS 5c 5
97RapeE2 5b *59
98Gulle Gulle GrooveVS 4c *81
99FlycatcherE1 5b *66
100Snap DragonE5 6b **14
101Leering WallHVS 5b *110
102Dagenham DaveE1 5b 28
103Clive's RouteVS 4c 23
104SwitchE3 6a 2
105ChangelingE4 6a 1
106Doggone GrooveVS 4b 64
107What Aches?E4 6a 3
108OtaixE1 5b 7
109Negative EarthE1 5b 1
110Chee Tor GirdleVS 5a ***283
111PuppetsE1 5b 5
114Scooby Snacks7a+ *7
115Shake the Tail6b 3
116Wag the Dog6c 3
117Turkey Lurking7b+ *4
118Baffled by Water WingsE4 6b 2
119Learning to SwimE4 6b 1
120My Dog DillE5 6a * 
121Go Cat7a **11
122Dog Dirt7c 2
123In the Drink6c *9
124Cat Lick7b 3
126Pedigree Chum8c+ *** 
127Finest Pedigree9a+ *** 
128Dogs Dinner cross through problemf7A+ **2
129Sidepulls sitstartf7A+ 1
130Dinner timef7B *1
131α (Alpha)f7C **1
133Ophelias Lobelia7b+  
134Forehead Trombone7b+ *6
135Trombone Practice8a 2
136Sharp Practice8a+ ** 
137Masculine Power Trip8a+ ** 
138Mescaline Power Trip8a ** 
139Wright-On7c+ *1
140Wright to Left7c **1
141Taylor Made7c **26
142Feminine Ego Trip8a 3
143Feminine Ego Trip (strict lefthand finish)8a 1
144Feminine ego trip - clematis8a *1
145Nemesis8a+ ***21
146Bricktop8b ***11
147Clematis8b **3
148Monumental Armblaster8a+ ***7
149Malcolm X8b+ ** 
150Malcolm Armblaster8b **1
151Last Eggs Before the M17c+ 2
152Gran Techo8b ***8
153Techno Prisoners8b+ ***3
154The Jug Jockey7c+ ***28
155Easy Rider7c+ *4
156Dreadnaught8c *** 
157The Roof Warrior8a ***41
158Cry of Despair7c ***111
159Rapid City8a *6
160That was the River7b+ **55
161Streamline7c+ 1
162This is the Sea7c+ *33
163Old Man River7b **103
164Zippy's Direct Finish7b+ 20
165Dirty Old Man7c+ 5
166The Naive and Sentimental Lover7b+ **15
167Up the River Without a Paddle6c+ **126
168Snails of the Riverbank7b **60
169The Spiders from Mars6b 63
170The Monday Club7a+ 4
171Trampled Underfoot7a *10
172Gardener's Question Time7a *3
173Rue MorgueE4 6a 9
174The Goldfish7a+ * 
175After the Goldfish7a+ *6
176Crowd Control7c *7
177Une Crime PassionelE4 6a **37
178A Basic Power ProblemE6 6b  
179FeyE4 5c *8
180War Memorial6c *237
181Succubus7b+ **47
182ShazamE4 6a *7
183Martial Music7a **276
184Martial Call6c+ *10
185Clarion Call7a ***342
186Poppy Fields7b+ *7
187Armistice Day7a+ **196
188Whose Line is it Anyway?7a+ ***215
189Big StoreE5 6b *3
190Egyptian BizarreE5 6b *6
191Big Zipper7b **163
192Beelzebub7b+ *9
193Bored of the Lies7b+ ***135
194Bored into Beelzebub7b+ *4
195Ouijaboard8a **23
196Four Door Dostoyevsky8a+ **8
197Powerplant8a ***87
198Powerpants8a *4
199Devonshire Arms8a+ **6
200Powerarms8b *2
201Devonshire army8a+ *2
202K38a+ ***32
203K58b *8
204K28b+ * 
205428b * 
206328b+ **4
207R'n'P8a+ ***19
208Snatch8b **2
209Barney Ragin'8b+ **4
210Love Amongst the Butterflies8b ***5
211Asia Shadow Player8b ** 
212Somehow Super8c * 
213Unleashing the Wild Physique8a ***34
214Cosmopolitan7b+ **80
215Cordless Madness7c **77
216Mandy7b+ *35
217Flowers in the Dirt7b *6
218The Third Order7b **17
219Loco7b+ *3
220Too Pumpy for Grumpy7b+ 4
221Further Adventures in Greendale6c *238
222Old Man's GambitE2 5c 1
223The Corniceman7a+ **97
224Jelly FingersHVS 5a  
225VandalVS 4c 1
226WhitebeamE1 5c  
227Disgusted of Tunbridge WellsHS 4a  
228Ezekiel StoolE1 5b  
229Um BongoE4 6b  
230Led Up the Garden PathE1 5b  
231Flash HarryE4 5c  
232Too Jugless for DouglasE4 6b 1
233SubversiveE2 5b  
234FibrinVS 4c  
235Rinky DinkyE1 5c 1
236The 'too small for the tall' WallE5 6b  
237Mike's Bike and the Collar-bone Experience7b+  
240The Way of the Gone Wives6b+ 3
241Custard Pie in yer Eye6c 1
242Cry Havoc6c 1
243Fallout Zone6c 2
244Gaseous Exchange6c+ *2
245Chemical Weapons7a *6
246Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb6b+ *21
247Semolina Sunday6c+ 2
248The Bee's KneesE1 5a 2
249A Laugh a MinuteE5 6a  
250The Garlic Twist6b+ *24
251Brief Camouflage6c *13
252The Day of the Long KnivesE6 6b  
253Feline Fine6c *11
254Fat Ginger Cat7a+ *2
255Turbo-charged Monster Mouse7a *3
256Thrash Your Woodie7b *3
257Me Tarzan7b+ 1
258De Vine8a **1
259Zebedee Visits the ClinicE6 6b  
260Blue-arsed FlyE6 6c  
261The Rainmaker7b+  
262BloodwormE3 6a 1
263Blood LustE2 5c *4
264Bad BloodE5 6a  
265Blood TransfusionE5 6b  
266Lady's Finger7a+ * 
267The European Female7a *9
268MoonflowerE4 6a  
269NaiadE1 5b  
270Nip the NipponE2 5b 1
271Little CurverE1  
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The path back from the 'proper footbridge' is now very overgrown (with nettles!) Better to use the fallen tree.
Nick Smith - 12/Jul/04