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High Tor

Derbyshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 110 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 150m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
Simply the best limestone outcrop in the Country containing face climbing of outstanding quality. Routes (up to 60m long)like Debauchary (E1 5b,5b), Darius (E2 4c, 5c), Robert Brown (E3 5c, 5b), Supersonic (E5 6a), Flaky Wall (E4 5c), Castellan (E5 6b,6a) and Bastille (E6 6b) are the most well known of a huge number of high quality routes here. Of the few easy routes, Skylight (VS 4c) and Highlight (HVS 5a) and are well worth doing. Only two sport routes, the best being Pump Out the Squeelies (7b+). Mad max has also recently been sportingly bolted to give another tough 'sport' route.

A large section of rock has fallen from the left wing leaving one of the bolt belays very close to the scar. Recommend avoiding this belay if at all possible. [7/06]

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Peak Limestone (2012), Peak SE Pokketz (2007), On Peak Rock (2003), Northern Limestone Route Database (2001),
Out of print: Northern Limestone (2004), Peak Limestone - Fax03 (1992), Peak Limestone - South (1987), Rock climbs in the Peak - Derwent valley (1981)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
2New World OrderE1 5b 4
3World's EndE4 6a *14
4No EntryE4 6a **18
5China SpringE5 6a *12
6Yellow Brick RoadE4 6b **16
7A6E4 6a ***6
8Amber GamblerE4 6a ***24
9A6/Ambler Gambler ConnectionE4 6a ***16
10BeepE5 6a 3
11High Torquing7c+ **3
12RoadrunnerE6 6b **3
13Wil E. Coyote7c **4
14FreewayE6 6b 3
15M1E2 5b **94
16BleepE2 5c 2
17Mad MaxE6 6c **9
18Delta-GE4 6a **16
19V2E5 6b **5
20EntropyVS 4c *48
21LaybyHVS 5b 5
22Once in a MillenniumE3 6a *5
23The Girdle TraverseE5 6b ***1
24Shah Shah a Go GoE3 5b 1
25Statement of YofE2 5c  
26EnthalpyHVS 4c  
27Sting RayHVS 5a  
28Hanging BlockHVS 5b 1
29Night OwlE2 5c 4
30Cold TurkeyE1 5a 1
32High Tor GullyVD 9
33High TourE3 5c *3
34Penelope Pitstop6b  
35Lumb LaneHVS 4c 1
36LamplightHVS 5a **105
37SearchlightE3 5c 1
38HighlightHVS 5a ***229
39Sportlight6c+ 9
40SkylightVS 4c ***217
41ArmaliteE4 5c  
42FantasiaE5 6b *1
43Plight of the RichE5 6a 5
44Light EntertainmentE4 5c 2
45Light and ShadeE5 6b 4
46Pump out the Squealies7b+ *5
47Limelight8b ***2
48Squeezin' Out Sparks7c **4
49MoonlightE5 A1, 6b *1
50CastellanE5 6b ***11
51LaurinE3 6a **26
52Nightmare of Brown DonkeysE3 6a ***47
53Party in the ParkE5 6b 3
54The Phrantic PhinishE4 5c 5
55Hot GossipE5 6a *3
56DelicatessenE2 5c ***144
57The GrapevineE5 6b * 
 Climb nameGradex
58Lyme CrymeE3 5c ***113
59Brompton's CocktailE5 6b *2
60Happy HourE6 6c *1
61Johnny BrownE5 6a *1
62Harvey WallbangerE5 6b *1
63Robert BrownE3 5c **111
64Ariadne's ThreadE5 6b *3
65DariusE2 5c ***294
66DebaucheryE1 5b ***457
67The Unoriginal RouteE5 6a  
68AndromedaE3 6a 2
69PerseusE3 5c **94
70Original RouteHVS 5a ***411
71Tales of Yankee PowerE5 6a ***56
72Flaky WallE4 6a ***122
73ReproductionE6 6b ***15
74SupersonicE5 6a ***87
75My New HatE6 6c 1
76BastilleE6 6b ***14
77TumbrilE5 6a 1
78The Passion WagonE5 6b *1
79DecadenceE4 6a ***30
80The PillarE5 6a *8
81Pillar DirectE4 6a *5
82Cathy Come HomeE1 5b 5
84M.U.G.S. RouteHVS  
85Wezzy WonksHVS  
86No Way6b+ 5
87My Way7a+ 3
88Lee WayE5 6b 1
89Sideways6c 1
90All the Wubble u'sE3 5c  
91Zed LegsE1 5b 18
92That X FactorE4 6a 9
93Y FrontE2 5c *31
94Memories6a *92
95Corner ButtressE1 5b  
96BoycottE1 5b 1
97Dutch Moon6b **69
98Venus Eruptus6c+ *40
99Black WeddingE4 6a * 
100Sargasso SeaE4 5c * 
101Saga Lout6b+ *63
102Endgame6c+ *44
103Scimitar GrooveVS 4c **26
104My Pedigree Chum6a *73
105Scoobs6c *42
106PrejudiceE2 5b 13
107Lulu BelleE4 6a  
108Memo to SallyE3 5c *14
109If Dill Was Here6b 43
110Still SearchingE2 5b 11
111Beautiful WhiteE3 5c 5
112Lower Buttress RouteE3 5c *6
113At the Edge of EverythingE2 5c 6
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Access notes
From the flesh pots of Matlock Bath cross the footbridge under the Cable Cars and follow the footpath past the Ticket Office and then back left to contour the hill below the crag, (10 min).

For abseil access a padded steel chain has been placed around the obvious tree to avoid damage. Be aware of loose blocks on the first 2m and potential danger to those below.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

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Parking at the station, as recommended in the current guide, costs 4 so well worth car sharing, or at least meeting up out of town first.
Guy Maddox - 24/Aug/04

bit of a discrepancy about POTS being the best sport route with one star whilst WilE Coyote has 2 ! Personally I think the stars are right
Simon Lee - 11/Feb/04

Highlight is NOT an easy route - far from it. Superb crag, even if you hate limestone.
DaveP - 19/Mar/02