Roche Abbey

Climbs 74 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 70m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
A pleasant collection of steep compact pocketed dolomitic limestone buttresses up to 15m in height in sharing a valley with a ruined 16th century monastery. The best climbing is in the low E grades but the VS and the few HVSs are very worthwhile.

The grades seem tough due to the pumpy nature of the rock. The bouldering is excellent though a bit polished. Most of the harder routes are usually top roped (abundant trees provide good anchors) despite the odd peg! A lot of the crag stays dry in the rain but it generally gets better weather than the Peak anyway.

The guidebook is out of print, but you could look at [Paz 5/01]

Access notes
From Maltby (come off M18 junction 1) go south east along the A634 following the brown signs to Roche Abbey. From the end of the cobbled lane (park here) turn right away from the Abbey and walk up the valley. The crags start immediately up on the right.

NOTE - climbing is technically forbidden by the landowner, but the situation is such that you are unlikely to be spotted let alone asked to leave.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.


Out of print: Bouldering in the Peak District Vol 1 (1994)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2The 5c Dynonone 5c 7
3The Traversenone 5c 7
4CrystalV4 20
5BorgV6 22
7The CrackE2 5c 2
8Golden ChaliceE2 5c 3
9The AreteE2 5c 2
10The QuestE3 6a 2
11Holy GrailE1 5b 2
13The FontHVS 5a 2
15Silent PrayerE3 5c 1
16PenitenceE3 5c 2
17Cold Water TreatmentE2 5c 2
18Vows of CelibacyE2 5c 2
19EvensongVS 4c 6
20CampanologistHVS 5b 2
21Bell RingerHVS 5a 4
23Dirty HabitsE3 6a *4
24Worse HabitsE3 6a 1
25Bad HabitsE3 6a 1
26The Abbey HabitE2 5c 1
27Kicking the HabitE2 6a 1
28HabitusE1 6a 3
29Faith Right Handf7A 11
30Bad Habits Sit Startf7A 11
31MatinsHVS 5a 1
32Shallow GraveE1 5b 1
33Holy SmokeVS 4c 1
34Fallen Idol *f7B+ **4
35Tight Hole *f7A+ 6
36Justice *f7A *11
37Sharkes Tooth *f6C+ *7
38Sundance *f6C+ 10
39Faith Left Hand *f7A+ **11
40Passion *f7A+ **8
41The Wasp *f7A+ *3
42Black Cherry *f7B **2
43Jazzy Jester *f7B **8
44The Fool *f7B+ **10
45Idris *f7B **5
46Habitus sit start *f6C 9
47Rahabit Sit Start *f6C 4
48Habitus Eliminate *f6C+ *4
49The Jester *f7A+ 1
50Dragon Fly *f6C 6
51Tripitaka *f7A 5
52Bad Habits Traverse *f7A+ 4
53Fools Justice *f8A 2
54Jazz *f7B 2
55Dirty Habits Sit Start *f6A *2
56Retro *f6C **1
57Vintage Left *f6C **1
58Vintage Right *f6C+ 1
59Revisit Left *f6B *1
60Revisit Direct *f6A+ 1
61Impossible Dyno *f7B+ **1
62Holy Orders *VS 4b 1
63Opuscule *VS 1
64Fallen idol sit start *f7C+  
65Abbots Corner *D  
66Gate House *HS  
67Pulpit *VS  
68Chapter House *VS  
69The Dias *VS  
70Cardinals Crack *VS  
71Lay Brothers Crack *HS  
72The Cloister *S  
73Monks Corner *S  
74Monks Hitch *S  
75Ivy Wall *VD  
76Chimney Arete *S  
77Ivy Arete *VD  
78The Sacristy *HS  
79Faith direct *f7B 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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Many original climbs are missing.
sting - 07/Jan/15
For anyone who has not been before (when leaves are on the trees) I think theyre difficult to find. Once you get to the carpark. The first 2 crags are adjacent to the carpark behind thick woodland. See the excellent for ace info. As noobs we found these crags too hard and prefered the bouldering after the end of the SSSI, down the track from the car park away from the abbey and over the road into the next woodland. It was a bit slippery being shaded but not too bad. Also, the car park was very busy and a flourescent jacket tried telling me i would have to reverse 3/4 mile up a twisty single lane track as there was no room in the carpark. i ignored him of course and found a parking space but be prepared! We will come back when we are more experienced, theres some great climbing to be had but as noobs maybe we should stick to Stanage Edge for now
northernspirit2001 - 05/Jun/07
Access is officially denied as it is a designated SSSI. The Earl of Scarborough recently died and English Heritage allegedly manage the place. More info on Keep a LOW profile and behave and you should be ok. As DP says the bouldering and climbing is pretty good, nothing really here for beginners. Enjoy this smashing little crag.. Dave Law
dangerous - 06/Apr/06
Guide books for Roche Abbey. The Crag appeared in BMC New climbs 1986. Pages 64 to 68.
Paul F - 31/Oct/05
Access problems currently at the moment, Lord Scarborough - English Heritage has installed a new security gate at the entrance to the driveway. This gate is electric opens at 6.30am and closes at 6.30pm. Currently there are signs stating no climbing due to double scientific interest.
steve Greig - 21/Feb/03
What a superb crag. Puts the Minus Ten wall to shame. The bouldering is shady in the summer and a suntrap in the winter - what more could you ask for. The classic \"Borg\" (English 6b), is maybe the best boulder problems of its grade on yorks/peak limestone (see photo Undisputed (as yet) as South Yorkshire\'s premier limestone bouldering venue.
Dave Parry - 31/Jan/02