Staden Main Quarry

Climbs 75 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 460m a.s.l – Faces NE

Crag features
A fine traditional climbing venue concentrated on two main faces of good quality, weathered limestone in an otherwise chossy quarry. Routes between 17 and 25m, mostly vertical/off vertical with good protection in the HVS to E3 range. Joint Effort Wall has the best routes; e.g. Joint Effort (HVS 5b), The Nails (HVS 5b), Liquid Courage (E1 5b) and the brilliant Cathy's Clown (E2 5c). Recommended on the the left-hand section are Bicycle Repair Man (E1 5b) and Telescopic Demand (E3 6a).

Access notes
Limited parking at a specific spot in Cowdale (SK 084722, past first houses on right, space where road swings left - BMC Access Notice) Cowdale is reached from the A6 Bakewell to Buxton Rd. Access details on the notice MUST BE FOLLOWED to ensure access (4 min).



Following the rejection of the application mentioned below, permissive access is currently banned - the land is in private ownership and there is no public access to it.

However, the landowner has stated that this is not a permanent exclusion and has said that he will restore concessionary access for climbers after a second planning application for the water bottling plant and an appeal against refusal of an earlier application have been determined. He has clarified this by stating that restoration of concessionary access is not dependent upon the outcome of the planning process - access will be restored "whatever the outcome, one way or another".

Until then he has insisted that there is no concessionary access and has asked climbers to keep away.



The quarry (also known as Cowdale Quarry) is under threat from a major industrial development. There is a planning application in to build a mineral water bottling plant (High Peak Borough Council Ref. HPK/2009/0723). If successful, access to the crag may change.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Peak Limestone (2012), Peak District : Climbing (2008), On Peak Rock (2003), Northern Limestone Route Database (2001), (1995), Peak Limestone - Stoney (1987),
Out of print: Northern Limestone (2004), Peak Limestone - Fax03 (1992)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2Tout ComprendreHVS 4c 2
3A Game of ChessE5 **5
4Hammer into AnvilE2 19
5Nice 'n' SleazyE2 5b *16
696 SmearsE5 6c  
7Rupert Bear Goes HikingVS 4c *95
8Bimbo the Exploding Lorry Driver's Gulch EliminateHS 4b *151
9Beau JestE1 5a 7
11The StigE2 5c  
12Stig of the DumpE1 5a 1
13Emblam EmbargoHVS 5a  
14Somebody's TrademarkHVS 5a 1
15Silent ManoeuvresE4 5c *4
16Telescopic DemandE3 6a **51
17Swan SongE1 5b *59
18Bicycle Repair ManE1 5b **327
19Top GearE5 6b * 
20CharasE1 5b **109
21Mosaic PieceE4 5c 4
22Wipe OutE3 5b *13
23ParaplegeE3 5c **30
24AmatarasuVS 4c 21
26SuscipiatVS 4c **235
27SunaiE1 5b *53
28The NailsE1 5b **251
29Soft TimesE1 5c *47
30Welcome to Hard TimesE3 5c **139
31Joint EffortHVS 5a ***407
32BadlandsE3 6a 4
33Private GrippedE6 6b *2
34Captain ReliableE2 5c **168
35Extra EffortE2 5c 1
36InvestalHVS 5a 8
37ClowningE2 5b *5
38Cathy's ClownE2 5c **177
39Liquid CourageE1 5b **195
40Sound As A TroutE3 5c 2
41Welcome to Hard Times Direct FinishE3 5c **49
42Cathys CourageE3 5c *2
43Hells TeethS 1
44The Wry-Necked GonkVS 5a 2
45The Solo Man's PloyVS 4c *4
46Solar PlexusVD 2
48Conspiracy TheoryE2 5b  
49One Foot In The CaveE3 5c *1
50Down To the ArmpitsE2 5b * 
51MonochlorE1 5c  
52Slap On The PyroHVS 5b  
53CornicureVS 4c 1
54Don't Forget The FreezoneE1 5b 1
55SalactolE1 5b  
57Locks, Box and BarrelVS 4c  
58Thinking Outside The BoxE3 5c  
59X-boxHVS 5a *2
60Open the boxHVS 5a *1
61Little Boxes on a HillsideE1 5b * 
62Boxing Number 7E2 5c 1
63Boxing CleverE1 5a *1
64Forbidden RibE2 5b * 
65The Dead Parrot SketchVS 4c 3
66The Ministry of Silly WalksVS 4b 2
71Suck yer Thumb6b  
72Held Her Head6b  
73She didna Ken6b+  
74Pinging in the Rain7c+ ** 
75E.T.7b+ * 
76New Nomad6b+  
77Napped a Nod6a+  
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...and High Tor.
Jonny2vests - 15/Jan/10
Certainly an above average crag, we only picked only the obvious classics but all had nice non-strenuous techie moves on quality rock with good holds and gear. I'll defo return for the other ticks. Bit of a shame to visit on a sunny day tho, brrr.
Owen W-G - 28/Sep/09
...apart from chee tor and malham. and gordale. and avon.
martin k - 22/Jun/06
By far the best inland trad limestone in the country. Much more like a sea-cliff or mountain slab than the usual choss.
Fiend - 10/Jun/06