Laddow Rocks

Climbs 75 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 500m a.s.l – Faces E

Crag features
An exposed outcrop of rough moorland grit in a fine location. Generally clean with good, sometines rounded holds. Sandy after rain and vegetated in places. Worth a visit for the large number of historically significant climbs with many classic VS and HVS routes. Staircase (M), Long Climb (HVD), Pilar Ridge (HS), the immaculate Tower Face (VS 4c), Priscilla Ridge (HVS 5a) and Berg's 1916 astounding on-sight, Cave Arete Indirect (E1 5a) are a good introduction.

Access notes
From Crowden (SK 074993) follow the well signposted Pennine Way north for 1 3/4 miles (?) until beneath the crag (45-60 mins). At the stream crossing, follow the upper stone path easily to the top of the crag, rather than the lower dirt track which eventually leads (through boggy ground) to the bottom of the crag.

Over the Moors (2012), Western Grit (2009), On Peak Rock (2003), Peak Climbs - Kinder and Bleaklow (1990),
Out of print: Western Grit (2003)

Climbs at this crag

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  Climb nameGrade
1Come on DownVS 4c
2The Price is FrightE4 6b **
3Delectable DirectVD *
4DelectableVD *
5Surfing with the AliensE2 5c
7Poking the FireE2 6a
8Chimney BreastVS 5a
9JammyS 4a
10The Tea Drinking TabbyE1 5b
11ScapegoatHS 4c
12Sacrificial CrackHVS 5b *
13Altar CrackS 4a
14Altar AreteVS 4b
15Southern AreteVD **
16Easter RidgeE2 5b **
17Easter BunnyE2 5b *
18Hill BillyVS 5a
19TownyVS 4b
20Route 4S 4a
212nd HolidayM
22Route 3VD
23Tuppence Ha'pennyHD
24Route 2HVD
251st HolidayVD
26Route 1VD *
27Route Minus OneE1 5c
28Tron AreteHVS 5a
29A ChimneyD
30A CrackS
31Omicron ButtressHVD
32StaircaseM **
33Pillar ChimneyS 4a
34Pillar RidgeHS 4b **
35ReincarnationVS 4c
36V AreteS 4c *
37Gardener's Question TimeHVS 5a
38The CrackS 4b
39Hawk's NestVS 4c
40Siren's RockS 4a *
41Priscilla RidgeHVS 5a **
42PriscillaHVS 5a *
43Long ClimbS 4a ***
44Leaf ButtressVS 4c **
45Leaf CrackHS 4b *
46Little CrowberryS 4a *
47Long Chimney RidgeVD *
48Long ChimneyD
49The Blacksmith ClimbVS 4c
50Straight CrackS 4a
51Little InominateVS 4c
52Straight ChimneyM
53Garden WallHVD
54Left Twin ChimneyD
55Twin EliminateE1 5b
56Right Twin ChimneyHVD
57Tower FaceVS 5a ***
58Modern TimesE4 5c **
59Tower AreteHVS 5a **
60North ClimbVD *
61The Pongo FinishVD **
62North WallHS 4b *
63Cave AreteVS 4b **
64Cave Arete IndirectE1 5a **
65Cave CrackHVS 5a *
66Cave Crack IndirectS 4a
67Terrace WallHVS 5a, 4b
68Auchentoshan *E4 5c **
69Cardhu *VS 5a
70Tamdhu *HS 5a
71Steward's Inquiry *HVD
72Five From Home *HS
73Charybdis *VD
74Anvil Climb *VD
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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USER FEEDBACKLogin as Existing User to add your comments
Went for the first time today, the climbing is really good (especially tower face/long climb) the crag is in a stunning position. Theres quite a lot of vegetation & when we visited there were hundreds midges. Defo worth a visit tho!!
jimbonfire - 27/Jul/14
Great crag though I found it hard for the grades. The walk in is not too bad and if you stick to the main Pennine Way path there's no bogs or shrubs - it brings you nicely to the top of the crag.
max_chan - 01/Apr/11
The book of lies states this is a 50-60 minute walk. Allow plenty more - especially when you're near the crag. Lots of shrubbery/swampy bits to get through. On the plus side there's some fantastic views from there. Just make sure you've been to the gym before hand :-).
Gaz - 15/Aug/10
Really good!!! Well worth the walk in. Not nearly as dirty and green as I expected (climbs largely unaffected by the slight green), in fact in pretty good nick. A little more traffic would make things even better GET UP THERE!! Enjoy the great climbs, geat positions and views!!
Graeme Hammond - 14/Sep/09
The "trad" approach from Dovestones is truly knackering!
badpants - 15/Apr/07
An epic hike to get there - probably the crux of most Laddow climbing, particularly if you're fat, weak, and lazy (2 out of 3 ain't bad) - but you are rewarded by a splendid situation. The greenness isn't a problem on the classic routes.
Fiend - 31/Aug/04
Should have a 'kermit' symbol, very green even after several warm dry days. The 'old pennine way' approach is no more boggy than the rest of the walk in, and has the advantage on a first visit of giving you a good look at the crag.
Simon Caldwell - 07/Jul/03
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