Standing Stones Greater Manchester, ENGLAND
Climbs 81 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 430m a.s.l – Faces S
JULY 2003 UPDATE - See important new access information below. A fine moorland crag of clean rough grit with well-weathered seams providing lots of juggy incuts and pockets. Routes of all types and grades up to 20m long in a safe, yet seemingly remote, location. Worth seeking out are Fairy Nuff (VS 4c), Womanless Wall, Pocked Wall, Twin Crack Corner (all 3 VS 4b), Kremlin Wall (E1 5c) and the fine Ocean Wall (E1 5b).
The following information has changed since the publication of Western Grit Rockfax; please amend your copy. Standing Stones crag is on private land.
UPDATE JUNE 2005.
As the crag is now surrounded by Access Land (see www.openaccess.gov.uk), I would presume access is now unrestricted. Having said that, I've had no problems previously when requesting permission to climb.
Please telephone 01457 872094 and ask permission before you climb there. The crag should now only be approached from below. Park in the Binn Green picnic/parking area and drop down to the reservoir, take a left turn and walk up the valley until below the cliff up on the left (Ravenstones is up on the right) which is reached by a steep ascent - about 40 to 50 mins.
Since the introduction of CRoW, the approach described in the book now crosses access land and so is OK again! As is the alternative previously agreed with Mr Crowther, which takes a slightly different route but still from above and much quicker than the Binn Green approach.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.
Over the Moors (2012), Western Grit (2009), On Peak Rock (2003), Moorland Gritstone - Chew Valley (1988),
Out of print: Western Grit (2003)
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the FA referred to has the moniker craig_h on these forums, you could contact him for the FA details
ste_d - 06/May/11
Does anyone understand to the comment below, can't find the climbs mentioned or the person who was meant to have put them up?
steveshaking - 05/May/11
There are some fantastic new routes to be found amidst the various buttress's, walls n' boulders to be found below Standing Stones. The first ascentist being Craig Hannah. Such gems as Pit Bull Crack HVS 5a, Silence of the Cams E1 5b, The Slug HVS 5b and Maestro HVS 5a, all fantastic routes..Contact Craig for further route info...If you find yourself Standing up at the 'Stones, they are certainly worth repeating, nice lines!
Phylis - 30/Jan/06
Access not normally a problem, phone Chris Crowther of Upperwood Farm tel: 01457-872094. A fine crag, sun trap and far from the crowds..Excellent routes.
Phil Davies - 05/Apr/05
Avoid Bong & Boo @ the Standing Stones
These routes are not in the rockfax, but in the 1988 guide. The 30ft high pinnacle which separates these routes is very unstable and it wouldn’t take much for the whole lot to come off.
The pinnacle lies between route 1 & 2 in the rockfax.
craig h - 07/Jun/04
Appears to be some sensitivity about parking at or near the now blocked layby ("we should start clamping" - farmer/ranger (?) in a landrover) and access across the moors. Parking further down the road towards Greenfield might be advisable, as would checking with the farmer as suggested in the guidebook.
seth - 16/Jun/03
The access layby on the Greenfield/Huddersfield road has been blocked with large boulders to prevent parking. (Room for 1 very small car) 13/06/03.
craig - 13/Jun/03