Climbs 85
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 430m a.s.l
Faces S

Fiend braving bleak mid-July conditions on Pocket Wall, Standing Stones © Fiend

Crag features

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).

Approach notes

July 2014 - The parking layby has been blocked off with large rocks.

The following information has changed since the publication of Western Grit Rockfax; please amend your copy. Standing Stones crag is on private land.

As the crag is now surrounded by Access Land (see, 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.

* please ensure you keep any dogs on leads if approaching from the bends on the A635


Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Over the Moors (2012)
On Peak Rock (2003)
Moorland Gritstone - Chew Valley (1988)

Out of print:
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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Lower Standing Stones 
2Pinchy the Lobster f7A+  
3Smuggling PeanutsE4 6a ** 
 Main Wall area 
5Kathryn's Wall
HVS 5b 2
6Kathryn's CrackS 4a *25
7NingD 2
8NangVS 4b  
VD 1
10BongVD 2
VD 1
12EchantillonHVD 8
13UpsetHVD 5
14Greystone PillarVS 4c *11
15It's a Small WorldE3 5c *2
16SidewalkHVS 5b 3
17Smiler's CornerHS 4b *71
18ExodusE2 5b 2
19The BoggartHVS 4c 2
20Pillar FrontHVS 5a 1
HVS 5a  
22PinocchioVS 4c 5
23Elegy on a RusticpoleE2 5c  
24Digital DilemmaE2 5c  
25GuillotineS 4b 43
26Fallen HeroesE1 5b **73
27BrainchildE3 5c *1
28VivienS 4a **191
29Prunin' the DuckE2 5c 2
30Scratchnose CrackVS 5a *43
31PapillonE1 5b 4
32Twin Crack CornerVS 4b **253
33False ProspectsHVS 5a *16
34Fairy NuffVS 4c ***171
35LeprechaunerHVS 5a *2
36Kremlin WallE1 5c **25
37LaybackadaisicalVS 4b *12
38ObyoyoHVS 5b *10
39The Trouble with Women is....E1 5b *48
40Womanless WallVS 4b **117
41StuckE4 6a * 
42UnstuckE4 6b 3
43Diddley Dum OverhangHVS 5b  
44Deep ChimneyVD 6
 Tranquility area 
46Pocked WallVS 4b **125
47Touch of SpringS 4a *93
48Yorkshire LongfellowE3 5c 2
49ProlapseE2 5c *15
50Postman's KnockS 4a 13
51Pigmy WallHVS 5b 2
52The GhoulE2 5b  
53The Slanting HorrorVS 4c *17
54Wits' EndE1 5c *25
55TranquillityHVS 5a *27
56The DiamondE2 5b 1
57Fish-meal and RevengeE4 6a *6
 Left Twin Face area 
59Wobbling CornerHVD 16
60Piece of PieHVS 5a *16
61Right of PieE3 5c *8
62Fat Old SunE1 5b *19
63Jiggery PokeryE1 5b *8
64Small c.E2 5b *2
6517 ShadesHVD 8
66The Annoying Little ManE4 6b 3
67Butter Barrel Buttress
 Right Twin Face area 
69Kon-Tiki KornerS 4a *13
70Gut FeelingE3 6b *1
71The Ocean's BorderE3 6a **7
72DredgerE2 6b **13
73Dredger left startf6B+ * 
74Dredger-Oceanside Combination
E1 5c 1
75Ocean WallE1 5c ***98
E1 5b 1
 the eastern section 
78Weeping Wall
D 11
HD 7
80Hab-dab Slab
HD 4
81Spider Crack
HD *9
82Cynical Pinnacle
VS 4c 1
83Spider Buttress
84Two Cracks
M 2
85Split Chimney
M 3
86Kon Tiki KornerVS 4b *3
87JengaHS 2
89Rimmon Pit Clough1 4
90Rimmon Pit CloughI  
91Holme Clough1 3
92Holme CloughI  
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