Castle Naze

Climbs 101 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 400m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
A minor edge of mostly sound, weathered natural rock, with a looser sandy section beyond. Exposed to the elements, but quick drying with the majority of routes in the low to middle grades up to 15m in height. In particular the historical significant climb, The Scoop (HVS 5a).

Approach notes
From Doveholes on the A6 (Buxton to Chapel-en-le-Frith) follow signs to the railway station. 200m past railway bridge head left (Cowlow Lane) for 1 mile to small layby (on left opposite footpath sign to Chapel). The crag and approach are obvious.

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Staffordshire Gritstone, The Roaches (2009), Western Grit (2009), Peak District : Climbing (2008), Staffordshire Grit - The Roaches (2004), 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
2Herford's Girdle TraverseVS 4b **18
3Double CrackVD *477
4The AreteHS 4b *352
5Easy CornerD 193
6Easy CrackD 222
7Right-hand CrackVD 209
8Pinnacle CrackVD 266
9Pinnacle AreteVD 302
10Sheltered CrackVD *609
11Bow CrackHVD 3c 174
12Slanting CrackS 4a 333
13Overhanging Chockstone CrackVD *267
14The Fifth HorsemanHVS 5a 218
15IcebreakerE2 5b 79
16V CornerS 4b 183
17Thin CrackVS 5a 298
18Muscle CrackVD 393
19Bloody CrackS 4a 246
20Block CracksS 80
21The NoseVS 4b *250
23The NithinS 4a *499
24Flake CrackHS 4b 203
25Main CornerS 26
26The FlywalkS 4a *373
27The NicheS 4a **782
28Niche AreteVS 5a **339
29Orm and CheepE1 6a 30
30StudioHS 4b **747
31Nursery AreteHVS 5b *32
32A.P. 'absolutely perpendicular' ChimneyHS 4a *84
33Pod CrackHVS 5b 52
34Pitoned CrackHVS 5b 25
35Pilgrim's ProgressHS 4b **520
36Little PillarVS 4b 215
37LedgewayHVS 5a 206
38Short But SweetHVS 6a 3
39Short and SweetV2 6a 13
40Short and sweet (sit start)V3 2
41No NameS 4b 268
42Keep ButtressHVS 5a 142
43Keep CornerS 4a *581
45Peek AreteVS 4c 2
46Keep AreteVS 4b **614
47Scoop Face IndirectVS 4c **38
48Scoop DirectHVS 5b *126
49Scoop FaceHVS 5a ***837
50Scoop Face DirectHVS 5c *98
51Scoop WallE1 5b *102
52Footstool LeftS 4a 165
53Piano StoolHVS 5b 17
54Footstool RightHVD 4a *200
55LaybackVD 213
56Combs ClimbS 4a *262
57StaircaseHVD 196
59The Two-stepVD 46
60Fat Man's ChimneyM 86
61Come On EileenE2 5c  
62PlanktonE4 6a 4
63Assorted PondlifeHVS 5a 3
64Deep CrackVD 60
65Deep ChimneyVD 56
66Unbirthday climbE1 5b 4
67Birthday ClimbHVS 5b *33
68The CrackVS 4b ***526
69NozagVS 4c ***900
70Zigzag CrackHS 4b **206
71Zig-a-Zag-aVD *235
72Long ClimbVD 177
74Central TowerVD *235
75AtropineVS 4b **231
76The Ugly BlokeE3 6a 3
77PrimadonnaE4 6a 5
78BelladonnaE1 5c *42
79Green CrackS 4a *81
80The BlusherVS 4b 2
81Morocc'n RollE1 5c 27
82Syringe BenefitE1 5c 3
83Columbal ConvenienceS 1
84Peg CrackE1 5c 4
85Iron Age FortitudeE4 6b **1
86Keith George: The MovieE1 5b *1
87Stoke The EnginesE1 5b *9
89Hodgkinson's ChimneyM 9
90South CrackD 6
91South ButtressD 12
92V-ChimneyD *16
93Southern AreteHS 4b 11
94Bubbly WallHVS 5a 3
95Vanishing CrackHS 4b *22
96The ViceVD 6
97StruggleHS 4b 5
98BoomerangM 7
99Boomerang ButtressVS 4b 5
100Overhanging ChimneyHVD 6
101KoalaM 3
102The FaceV0 5a 2
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WARNING: As of the 13.05.12 the “hidden” flake was loosened by a climber, and the flake was deemed to be unsafe and the flake was subsequently removed. There may still be some loose rock, so be aware.
peat - 14/May/12
Super venue.
BennoC - 12/Jun/09
Come on all you sexigenarians or whatever the term is for a 6 decade piss artist. Last night I sampled the sublime delights of Timothy Taylor's Landlord at the Beehive. Oh yeah, nearly forgot - the climbing was pretty good too!
Colin Ardron - 02/Sep/05
I shouldn't really say this, but I think Castle Naze is a little unknown gem. Granted it's not an enormous crag, but it does have a lot going for it. It's generally pretty quiet with only a few people ever climbing there, and you might even find yourselves the only ones. That kind of solitude is pretty rare these days in the Peak. It also has, one could arguably say one of the best views in the Peak District and its pretty stunning on a nice sunny mid week evening. Even if the climbing isn't extensive, it does have (for me) some classic climbs. A note, it is pretty loose up top, so a helmet is definitely advisable. Finally, there is also a great pub down the hill in Combs called the Beehive which is a nice finish to an evening.
Stuart Barker - 10/Jan/03
The parking is very limited (3 cars) and the road single track. However, the walk from the ample parking at Chapel railway station, is pleasant and takes about 25 mins. Cross the track and take the RH path.
Paul J - 18/Jun/02