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

Summer evening cragging © Marek

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.


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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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Pinnacle Area 
2Herford's Girdle TraverseVS 4b **21
3Double CrackVD *493
4The AreteHS 4b *365
5Easy CornerD 205
6Easy Crack
D 236
7Right-hand Crack
VD 220
8Pinnacle CrackVD 276
9Pinnacle AreteVD 305
10Sheltered CrackVD *633
11Bow CrackHVD 3c 183
12Slanting CrackS 4a 352
13Overhanging Chockstone CrackVD *274
14The Fifth HorsemanHVS 5a 228
15IcebreakerE2 5b 81
16V CornerS 4b 186
17Thin CrackVS 5a 308
18Muscle CrackVD 399
19Bloody CrackS 4a 255
20Block Cracks
S 84
21The NoseVS 4b *254
 Pilgrim's Progress Area 
23The NithinS 4a *511
24Flake CrackHS 4b 207
25Main Corner
S 28
26The FlywalkS 4a *384
27The NicheS 4a **815
28Niche AreteVS 5a **363
29Orm and CheepE1 6a 31
30StudioHS 4b **787
31Nursery AreteHVS 5b *34
32A.P. 'absolutely perpendicular' ChimneyHS 4a *94
33Pod CrackHVS 5b 55
34Pitoned CrackHVS 5b 25
35Pilgrim's ProgressHS 4b **546
36Little PillarVS 4b 221
37LedgewayHVS 5a 213
38Short But SweetHVS 6a 3
39Short and Sweetf5+ 13
40Short and sweet (sit start)
f6A 2
41No NameS 4b 273
42Keep ButtressHVS 5a 148
43Keep CornerS 4a *611
 The Scoop Area 
45Peek AreteVS 4c 2
46Keep AreteVS 4b **647
47Scoop Face IndirectVS 4c **38
48Scoop DirectHVS 5b *130
49Scoop FaceHVS 5a ***921
50Scoop Face DirectHVS 5c *102
51Scoop WallE1 5b *105
52Footstool LeftS 4a 169
53Piano StoolHVS 5b 17
54Footstool RightHVD 4a *209
55LaybackVD 221
56Combs ClimbS 4a *269
57StaircaseHVD 198
 The Crack Area 
59The Two-stepVD 47
60Fat Man's ChimneyM 86
61Come On EileenE2 5c  
62PlanktonE4 6a 4
63Assorted PondlifeHVS 5a 3
64Deep CrackVD 60
65Deep ChimneyVD 61
66Unbirthday climbE1 5b 4
67Birthday ClimbHVS 5b *34
68The CrackVS 4b ***574
69NozagVS 4c ***979
70Zigzag CrackHS 4b **213
71Zig-a-Zag-aVD *245
72Long ClimbVD 182
 Central Tower 
74Central TowerVD *244
75AtropineVS 4b **253
76The Ugly BlokeE3 6a 3
77PrimadonnaE4 6a 5
78BelladonnaE1 5c *43
79Green CrackS 4a *86
80The Blusher
VS 4b 2
81Morocc'n RollE1 5c 27
82Syringe BenefitE1 5c 3
83Columbal Convenience
S 1
84Peg CrackE1 5c 4
85Iron Age FortitudeE4 6b **1
86Keith George: The Movie
E1 5b *1
87Stoke The EnginesE1 5b *9
 South Buttress 
89Hodgkinson's ChimneyM 10
90South CrackD 8
91South ButtressD 15
92V-ChimneyD *18
93Southern AreteHS 4b 11
94Bubbly WallHVS 5a 3
95Vanishing CrackHS 4b *24
96The ViceVD 7
97StruggleHS 4b 5
98BoomerangM 8
99Boomerang ButtressVS 4b 5
100Overhanging ChimneyHVD 6
101KoalaM 3
102The Facef4 4

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