Climbs 59
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 315m a.s.l
Faces E

Mike on The Arete at Aldery Cliff © Rob L

Crag features

A popular crag, unique for its slabby nature in a pleasant, shltered location. Most climbs are VS/HVS on good, sometimes polished rock, up to 35m high. The classic lines are Clothesline (S), Carmen Jones (VS 4b), Broken Toe (Vs 4c), The Arete (HVS 5a) and Surface Plate (HVS 5a). A good picnic spot.

Approach notes

From Buxton head SE to Earl Sterndale via the A515/B5053. The crag is on the right-hand side of the road leading from Earl Sterndale to Crowdicote. Parking is available at the crag.

Managed by the BMC.

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Peak Limestone

Selected guidebook covering the best trad and sport limestone crags in the Peak District.
More info
More Guidebooks:
On Peak Rock (2003)
Northern Limestone Route Database (2001)
Peak Limestone - Stoney (1987)

Out of print:
There has been a cleanup (maybe a still continuing cleanup?) with loose rock and trees removed from several areas - thanks whoever did it. Some rock is still a bit dirty and some of the ground around the routes is a bit unstable but I'm sure all will settle down
roger whetton - 16/May/16
there has been a recent large rockfall in the corner to the right of Carmen/Carmen jones
PeteWilson - 05/Sep/13
The recently cleaned slabs on the right hand side contain 3 routes, all done by Dave Williams. Unfortunately the large block above and to the right of them is reported to be dangerously loose. Therefor DO NOT CLIMB THESE ROUTES, at least for the time being
Chris the Tall - 01/Dec/06
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Sword and Stone
E2 5b  
2The High Crusade
E2 5c  
3Hidden Corner
HS 4a 2
HVS 5a 1
5JackornerVS 4c 12
6Cooper's Peg RouteE2 6a *14
7November WallE2 5b *30
HVS 5a  
HS 4a 2
10Rent a Ghost
S 1
11The Clone of Jeremiah
VS 4c  
12Nazi Baby
13The AreteE1 5a **209
14Mitre CrackVS 4c **373
15Chance in a MarillionE3 6a 31
16The CardinalVS 4c **259
17The Actress/The BishopHVS 5b *54
18Arch Bishop *E2 5b *4
19Sycamore CrackHS 4b 7
20Jeremy's Jungular Jaunt
21Jackdaw Gully
22Carmen JonesVS 4c 22
23CarmenVS 4c *180
24Carmen Sutra
VS 4c 4
25Nitride crackMVS 3
VS 4c 2
27Carmen Mirander *E1 5b  
28Sans Nom
VS 4b 5
29Lizzie *HVS 5a  
30Central Gully
VD 8
31Black Country Rock
HVS 5a  
32Ash Tree Arete
HVD 12
33Anti-DigestantHVS 5a 74
34Ash Tree SlabHS 4a *300
35The Nonsense Man StartHS 5a *9
36E2 left of Nettlerash *
E2 5b 1
37NettlerashHS 4a *487
38Broken ToeHVS 4c *259
VS 4c 1
HVS 5b 3
VS 4c 4
42Central AreteHVD 125
43Central Arete DirectS 4b 22
44JanbalooHVS 5b *118
45Janbaloo Direct FinishE1 5b 28
46Surface PlateHVS 5a *331
47ClotheslineS 4a *331
48The FlyHVS 5a 44
49The SpiderVS 4c 81
50BurstHVS 4c 20
51The BenderHVS 5a *32
52Terrace WallVS 4b 46
53A Question of PalanceVS 4b 7
54Right AreteVS 4b 14
55Hard LabourE2 5c 9
56A Pig in the MiddleE3 5c 3
57Gardeners WorldHVS 5a 2
58Bishops Rib *
E2 5c 1
59The Actress *HVS 5b 2
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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