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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Guidebooks

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
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E2 5b  
2The High Crusade
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E2 5c  
3Hidden Corner
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HS 4a 2
4Therianthropic
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HVS 5a 1
5JackornerVS 4c 14
6Cooper's Peg RouteE2 6a *17
7November WallE2 5b *33
8Lethanol
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HVS 5a  
9Timber
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HS 4a 2
10Rent a Ghost
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S 1
11The Clone of Jeremiah
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VS 4c  
12Nazi Baby
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S  
13The AreteE1 5a **225
14Mitre CrackVS 4c **395
15Chance in a MarillionE3 6a 31
16The CardinalVS 4c **279
17The Actress/The BishopHVS 5b *68
18Arch Bishop *E2 5b *4
19Sycamore CrackHS 4b 8
20Jeremy's Jungular Jaunt
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S  
21Jackdaw Gully
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HVD 4
22Carmen JonesVS 4c 25
23CarmenVS 4c *188
24Carmen Sutra
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VS 4c 6
25Nitride crackMVS 3
26Deceptor
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VS 4c 3
27Carmen Mirander *E1 5b 1
28Sans Nom
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VS 4b 5
29Lizzie *HVS 5a  
30Central Gully
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VD 8
31Black Country Rock
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HVS 5a  
32Ash Tree Arete
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HVD 12
33Anti-DigestantHVS 5a 77
34Ash Tree SlabHS 4a *322
35The Nonsense Man StartHS 5a *11
36E2 left of Nettlerash *
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E2 5b 1
37NettlerashHS 4a *517
38Broken ToeHVS 4c *272
39Formic
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VS 4c 1
40Venom
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HVS 5b 3
41Yukio
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VS 4c 4
42Central AreteHVD 132
43Central Arete DirectS 4b 24
44JanbalooHVS 5b *125
45Janbaloo Direct FinishE1 5b 30
46Surface PlateHVS 5a *346
47ClotheslineS 4a *355
48The FlyHVS 5a 46
49The SpiderVS 4c 84
50BurstHVS 4c 20
51The BenderHVS 5a *36
52Terrace WallVS 4b 51
53A Question of PalanceVS 4b 8
54Right AreteVS 4b 19
55Hard LabourE2 5c 11
56A Pig in the MiddleE3 5c 3
57Gardeners WorldHVS 5a 2
58Bishops Rib *
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E2 5c 1
59The Actress *HVS 5b 3
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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