Climbs 94
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 231m a.s.l
Faces all

Domes © steveE9

Crag features

This is a lovely little place on a small hill overlooking the village of Birchover. It consists of a series of blocks and caves in the trees with some interesting rock carvings and tunnels. Most of the climbing is in the higher grades requiring some big mantels and long pulls on steep rounded breaks. The rock can be quite green but the best problems tend to stay clean, be prepared for some dirty experiences though if you are here after long periods of wet weather. It is sheltered from the wind and can be a cool retreat in summer when the trees give plenty of shade.

Approach notes

Birchover is best approached from the B5056 road which runs south from the A6. As you arrive in the little village of Birchover the first thing you will see is the Druid Inn on the right-hand side of the road. Park on the main road in the village, not down by the pub. The rocks are just behind the pub and are reached by a small path down the lane leading up behind it.

Restricted Access

Access to this area is very sensitive with complaints to the landowner from local residents about noise, litter and fires. Whilst climbers may not be responsible for this, in order to foster good relations we would encourage anyone visiting the crag to be on best behaviour and to pick up any litter to demonstrate that climbers are responsible users of the countryside. Don't light fires, avoid turning up in large groups, follow the current approach advice and very importantly clean chalk from holds once you've finished.

Short Sean's Reachy Roof to is the most sensitive area for local residents so please make an extra effort here to keep sessions short and quiet.

Lantern sessions (bouldring at night using lanterns to light up problems) are inapproriate at Rowtor due to the proximity of houses to the rocks - please only visit Rowtor Rocks during daylight hours.

Also please refrain from climbing on this boulder: which features ancient cup and ring carvings. It's a small boulder below Domes but avoiding it will help relations with the other users of Rowtor.



Peak Bouldering

The Peak Bouldering Rockfax is a massive book covering a huge area including all the main bouldering venues of the Peak District. It includes many more low-grade problems than have ever been documented before including 17 circuits with problems at V0+ 5a and under, and a further 21 circuits with problems at V2 5c and below.
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 The Cave Area 
2Pickle Your Kneesf6B  
3Egg Meatf6B 1
4Hee Hawf5 4
5Gruts for Teaf6B 5
6Steady Jobf6B 2
7Titchy Digitsf7A 3
8Badarapababaf5+ 3
9Catchf7C+ **2
10Mini Prow
V5 1
 The Chip Shop 
12The Brazilianf7C *2
13Chip Shop Mantel
f6B+ **65
14Gutter Snipef6B+ 4
15The Yoghurt HypnotistV8 ***121
16Pink Lady Sit-Start
V11 **1
17Pink Lady Standing
V10 1
18Pink Lady Jump Start
V7 9
19Slab RouteV3  
V5 *4
21Dirty Habits
E3 6a  
 The Upper Tier 
23Kermit's Ears
V1 **51
24Kermit's Ears Sit-StartV4 **66
25Raw Deal
V10 **1
26Raw Power
V8 **8
27The LineV6 *75
28The Line Sit-Start
V9 *1
f7B *2
30Kermit's ArÍteV4 **65
31Kermit's ArÍte EliminateV8 *5
32Steps Mantel
V3 5
33The Rowtor Challenge
V1 19
34Bus Stop Traverse
V6 1
35Bus Stop MantelV8 ***30
36Coy Hinnyf6A+ 3
37Men in Small Carsf7B **38
38The Cheek
V6 *24
39Pig Trough
V3 **86
40Blood Falls
V7 ***139
41Humpty Dumpty
V5 *9
 Quine Block 
43QuineV9 **23
44Cute Bum
V5 *58
45Seal TraverseV2 31
46Seal Traverse ReverseV3 3
 Crag Corner 
49Jealous Cracks
VS 5a * 
50The Girdle Traverse
HS 4b *1
51I Hope to Return Some Day (SJS)E3 6a *1
52Weepy WrestlerHVS 5a 1
53Rowter Recovery
VS 4c *4
54I am the God of Hell Fire
V7 1
55Unleash the Beast
V5 1
56Rowtor Nowhere
VS 4c 4
57Wiggly Crack
HS 4b *7
58Rowter Riches
VS 5a  
59Hang 'em High
V7 * 
60Rowter Ruin
E1 5c * 
VS 5a *1
 Apple Buttress 
63Apple DappyVS 5a 1
64Tuffy Apple
VS 5a  
65My Buddy the Apple
V9 ***1
66My Apple
V7 ***21
67Apple Tree
E5 6c *1
68Apple Corner
VS 5a * 
69Dass CrabV4 *1
 Crimpy Block 
71Chip Butty
V2 1
72Jam and Blast It
V5 1
73Jigsaw Bulge
V0 7
74Jigsaw Bulge Hanging Startf6C 4
75Crimpy Flake
V4 *6
77Crimpanzee Sit-Startf7B+ *2
78Little Flatty
V3 8
79Slot Slab ArÍte
V0+ 12
80Slot Slab
V2 33
81Hula Slab
V0+ 7
83Tree Wall
V7 ***46
85Domes Sit-StartV9 ***22
86Pat's ArÍte
V4 *4
87Short Sean's Traverse
V4 8
88Short Sean's ExtensionV7 *7
89Pat's Roof
V6 ***4
90The UnknownV6 1
91Runnel Rummage
V3 **38
92Short Sean's Reachy Roof
V6 ***161
93Short Sean's Proper RoofV7 ***38
 The Mantelist 
V3 1
V5 1
V2 1
98The Mantelist
V6 1
 Kim's Block 
100Exit Stage Right
V2 3
101Kim's Problem
V8 *1
102Thalidomide Thumb WarV10  
103Final Thought
V3 **25
104Final Thought DynoV6 **5

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