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: http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonjacques/508479557/ 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.

 

Guidebooks

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
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V5 1
 The Chip Shop 
12The Brazilianf7C *2
13Chip Shop Mantel
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f6B+ **65
14Gutter Snipef6B+ 4
15The Yoghurt HypnotistV8 ***126
16Pink Lady Sit-Start
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V11 **1
17Pink Lady Standing
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V10 1
18Pink Lady Jump Start
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V7 9
19Slab RouteV3  
20Abyss
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V5 *4
21Dirty Habits
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E3 6a  
 The Upper Tier 
23Kermit's Ears
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V1 **52
24Kermit's Ears Sit-StartV4 **67
25Raw Deal
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V10 **1
26Raw Power
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V8 **8
27The LineV6 *77
28The Line Sit-Start
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V9 *1
29Dissolution
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f7B *2
30Kermit's ArÍteV4 **66
31Kermit's ArÍte EliminateV8 *5
32Steps Mantel
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V3 5
33The Rowtor Challenge
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V1 19
34Bus Stop Traverse
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V6 1
35Bus Stop MantelV8 ***30
36Coy Hinnyf6A+ 4
37Men in Small Carsf7B **38
38The Cheek
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V6 *25
39Pig Trough
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V3 **89
40Blood Falls
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V7 ***143
41Humpty Dumpty
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V5 *9
 Quine Block 
43QuineV9 **23
44Cute Bum
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V5 *60
45Seal TraverseV2 30
46Seal Traverse ReverseV3 3
 Crag Corner 
48Ornithology
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V9  
49Jealous Cracks
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VS 5a * 
50The Girdle Traverse
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HS 4b *1
51I Hope to Return Some Day (SJS)E3 6a *1
52Weepy WrestlerHVS 5a 1
53Rowter Recovery
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VS 4c *4
54I am the God of Hell Fire
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V7 2
55Unleash the Beast
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V5 1
56Rowtor Nowhere
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VS 4c 4
57Wiggly Crack
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HS 4b *7
58Rowter Riches
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VS 5a  
59Hang 'em High
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V7 * 
60Rowter Ruin
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E1 5c * 
61Diagony
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VS 5a *1
 Apple Buttress 
63Apple DappyVS 5a 1
64Tuffy Apple
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VS 5a  
65My Buddy the Apple
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V9 ***1
66My Apple
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V7 ***33
67Apple Tree
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E5 6c *1
68Apple Corner
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VS 5a *1
69Dass CrabV4 *1
 Crimpy Block 
71Chip Butty
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V2 1
72Jam and Blast It
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V5 1
73Jigsaw Bulge
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V0 7
74Jigsaw Bulge Hanging Startf6C 4
75Crimpy Flake
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V4  
76Crimpanzee
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V4 *6
77Crimpanzee Sit-Startf7B+ *2
78Little Flatty
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V3 8
79Slot Slab ArÍte
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V0+ 12
80Slot Slab
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V2 33
81Hula Slab
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V0+ 7
 Domes 
83Tree Wall
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V2  
84Domes
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V7 ***58
85Domes Sit-StartV9 ***22
86Pat's ArÍte
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V4 *4
87Short Sean's Traverse
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V4 8
88Short Sean's ExtensionV7 *7
89Pat's Roof
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V6 ***4
90The UnknownV6 1
91Runnel Rummage
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V3 **38
92Short Sean's Reachy Roof
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V6 ***162
93Short Sean's Proper RoofV7 ***38
 The Mantelist 
95Aloha
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V3 1
96Barbapapa
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V5 1
97BarbarÍte
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V2 1
98The Mantelist
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V6 1
 Kim's Block 
100Exit Stage Right
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V2 3
101Kim's Problem
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V8 *1
102Thalidomide Thumb WarV10  
103Final Thought
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V3 **25
104Final Thought DynoV6 **6

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