Climbs 91
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 2
8Badarapababaf5+ 3
9Catchf7C+ **1
 The Chip Shop 
11The Brazilianf7C *2
12Chip Shop Mantel
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f6B+ **64
13Gutter Snipef6B+ 4
14The Yoghurt HypnotistV8 ***92
15Pink Lady Sit-Start
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V11 **1
16Pink Lady Standing
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V10 1
17Pink Lady Jump Start
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V7 9
18Slab RouteV3  
19Abyss
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V5 *3
20Dirty Habits
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E3 6a  
 The Upper Tier 
22Kermit's Ears
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V1 **47
23Kermit's Ears Sit-StartV4 **63
24Raw Deal
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V10 **1
25Raw Power
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V8 **8
26The LineV6 *70
27The Line Sit-Start
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V9 *1
28Dissolution
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f7B *2
29Kermit's ArÍteV4 **64
30Kermit's ArÍte EliminateV8 *5
31Steps Mantel
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V3 5
32The Rowtor Challenge
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V1 19
33Bus Stop Traverse
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V6 1
34Bus Stop MantelV8 ***30
35Coy Hinnyf6A+ 3
36Men in Small Carsf7B **38
37The Cheek
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V6 *23
38Pig Trough
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V3 **80
39Blood Falls
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V7 ***118
40Humpty Dumpty
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V5 *9
 Quine Block 
42QuineV9 **23
43Cute Bum
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V5 *52
44Seal TraverseV2 27
45Seal Traverse ReverseV3 3
 Crag Corner 
47Ornithology
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V9  
48Jealous Cracks
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VS 5a * 
49The Girdle Traverse
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HS 4b *1
50I Hope to Return Some Day (SJS)E3 6a *1
51Weepy WrestlerHVS 5a 1
52Rowter Recovery
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VS 4c *4
53I am the God of Hell Fire
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V7 1
54Unleash the Beast
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V5 1
55Rowtor Nowhere
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VS 4c 4
56Wiggly Crack
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HS 4b *7
57Rowter Riches
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VS 5a  
58Hang 'em High
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V7 * 
59Rowter Ruin
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E1 5c * 
60Diagony
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VS 5a *1
 Apple Buttress 
62Apple DappyVS 5a 1
63Tuffy Apple
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VS 5a  
64My Buddy the Apple
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V9 ***1
65My Apple
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V7 ***21
66Apple Tree
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E5 6c *1
67Apple Corner
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VS 5a * 
68Dass CrabV4 *1
 Crimpy Block 
70Chip Butty
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V2 1
71Jam and Blast It
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V5 1
72Jigsaw Bulge
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V0 7
73Jigsaw Bulge Hanging Startf6C 4
74Crimpy Flake
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V4  
75Crimpanzee
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V4 *6
76Crimpanzee Sit-Startf7B+ *2
77Little Flatty
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V3 8
78Slot Slab ArÍte
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V0+ 12
79Slot Slab
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V2 33
80Hula Slab
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V0+ 7
 Domes 
82Tree Wall
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V2  
83Domes
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V7 ***46
84Domes Sit-StartV9 ***22
85Pat's ArÍte
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V4 *4
86Short Sean's Traverse
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V4 8
87Short Sean's ExtensionV7 *7
88Pat's Roof
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V6 ***4
89The UnknownV6 1
90Runnel Rummage
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V3 **38
91Short Sean's Reachy Roof
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V6 ***146
92Short Sean's Proper RoofV7 ***37
 The Mantelist 
94Aloha
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V3 1
95Barbapapa
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V5 1
96BarbarÍte
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V2 1
 Kim's Block 
98Exit Stage Right
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V2 2
99Kim's Problem
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V8 *1
100Final Thought
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V3 **24
101Final Thought DynoV6 **4

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