Climbs 268
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 330m a.s.l
Faces W

In condition? Leaving the axes at home for a winter ascent of Embankment 2...the way it should be done. © Alex Messenger

Crag features

The greatest of all the gritstone quarries with sheer walls, stunning smooth corners and crack lines that are pure inspiration. Although cracks have become untrendy over recent years the ones you find here are not the dreaded off-widths. Many of the routes were originally aid climbs up hair-line cracks and the repeated inserting and removing of pegs widened the crack enough to allow access to (thin!) fingers, pointed toes and plentiful medium-wire protection. It is worth putting a bit of extra thought into your rack before setting off up one of these of finger-sized cracks since often you will need to make repeated use of the same size wire. But it is not just about cracks since there are also many fine corners and arêtes formed by the thoughtful quarrying of the various bays. The section from Green Death to the Keyhole Cave could not have been designed better even if a climber had been in charge of the dynamite. Well maybe they might have done something about the unstable finishes since some of the exits are a little dangerous where sub-aerial weathering had started to erode the rock before it was exposed by the quarrymen. These 'crisp-bread' finishes require care and it is always a good idea to place an extra bomber-wire or two before trying to top out.

Approach notes

Try not to belay to the fence posts!

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Eastern Grit

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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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a new 10m arÍte E3 sounds nice - but 3 stars? really? and with 3 pegs, haven't seen them but must be fairly safe and very hard.. was it soloed o/s or after inspection and the pegs being put in? will be interested to see
nickcanute - 07/Oct/15
i absolutley love this crag, also a black diamond c4 (blue) left on the crag, its jammed.
coreybennett - 22/Apr/14
Put some new cord on the coventry street peg. Hard to tell whether the peg itself is in any fit state.
remus - 29/Sep/12
Aren't these two routes the same... Embankment 2 Eliminate (Right Hand Crack Only) E1 5c Compromise E1 5b
slacky - 28/Mar/11
Thanks, route updated. You can always send route updates for this sort of thing if you want.
Ropeboy - 27/May/10
The grade for Embankment 1 P2 is wrong, should be E2 5c. Happy to moderate this crag if you have too much on your hands Ropeboy.
Jonny2vests - 27/May/10
Cheers Dan, recently took over moderating this crag, along with a couple of others, and there is a substanial back log, as you are aware, that takes time to bring up to date.
Ropeboy - 26/Sep/08
"Ropeboy" please can you keep the crag upto date. Dan
Dan Lane - 26/Sep/08
Absolutely beautiful and inspiring crag. However, be warned all of the routes are desperate and very difficult. Easy access from the car park where there is usually plenty of parking. Mr. T took me up and I fell off everything, he subsequently humped up most of the routes. Not the best place for a shandy drinking southerner like myself to enjoy the pleasures of grit.
JoHNY - 08/Jul/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 North Bay 
2BrindleVS 4c 8
3ScrimselVS 4c 7
4BrimstoneE2 5b **338
5Satan's SlitHVS 5b *36
6Anything is Possible in CartoonsE4 6b  
7Gates of MordorE3 5c **195
8Pin PrickE2 5c  
9HacklespurHVS 5b *42
10Cauldron CrackE3 5c *16
11Freight Train
E4 6a *2
12EstremoHVS 5a **140
13GimbalsHVS 5b **109
14London PrideE5 6b **5
15Mother's PrideE6 6c ***18
16PerplexityE6 6b ***11
17ApoplexyE7 6b **2
18PlexityHVS 5a ***581
19Remembrance DayVS 4c **164
20Day DreamVS 4c *44
21Rainy DayVS 4b 20
22Southern ComfortE3 5c *3
23OwzaboutthatthenE4 6b  
24CommixE2 5c *37
25Top LoaderE7 6c ***1
26Bohemian Grove
V11 * 
27DrifterE7 6c *1
28Saville StreetE3 6a ***129
29Shape ShifterE6 6b *1
30Soho SallyE1 5b *31
31ObscurityE6 6b *1
32Learn to ForgetE6 6b 2
 Little Lower Wall 
34BrigadoonV8 **3
35Salinela SunsetE4 6a  
36Fat and JealousE5 6c  
 Cioch Bay 
38Slack AliceE1 5c  
39BamboozleVS 4c 1
40Dolorous GardE2 5b 2
41Fluted CornerHS 4b 6
42February FoxE1 5b *27
43March HareE2 5b **76
44April ArÍteHVS 4c **172
45Dextrous HareE3 5c **134
46DexterityE1 5b **817
47Cioch CornerS 4a 209
48MaydayHVS 5a *333
49Supra DirectHVS 5b *375
50The HackerVS 4c *144
51Close ShaveS 4a *388
52BoomerangS 4a *331
53Cioch Diagonal
HVD 21
54Brumal DirectHVS 5b 2
55BrumalVS 4c 50
56Straight JacketE5 6b  
57Eskimo Blue Day
VS 4c 6
58Cornerstone Climb
HS 4a 21
59ShamrotS 4a 1
60Only JustE2 5b *103
61EarthaHS 4a **792
62Slime CrimeE4 6a  
63Bowling Green
VD *24
64F.A.T.D.HS 4a *42
65Rough Puff
HS 4b 9
66Flaky Pastry
HS 4b 15
67Sudden ImpactE1 5b  
68Dune FlakeVS 4a 3
69Dune CrackVS 4a 1
70The Pittsburgh EnigmaE4 5c 1
71Wuthering CrackHVS 5a 12
72Evening PremiereHVS 5a *22
73Evening Premiere Direct FinishE1 5b 3
74Creaking CornerHS 4b 2
75Crumbling CornerHS 4a 3
 Great Slab 
77Crumbling CracksHS 4a 3
78SveltHVS 5a *483
79Gibbering Heap of PussE3 5c  
80The Psycho PathE6 6b * 
81VelvetE2 5c 5
82The Snivelling ShitE5 6a **181
83Election SpecialE3 6a *7
84The Moronic ChippingsVS 4a 171
85The Great SlabHS 4b **1261
86DinoE4 6b 1
87Sex Dwarvesf6B+ *69
88LoricaVS 4c **173
89Cake WalkS 4a 23
90Bun RunHVS 5a 19
91WindrÍteE2 5b **59
 Twikker Area 
93Breeze MuggerE5 6b 1
94Meeze BruggerE5 6b *5
95ErosE1 5b **387
96Frank Sinatra Bows OutE5 6b  
97AcheronVS 4c  
98Mean to MeHVS 5b  
99Lyons Corner House DirectHVS 5a **303
100AfricanE3 6a ** 
101ErbivoreE5 6b  
102Lyons Corner HouseHVS 5a ***728
103ErbE2 5c ***431
104TwikkerE3 5c ***198
105LubricHVS 5b *17
106The Bed of Procustesf8A+ *** 
107Pinstone StreetE2 5c *61
108Grist to the MillE4 6a *2
109Diamond GrooveHVS 5b 15
110Shady WallVS 4c  
111Helliconia SpringHVS 5a  
112Black CrackS 4a 4
113OptimusE1 5a  
114FlapjackVS 4b *175
115NeatfeetHVS 5a *48
116S.S.S.VS 4c *82
117Winter's GripE6 6b **6
118KeelhaulVS 4c 42
119Crusty CornerS 4a 5
120QuiddityHVS 5a *60
121FindusHVS 5b 1
122BillingsgateE1 5b **456
123Sea CreatureE4 6a  
124PiledriverE3 5c  
 Green Death 
126Nib NobHVS 5b 7
127Stone DriE2 6a *63
128CrewcutVS 4c **235
129YourolympusHVS 4c 13
130MyolympusHVS 5b 3
131Under Doctor's OrdersE2 6a *35
132Jealous PensionerE4 5c *59
133King EllmoreE6 6a *3
134XanaduE1 5b **28
135Xanadu DirectE3 5c **18
136The Trumpton AnarchistE5 6c 2
137Adios AmigoE5 6b **1
138Cherry Bank RoadV10  
139Great West RoadE3 5b ***249
140Edge LaneE5 5c ***164
141Green DeathE5 5c ***64
142Green Death Left-Hand StartV3 8
143Green Death Start
V4 ***40
144Green Death Superdirectf7B **13
145Master's EdgeE7 6c ***105
146Pure NowE9 6c * 
147The Bad and the BeautifulE6 6c ***19
148Great AreteE5 5c ***6
149Stranger in ParadiseE5 6a  
 Great North Road 
151KnightsbridgeE2 5c ***429
152Scoop CrackVS 4b 225
153The ScoopD *307
154DiscoveryHVS 5b 5
155DetourE2 5c **39
156The Hunter House Road ToadE5 6b 11
157Clock PeopleE6 6c * 
158Watling StreetE3 5b *17
159By-PassHVS 5a *96
160Great North RoadHVS 5a ***1772
161Quality StreetE5 6b *3
162Deaf DogHVS 5b 15
163Master Cheff7B **11
164Master Chef Sit-Start
V9 **1
165Technical Baiterf5 *73
166Technical Master Left-hand
V5 ***80
167Technical Masterf6B ***436
168Technical Master One HandedV8 7
 The Embankment 
170Embankment 1E2 5c **494
171Embankment 1 - First PitchVS 4c *476
172Blind BatE4 5c **27
17310,000 Maniacs/Elm Streetf7C+ **2
174Who Wants the WorldE5 6a  
175Embankment 2VS 4c **1920
176Embankment 2 Eliminate (Right-Hand Crack Only)E1 5c 177
177Scritto's RepublicE7 6c **7
178Embankment 3E1 5b ***1510
179Tip TopV9  
180Time for TeaE3 5c ***691
181Tea for TwoE4 6a ***71
182Time for Tea OriginalE1 5b ***222
183Embankment 4E1 5b ***924
184WhitehallHVS 5b **185
185The Jasmine CorridorE6 6c *1
186LottoE1 5c *59
187Lotto DirectE3 5c *12
188Little Lotto ArÍtef5 *175
189Seventies Style Wallf6B+ *40
190Handy Pocket
V1 **19
191Handy Pocket Right
V4 *9
192Green Slab
V3 *6
 London Wall 
194Covent GardenVS 4b **1235
195ScruplesE5 6b 3
196Bond StreetHVS 5a ***1956
197MonopolyE7 6b **16
198Great Portland StreetHVS 5b ***1542
199The Impetus for Stranger FacesE5 5c  
200White WallE5 6b ***112
201The MallVS 4c ***1718
202London WallE5 6a ***357
203Urban SprawlE6 6b  
204Badly BredE1 5c 6
205Lambeth ChimneyHS 4b *477
 Keyhole Cave 
207Old Kent RoadD 20
208Whitechapel RoadHVS 5a *4
HVS 5a 9
210Brittle Road to FreedomE1 5b 2
211Petticoat LaneHVS 4c *50
212Bow StreetHVS 4c *56
213Metal Rash
E1 5b 7
214Brixton RoadVD *357
S 4a 12
216SkywalkVS 4b **163
217LukeHVS 4c *1
218The EconomistE6 6b *1
219Adam Smith's Invisible HandE6 6b **6
220The RackE5 6a **13
221Oxford StreetE3 6b *64
222Littleheath RoadE3 5c  
223Keyhole Traverse 1V5 4
224Keyhole Traverse 2V6 3
225Keyhole Traverse 3V7 1
226Keyhole Traverse 4V8 1
227Piccadilly CircusE2 5c **315
228Coventry StreetE5 6b **135
229Jermyn StreetE5 6a ***47
230Jermyn Street Direct Finish
E5 6b  
231TransmetropolitanE3 5c  
232Regent StreetE2 5c ***1096
233Regent Street Direct Start
E3 5c *12
234Wall Street CrashE5 6b **12
235Shaftesbury AvenueHVS 5b *205
236The WhoreHVS 5b *143
237GimcrackVS 4c *524
HVS 5a 28
239Wings of SteelE3 5c  
240Happy WandererVS 5a 27
241Wash and Brush UpE1 6b  
242Charing Cross RoadHVS 5a *4
243OrielVS 5a *91
244Keyhole CopsE2 5c  
245Trio CrackS 4a 12
246Two Shot Holes (Pot Leg Wall)V2 *32
 Hells Bells 
248Bent CrackHS 4c *14
249Piper's CrackVD 2
250Butter-essHVS 5b *20
251CrosswaysHVD 13
252Key's ClimbHVS 5a 3
253Straight LegVS 4b 1
254Flared Bottom
HVS 5a 2
255Flank CrackVD 41
256Chiming CracksHS 4a *727
257Hells BellsHS 4b *583
258JuniperE1 5b 27
259MidriftVD 412
260Dirty HarryE3 5c ***2
261Giant's StepsVD 359
262WonderlustE4 6a  
263Street LegalE2 5c *123
264Blood and Guts on Botty StreetE5 6b *20
265Frond Crack
VD 1
266Crane Fly Climb
S 1
267Helping hands
E1 5b 7
268Annabella SuperstellaE2 6b  
S 4a 20
VS 5b 14
271Beneath the Pavement Lies the BeachE4 6a  
S 4a 9
 The Little Quarry 
V5 2
V4 1
V4 1
277Big AlV0 4
278Humpty Dumpty
E1 5b  
279The Metal Rash Traverse *
V1 1
280Oxford Street (Lower Crack) *HVS 5a **1
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