Millstone Edge

Climbs 259 – Rocktype Grit (quarried) – Altitude 330m a.s.l – Faces W

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.

Access notes
Try not to belay to the fence posts!
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Guidebooks
Peak Bouldering (2014), Peak District: Bouldering (2011), Peak District : Climbing (2008), Peak NE Pokketz (2007), Eastern Grit (2006), Burbage, Millstone and Beyond (2006), On Peak Rock (2003),
Out of print: Peak District: Bouldering (2004), Peak Gritstone East (2001), Peak Bouldering - Fax09 (1998), Bouldering in the Peak District Vol 2 (1994)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
 NORTH BAY  
2BrindleVS 4c 5
3ScrimselVS 4c 4
4BrimstoneE2 5b **242
5Satan's SlitE1 5b *25
6Anything is Possible in CartoonsE4 6b  
7Gates of MordorE3 5c ***108
8Pin PrickE2 5c  
9HacklespurHVS 5b *30
10Cauldron CrackE3 5c *12
11Freight TrainE4 6a *2
12EstremoHVS 5a **101
13GimbalsHVS 5a *79
14London PrideE5 6b **2
15Mother's PrideE6 6c ***12
16PerplexityE6 6b ***5
17ApoplexyE7 6b 1
18PlexityHVS 5a ***399
19Remembrance DayVS 4b *115
20Day DreamVS 4c *37
21Rainy DayVS 4b 18
22Southern ComfortE3 5c * 
23OwzaboutthatthenE4 6b  
24CommixE2 5c **31
25Top LoaderE7 6c ***1
26Bohemian Grovef8A * 
27DrifterE7 6c **1
28Saville StreetE3 6a ***77
29Shape ShifterE6 6b *1
30Soho SallyE1 5b *17
31ObscurityE6 6b *1
32Learn to Forget *E6 6b 2
 LITTLE LOWER WALL  
34Brigadoonf7B ** 
35Salinela SunsetE4 6a  
36Fat and JealousE5 6c  
 CIOCH AREA  
38Slack AliceE1 5c  
39BamboozleVS 4c 1
40Dolorous GardE2 5b 1
41Fluted CornerHS 4b 6
42February FoxE2 5b *20
43March HareE3 5c **61
44April ArêteHVS 4c *151
45Dextrous HareE3 5c **104
46DexterityE1 5b **559
47Cioch CornerS 4a *162
48MaydayHVS 5a *258
49Supra DirectHVS 5b *282
50The HackerVS 4c *96
51Close ShaveHVD 4a *304
52BoomerangS 4a *260
53Cioch DiagonalHVD 17
54Brumal DirectHVS 5b 2
55BrumalVS 4c 34
56Straight JacketE5 6b  
57Eskimo Blue DayVS 4c 5
58Cornerstone ClimbHS 4a 18
59ShamrotS  
60Only JustE1 5a *78
61EarthaHS 4b **621
62Slime CrimeE4 6a  
63Bowling GreenVD *23
64F.A.T.D.HS 4a *30
65Rough PuffHS 9
66Flaky PastryHS 15
67Sudden ImpactE1 5b  
68Dune FlakeVS 4a 1
69Dune CrackVS 4a 1
70The Pittsburgh EnigmaE4 5c 1
71Wuthering CrackHVS 5a 9
72Evening PremiereVS 4c *16
73Evening Premiere Direct FinishE1 5b 1
74Creaking CornerHS 4b 1
75Crumbling CornerHS 4a 1
 GREAT SLAB AREA  
77Crumbling CracksHS 4a 1
78SveltHVS 5a *371
79Gibbering Heap of PussE3 5c  
80The Psycho PathE6 6b * 
81VelvetE2 5c 3
82The Snivelling ShitE5 6a **115
83Election SpecialE4 6b *6
84The Moronic ChippingsVS 4b 142
85The Great SlabHS 4b **979
86DinoE4 6b  
87Sex DwarvesE3 6b 49
88LoricaVS 4c *129
89Cake WalkHS 19
90Bun RunHVS 5a 17
91WindrêteE2 5b **51
 TWIKKER AREA  
93Breeze MuggerE5 6b 1
94Meeze BruggerE5 6b *5
95ErosHVS 5a **289
96Frank Sinatra Bows OutE5 6b  
97AcheronVS 4c  
98Mean to MeHVS 5b  
99Lyons Corner House DirectHVS 5a **218
100AfricanE3 6a ** 
101Lyons Corner HouseHVS 5a ***497
102ErbE2 5c **315
103TwikkerE3 5c ***132
104LubricHVS 5b *14
105The Bed of ProcustesV12 7a  
106Pinstone StreetE2 5c *50
107Grist to the MillE4 6a *2
108Diamond GrooveHVS 5a 11
109Shady WallVS 4c  
110Helliconia SpringHVS 5a  
111Black CrackS 3
112OptimusE1 5a  
113FlapjackVS 4b *130
114NeatfeetVS 5b *33
115S.S.S.VS 4c 66
116Winter's GripE6 6b *4
117KeelhaulVS 4c 38
118Crusty CornerS *4
119QuiddityHVS 5a *45
120FindusHVS 5b 1
121BillingsgateE1 5b **346
122Sea CreatureE4 6a  
123PiledriverE3 5c  
 CORNERS AREA  
125Nib NobHVS 5b 3
126Stone DriE2 6a *48
127CrewcutHVS 4c **160
128YourolympusHVS 4c *10
129MyolympusHVS 5b  
130Under Doctor's OrdersE2 5c *24
131Jealous PensionerE4 5c *39
132King EllmoreE6 6a *3
133XanaduE1 5b **16
134Xanadu DirectE4 6a **14
135The Trumpton AnarchistE6 6b 2
136Adios AmigoE5 6b **1
137Cherry Bank RoadV10 7a  
138Great West RoadE2 5b ***171
139Edge LaneE5 5c ***91
140Green DeathE5 5c ***33
141Green Death Left-Hand StartV3 6a 5
142Green Death StartV4 6b ***30
143Green Death SuperdirectV8 7a ***6
144Master's EdgeE7 6b ***19
145Pure NowE9 6c  
146The Bad and the BeautifulE7 6b ***9
147Great ArêteE5 5c ***6
148Stranger in ParadiseE5 6a  
149KnightsbridgeE2 5c **292
150Scoop CrackVS 4b *168
151The ScoopD *254
152DiscoveryHVS 5b *4
153DetourE2 5c *31
154The Hunter House Road ToadE5 6b *10
155Clock PeopleE6 6c * 
156Watling StreetE3 5b **15
157By-PassHVS 5a *77
158Great North RoadHVS 5a ***1193
159Quality StreetE5 6b *3
160Deaf DogV1 5b 13
161Master ChefV8 6c **7
162Master Chef Sit-StartV9 6c **1
163Technical BaiterV1 5b **63
164Technical Master Left-handV5 6b ***63
165Technical MasterV4 6b ***313
166Technical Master One HandedV8 6c 4
 EMBANKMENT WALL AREA  
168Blind BatE4 5c **26
169Embankment 1E2 5c **439
170Embankment 1 - First PitchVS 4c *286
171Who Wants the WorldE5 6a  
17210,000 Maniacs/Elm StreetE8 6c **1
173Embankment 2VS 4c **1423
174Embankment 2 Eliminate (Right-Hand Crack Only)E1 5c 110
175Scritto's RepublicE7 6c **6
176Embankment 3E1 5b ***1051
177Tip TopV9 6c  
178Time for TeaE3 5c ***450
179Tea for TwoE4 6a **42
180Time for Tea OriginalE1 5b **133
181Embankment 4E1 5b ***657
182WhitehallHVS 5a **121
183The Jasmine CorridorE6 6c 1
184LottoE1 5c *48
185Lotto DirectE3 5c **4
186Little Lotto ArêteV2 5c **128
187Seventies Style WallV4 6a *35
188Handy PocketV1 5b **17
189Handy Pocket RightV4 6a *8
190Green SlabV3 6a *6
191Covent GardenVS 4b **926
192ScruplesE5 6b 2
193Bond StreetHVS 5a ***1355
194MonopolyE7 6b **8
195Great Portland StreetHVS 5b ***1110
196The Impetus for Stranger FacesE5 5c  
197White WallE5 6b **62
198The MallVS 4c ***1232
199London WallE5 6a ***83
200Urban SprawlE6 6b  
201Badly BredE1 5c 3
202Lambeth ChimneyHS 4b *356
 KEYHOLE CAVE AREA  
204Old Kent RoadD 19
205Whitechapel Road *HVS 5a, 4b *2
206AlopeciaHVS 5a 9
207Brittle Road to FreedomE1 5b  
208Petticoat LaneHVS 4b 38
209Bow StreetHVS 5b 44
210Metal RashE1 5b 5
211Brixton RoadVD **303
212EkelS 11
213SkywalkVS 4b *149
214The EconomistE6 6b *1
215Adam Smith's Invisible HandE6 6b ***3
216The RackE5 6a *9
217Oxford StreetE3 6b **56
218Littleheath RoadE3 5c  
219The Keyhole TraverseV8 6c 1
220Piccadilly CircusE2 5c **238
221Coventry StreetE5 6b ***110
222Jermyn StreetE5 6a ***42
223Jermyn Street Direct FinishE5 6b  
224TransmetropolitanE3 5c  
225Regent StreetE2 5c ***669
226Regent Street Direct StartE3 5c *12
227Wall Street CrashE5 6b **9
228Shaftesbury AvenueHVS 5a *155
229The WhoreHVS 5b *112
230GimcrackVS 4c **416
231At-a-CliffHVS 5a 15
232Wings of SteelE3 5c  
233Happy WandererVS 4c 18
234Wash and Brush UpE1 6b  
235Charing Cross RoadHVS 5a *1
236OrielVS 5a *78
237Keyhole CopsE2 5c  
238Trio CrackS 10
239Pot Leg WallV2 5c 27
 HELL'S BELL AREA  
241Bent CrackHS 4b 11
242Piper's CrackVD  
243Butter-essHVS 5b *15
244CrosswaysS 4a 11
245Key's ClimbHVS 5a 3
246Straight LegVS 4b  
247Flared BottomHVS 5a 1
248Flank CrackVD 33
249Chiming CracksHS 4b *569
250Hells BellsHS 4b *445
251JuniperE1 5b 17
252MidriftVD *336
253Giant's StepsVD 289
254WonderlustE4 6a  
255Street LegalE2 5c *93
256Blood and Guts on Botty StreetE5 6b 18
257Helping handsE1 5b 7
258Annabella SuperstellaE2 6b  
259WilfredS 17
260SqueakVS 5b 12
261Beneath the Pavement Lies the BeachE4 6a  
262PipS 8
 THE LITTLE QUARRY  
264FireworksV5 6b 1
265DamageV4 6a 1
266HalloweenV4 6b 1
267Big AlV0 5a 4
268Humpty DumptyE1 5b  
269Ellesemere *VS 5a 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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USER FEEDBACKLogin as Existing User to add your comments
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