The Woolpacks Derbyshire, ENGLAND
Climbs 60 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 631m a.s.l – Faces all
This large boulderfield on Kinder is at first glance a bouldering paradise that makes you wonder why you haven't heard more about it. Unfortunately most of the boulders are just a bit too small, and the rock typically has a dusty surface which can spit you off at any moment no matter what the conditions. Don't be put off - it's still well worth a visit and there is more than enough good bouldering to justify the long approach, especially in the mid to lower grades.
There is a lot of soft rock on the Woolpacks. The problems covered here are on the solid rock sections only but please still be careful with the holds you use and don't over brush them.
The Woolpacks are approached from the Edale Valley which is also the start of the Pennine Way. Drive up the valley, past Edale (train station) to Barber Booth where the road veers left. Turn right here and drive along a minor road and park near a railway bridge. Continue on foot. After a kilometre the track turns sharp right. Continue along the track and onto the Pennine Way heading west. Continue up the steep climb (known as Jacob's Ladder) and stick to paths leading off to the right, following the rim of the plateau. The path will take you right into the heart of the boulderfield. The walk is about 6km in total and takes around 90 minutes if you're reasonably fit. It is also possible to approach, or descend, via Crowden Clough, but this is steeper.
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