Climbs 210
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 270m a.s.l
Faces S

Spiral Route © Ropeboy

Crag features

The low-level, south-facing outcrop of Rivelin Edge is often ignored because of a rogue reputation for midges and greenery. Whilst this can be true on a hot summer's day, in autumn and winter the cliff comes into its own, getting all the sun that is going, drying rapidly and being sheltered enough to be climbable when the other edges are a frozen, wind-blasted wasteland. The simple approach and the fact that it is inside the Sheffield city boundary makes it a popular quick-hit-crag when time is short. There is the possibility to finish work and nip out for an ascent of the Needle before the sun sets; alternatively grab the opportunity of a beautiful winter's day to have a go at one of the big aretes or blank walls whilst the friction is good. The central area of the cliff, around the Rivelin Needle, has the highest quality concentration but hidden away in the trees are some real gems across the grade range. Overall the place is well worth a few trips and after each visit it is likely that you will have spotted another excellent route to aim for next time.

Approach notes

Limited parking close to Rivelin Dam (SK 276869), opposite which a track leads to the LH end of the edge (5 min). Bus stop at Rivelin Arms 200m east.

Restricted Access

The landowner (a tree surgeon with a vision of how this woodland should be managed), protested strongly to the BMC about damage to trees and erosion to footpaths around the crag. Climbers should avoid the area to the right of Altar Crack and respect its integrity as a conservation area. Any further damage to trees will result in the loss of all access for climbing.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Mini Beak *
V6 *4
2Beak no Weevil *
V7 1
 Birch Buttress 
4Birch Side
VS 5a 15
5Birch BarkHS 4a *85
6Birch ButtressS 4a **366
7Don't Birch the DocVS 5a *164
8Birch CrackVD *270
9Silver and WhiteHVS 5b 53
10BirchHVS 5b *93
11Birch Branch
E1 5b 1
12Cool Running Left-handf6B 67
13Cool Runningf6B+ *58
14Faze Actionf7B+ *5
15Hot DogV0+ 28
16Hot Dog Right
V0- 9
17Purple Haze
V7 *26
18Master Kush
V10 *31
19Uncle BuckVS 5b 1
 White House Buttress 
21Red's SlabVS 4c 84
22Red's Slab Variations
VS 4c **23
23We're Only Here for the SmearE3 5b *62
24White House CrackS 4a *154
25The President's CrackHVS 5a *50
26MilenaE6 6b 1
27Senator's GullyS 4a *68
28Money for Old RopeE2 6b  
29Stealing The Misanthropes WalletHVS 6a 2
30Ray CrackVS 5a *56
31Parallel UniverseE3 6b 6
32UkaseVS 4c 6
33Friday Club
34Beginner's ButtressS 6
35Beginner's RouteD 7
 Kremlin Krack 
37JadeHVS 5b  
38The Caress of the Blubbery Hand
E2 6a  
39Vice Like Grip
HVS 5b 7
VS 4c 31
41Seville FlakeVS 4c *44
42The Barber
HVS 5b 7
43AusfahrtE3 5c **28
44ExitE3 5c **71
45JadedE4 6b **14
46Der KommissarE4 6a **7
47MoontanE5 6c *1
48Moontan StartV7 22
49Kremlin KrackHVS 5a **259
50Scarlett's ChimneyVS 4b *226
51Left UnderHVS 5a *62
52Left EdgeVS 4c **658
53Better Late Than NeverE1 5a *462
54Rivelin SlabM 202
55Angle RibHVS 5a 42
56Angle CrackD *288
57SolitaireHVD *353
58IsolationS 4a *303
59Rodney's DilemmaS 4a **799
60End of the Road
E1 5c 13
 Blizzard Ridge 
62ClinkerE5 6c 2
63Temple CrackHVD 4a *354
64Crafty CockneyE2 5c 18
65Pious FlakeS 4b *264
66Tree CrackVD *260
67Long Hot Winter
E1 6b 1
68UlexHS 4b *65
69Gardener's PleasureHS 4b *332
70White OutE1 5c **374
71Interminable Drizzle
E3 6c  
E3 6a  
73Trivial Pursuits 1
E1 6b 6
74Trivial Pursuits 2
E1 6a 54
75Bleausard Ridge
V4 3
76Blizzard RidgeHVS 5a ***1200
77Blizzard Ridge DirectE1 5b **124
78The TempestE5 6a **45
79Jonathan's ChimneyVS 4c **701
80Jonad RibVS 4c *566
81David's ChimneyVD **637
82Mad as CowsE1 5c 6
83Layback CrackD *147
84Corner CrackHVD *65
85Twin HoleHVS 5a 57
86Acid Reignf6C *116
87Fluff 'n' Stuff
V3 1
 Rivelin Needle 
89The EyeE2 6a *7
90DeclarationE5 6c * 
91AngstE3 5c **57
92The South-West Corner (Original Route)E2 5c *203
93Croton OilHVS 5a ***1752
94Only HumanE5 6c * 
95The Spiral RouteVS 4c **226
96Jumpey WoollerE6 6c * 
 Face Climb 
98Pensioner's Wall
VS 4c 3
99Grandpa's 'tache
VS 4b 2
VS 5a 2
101Face Climb No. 1VD *355
102Face Climb No. 1.5VS 4c *253
103I'm BackE4 6a **31
104Jelly BabyE1 5c 74
105Face Climb No. 2VS 4b *541
106Crack OneS 4a 287
107Garibaldi TwinsE4 6b 1
108Takes the BiscuitE4 6b 3
109OversightHS 4b 167
110Crack TwoVD 116
111Where Bulldykes Daren'tf6B+ 28
112Shelf WallVS 4c *273
 The Brush Off 
114Birth of VenusE2 6b 1
115Easy PickingE2 6b **111
116Easy Picking StartV4 29
117Holly GutVS 4c 2
118Oliver's TwistVS 4c *71
119Short but Thick
HVS 5a 4
120The TerminatorE5 6c **3
121I'll Be BackE5 6b  
122Grim FandangoE5 6a *6
123The Brush OffE4 5c ***293
124Party AnimalE3 5c *139
125Fringe BenefitE1 5b **598
126Ebenezer's StaircaseVD 85
127Deep ChimneyHVD 41
128FumfVS 5b *276
129Wobbly WallHVS 5b *133
130Europe After Rainf7A *20
 Plague and Auto Da Fe 
132CaravaggioE3 6b * 
133OutsiderE2 5c *94
134Ring of RosesHVS 5b *22
135Big AlE7 7a *2
136PlagueE4 6b *14
137The CreviceHVD *75
138The SlotHVD 24
139Moss Side/Chips and PeasHS 4b *187
140Lichen SlabVS 4a 184
141Lichen Slab DirectHVS 5a 7
142Lichen Slab IIS 4a 4
143Earl's ArÍteD 2
144Sparksf7B *2
145Sparks StartV8 **20
146Palm CharmerE3 5c **49
147Auto da FeE4 6a ***179
148ReprieveE3 5c *46
 Wilkinson's Wall 
150Left Holly Pillar CrackS 4a *190
151Right Holly Pillar CrackS 4a *51
VS 4c 1
153Kellog CornerS 4a 38
154Double DeckerE4 6a 4
155Caveman's CaperHS 4b 20
156Bob PhlegmingHS 4b  
157Boulder Clubf6C+ *17
HVS 5a  
159Bust a Gut
HS 4b  
161Chimp 'A'f7A+  
162Bodle's BulgeHVS 5a 3
163Cocaine PlaceHVS 5a 50
164Wilkinson's WallVS 4b *162
165Of Mice and MenE5 6b 2
166Mount KrustyVS 4c  
167Snell's Rib
VD 3
 Confusion Slab 
169Daylight ArÍte
HVS 5a  
170DiffusionVS 4b 3
171Who let the Daylight In?
VS 4c  
VS 4b 5
 Herbacious Arboriculture Area 
VD 4
175Herbacious Arboriculture
VD 3
176Cartridge Crack
HS 4b 2
177Hole and Corner
D 4
178Shocking News
E1 5c 1
179Shocking News (Direct Start)
E1 6a  
 Roof Route 
181SummertimeE3 5c 4
182Small TimeE2 6b 2
183Renshaw's RemedyHVD **254
184Regular RouteHVS 5a *172
185Groove RouteHVS 5b *224
186Roof RouteHVS 5b **296
187Root RouteS 4a **505
188The Bush OffHS 4b 34
189DynastyE4 6a 7
190April FoolE2 5b *58
191StephHVS 5a *41
192Thumb Wars
V9 **1
 Altar Crack Area 
194AltercationHVS 5b *19
E4 5c  
E2 6a  
197ReredosE1 5b *6
198New MediterraneanE5 6c **12
199MoolahE5 6b **13
200Altar CrackVS 4c ***827
201NonsuchE1 5b **444
202GrimaceE5 6c *1
203Gettin' Kinda SquirrellyE6 6b *12
204Vestry ChimneyVD 35
205Too MuchE2 6a *58
206Alteredf6A+ 12
 The Banned CLimbs Area 
208(The Orthogonal)S  
209(Double Flash)HVS 5a  
210The DiagonalVD 14
211(Seth's Slab)VS 4b 9
212(The Rattler)VS 4c 1
213(Blue Sky ArÍte)E1 5a  
214(Crack-Crack)VD 2
215(Towd Crack)VD 3
216(Big in Japan)VS 4c  
217(Lazy ArÍte)VS 4c 4
218(Green Corner)VD 10
219(Pillar Crack)S 9
220(Ash Tree Corner)S 6
221(Ash Tree Flake)VD 6
222(Esoteric Wall)HVS 5a  
223(Smirk)VS 4c 1
224(Pig Bag)VS 4c  
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