Rivelin Edge

Climbs 209 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 270m a.s.l – Faces S

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.

Access notes

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.

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Eastern Grit (2015), Peak Bouldering (2014), Peak District: Bouldering (2011), Peak District : Climbing (2008), Peak NE Pokketz (2007), Burbage, Millstone and Beyond (2006), On Peak Rock (2003),
Out of print: Eastern Grit (2006) (2006), Peak District: Bouldering (2004), Peak Gritstone East (2001), Peak Climbs - Stanage (1989)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2Birch SideVS 5a 15
3Birch BarkHS 4a *78
4Birch ButtressS 4a **320
5Don't Birch the DocVS 5a *140
6Birch CrackVD *237
7Silver and WhiteHVS 5b 52
8BirchHVS 5b *81
9Birch BranchE1 5b 1
10Cool Running Left-handf6B 60
11Cool Runningf6B+ *49
12Faze Actionf7B+ *3
13Hot DogV0+ 5b 27
14Hot Dog RightV0- 4c 8
15Purple HazeV7 6b *23
16Master KushV10 7a *12
17Uncle BuckVS 5b  
19Red's SlabVS 4c 76
20Red's Slab VariationsVS 4c **19
21We're Only Here for the SmearE3 5b *51
22White House CrackS 4a *141
23The President's CrackHVS 5a *41
24MilenaE6 6b 1
25Senator's GullyS 4a *60
26Money for Old RopeE2 6b  
27Stealing The Misanthropes WalletHVS 6a 2
28Ray CrackVS 5a *46
29Parallel UniverseE3 6b 6
30UkaseVS 4c 4
31Friday ClubV6 6b  
32Beginner's ButtressS 5
33Beginner's RouteD 6
35JadeHVS 5b  
36The Caress of the Blubbery HandE2 6a  
37Vice Like GripHVS 5b 7
38TwisterVS 4c 28
39Seville FlakeVS 4c *40
40The BarberHVS 5b 7
41AusfahrtE3 5c **27
42ExitE3 5c **71
43JadedE4 6b **11
44Der KommissarE4 6a **4
45MoontanE5 6c *1
46Moontan StartV7 6c 19
47Kremlin KrackHVS 5a **219
48Scarlett's ChimneyVS 4b *201
49Left UnderHVS 5a *55
50Left EdgeVS 4c **545
51Better Late Than NeverE1 5a *414
52Rivelin SlabM 172
53Angle RibHVS 5a 41
54Angle CrackD *251
55SolitaireHVD *318
56IsolationS 4a *263
57Rodney's DilemmaS 4a **689
58End of the RoadE1 5c 13
60ClinkerE5 6c 2
61Temple CrackHVD 4a *306
62Crafty CockneyE2 5c 18
63Pious FlakeS 4b *224
64Tree CrackVD *227
65Long Hot WinterE1 6b 1
66UlexHS 4b *55
67Gardener's PleasureHS 4b *284
68White OutE1 5c **322
69Interminable DrizzleE3 6c  
70TrivialE3 6a  
71Trivial Pursuits 1E1 6b 6
72Trivial Pursuits 2E1 6a 48
73Bleausard RidgeV4 6a 3
74Blizzard RidgeHVS 5a ***1018
75Blizzard Ridge DirectE1 5b **101
76The TempestE5 6a **38
77Jonathan's ChimneyVS 4c **621
78Jonad RibVS 4c *512
79David's ChimneyVD **561
80Mad as CowsE1 5c 6
81Layback CrackD *135
82Corner CrackHVD *55
83Twin HoleHVS 5a 56
84Acid Reignf6C *96
85Fluff 'n' StuffV3 6a 1
87The EyeE2 6a *7
88DeclarationE5 6c * 
89AngstE3 5c **46
90The South-West Corner (Original Route)E2 5c *180
91Croton OilHVS 5a ***1469
92Only HumanE5 6c * 
93The Spiral RouteVS 4c **195
94Jumpey WoollerE6 6c * 
96Pensioner's WallVS 4c 3
97Grandpa's 'tacheVS 4b 2
98UnbelievableVS 5a 2
99Face Climb No. 1VD *335
100Face Climb No. 1.5VS 4c *235
101I'm BackE4 6a **31
102Jelly BabyE1 5c 67
103Face Climb No. 2VS 4b *502
104Crack OneS 4a 268
105Garibaldi TwinsE4 6b 1
106Takes the BiscuitE4 6b 3
107OversightHS 4b 160
108Crack TwoVD 110
109Where Bulldykes Daren'tf6B+ 27
110Shelf WallVS 4c *253
112Birth of VenusE2 6b 1
113Easy PickingE2 6b **107
114Easy Picking StartV4 6b 26
115Holly GutVS 4c 1
116Oliver's TwistVS 4c *66
117Short but ThickHVS 5a 3
118The TerminatorE5 6c **3
119I'll Be BackE5 6b  
120Grim FandangoE5 6a *6
121The Brush OffE4 5c ***235
122Party AnimalE3 5c *123
123Fringe BenefitE1 5b **537
124Ebenezer's StaircaseVD 74
125Deep ChimneyHVD 39
126FumfVS 5b *264
127Wobbly WallHVS 5b *128
128Europe After Rainf7A *19
130CaravaggioE3 6b * 
131OutsiderE2 5c *88
132Ring of RosesHVS 5b *18
133Big AlE7 7a *2
134PlagueE4 6b *14
135The CreviceHVD *68
136The SlotHVD 20
137Moss Side/Chips and PeasHS 4b *183
138Lichen SlabVS 4a 174
139Lichen Slab DirectHVS 5a 7
140Lichen Slab IIS 4a 2
141Earl's ArÍteD 2
142Sparksf7B *2
143Sparks StartV8 6c **19
144Palm CharmerE3 5c **36
145Auto da FeE4 6a ***135
146ReprieveE3 5c *38
148Left Holly Pillar CrackS 4a *185
149Right Holly Pillar CrackS 4a *47
150HereticVS 4c 1
151Kellog CornerS 4a 33
152Double DeckerE4 6a 4
153Caveman's CaperHS 4b 17
154Bob PhlegmingHS 4b  
155Boulder Clubf6C+ *14
156RibelinHVS 5a  
157Bust a GutHS 4b  
158TapasV0 5a  
159Chimp 'A'f7A+  
160Bodle's BulgeHVS 5a 3
161Cocaine PlaceHVS 5a 45
162Wilkinson's WallVS 4b *150
163Of Mice and MenE5 6b 2
164Mount KrustyVS 4c  
165Snell's RibVD 3
167Daylight ArÍteHVS 5a  
168DiffusionVS 4b 3
169Who let the Daylight In?VS 4c  
170ConfusionVS 4b 5
172CompulsionVD 4
173Herbacious ArboricultureVD 3
174Cartridge CrackHS 4b 2
175Hole and CornerD 4
176Shocking NewsE1 5c 1
177Shocking News (Direct Start)E1 6a  
179SummertimeE3 5c 4
180Small TimeE2 6b 2
181Renshaw's RemedyHVD **228
182Regular RouteHVS 5a *152
183Groove RouteHVS 5b *188
184Roof RouteHVS 5b **231
185Root RouteS 4a **437
186The Bush OffHS 4b 30
187DynastyE4 6a 3
188April FoolE2 5b *53
189StephHVS 5a *36
190Thumb WarsV9 6c **1
192AltercationHVS 5b *17
193PeccaviE4 5c  
194DeviationE2 6a  
195ReredosE1 5b *6
196New MediterraneanE5 6c **12
197MoolahE5 6b **13
198Altar CrackVS 4c ***682
199NonsuchE1 5b **367
200GrimaceE5 6c *1
201Gettin' Kinda SquirrellyE6 6b *10
202Vestry ChimneyVD 31
203Too MuchE2 6a *51
204Alteredf6A+ 10
206(The Orthogonal)S  
207(Double Flash)HVS 5a  
208The DiagonalVD 13
209(Seth's Slab)VS 4b 9
210(The Rattler)VS 4c 1
211(Blue Sky ArÍte)E1 5a  
212(Crack-Crack)VD 2
213(Towd Crack)VD 3
214(Big in Japan)VS 4c  
215(Lazy ArÍte)VS 4c 3
216(Green Corner)VD 9
217(Pillar Crack)S 8
218(Ash Tree Corner)S 5
219(Ash Tree Flake)VD 5
220(Esoteric Wall)HVS 5a  
221(Smirk)VS 4c 1
222(Pig Bag)VS 4c  
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Cool spot when it's windy
Jon_Warner - 25/Sep/10