Climbs 135
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 282m a.s.l
Faces W

Pool Wall (obviously). © Dan Arkle

Crag features

A few quarried bays and a smaller edge. Rock generally sound. Main bay is sheltered from prevailing winds and has a magnificent back wall (22m high) containing the jamming testpieces of Billy Whizz (E2 5c), Boulevard (E4 6a), and High Street (E4 5c). Easier classics include Excalibur (VS 4c), Three Tree Climb (HS 4b), Great Harry (HVS 4c) and almost anything on the Gingerbread Slab (always busy, routes of VD to E2). The Red Wall routes further right are well worth a visit.

A suntrap; can be mild in winter, boiling in summer, especially in the afternoon. Midges can also be a problem due to the pool in the middle.

Approach notes

Approach SW from Surprise View (Car Park at SK 251800)on the A625 route between Sheffield and Hathersage. Sheffield - Castleton bus alights at the View.

Note that the part of the A625 that goes past the Surprise View carpark has now been renumbered the A6187. So if approaching from Sheffield, don't do as I do and blindly follow signs for the A625! At the point where you have to take a left turn to follow the A625, carry straight on.

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Eastern Grit

Updated and expanded edition of the award-winning Peak Grit East. Covers all the best routes on the eastern Gritstone edges of the Peak District - Wharncliffe, Rivelin, Dovestone Tor, Bamford, Stanage, Burbage North, Higgar Tor, Burbage South, Millstone, Lawrencefield, Yarncliffe, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardoms, Birchen, Chatsworth, Cratcliffe, Black Rocks
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Roadside Bay 
2Brain AttackHVS 5a 11
3ItslideVS 4b  
4SundayHVS 5a 4
5Surprise, SurpriseVS 4b 9
6FridayVD 32
7Shallow ChimneyVD 148
8Split Second TimingE1 5c 9
9Spec AreteE2 6a 3
10FrustrationE2 6a **65
11Straight CrackVD *338
12The Big Red Jacket (The Last Wet Wednesday)VS 4c *289
13Rocking GrooveHVS 5b *77
14RedbitsE2 5c *53
15Slippery WallHVS 5b *132
16Quantum CrackHVS 5b *167
17VaselineVD *281
18Positively 4th StreetVS 4c 71
19Positively 4th Street arete variant
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VS 4c 45
20Grass GrooveD 149
21SetaHS 4c 13
22Proud CrackVD *44
23On Deadly Ground
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E6 6b 1
24Brain Cells in CollisionE3 5c *10
25The Last Day of FreedomE4 6a 4
 Great Harry 
27Gregory's SlabS 4a 123
28Summer ClimbHS 4b *209
29Three Tree ClimbHS 4b ***1670
30Branching Off
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HS 4c 14
31Great PeterE1 5b **865
32Pulpit GrooveVD 4a **873
33Great HarryVS 4c ***1457
34Too Good to be TrueE4 5c 13
35Scoop ConnectionE2 5b *89
36SuspenseE2 5c ***614
37Brainstorm
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E3 6a 3
38Mind Over WatterE3 5c  
39Pool WallE5 6b ***51
40Cascara CrackHS 4b *12
41Side Pocket
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HVS 5a 4
42The Table LegVS 4c 2
43Mildly Laxative
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VS 4c 6
44Austin's VariationVS 4c *48
45Lawrencefield OrdinaryVD 237
46S. A. E.HVS 5b 14
47Crystal ClearE1 5b 4
 The Pool Wall 
49High Plains DrifterE4 6a **78
50BoulevardE3 5c **214
51Von Ryan's ExpressE6 6b *2
52Billy WhizzE2 5c ***388
53Silly Billy
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E4 6b 1
54High StreetE4 6a **67
55High Times
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E5 6a  
56Holy GrailE4 5c 3
57Heavy Plant Crossing
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E5 6b  
58Great Wall TraverseHS 4a *7
59ExcaliburVS 4c **576
60Jughandle
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HVD 27
61Pimpernel
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S 8
62Jughandle/PimpernelS 4a  
63Guillotine
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S 8
64Reprieve
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D 14
65J.J.2E1 5b 9
66The Gordons. The Gordons
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E3 6a  
67LouisetteS 4a 6
68Guillotine Groove
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S 6
69Converge CultE1 5a 1
 Gingerbread Slab 
71Once Pegged WallVS 5a *733
72Once Pegged Wall (Direct Finish)
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HVS 5b 89
73Morning GloryE2 5c 24
74Limpopo GrooveVS 4b *608
75Shoot Pool (Gingerbread Arete)E1 5b 11
76GingerbreadVS 4b *1240
77Every Man and his DogE1 5b 59
78MeringueHVS 5a *1465
79EclairE1 5b *447
80Vanilla SliceE1 5c *423
81Snail CrackVD *1641
82NailsbaneVD *1246
83Bole HillVD 71
84Chilly Days and Purple AcornsE1 5b *25
85Chilly Days DirectE2 5c 1
86TyroneVS 4c *1211
87NovaHS 4b *1269
88Trio WallVS 4b 12
89Flake Climb
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D 11
90Grooved Arete
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VS 4c 12
91Elytrocele
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V3 1
92The Ashes
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S 4
93Urn
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HVD 8
94Scotia
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VS 4b 6
95Fractus
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S 5
96Howarth's Wait
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S 8
 Stonemason's Buttress 
98Tony's Chimney
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VD 13
99CallusVS 4c 2
100Verve
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VS 4c 3
101Stonemason's ClimbVS 4b 21
102Going for the OneE2 5b 1
103Blacksmith's ClimbVS 4b 9
104Tuesday's ChildVS 4b 7
105VectorHS 4b 10
106Sinister CrackVS 4b 2
 Red wall 
108Moss Corner
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VD 8
109FinaleVS 4c 14
110Reckless
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HVS 5a 2
111Rockhopper
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E1 5c 2
112Rattus NorvegicusE5 6b 2
113Delectable DirectE1 5c **378
114Red WallVS 4c *152
115Red Wall VariationE1 5b 40
116Delectable VariationVS 4c ***442
117Delectable DeviationHVS 5a *6
118Cordite CrackVS 4b *94
119Playtex
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VS 4
120SkylineE3 5b 2
121Block WallE4 6b * 
122Varlet
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VS 4c 1
123Knave
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HVS 5b 1
124Slab and Groove/Formic Escape
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HVS 5b 4
125Slab and Groove VariationHVS 5b 2
126The Anthill Mantel
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V4 3
127The Anthill Traverse
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V3 3
128Lone Ridge
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S 7
129Tricky Cracks
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S 6
 The Right hand End 
131Tricky Cracks Alternative FinishVS 4c 1
132Finger Locking Good
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V3 2
133Erb Arete
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V2 6
134Howard's Slab
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HVS 5a 22
135Middle Aged Spread
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E3 6a  
136He's so Derickf7A+ ** 
137OsmosisV4 ** 
138AvalancheVD 4
139Sub-AquaD 1
140AquaS 2
141Boonapif7A+ ***8

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