Quick naive question, never having been there: are the Churnet bouldering areas afflicted by midges in the summer in the same way that the grit edges are? Does it make for a good summer destination when the wind is low and/or in the wrong direction like at the moment?
Midges nothing like as bad as grit. You will get a few in places but generally you'll be able to avoid them fairly easily. I've never had a session there that they caused a problem for when I was going regularly. Although, I probably didn't go much in mid summer.
It's less good than limestone when hot, a bit of a breeze makes climbing easier but it's a lot better than hot grit.
The churnet is a good option when it's hot IMHO and is not as conditions dependent as grit (although in still humid conditions condensation can be a big problem). I have never encounter midges (unlike in grit where the can be horrendous) but mosquitoes can be a problem. Good news is a bit of repellent generally keeps them at bay. I was there last night and there were a few mozzies about.
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