Climbs 81
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 376m a.s.l
Faces S

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The Arete, Tintwistle Knarr © Colin Brearley

Crag features

Tintwhistle is a small venue in a beautiful location with a good set of mainly harder problems. The quarry of Tintwhistle, with its famous arête climb, makes a worthy addition for those who wish to mix their routes and bouldering.

The quarry is south-facing and gets all the sun that is going, though it takes quite a bit of drainage from the moor behind. Like nearby Laddow, the grass is gradually taking over the place, choking the cracks, covering the ledges and holding moisture so that over time the whole place becomes slower to dry. With more traffic, the best of the climbs here would be rivals to many of Millstone's most popular outings - helping to spread the load a little.

Approach notes

The approach is lengthy but straightforward following the quarry track up the hill. There is parking for half a dozen cars on the northern side of the A628 road by the edge of the reservoir. A good track (the old quarry road) starts at the gate and weaves up the hill to enter the forest and then continues rightwards to end in front of the central bay of the quarry. The boulders are down to the right. Approach with care to reach the Top Boulders.

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Guidebooks

Peak Bouldering

The Peak Bouldering Rockfax is a massive book covering a huge area including all the main bouldering venues of the Peak District. It includes many more low-grade problems than have ever been documented before including 17 circuits with problems at V0+ 5a and under, and a further 21 circuits with problems at V2 5c and below.
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Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
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More Guidebooks:
Over the Moors (2012)
Peak District: Bouldering (2011)
On Peak Rock (2003)
Peak Climbs - Kinder and Bleaklow (1990)

Out of print:
Somewhere on your 'I know I should check it out but I know I never will' list that should be on your 'I'm checking this place out asap' list. Quality.
DerwentDiluted - 30/Apr/14
Dream Chaser is unclimbable at the moment as several trees have fallen completely covering the problems around that area. It would need a chainsaw and a lot of effort to shift them.
Al Doig - 23/Sep/12
O gradey's offers the best whipper in the north.
Franco Cookson - 10/Aug/12
A pleasant 15 min walk up to the quarry and great views are possibly the only reason (besides the layback classics and The Arete) to take time out of one’s busy climbing schedule to sample Tints delights. The old triangle was a seeping snot fest despite previous sustained great weather, as for its 2 stars and 5a tech grade ill have to agree to disagree. Knobblekerry corner a 4c??!! Lack of gear for the last 15m while climbing from one shrubbery to the next is eerie. In short:- you’re in the peaks with the best climbing substance known to mankind beneath you, do the grit and yourself a favour and go someplace else.
tommakin - 21/Apr/09
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Tintwhistle Knarr Quarry
2 Levl E2 5b * 8
3 Leprechaun VS 4c 8
4 Scimitar HVS 5b ** 40
5 Poteen E1 5b ** 18
6 Sinn Fein E3 5c ** 5
7 The Old Triangle HVS 5a ** 45
8 Nil Carborundum Illigitimum E3 5c * 9
9 The ArĂȘte E2 5c *** 95
10 The Little Spillikin E3 6a * 7
11 O'Gradey's Incurable Itch E6 7a *** 1
12 Gerry Adams' Beard E4 6b * 1
13 Gobbin Grove VS 4c * 2
14 Eireborne E2 5c  
15 Kershaw's Krackers E1 5c * 29
16 Stiff Little Fingers E1 5b * 7
17 Cornflake VS 4c ** 34
18 Soapflake VS 4c * 7
19 Knobblekerry Corner VS 4c * 15
20 Nosey Parker E4 6a **  
21 Black Michael VS 4c 10
22 Sham-rock VS 5a 3
23 Good Things Come to Those Who Wait E3 5c *  
24 Guns and Drums E4 6a ** 3
25 Wall and Groove HVS 5a * 3
26 The Peace Process E5 6b * 1
27 Fenian Wall E4 6a *  
28 Republic Groove HVS 5a 1
29 Sligo
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HS 1
Climb name Grade
30 Knocknagowan Groove S 4
31 Dublin Cracks S ** 5
32 Shillelah Grove HVS 5a 1
33 Weedkiller HVS 5b 1
34 Kilkenny Crack HVS 5a * 2
35 Tipperary Crack HVS 5a * 2
  Tintwistle Knarr Boulders
  Top Boulders
38 Nikita f6B+ ** 6
39 Nikita Right-hand V8 1
40 Leon f7B * 2
41 La Femme Fatale f7B+ *  
42 La Femme Slab f5+ * 2
43 Left Side f5+ * 10
44 Centre f5+ * 14
45 ArĂȘte on Left f5+ * 13
46 Soul Deep f6B+ *  
47 Small ArĂȘte f6C * 3
48 Underpass f6C * 2
49 Mr. Brightside f7A * 2
50 Layaway Wall f6B * 1
51 Small Wall f4+  
52 Fire Fly f6C+ *  
53 Left Slab f6A ** 8
54 Back Side ArĂȘte f6C+ * 1
  Big Boulder
56 Mad as a Badger f6A * 4
57 The Thief f6C * 6
58 Seam Wall f6C+ ** 10
Climb name Grade
59 Two Pocket Wall f6B * 15
60 Right ArĂȘte f5 * 8
61 Debstar f7A * 1
62 Big Slab f4 * 3
63 Whispa Loudly f7A **  
64 The Ramp f7A * 2
65 The Dark Side f7A *  
66 Midnight Monster f7A *  
67 Broken Moon f7A **  
68 Acapella f8A *  
69 Hard Moon f7C *  
  Tree Boulder
71 Overhanging ArĂȘte f6C 1
72 Straight No Chaser f7C  
73 Dream Chaser f7B+ *** 3
74 The Groove f4+ * 5
75 Thin Slab
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f7A  
76 Pocket Slab f6B ** 13
77 Forestation f5 * 1
78 Deforestation f7A * 11
79 Deforestation Sit-start
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V8  
80 The Porthole f6C+ ** 8
81 The Enigma f8A *  
82 The Rib f6B * 5
83 Easy Wall f5 3
84 Pocket Wall f5+ 3
85 The Hanging ArĂȘte f6A 1
  Outlying
87 Lone Ranger f7C+  

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