Climbs 83
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 70m a.s.l
Faces SW

Serenity, Impossible Roof crag (not Roche Abbey) © Wood for Trees

Crag features

A pleasant collection of steep compact pocketed dolomitic limestone buttresses up to 15m in height in sharing a valley with a ruined 16th century monastery. The best climbing is in the low E grades but the VS and the few HVSs are very worthwhile. The grades seem tough due to the pumpy nature of the rock. The bouldering is excellent though a bit polished. Most of the harder routes are usually top roped (abundant trees provide good anchors) despite the odd peg! A lot of the crag stays dry in the rain but it generally gets better weather than the Peak anyway. The guidebook is out of print, but you could look at [Paz 5/01]

Approach notes

From Maltby (come off M18 junction 1) go south east along the A634 following the brown signs to Roche Abbey. From the end of the cobbled lane (park here) turn right away from the Abbey and walk up the valley. The crags start immediately up on the right.

NOTE - climbing is technically forbidden by the landowner, but the situation is such that you are unlikely to be spotted let alone asked to leave. we climbed here 1/5/2015 and got kicked off after been spotted by security.

Restricted Access

These crags do not have agreed access. The landowner has concerns with climbing on his land, and any publicity about the crags, or an increase in use, will result in an immediate and enforced ban. Quiet, low-key use is currently tolerated - please do not do anything to jepordize this. Be sensitive to the ecological features of the area and take all litter home with you.

2012 Update: access issues have resurfaced here this summer - please be aware that access is particularly sensitive at the moment so good behavoiur and remaining low key are vital.

Many original climbs are missing.
sting - 07/Jan/15
For anyone who has not been before (when leaves are on the trees) I think theyre difficult to find. Once you get to the carpark. The first 2 crags are adjacent to the carpark behind thick woodland. See the excellent for ace info. As noobs we found these crags too hard and prefered the bouldering after the end of the SSSI, down the track from the car park away from the abbey and over the road into the next woodland. It was a bit slippery being shaded but not too bad. Also, the car park was very busy and a flourescent jacket tried telling me i would have to reverse 3/4 mile up a twisty single lane track as there was no room in the carpark. i ignored him of course and found a parking space but be prepared! We will come back when we are more experienced, theres some great climbing to be had but as noobs maybe we should stick to Stanage Edge for now
northernspirit2001 - 05/Jun/07
Access is officially denied as it is a designated SSSI. The Earl of Scarborough recently died and English Heritage allegedly manage the place. More info on Keep a LOW profile and behave and you should be ok. As DP says the bouldering and climbing is pretty good, nothing really here for beginners. Enjoy this smashing little crag.. Dave Law
dangerous - 06/Apr/06
Guide books for Roche Abbey. The Crag appeared in BMC New climbs 1986. Pages 64 to 68.
Paul F - 31/Oct/05
Access problems currently at the moment, Lord Scarborough - English Heritage has installed a new security gate at the entrance to the driveway. This gate is electric opens at 6.30am and closes at 6.30pm. Currently there are signs stating no climbing due to double scientific interest.
steve Greig - 21/Feb/03
What a superb crag. Puts the Minus Ten wall to shame. The bouldering is shady in the summer and a suntrap in the winter - what more could you ask for. The classic \"Borg\" (English 6b), is maybe the best boulder problems of its grade on yorks/peak limestone (see photo Undisputed (as yet) as South Yorkshire\'s premier limestone bouldering venue.
Dave Parry - 31/Jan/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Gypsy Buttress 
2Best friends dynof7B 4
3Gildaf4+ 9
4Rigolettof6B 10
5Octoberf6A+ 8
6Strict Foref6B+ 7
7Scoopf5+ 9
8Flautistf6B+ 7
9The wasp dynof6C 3
10The Waspf7A+ *6
11Crackerf4+ 6
12Sloperf6A 6
13Flakef5+ 8
14Lankyf6A 6
15Undercutf5+ 9
16The 5c Dynonone 5c 10
17Low Break Traversef6A 13
18High Break Traversef6A 1
19Passionf7A+ **14
20Crystalf6C 46
21Borgf6C 45
22Sharkes Toothf6C+ *18
 Abbey Buttress 
24The Crack
E2 5c 2
25Golden Chalice
E2 5c 3
26The Arete
E2 5c 2
27The Quest
E3 6a 2
28Holy Grail
E1 5b 2
 Pothole buttress 
30The Font
HVS 5a 2
 Car Park Buttress 
32Retrof6C *1
33Vintage Leftf6B+ **1
34Vintage Rightf6B 1
35Silent Prayer
E3 5c 1
E3 5c 2
37Cold Water Treatment
E2 5c 2
38Vows of Celibacy
E2 5c 2
VS 4c 6
HVS 5b 2
41Bell Ringer
HVS 5a 4
 Beef Buttress 
43The Foolf7B+ **14
44Jazzy Jesterf7B **15
45The Jesterf7A+ 7
46Jazzf7B **4
47Justicef7A *28
48Fools Justicef8A 6
49Worse Habits Sit Startf6A+ *9
50Sundancef6C+ **23
51Bad Habits Sit Startf7A ***31
52Bad Habits Traversef7A **6
53Addictionf7C+ **3
54Speedwayf7C+ *** 
55Speedway Sit Startf8A+ *1
56Tight Holef7A+ 12
57Rehabit Sit Startf6C **16
58The Abbey Habit Start 6a+f6A+ 5
59Faith Left Handf7A+ **22
60Faith Right Handf7A 25
61Habitus sit startf6B **19
62Tony's undercut eliminatef7A+ *18
63Fallen Idolf7B+ **8
64Fallen idol sit startf7C+ 1
E1 6a 3
HVS 5a 1
67Shallow Grave
E1 5b 1
68Holy Smoke
VS 4c 1
69Dirty Habits
E3 6a *4
 Impossible Roof 
716bf6B 1
726b+ Aretef6B+ 4
73Tripitakaf7A+ 18
74Tripitaka Extensionf7B+ ***2
75Dragon Flyf6C 14
76Idrisf7B+ **6
77Surrender to Strangenessf8B *** 
78Serenityf8B ***1
80Serendipityf8B+ *** 
81Enityf7B+ 1
82Apachef8A+ *** 
83Into the blackf7C 3
84Dark Therapyf8A ** 
85Light Therapyf7C+ ** 
86Black Cherryf7B **5
87Whale Boppf7B **1
886c+f6C+ **2
89Tight Speed *f8A 3
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