Climbs 156
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 440m a.s.l
Faces N

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The Trinnacle on Ravenstones Brow, Saddleworth Moor. © Andy Hemingway

Crag features

An excellent mountain crag of rough moorland grit up to 20m high set in a superbly exposed situation (most routes feel like the second pitch!). Green early in the year, best visited afternons and evenings in summer when the crag gets the sun. Plenty of routes of all grades, the isolated location adding a serious air. Lower grade classics include Grey's Wall (HS 4b), Wedgewood Crack (VS 4c,4b) and Trinnacle East (HVS 5a). Best extremes are True Grit (E2 5c), Stranger Than Friction (E3 5c), Welcome to Greenfield... (E3 5c) and No Time To Pose (E5 6b). The stunning Black Mountain College (E7 6b) awaits a repeat!

Approach notes

The following information has changed since the publication of Western Grit Rockfax; please amend your copy. The crag should now only be approached from the Binn Green picnic/parking area. Drop down to the reservoir, take a left turn and walk up the valley until below the cliff up on the right (Standing Stones is up on the left) which is reached by a steep ascent - about 40 to 50 mins.

Since the introduction of CRoW, the approach described in the book now crosses access land and so is OK again!

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Guidebooks

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.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Over the Moors (2012)
Moorland Gritstone - Chew Valley (1988)

Out of print:
I lost a wild country xenon when I was here about a month ago. Only just found out you can ask on UKC. I know it's a long shot, but has anyone found it?
AdamFreeman - 14/Sep/16
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Far East Buttresses
2 West's Way
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MVS 4c * 3
3 Problem Wall
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VS 5b 1
4 Scoop Wall
-
VD 4
5 Little Extra
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S 4a 2
6 Eastern Wall
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HVS 5b  
7 Eastern Arete
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VD 5
8 Swing Low Sweet Chariot
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HVS 5b *  
9 The Chapter
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E1 5c  
10 Cioch Block
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VS 5b * 1
  Eastern Slab
12 Strenuosity VS 4c 9
13 Cockney's Traverse HS 4b * 8
14 Hang-glider E2 5b * 2
15 Slanter VS 4c * 15
16 Alpha VD * 27
17 Beta D 8
18 Grooved Wall HS 4b * 20
19 Eastern Slab VD * 29
20 Deep Chimney M * 12
21 Green Wall VS 4b ** 46
22 Boy's Own E1 5b 3
23 Nil Desperandum S 4a ** 49
24 Pulpit Ridge HVS 4c ** 51
25 Over the Moors E5 6b ** 7
26 Over The Moors Direct E7 6b 2
27 The Bigger Picture E7 6c  
28 Black Mountain Collage E7 6b ** 1
29 Eastern Slab Squeeze * summit *** 6
  The Drainpipe
31 The Drainpipe HS 4b *** 21
32 Guerrilla Action E2 5b ** 8
33 Unfinished Arete VS 4c * 3
34 Welcome to Greenfield, Gateway to the Valley E3 6a ** 6
35 Undun Crack VS 4c 2
36 Slime Crack D 2
37 Little Kern Knotts S 4a 3
38 Waterloo Climb HS 4b 2
39 The Plonker HVS 5b *  
40 Muddy Crack VD  
41 No Time to Pose E5 6b *** 2
42 Napoleon's Direct E2 5c * 1
43 Mark I VD * 10
44 Mark II VD * 2
45 The Derivatives HVD ** 12
46 Rollup E1 5c * 6
47 Rizla HVS 5a ** 23
  True Grit
49 Stranger Than Friction E3 5c ** 10
50 Wedgewood Crack VS 4c *** 48
51 Wedgewood Crack Direct VS 5a * 4
52 Wall of China E4 6b *  
53 True Grit E3 5c *** 34
54 Sniffer Dog E1 5b * 43
55 Spilon HS *  
Climb name Grade
56 Vanishing Chimney
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D 5
57 West Wall Traverse
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HS * 6
58 Trinnacle East HVS 5a ** 45
59 The Left Monolith HS 4b *** 119
60 Spare Rib VS 4c 1
61 Trinnacle Chimney M * 32
62 The Right Monolith HVS 5a * 21
63 Trinnacle West E1 5b * 12
  Western Buttresses
65 Nuke the Whale E4 6b *  
66 K. Corner VD 1
67 Private Investigations E3 5b * 1
68 Raven Rib HVS 5a ** 10
69 Flake Chimney
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M 5
70 The Sting E1 5b  
71 Nevermore Arete HVS 5a *  
72 Jam Block Chimney
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M 3
73 Magic Wand E1 5a ** 3
74 Abracadabra E2 5c ** 8
75 Wall and Crack Climb S 4a 4
76 Colombia Lift-off VS 4c 1
77 Impending Crack HS 4b ** 7
78 Taoiseach HVS 5a  
79 Subtending Wall
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HS 4b 3
80 Stairway
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D 2
81 Spring Box Crack
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VS 4c * 1
82 Yellow Fever
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VD  
83 Spring Fever
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S 4a 1
84 Trio S 4a 2
85 Being Boiled E1 5b * 1
86 Under Pressure
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E1 5a * 1
87 Smilosity
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D 1
88 Silent Knight
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D 1
89 Funny Thing VS 4c * 3
90 The Plin VD  
91 Plinth Chimney VD * 4
92 Altered States E3 5b * 1
93 Safety Plin S 4a * 6
  Traditional Area
95 Plinth Arete
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S 4a * 1
96 Twit Wall
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VS 4b  
97 Finger Wall
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VS 4c  
98 Cracked Nose
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VS 4c  
99 Writer's Cramp
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VS 4c ** 1
100 Pocket Climb
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VD  
101 Sue's Route
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D 2
102 Earache S 1
103 Cemented Block
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HVD  
104 Pinnacle Wall
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VS 4b  
105 Left Wall
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VD 1
106 Slurbage
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VD  
107 Bebop
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HS 4b 2
108 Droppings
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VD * 2
109 Gray's Wall
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HS 4b ** 3
110 Ernie's Chimnack
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HVD * 1
Climb name Grade
111 Y Climb
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D 1
112 Wrinkled Wall
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HS 4b * 2
113 Thin Crack
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VD 1
114 Black Chimney
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VD 2
115 Dead End
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VD 1
116 Jack's Route
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D 1
117 Hanging Ridge
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VD *  
118 A Near Do
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HS  
119 Cridge
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VD * 3
120 Smiler's Wall
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S  
121 Pot Arm
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M 1
122 Inverted Apex
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S  
123 Tattered Ridge
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VS 4c *  
124 Tattoo Crack
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VS 4c  
125 Hesitant
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S  
126 Ball
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M 1
127 Barber
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S 1
128 Bilk
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S  
129 Rimsky Ridge
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S 4a 3
130 Choppin
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HS 4b  
131 Concerto Crack
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HS 4b  
132 Wild Thing
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HVS 4c *  
133 Overchewer
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VS 4c **  
134 Shantelmelf
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VS 4b *  
135 The Blues
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VS 4c *  
136 Rhythm
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HS 4b * 1
137 Trad Dad
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S 4a * 1
138 Beale Street
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S 4a  
139 Basin Street
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S 4a  
140 Ragtime
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HVD  
141 Bill
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E1 5c  
142 Ben
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E2 5b *  
143 Down Up Corner
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VD  
144 Up Down Groove
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HD  
  Rimmon Buttress
146 Alder
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HVD  
147 Rimmon Arete
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VS 4c * 1
148 Rimmon Wall
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VS 4b ** 3
149 Rimmon Slab
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E1 5b *  
150 Alphin
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S 4b  
151 Lollup
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VD 1
152 Joe's Crack
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HVD  
153 Joe's Wall
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VS 4b  
154 Trapezium Slab
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M 1
155 Not Another Slab
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S  
156 The Bookie
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HVD  
157 The Jump
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D 1
158 C'Mon Lad
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HD 1
159 Photo Finish
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VD  
160 Finishing Post
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M 2
161 Ravenstones Stomach Traverse none x-vd *** 6
  Scrambles
163 Birchen Clough 1 5
164 Birchen Clough I  
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