Climbs 151
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 440m a.s.l
Faces N

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!


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)
Moorland Gritstone - Chew Valley (1988)

Out of print:
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1West's WayVS 4c *2
2Problem WallHVS 5b 1
3Scoop WallVD 3
4Little ExtraS 4a 1
5Eastern WallHVS 5b  
6Eastern AreteVD 5
7Swing Low Sweet ChariotHVS 5b * 
8The ChapterE1 5c  
9Cioch BlockVS 5b * 
10StrenuosityVS 4c 9
11Cockney's TraverseHS 4b *7
12Hang-gliderE2 5b *2
13SlanterVS 4c *14
14AlphaVD *25
15BetaD 8
16Grooved WallHS 4b *17
17Eastern SlabD *23
18Deep ChimneyM 11
19Green WallHS 4b **39
20Boy's OwnE1 5b 3
21Nil DesperandumS 4a **41
22Pulpit RidgeHVS 4c ***52
23Over the MoorsE5 6b ***5
24Black Mountain CollageE7 6c 3
25The DrainpipeS 4a ***23
26Guerrilla ActionE2 5b **6
27Welcome to Greenfield, Gateway to the ValleyE3 6a **4
28Undun CrackVS 4c 2
29Slime CrackD 1
30Little Kern KnottsS 4a 2
31Waterloo ClimbHS 4b  
32The PlonkerHVS 5b * 
33Muddy CrackVD  
34No Time to PoseE5 6b ***3
35Napoleon's DirectE2 5c *1
36Mark IVD *8
37Mark IIVD 2
38The DerivativesVD 10
39RollupE1 5c *4
40RizlaHVS 5a **20
41Stranger Than FrictionE3 5c **9
42Wedgewood CrackVS 4c **41
43Wall of ChinaE4 6b * 
44True GritE3 5c ***47
45Sniffer DogE1 5b *27
46SpilonHS * 
47Vanishing Chimney
D 5
48West Wall Traverse
HS *2
49Trinnacle EastHVS 5a **43
50The Left MonolithHS ***107
51Spare RibVS 4c 1
52Trinnacle ChimneyM *22
53The Right MonolithHVS 5a *18
54Trinnacle WestE1 5b *9
55Nuke the WhaleE4 6b * 
56K. CornerVD 1
57Private InvestigationsE3 5b *1
58Raven RibHVS 5a **10
59Flake ChimneyM 5
60The StingVS 5a  
61Nevermore AreteHVS 5a * 
62Jam Block ChimneyM 3
63Magic WandE1 5a **3
64AbracadabraE1 5b **8
65Wall and Crack ClimbS 4a 4
66Colombia Lift-offVS 4c 1
67Impending CrackHS 4b *7
68TaoiseachHVS 5a  
69Subtending WallHS 4b 2
70StairwayD 2
71Spring Box CrackVS 4c *1
72Yellow FeverVD  
73Spring FeverS 4a 1
74TrioS 4a 2
75Being BoiledE1 5b *1
76Under PressureE1 5a *1
77SmilosityD 1
78Silent Knight
D 1
79Funny ThingVS 4c **3
80The PlinVD  
81Plinth ChimneyVD *4
82Altered StatesE3 5b *1
83Safety PlinS 4a *5
84Plinth AreteS 4a *1
85Twit Wall
VS 4b  
86Finger WallVS 4c  
87Cracked NoseVS 4c  
88Writer's CrampVS 4c **1
89Pocket Climb
90Sue's Route
D 2
91EaracheS 1
92Cemented Block
93Pinnacle Wall
VS 4b  
94Left Wall
VD 1
96BebopHS 4b 2
97DroppingsVD *2
98Gray's WallHS 4b **2
99Ernie's ChimnackHVD *1
100Y ClimbD 1
101Wrinkled WallHS 4b *1
102Thin CrackVD 1
103Black ChimneyVD 2
104Dead End
VD 1
105Jack's Route
D 1
106Hanging Ridge
VD * 
107A Near Do
VD *2
109Smiler's Wall
110Pot Arm
M 1
111Inverted Apex
112Tattered Ridge
VS 4c * 
113Tattoo Crack
VS 4c  
M 1
S 1
118Rimsky RidgeS 4a 3
119ChoppinHS 4b  
120Concerto CrackHS 4b  
121Wild ThingHVS 4c * 
122OverchewerVS 4c ** 
123ShantelmelfVS 4b * 
124The BluesVS 4c * 
125RhythmHS 4b * 
126Trad DadS 4a * 
127Beale StreetS 4a  
128Basin StreetS 4a  
130BillE1 5c  
131BenE2 5b * 
132Down Up Corner
133Up Down Groove
135Rimmon AreteVS 4c *1
136Rimmon WallVS 4b **2
137Rimmon SlabE1 5b * 
138AlphinS 4b  
139LollupVD 1
140Joe's Crack
141Joe's Wall
VS 4b  
142Trapezium Slab
M 1
143Not Another Slab
144The Bookie
145The Jump
D 1
146C'Mon Lad
HD 1
147Photo Finish
148Finishing Post
M 2
149Ravenstones Stomach Traversenone x-vd ***3
151Birchen Clough1 3
152Birchen CloughI  

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