Climbs 153
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!

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:
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 West's Way VS 4c * 2
2 Problem Wall HVS 5b 1
3 Scoop Wall VD 3
4 Little Extra S 4a 1
5 Eastern Wall HVS 5b  
6 Eastern Arete VD 5
7 Swing Low Sweet Chariot HVS 5b *  
8 The Chapter E1 5c  
9 Cioch Block VS 5b *  
10 Strenuosity VS 4c 9
11 Cockney's Traverse HS 4b * 7
12 Hang-glider E2 5b * 2
13 Slanter VS 4c * 14
14 Alpha VD * 25
15 Beta D 8
16 Grooved Wall HS 4b * 17
17 Eastern Slab D * 24
18 Deep Chimney M 11
19 Green Wall HS 4b ** 42
20 Boy's Own E1 5b 3
21 Nil Desperandum S 4a ** 43
22 Pulpit Ridge HVS 4c *** 47
23 Over the Moors E5 6b *** 9
24 Over The Moors Direct E7 6b 2
25 The Bigger Picture E7 6c  
26 Black Mountain Collage E7 6c 1
27 The Drainpipe S 4a *** 17
28 Guerrilla Action E2 5b ** 7
29 Welcome to Greenfield, Gateway to the Valley E3 6a ** 5
30 Undun Crack VS 4c 2
31 Slime Crack D 1
32 Little Kern Knotts S 4a 2
33 Waterloo Climb HS 4b 1
34 The Plonker HVS 5b *  
35 Muddy Crack VD  
36 No Time to Pose E5 6b *** 2
37 Napoleon's Direct E2 5c * 1
38 Mark I VD * 8
39 Mark II VD 2
40 The Derivatives VD 11
41 Rollup E1 5c * 5
42 Rizla HVS 5a ** 23
43 Stranger Than Friction E3 5c ** 10
44 Wedgewood Crack VS 4c ** 45
45 Wall of China E4 6b *  
46 True Grit E3 5c *** 50
47 Sniffer Dog E1 5b * 44
48 Spilon HS *  
49 Vanishing Chimney
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D 5
50 West Wall Traverse
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HS * 4
51 Trinnacle East HVS 5a ** 47
52 The Left Monolith HS *** 121
53 Spare Rib VS 4c 1
54 Trinnacle Chimney M * 28
55 The Right Monolith HVS 5a * 19
56 Trinnacle West E1 5b * 11
57 Nuke the Whale E4 6b *  
58 K. Corner VD 1
59 Private Investigations E3 5b * 1
60 Raven Rib HVS 5a ** 10
61 Flake Chimney M 5
62 The Sting VS 5a  
63 Nevermore Arete HVS 5a *  
64 Jam Block Chimney M 3
65 Magic Wand E1 5a ** 3
66 Abracadabra E1 5b ** 8
67 Wall and Crack Climb S 4a 4
68 Colombia Lift-off VS 4c 1
69 Impending Crack HS 4b * 7
70 Taoiseach HVS 5a  
71 Subtending Wall HS 4b 2
72 Stairway D 2
73 Spring Box Crack VS 4c * 1
74 Yellow Fever VD  
75 Spring Fever S 4a 1
76 Trio S 4a 2
77 Being Boiled E1 5b * 1
78 Under Pressure E1 5a * 1
79 Smilosity D 1
80 Silent Knight
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D 1
81 Funny Thing VS 4c ** 3
82 The Plin VD  
83 Plinth Chimney VD * 4
84 Altered States E3 5b * 1
85 Safety Plin S 4a * 5
86 Plinth Arete S 4a * 1
87 Twit Wall
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VS 4b  
88 Finger Wall VS 4c  
89 Cracked Nose VS 4c  
90 Writer's Cramp VS 4c ** 1
91 Pocket Climb
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VD  
92 Sue's Route
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D 2
93 Earache S 1
94 Cemented Block
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HVD  
95 Pinnacle Wall
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VS 4b  
96 Left Wall
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VD 1
97 Slurbage
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VD  
98 Bebop HS 4b 2
99 Droppings VD * 2
100 Gray's Wall HS 4b ** 2
101 Ernie's Chimnack HVD * 1
102 Y Climb D 1
103 Wrinkled Wall HS 4b * 1
104 Thin Crack VD 1
105 Black Chimney VD 2
106 Dead End
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VD 1
107 Jack's Route
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D 1
108 Hanging Ridge
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VD *  
109 A Near Do
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HS  
110 Cridge
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VD * 2
111 Smiler's Wall
-
S  
112 Pot Arm
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M 1
113 Inverted Apex
-
S  
114 Tattered Ridge
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VS 4c *  
115 Tattoo Crack
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VS 4c  
116 Hesitant
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S  
117 Ball
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M 1
118 Barber
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S 1
119 Bilk
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S  
120 Rimsky Ridge S 4a 3
121 Choppin HS 4b  
122 Concerto Crack HS 4b  
123 Wild Thing HVS 4c *  
124 Overchewer VS 4c **  
125 Shantelmelf VS 4b *  
126 The Blues VS 4c *  
127 Rhythm HS 4b *  
128 Trad Dad S 4a *  
129 Beale Street S 4a  
130 Basin Street S 4a  
131 Ragtime HVD  
132 Bill E1 5c  
133 Ben E2 5b *  
134 Down Up Corner
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VD  
135 Up Down Groove
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HD  
136 Alder HVD  
137 Rimmon Arete VS 4c * 1
138 Rimmon Wall VS 4b ** 2
139 Rimmon Slab E1 5b *  
140 Alphin S 4b  
141 Lollup VD 1
142 Joe's Crack
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HVD  
143 Joe's Wall
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VS 4b  
144 Trapezium Slab
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M 1
145 Not Another Slab
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S  
146 The Bookie
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HVD  
147 The Jump
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D 1
148 C'Mon Lad
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HD 1
149 Photo Finish
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VD  
150 Finishing Post
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M 2
151 Ravenstones Stomach Traverse none x-vd *** 13
  Scrambles
153 Birchen Clough 1 5
154 Birchen Clough I  

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