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Climbs 117
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 466m a.s.l
Faces N

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Big exposure on East Rib! © Alex the Alex

Crag features

Sining Clough is the finest of the cliffs that fall under the banner of the Bleaklow area; it is a tall, sombre and very remote edge that is at its best on warm summer days when the cotton grass is high, the curlews mew over the plateau and the moors shimmer in the heat haze. Many of the climbs follow steep cracks, and therefore require a fair degree of proficiency in jamming. They tend to be green and gritty at the start of the season or after wet weather; in such conditions there are many better destinations.

Approach notes

There have been problems using the approach described in the old BMC guidebook. The approach described in Western Grit is correct.

Go through the 5 bar gate, turn left and follow the tarmaced track for about a mile until a sign points rightwards to Open Country. Follow the path up the hill round to the right of a pool and leading down into the wood and the stream. Go through a gate in the fence and cross the stream onto its eastern bank, the path then goes under several large oak trees and steeply up the bank toward the crag. The path is vague in places through the wood but is well defined through the heather up to the crag.

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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.
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More Guidebooks:
Over the Moors (2012)
On Peak Rock (2003)
Peak Climbs - Kinder and Bleaklow (1990)

Out of print:
Bushwhacking approach through fern and moorland for 40 minutes didn't float my boat. Next time I will head East over grassland to the track that almost reaches the crag or use the eastern parking. Approach notes need more detail... from the dam 1km up track to gravel area on right before the house in the trees. Follow the fence posts (either side) right perpendicular to the track for about 400m to a stand of trees. Pass the trees on the right entering another field, immediately bear left through bracken to cross a brook and follow a path right. After 100m cross a fence at an open country sign and follow a hunters path right, then left and down to the clough. The hunters path goes up the stream bed for at least 500m, so maybe best to stay in the stream bed until high in the moor if approaching this way (I haven't tried it but maybe you can get to the crest this way?) To head to the track instead when you reach the clough immediately cross then go downstream through a gap in the fence and immediately follow a path heading East away from the clough, over grassland to eventually reach the track. In any case, takes a lot longer than 45 minutes Rockfax x-(
simoncov - 26/Aug/19
Great crag on a hot summer evening. In June the top of the main wall catches the sun from about 5pm then it covers the rest of the wall by late evening. The approach to the crag is one of the more beautiful routes if a little overgrown and adventurous.
samnbuk - 05/Jun/16
This crag catches the late evening sun in summer and Friends are very useful!
Tom, UKC News Editor - 21/Jun/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Left-hand Rocks
2 Nine Holes Slab
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HVD 4
3 Short Slab
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HVS 5a 16
4 Centre Forward
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HVS 5a * 14
5 C30, C60, C90. Go!
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E1 5b * 14
6 Goblin's ArĂȘte
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HVS 5a 1
7 Gnome's Rib
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HVS 5c  
8 Jigsaw Wall
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VD  
9 Jigsaw Ridge
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VS 4c 2
10 Jigsaw Chimney
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HVD 2
11 Harry's Hiatus
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VS 5a  
12 Delectable Rib
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VS 5a  
13 Choss Crack
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D  
14 Chossier Crack
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VD  
15 Birthday Corner
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VS 4c 1
16 S.A.S.
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HVS 5b 1
  East Buttress
18 Orang ArĂȘte VS 4b 11
19 Grape Escape E3 6a * 1
20 Monkey Puzzle VS 4c * 50
21 East Rib HVS 5a *** 272
22 Anniversary HVS 5a  
23 East Rib Direct E5 6a * 1
24 Icon HVS 5a * 4
25 Green Crack HS 4b 2
26 East Chimney
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D 8
27 Atherton Brothers S 4a ** 207
28 Flaming Eliminate HVS 5a *  
29 Phoenix Climb VS 4c *** 428
30 Via Principia S 4a *** 304
31 Subsidiary Chimney S 4a * 8
32 Ave VS 4c * 22
33 Powerplay E2 6a  
34 Little Red Pig HVS 5b * 1
35 Vanishing Groove S 4a 1
36 Birthday Chimney VD 3
37 Short Crack
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VS 4c  
38 Satyr Direct
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E4 6a  
39 Satyr E4 5c * 2
40 Solstice HVS 5a  
41 Some Product E2 5c  
42 Bloodrush E6 6b *** 13
Climb name Grade
43 Saucius Digitalis E4 6a *** 14
44 Nagger's Delight HVS 5a * 9
45 Naaden E1 5b * 44
46 Yerth E2 5c * 25
47 Goodbye Enemy Airship
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E3 6a *  
48 Cistern Groove VD 3
  Pisa Buttress
50 Y Crack
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VD 2
51 Pisa VS 5a * 13
52 Galileo E1 5c ** 150
53 Pisa Direct HVS 5a ** 56
54 Pisa Super Direct HVS 5a *** 365
55 Stable Cracks VS 4b ** 128
56 Plastic Saddle E1 5c 2
57 Typists' Chimney D 7
58 Unicorn Cracks HS 4b 7
59 Trungel Crack HVS 5a * 3
60 Big Wally
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E4 6b  
61 The Big Wall E3 6a ** 24
62 Cover Me in Chocolate and Feed Me to the Lesbians E6 6c ** 3
63 Big Bad Wall
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E4 6a *  
64 Puzzle Weasel Wall
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E5 6c * 1
65 Holme Moss E1 5c * 13
66 Gremlin Groove VS 4c * 50
67 Gremlin Wall HVS 5a 4
68 Artifact VS 4c 15
69 Teufel Cracks
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D 2
70 Goblin's Crack
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VS 5a  
71 Flake Groove VD 3
72 Flake Crack S 4a 2
73 Toadstool Crack VS 4c 1
74 Parallel Lines
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E2 5b  
75 Pinnacle Crack VS 4c 1
  Pinnacle
77 Ordinary Route M * 26
78 Obverse Route VD 1
79 East Face S 4a 1
80 Pinnacle Face VS 4c * 18
  The Main Edge
82 Phantom E3 6a  
83 Nimrod S 4a 14
84 Free Fall E3 5c * 2
Climb name Grade
85 Free Fall Direct E4 6b 1
86 Stag Party VD 3
87 Ladies' Day S 4a * 8
88 Ladies' Day Direct HVS 5a *  
89 Middleton Groove HS 4b * 3
90 Incomprehensible Chewing Sounds E5 6a * 1
91 Valhalla Crack VS 4c * 1
92 Crack and Chimney
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VD  
93 Sampson E4 6b **  
94 Original Route S 4b * 19
95 West Ridge HVS 5a * 2
96 West Wall Route 1 S 4b * 19
97 West Wall Route 2
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VD 7
98 Finale
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S 4a 2
99 Encore
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S 4a 2
100 Bits and Pieces VS 5a  
101 The Girdle Traverse VS 4c  
  Lower Tier
103 Left Flake D 2
104 The Business Trip
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VD 2
105 Shandy VD 8
106 Lager Lout HVS 5a * 1
107 Pint of Beer VS 5a * 4
108 Omelette Crack D 4
109 Blocked Artery
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S 1
110 The Egg Bowl S 4b 3
111 The Vice VD 13
112 Main Wall Climb VD * 36
113 Captain Zep HVS 5a * 5
114 Dirtier Groove D 14
115 The Rainbow D * 56
116 Dirty Groove D 18
117 Left Route S 4a 14
118 Central Route HVS 5a * 8
119 Right Route VD 21
  Scrambles and Winter Climbs
121 Shining Clough (Summer) 2 ** 26
122 Shining Clough (Winter) III ** 36
123 Shining Clough Icefall II * 4
124 The Big Wall Gully II 6

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