Climbs 155
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 500m a.s.l
Faces E

Looking to Laddow from Crowden Great Brook © Nicholas Livesey

Crag features

An exposed outcrop of rough moorland grit in a fine location. Generally clean with good, sometines rounded holds. Sandy after rain and vegetated in places. Worth a visit for the large number of historically significant climbs with many classic VS and HVS routes. Staircase (M), Long Climb (HVD), Pilar Ridge (HS), the immaculate Tower Face (VS 4c), Priscilla Ridge (HVS 5a) and Berg's 1916 astounding on-sight, Cave Arete Indirect (E1 5a) are a good introduction.

Approach notes

From Crowden (SK 074993) follow the well signposted Pennine Way north for 1 3/4 miles (?) until beneath the crag (45-60 mins). At the stream crossing, follow the upper stone path easily to the top of the crag, rather than the lower dirt track which eventually leads (through boggy ground) to the bottom of the crag.

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)
On Peak Rock (2003)
Peak Climbs - Kinder and Bleaklow (1990)

Out of print:
Went for the first time today, the climbing is really good (especially tower face/long climb) the crag is in a stunning position. Theres quite a lot of vegetation & when we visited there were hundreds midges. Defo worth a visit tho!!
jimbonfire - 27/Jul/14
Great crag though I found it hard for the grades. The walk in is not too bad and if you stick to the main Pennine Way path there's no bogs or shrubs - it brings you nicely to the top of the crag.
max_chan - 01/Apr/11
The book of lies states this is a 50-60 minute walk. Allow plenty more - especially when you're near the crag. Lots of shrubbery/swampy bits to get through. On the plus side there's some fantastic views from there. Just make sure you've been to the gym before hand :-).
Gaz - 15/Aug/10
Really good!!! Well worth the walk in. Not nearly as dirty and green as I expected (climbs largely unaffected by the slight green), in fact in pretty good nick. A little more traffic would make things even better GET UP THERE!! Enjoy the great climbs, geat positions and views!!
Graeme Hammond - 14/Sep/09
The "trad" approach from Dovestones is truly knackering!
badpants - 15/Apr/07
An epic hike to get there - probably the crux of most Laddow climbing, particularly if you're fat, weak, and lazy (2 out of 3 ain't bad) - but you are rewarded by a splendid situation. The greenness isn't a problem on the classic routes.
Fiend - 31/Aug/04
Should have a 'kermit' symbol, very green even after several warm dry days. The 'old pennine way' approach is no more boggy than the rest of the walk in, and has the advantage on a first visit of giving you a good look at the crag.
Simon Caldwell - 07/Jul/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  First Buttress
2 Animal Grace f6C * 2
3 Steward's Inquiry HVD 1
4 Under Starter's Orders
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VS 5a  
5 Five From Home HS 1
6 Even Money
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HVS 5b  
  Laddow South
8 Come on Down VS 4c 1
9 The Price is Fright E4 6b **  
10 Delectable Direct HVS 5a *  
11 Delectable VD * 2
12 Surfing with the Aliens E2 5c  
13 Wierdy VD 1
14 Poking the Fire E2 6a  
15 Chimney Breast VS 5a  
16 Cheetah D  
17 Jammy S 4a 1
18 The Tea Drinking Tabby E1 5b  
19 Scapegoat HS 4c  
20 Sacrificial Crack HVS 5b * 1
21 Altar Crack S 4a  
22 Altar Arete VS 4b 1
23 Mack the Knife
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VS 4c  
24 Surgery
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HVD  
25 Pain
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S 4b  
26 Black, Blue and Purple Nuts
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HVS 5a  
  Easter Ridge Area
28 Spaghetti Western
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E2 5c  
29 Southern Arete VD ** 17
30 Easter Ridge E2 5b ** 3
31 Beefy's Last Test E2 5b  
32 Easter Egg E4 6a  
33 Easter Bunny E2 5b * 3
34 Whit Sun
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HVD  
35 Hill Billy
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VS 5a  
36 Towny
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VS 4b  
  Gallic Buttress
38 Gallic Breath E2 5c *  
39 Gallic Breasts HVD  
40 Route 4 S 4a 6
41 2nd Holiday M 18
42 Route 3 VD 10
43 Tuppence Ha'penny VD 19
44 Route 2 HVD 10
45 1st Holiday VD 6
46 Route 1 VD * 26
47 Route Minus One E1 5c 2
  The Main Crag
49 Well Grubbed, Old Mole E3 6b 2
50 Tron Arete
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HVS 5a  
51 A Chimney D 6
52 A Crack S 3
53 Couch Potatoes HVS 5b  
54 Omicron Buttress HVD 9
55 Staircase M ** 92
56 Pillar Chimney S 4a 3
57 Pillar Ridge HS 4b ** 79
58 Reincarnation VS 4c 1
59 V Chimney
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M  
60 V Arete S 4c * 8
61 Billie Ocean Pie E1 5b  
62 Gardener's Question Time HVS 5a  
63 Laugh A Minute HVS 5b  
64 Never A Dull Moment HVS 5b  
65 Side Crack
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VD  
66 Rolled Wall
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VS 4b  
67 V Crack
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S  
68 Rotten Gully
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VD  
69 The Crack S 4b  
70 Buteo Buteo E3 5c  
71 Hawk's Nest VS 4c  
72 Cyclops Wall
-
VS  
73 Chockstone Chimney
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M  
74 Siren's Rock S 4a * 8
75 Charybdis VD  
76 Scylla
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VD  
77 Priscilla Ridge E1 5a ** 52
78 Priscilla HVS 5a * 9
79 Terrace Chimney
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VD  
80 Terrace Crack
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VS 4b  
81 Sod's Law
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E2 5c  
82 Semi Detached
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E1 5b  
83 Terrace Wall
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HVS 5a, 4b 2
84 Waterfall Climb
-
D  
85 Green Gully
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M  
86 Long Climb S 4a *** 211
87 The Slab Traverse
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HVD  
88 Leaf Buttress VS 4c ** 20
89 Leaf Crack HS 4b * 10
90 The Slab Climb
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VS 4c  
91 Little Crowberry S 4a * 42
92 Long Chimney Ridge VD * 34
93 Long Chimney D 7
94 Smithy
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S *  
95 Anvil Climb VD  
96 The Blacksmith Climb VS 4c  
97 Straight Crack S 4a 1
98 Little Inominate VS 4c  
99 Straight Chimney M 11
100 Garden Wall S 4a 5
101 Left Twin Chimney D 10
102 Twin Eliminate E1 5b 1
103 Right Twin Chimney HVD 5
104 Tower Face VS 5a *** 156
105 Modern Times E4 5c ** 2
106 Tower Arete HVS 5a ** 31
107 Galileo's Destination
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E2 5c  
108 North Climb VD * 46
109 The Pongo Finish VD ** 8
110 North Wall HS 4b * 38
111 Cave Arete VS 4b ** 26
112 Cave Arete Indirect E1 5a ** 30
113 Cave Eliminate
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E2 5c  
114 Cave Crack HVS 5a * 22
115 Cave Meander
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HVS 5b  
116 Cave Crack Indirect S 4a 4
117 Cave Chimney
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MS  
118 The Girdle Traverse
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none  
  Laddow Lower Tier
120 Jim Says
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HVS 5a  
121 Johnny Said
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E1 5c  
122 Cave Corner
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HVD  
123 Breakfast Crack
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HS 4c  
124 Geoffrey Mildew
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E1 5c *  
125 A Crack (lower tier)
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HVD  
126 B Crack
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HVD  
127 What's The Frequency Kenneth
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E1 5b  
128 Stepped Arete
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D  
129 The Cracks
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D  
130 Ornamental Lung Buster
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S 4a  
131 The Water of Life
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HVS 5c  
132 Sheep Dip
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HVS 5b  
133 Aqua Vitae
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E2 5b *  
134 Knockando
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HVS 5a  
135 Bowmore E1 5c  
136 Laphroaig
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E1 5c *  
137 Balir Athol
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S 4b  
138 Pig's Nose
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HVS 5c *  
139 Green Ridge
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VD  
140 Green Crack
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VS 4b  
141 The Condemned Men
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HVS 5b *  
142 Dufftown
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VS 5a  
143 Cardhu
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VS 5a 1
144 Tamdhu
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HS 5a 1
145 Ardbeg
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HVS 5b *  
146 Cragganmore
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S 4a  
147 Highland Park
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E2 5b *  
148 Talisker
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E2 5c *  
149 Are You Drunk Yet?
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E1 5b  
150 Lagavulin
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VS 4c  
151 Fettercairn
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VS 4c  
152 Bruichladdich
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HVS 5a *  
153 Auchroisk
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HVS 5a *  
154 Full As A Bandit's Rifle
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HVD  
155 Inchgower
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VS 5a *  
156 Interleven
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HVS 5a  
157 Auchentoshan E4 5c **  
158 Caperdonich
-
VS 5a  
159 The Little Go
-
D  
160 The Big O
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HVS 5a *  
  Location TBC
162 Pugnax f7A * 2

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