Climbs 155
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 505m a.s.l
Faces E

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Looking to Laddow from Crowden Great Brook © Nicholas Livesey

Crag features

In the early days of our sport, Laddow Rocks were one of the prime venues visited by climbers operating at the cutting edge. Today the place is very much out of fashion, haunted by ghosts and almost always quiet. It is perhaps Western Grit's equivalent of Wharncliffe Crags; in both cases the nearness of the railway line gave (relatively) easy access, and both places were immensely popular 100 years ago. Since the production of Peak Gritstone East, Wharncliffe has undergone a bit of a renaissance; it would be nice to think we can do the same for Laddow's lofty and lonely buttresses.

The main bulk of the cliff is away on the far right just below the crest of the moor, and from here the rocks straggle leftwards, gradually descending the hillside until they fizzle out close to the point where the approach path climbs onto the plateau.

Approach notes

There is extensive parking by Crowden Youth Hostel in Longdendale. The approach path follows the Pennine Way (signed) towards the distant cliff, rising in a series of steps until, having passed by the edge of Laddow South, it reaches the crest of the moor. From here, it is usual to head straight to the right-hand side of the cliff, descending past the famous bivvy-cave to then work through the guide backwards!

Approach time: 50-60 mins

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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)
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 Steward's Inquiry HVD 1
3 Animal Grace f6C * 2
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 Pugnax f7A * 2
9 Come on Down
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HVS 5a * 1
10 The Price is Fright
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E4 6b **  
11 Delectable Direct
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VD  
12 Delectable
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VD * 2
13 Surfing with the Aliens
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E2 5c  
14 Wierdy
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VD 1
15 Poking the Fire
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E2 5c  
16 Chimney Breast
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HVS 5a  
17 Cheetah D  
18 Jammy
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S 4a * 1
19 The Tea Drinking Tabby
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E3 5c *  
20 Scapegoat
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VS 4c  
21 Sacrificial Crack
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HVS 5b * 1
22 Altar Crack
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S 4a  
23 Altar Arête
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VS 4b 1
24 Mack the Knife
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VS 4c  
25 Surgery
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HVD  
26 Pain
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S 4b  
27 Black, Blue and Purple Nuts
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HVS 5a  
  Easter Ridge Area
29 Spaghetti Western
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E2 5c  
30 Southern Arête VD ** 15
31 Easter Ridge E2 5b ** 3
32 Beefy's Last Test E2 5b  
33 Easter Egg E4 6a  
34 Easter Bunny E2 5b * 3
35 Whit Sun
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HVD  
36 Hill Billy
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HVS 5a  
37 Towny
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HS 4b  
  Gallic Buttress
39 Gallic Breasts HVD  
40 Gallic Breath E2 5c *  
41 Route 4 S 4a 6
42 2nd Holiday M 20
43 Route 3 VD 12
44 Tuppence Ha'penny VD 22
45 Route 2 HVD 14
46 1st Holiday VD 8
47 Route 1 VD * 31
48 Route Minus One E1 5c 3
  Pillar Ridge
50 Well Grubbed, Old Mole E3 6b 2
51 Tron Arête
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HVS 5a 1
52 A Chimney D 7
53 A Crack S 4a 4
54 Couch Potatoes HVS 5b 1
55 Omicron Buttress HVD * 10
Climb name Grade
56 Staircase M ** 101
57 Pillar Chimney S 4a 3
58 Pillar Ridge HS 4b *** 97
  Priscilla Ridge
60 Reincarnation
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VS 4c 1
61 V Chimney
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M  
62 V Arête
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VS 4c ** 12
63 Billie Ocean Pie E1 5b  
64 Gardener's Question Time
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HVS 5a  
65 Laugh A Minute HVS 5b  
66 Never A Dull Moment HVS 5b  
67 Side Crack
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VD  
68 Rolled Wall
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VS 4b  
69 V Crack
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S  
70 Rotten Gully
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VD  
71 The Crack
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S 4b  
72 Buteo Buteo E3 5c  
73 Hawk's Nest
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VS 4c  
74 Cyclops Wall
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VS  
75 Chockstone Chimney
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M  
76 Siren's Rock S 4a * 10
77 Charybdis VD  
78 Scylla
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VD  
79 Priscilla Ridge HVS 5a *** 64
80 Priscilla HVS 5a ** 14
81 Terrace Chimney
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VD  
82 Terrace Crack
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VS 4b  
83 Sod's Law
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E2 5c  
84 Semi Detached
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E1 5b  
85 Terrace Wall
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HVS 5a 2
86 Waterfall Climb
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D  
87 Green Gully
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M 1
  Long Climb
89 Long Climb S 4a *** 244
90 Leaf Buttress VS 4c ** 34
91 Leaf Crack HS 4b * 11
92 The Slab Traverse
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HVD  
93 The Slab Climb
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VS 4c  
94 Little Crowberry S 4a ** 48
95 Long Chimney Ridge S 4a * 41
96 Long Chimney D 8
97 Smithy
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S *  
98 Anvil Climb VD  
99 The Blacksmith Climb VS 4c  
100 Straight Crack S 4a 1
101 Little Inominate VS 4c  
102 Straight Chimney M 11
103 Garden Wall S 4a 5
  Tower Face
105 Left Twin Chimney D 11
106 Twin Eliminate E1 5b 1
107 Right Twin Chimney HVD 5
108 Tower Face VS 5a *** 194
109 Modern Times E3 5c ** 2
110 Tower Arête HVS 5a ** 40
Climb name Grade
111 Galileo's Destination
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E2 5c  
112 North Climb VD * 51
113 The Pongo Finish VD ** 8
114 North Wall HS 4b ** 45
115 Cave Arête VS 4b ** 29
116 Cave Arête Indirect E1 5b ** 40
117 Cave Eliminate
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E2 5c  
118 Cave Crack HVS 5a *** 25
119 Cave Meander
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HVS 5b  
120 Cave Crack Indirect S 4a 4
121 Cave Chimney
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MS 1
122 The Girdle Traverse ?  
  Laddow Lower Tier
124 Jim Says
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HVS 5a  
125 Johnny Said
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E1 5c  
126 Cave Corner
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HVD  
127 Breakfast Crack
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HS 4c  
128 Geoffrey Mildew
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E1 5c *  
129 A Crack
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HVD  
130 B Crack
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HVD  
131 What's the Frequency Kenneth?
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E1 5b  
132 Stepped Arête
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D  
133 The Cracks
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D  
134 Ornamental Lung Buster
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S 4a  
135 The Water of Life
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HVS 5c  
136 Sheep Dip
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HVS 5b  
137 Aqua Vitae
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E2 5b *  
138 Knockando
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HVS 5a  
139 Bowmore E1 5c  
140 Laphroaig
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E1 5c *  
141 Balir Athol
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S 4b  
142 Pig's Nose
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HVS 5c *  
143 Green Ridge
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VD  
144 Green Crack
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VS 4b  
145 The Condemned Men
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HVS 5b *  
146 Dufftown
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VS 5a  
147 Cardhu
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VS 4c * 1
148 Tamdhu
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HS 5a 1
149 Ardbeg
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HVS 5b *  
150 Cragganmore
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S 4a  
151 Highland Park
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E2 5b *  
152 Talisker
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E2 5c *  
153 Are You Drunk Yet?
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E1 5b  
154 Lagavulin
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VS 4c  
155 Fettercairn
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VS 4c  
156 Bruichladdich
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HVS 5a *  
157 Auchroisk
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HVS 5a *  
158 Full as a Bandit's Rifle
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HVD  
159 Inchgower
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VS 5a *  
160 Interleven
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HVS 5a  
161 Auchentoshan
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E4 5c **  
162 Caperdonich
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VS 5a  
163 The Little Go
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D  
164 The Big O
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HVS 5a *  

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