Climbs 86
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 430m a.s.l
Faces S

Fiend braving bleak mid-July conditions on Pocket Wall, Standing Stones © Fiend

Crag features

JULY 2003 UPDATE - See important new access information below. A fine moorland crag of clean rough grit with well-weathered seams providing lots of juggy incuts and pockets. Routes of all types and grades up to 20m long in a safe, yet seemingly remote, location. Worth seeking out are Fairy Nuff (VS 4c), Womanless Wall, Pocked Wall, Twin Crack Corner (all 3 VS 4b), Kremlin Wall (E1 5c) and the fine Ocean Wall (E1 5b).

Approach notes

July 2014 - The parking layby has been blocked off with large rocks.

The following information has changed since the publication of Western Grit Rockfax; please amend your copy. Standing Stones crag is on private land.

UPDATE JUNE 2005.
As the crag is now surrounded by Access Land (see www.openaccess.gov.uk), I would presume access is now unrestricted. Having said that, I've had no problems previously when requesting permission to climb.

Please telephone 01457 872094 and ask permission before you climb there. The crag should now only be approached from below. Park in the Binn Green picnic/parking area and drop down to the reservoir, take a left turn and walk up the valley until below the cliff up on the left (Ravenstones is up on the right) 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! As is the alternative previously agreed with Mr Crowther, which takes a slightly different route but still from above and much quicker than the Binn Green approach.

* please ensure you keep any dogs on leads if approaching from the bends on the A635

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)
Moorland Gritstone - Chew Valley (1988)

Out of print:
the FA referred to has the moniker craig_h on these forums, you could contact him for the FA details
ste_d - 06/May/11
Does anyone understand to the comment below, can't find the climbs mentioned or the person who was meant to have put them up?
steveshaking - 05/May/11
There are some fantastic new routes to be found amidst the various buttress's, walls n' boulders to be found below Standing Stones. The first ascentist being Craig Hannah. Such gems as Pit Bull Crack HVS 5a, Silence of the Cams E1 5b, The Slug HVS 5b and Maestro HVS 5a, all fantastic routes..Contact Craig for further route info...If you find yourself Standing up at the 'Stones, they are certainly worth repeating, nice lines!
Phylis - 30/Jan/06
Access not normally a problem, phone Chris Crowther of Upperwood Farm tel: 01457-872094. A fine crag, sun trap and far from the crowds..Excellent routes.
Phil Davies - 05/Apr/05
Avoid Bong & Boo @ the Standing Stones These routes are not in the rockfax, but in the 1988 guide. The 30ft high pinnacle which separates these routes is very unstable and it wouldn’t take much for the whole lot to come off. The pinnacle lies between route 1 & 2 in the rockfax.
craig h - 07/Jun/04
Appears to be some sensitivity about parking at or near the now blocked layby ("we should start clamping" - farmer/ranger (?) in a landrover) and access across the moors. Parking further down the road towards Greenfield might be advisable, as would checking with the farmer as suggested in the guidebook.
seth - 16/Jun/03
The access layby on the Greenfield/Huddersfield road has been blocked with large boulders to prevent parking. (Room for 1 very small car) 13/06/03.
craig - 13/Jun/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Lower Standing Stones
2 Pinchy the Lobster f7A+ 2
3 Smuggling Peanuts E4 6a **  
  Main Wall area
5 Kathryn's Wall
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HVS 5b 2
6 Kathryn's Crack HVS 5b * 28
7 Ning D 3
8 Nang VS 4b 1
9 Nong
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VD 2
10 Bong VD 3
11 Boo
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VD 2
12 Echantillon HVD 10
13 Upset HVD 8
14 Greystone Pillar VS 4c * 12
15 It's a Small World E3 5c * 3
16 Sidewalk HVS 5b 3
17 Smiler's Corner HS 4b * 82
18 Exodus E2 5b 2
19 The Boggart HVS 4c 2
20 Pillar Front HVS 5a 1
21 Leftovers
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HVS 5a  
22 Pinocchio VS 4c 5
23 Elegy on a Rusticpole E2 5c  
24 Digital Dilemma E2 5c  
25 Guillotine S 4b 50
26 Fallen Heroes E1 5b ** 81
27 Brainchild E3 5c * 1
28 Vivien S 4a ** 216
29 Prunin' the Duck E2 5c 2
30 Scratchnose Crack VS 5a * 45
31 Papillon E1 5b 4
32 Twin Crack Corner VS 4b ** 281
33 False Prospects HVS 5a * 20
34 Fairy Nuff VS 4c *** 186
35 Leprechauner HVS 5a * 3
36 Kremlin Wall E1 5c ** 26
37 Laybackadaisical VS 4b * 13
38 Obyoyo HVS 5b * 11
39 The Trouble with Women is.... E1 5b * 52
40 Womanless Wall VS 4b ** 124
41 Stuck E4 6a *  
42 Unstuck E4 6b 3
43 Diddley Dum Overhang HVS 5b  
44 Deep Chimney VD 7
  Tranquility area
46 Pocked Wall VS 4b ** 149
47 Touch of Spring S 4a * 106
48 Yorkshire Longfellow E3 5c 2
49 Prolapse E2 5c * 15
50 Postman's Knock S 4a 13
51 Pigmy Wall HVS 5b 2
52 The Ghoul E2 5b  
53 The Slanting Horror VS 4c * 20
54 Wits' End E1 5c * 26
55 Tranquillity HVS 5a * 32
56 The Diamond E2 5b 1
57 Fish-meal and Revenge E4 6a * 6
  Left Twin Face area
59 Wobbling Corner HVD 17
60 Piece of Pie HVS 5a * 18
61 Right of Pie E3 5c * 8
62 Fat Old Sun E1 5b * 19
63 Jiggery Pokery E1 5b * 8
64 Small c. E2 5b * 2
65 17 Shades HVD 9
66 The Annoying Little Man E4 6b 3
67 Butter Barrel Buttress
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HVD 1
  Right Twin Face area
69 Kon-Tiki Korner S 4a * 14
70 Gut Feeling E3 6b * 1
71 The Ocean's Border E3 6a ** 7
72 Dredger E2 6b ** 15
73 Dredger left start f6B+ * 1
74 Dredger-Oceanside Combination
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E1 5c 1
75 Ocean Wall E1 5c *** 118
76 Oceanside
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E1 5b 1
  the eastern section
78 Weeping Wall
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D 13
79 Dampandiff
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HD 9
80 Hab-dab Slab
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HD 5
81 Spider Crack
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HD * 10
82 Cynical Pinnacle
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VS 4c 1
83 Spider Buttress
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VD 1
84 Two Cracks
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M 3
85 Split Chimney
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M 5
86 Kon Tiki Korner VS 4b * 5
87 Jenga HS 2
  Scrambles
89 Rimmon Pit Clough 1 5
90 Rimmon Pit Clough I  
91 Holme Clough 1 4
92 Holme Clough I  
93 Chuff's Hole f6C * 2

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