Climbs 164
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 600m a.s.l
Faces W

The stupendous Great Buttress © andybirtwistle

Crag features

The Derwent Edges are a line of weathered outcrops with a splendid outlook over the Derwent reservoirs. The longer approaches mean they are never busy, and you won't find any polished holds on the rough grit! With the exception of Dovestone Tor (20m) few outcrops are higher than 8m and coupled with recent bouldering developments make this a pleasant soloing venue. Dovestone Tor itself has many excellent routes, mainly in the low to middle grades, of which the best is Great Buttress (E1 5b).

Approach notes

From parking just north of the Strines Inn at a bend in the road (SK 221909) follow a well-used path across the moor to the middle of the edge (40 min); or
From Parking in a large layby east of Cutthroat Bridge on the A55 Sheffield - Glossop road. Follow the footpath from the bridge, initially north then west to reach the southern end of the outcrops (50 min).

Note the car park just north of Strines has been closed since Dec 2008 and will be for 3-5 years to allow timber lorries to access. This leaves limited parking on the roadside.

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The walk from Cut Throat bridge is longer, but an easier angle with good views. If you are approaching the crag for the first time from this direction, it is probably easier to walk along the top on the good path to the northern end of the crag, and then drop down to the first buttress. The 'path' under the crag at the southern end (White Tor) isn't as good and the buttresses are well spread out.
Nick Smith - UKC - 31/Jul/08
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Roof of Mantels 
2Roof of MantelsV4 *5
3Andy's Arete Left-HandV7 *3
4Andy's AreteV6 **7
 Left-Hand Blocks 
6Roof Route 2V3 1
7Roof route 3V1 1
 North Bouldering 
9Flagstone Roof Leftf5 *1
10Flagstone Roof Rightf6A+ *1
11Odd Blockf5 *1
12Arched Rooff4 *1
13Arch Rightf4 *1
14Chicken Headf5 ** 
15Roof Routef6C * 
16Low Roof Leftf5+ * 
17Low Roof Middlef6A+ **2
18Low Roof Rightf5+ **1
19Low Roof Right RightV1 2
20Stone Dove Sidewallf4 5
21Stone Dove Leftf5 **6
22Stone Dove Rightf5 *2
23Stone Dove Crackf4+ *5
24Chicken Head Rockoverf5 **2
25SquawkHVS 5b 5
26Squawk Traversef6C **1
27Squawk Traverse Directf7A+ *1
28Squawk Lowf6B * 
29Sick as a ParrotHVS 5a 9
30Sick BayVS 4b *19
31Handy Wall HoleS 4a 74
32ThunderbirdsS 4a 30
33WoodentopsS 4a 63
34StingrayHVD 4a *117
35Stingray Aretef5+ ***30
36Galaxy Dovef7A *3
37Interstellar Pigeonf7A+ **1
38The Cavendishf4+ 7
40Jug of Justicef5 3
 Dovestones Boulder 
42Perfect Porthole Problemf5+ ***46
43Huway-coldf5+ *9
44Huway-dayf5 **15
45Half the World Huwayf7A 1
46Hip Hip Huwayf6C+  
47Play Huwayf5 **17
48Up Up and Huwayf4 *26
49Curving Aretef6B ***11
50The Dove From Abovef7B+ **2
51The Crow from Belowf7A+ **1
52Small Roof Leftf6A+ 2
53Small Roof Rightf6B 3
 Titania Area 
55WindblastedD *182
56WindblownVD *183
57DomusnovasE2 5c 17
58JonahD *105
59Tight 'unsVS 5a 59
60TitaniumVS 5a *84
61TitanicVS 4c **141
62TitaniaVS 4c **168
63IltisHS 4b *59
64Pocket Rocket
VS 5b 1
65OutflankedHVS 5b 12
66OutfoxedVS 4c 7
67Fox's ChimneyM 29
68Foulstone WallVD 21
69Finerock RibHS 4b 23
70Scrapyard SlabS 4a 28
71Boneyard ButtressVD 51
72Boneyard Arete
V3 10
73The Compressor
V6 9
74Black Crimp problem
V2 11
75PolecatVS 4b *40
76Poll TaxedS 4a 27
77Pole-axedS 4a *102
78Jacobite's RouteD *131
79Slow CookerS 4a *64
80SlocumS 4a *161
81First ComeHVS 5a 21
82GruyereVS 4c 43
 the Great Buttress 
84Dovestones GullyD 21
85Dovestones EdgeS 4a *81
86Dovestones WallVD **207
87A Little Green Eyed GodVS 4c *123
88Barney RubbleVS 4c **269
89Thread FlintstoneE1 5b **48
90Brown WindsorVS 4b *57
91Mock TurtleE1 5b 10
92Great Buttress EliminateHVS 5a *18
93Lament for a Scotsman
E2 5b  
94Too Long Gone
E4 6b  
95Great ButtressHVS 5a ***333
96SforzandoE5 6a **4
97Central ClimbVS 5a *26
98FennarioVS 4c *36
99Nippon, NippoffE3 6a 1
S 4c 1
101Frodsham 3a
 Gargoyle Buttress Area 
103The Diamond
V3 1
104Gargoyle TraverseS 4a *23
105CavemanS 4b 14
106Dead on a RivalE5 6b * 
107Woodhouse's Wandering WayE2 5c 3
108Stony FacedE1 5b *14
109Gargoyle ButtressVS 4c *24
110Barker's Got a Sweat OnHVS 5a 4
111Conservative TendenciesHS 4b 4
 Buttress 1 
113CankerHVD 38
114Back BlastHVS 5b 1
115Wind TunnelM *31
116HurricaneVD *45
117TyphoonHVS 5b 1
118Route 1VS 4c ***322
119The Shylock FinishVS 5a **99
120Blue VelvetE1 6a *11
121Claw ClimbHVS 5a **53
122TalonVS 4c *66
123Lancaster FlybyHVS 5b **234
124Route IIVS 4c 41
125Blue Hare
VS 4c 2
126Grindle CrackHVD 16
127Grinder Wall
S 7
128A'rete DoVD 9
129Another Left Wall
S 5
130Another Flaky WallVD 2
131Another Right Wall
132Left Behind
HS 1
133Frodsham 3c
VS 5a 1
134Right Ahead
S 2
D 4
VD 3
137Pock Mark
S 2
 Upper Buttress 
139BarefootD 122
140Slab HappyS 4a 119
141Step It UpS 4c 99
142Groovy MovesS 4b 55
143Jam On ItHVS 5a 5
144SquirmHVS 5a 3
145Hang 'em HighHS 5b 7
146Chicken HeadE2 5c *5
147PleasantD 26
148Spring NightE1 5c *6
149Autumn DayE1 5c **37
150Stretch MarksE1 6a *6
151Razor CutVS 4b 9
152RockyVD 37
153BlockyHVD 4a 28
154Hanging TreeHVS 5b 1
155Easy GroundHVS 5b *1
156ExcelHVS 5b **36
157SwinwoodE1 5b 10
158Smokin'E1 5b 2
159Landing CraftHVS 5b 2
160Amen CornerHS 4c 4
161Old Man's CornerVD 17
162Village GreenVS 5a 11
163LamboS 4b *54
164BertieE1 5c *6
165BluntHVS 5b *9
166PhilbyHVS 5b *18
167Granny SmithE1 5b * 
168Cox's PippinHVS 5b *6
169GangesVD 10
170Crackless BottomE1 5b 7
171Soft TopE1 5a 12
 Unknow / New / Awaiting Moderation 
173Huway in a Manger
f6B+ *1
174Rock Huway
f7A *1

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