Climbs 101
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 400m a.s.l
Faces W

Summer evening cragging © Marek

Crag features

A minor edge of mostly sound, weathered natural rock, with a looser sandy section beyond. Exposed to the elements, but quick drying with the majority of routes in the low to middle grades up to 15m in height. In particular the historical significant climb, The Scoop (HVS 5a).

Approach notes

From Doveholes on the A6 (Buxton to Chapel-en-le-Frith) follow signs to the railway station. 200m past railway bridge head left (Cowlow Lane) for 1 mile to small layby (on left opposite footpath sign to Chapel). The crag and approach are obvious.


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WARNING: As of the 13.05.12 the “hidden” flake was loosened by a climber, and the flake was deemed to be unsafe and the flake was subsequently removed. There may still be some loose rock, so be aware.
peat - 14/May/12
Super venue.
BennoC - 12/Jun/09
Come on all you sexigenarians or whatever the term is for a 6 decade piss artist. Last night I sampled the sublime delights of Timothy Taylor's Landlord at the Beehive. Oh yeah, nearly forgot - the climbing was pretty good too!
Colin Ardron - 02/Sep/05
I shouldn't really say this, but I think Castle Naze is a little unknown gem. Granted it's not an enormous crag, but it does have a lot going for it. It's generally pretty quiet with only a few people ever climbing there, and you might even find yourselves the only ones. That kind of solitude is pretty rare these days in the Peak. It also has, one could arguably say one of the best views in the Peak District and its pretty stunning on a nice sunny mid week evening. Even if the climbing isn't extensive, it does have (for me) some classic climbs. A note, it is pretty loose up top, so a helmet is definitely advisable. Finally, there is also a great pub down the hill in Combs called the Beehive which is a nice finish to an evening.
Stuart Barker - 10/Jan/03
The parking is very limited (3 cars) and the road single track. However, the walk from the ample parking at Chapel railway station, is pleasant and takes about 25 mins. Cross the track and take the RH path.
Paul J - 18/Jun/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Pinnacle Area 
2Herford's Girdle TraverseVS 4b **23
3Double CrackVD *549
4The AreteHS 4b *405
5Easy CornerD 241
6Easy Crack
D 278
7Right-hand Crack
VD 262
8Pinnacle CrackVD 316
9Pinnacle AreteVD 341
10Sheltered CrackVD *704
11Bow CrackHVD 3c 203
12Slanting CrackS 4a 392
13Overhanging Chockstone CrackVD *313
14The Fifth HorsemanHVS 5a 249
15IcebreakerE2 5b 95
16V CornerS 4b 214
17Thin CrackVS 5a 349
18Muscle CrackVD 441
19Bloody CrackS 4a 297
20Block Cracks
S 99
21The NoseVS 4b *296
 Pilgrim's Progress Area 
23The NithinS 4a *562
24Flake CrackHS 4b 227
25Main Corner
S 36
26The FlywalkS 4a *432
27The NicheS 4a **916
28Niche AreteVS 5a **402
29Orm and CheepE1 6a 38
30StudioHS 4b **869
31Nursery AreteHVS 5b *41
32A.P. 'absolutely perpendicular' ChimneyHS 4a *103
33Pod CrackHVS 5b 67
34Pitoned CrackHVS 5b 32
35Pilgrim's ProgressHS 4b **616
36Little PillarVS 4b 254
37LedgewayHVS 5a 236
38Short But SweetHVS 6a 4
39Short and SweetV2 13
40Short and sweet (sit start)
V3 2
41No NameS 4b 307
42Keep ButtressHVS 5a 160
43Keep CornerS 4a *676
 The Scoop Area 
45Peek AreteVS 4c 2
46Keep AreteVS 4b **727
47Scoop Face IndirectVS 4c **39
48Scoop DirectHVS 5b *156
49Scoop FaceHVS 5a ***1019
50Scoop Face DirectHVS 5c *115
51Scoop WallE1 5b *117
52Footstool LeftS 4a 185
53Piano StoolHVS 5b 17
54Footstool RightHVD 4a *236
55LaybackVD 243
56Combs ClimbS 4a *298
57StaircaseHVD 222
 The Crack Area 
59The Two-stepVD 50
60Fat Man's ChimneyM 91
61Come On EileenE2 5c  
62PlanktonE4 6a 5
63Assorted PondlifeHVS 5a 3
64Deep CrackVD 64
65Deep ChimneyVD 66
66Unbirthday climbE1 5b 4
67Birthday ClimbHVS 5b *38
68The CrackVS 4b ***645
69NozagVS 4c ***1111
70Zigzag CrackHS 4b **253
71Zig-a-Zag-aVD *280
72Long ClimbVD 199
 Central Tower 
74Central TowerVD *271
75AtropineVS 4b **288
76The Ugly BlokeE3 6a 3
77PrimadonnaE4 6a 5
78BelladonnaE1 5c *62
79Green CrackS 4a *94
80The Blusher
VS 4b 2
81Morocc'n RollE1 5c 30
82Syringe BenefitE1 5c 3
83Columbal Convenience
S 1
84Peg CrackE1 5c 4
85Iron Age FortitudeE4 6b **1
86Keith George: The Movie
E1 5b *1
87Stoke The EnginesE1 5b *9
 South Buttress 
89Hodgkinson's ChimneyM 10
90South CrackD 9
91South ButtressD 18
92V-ChimneyD *20
93Southern AreteHS 4b 12
94Bubbly WallHVS 5a 3
95Vanishing CrackHS 4b *26
96The ViceVD 8
97StruggleHS 4b 6
98BoomerangM 9
99Boomerang ButtressVS 4b 7
100Overhanging ChimneyHVD 6
101KoalaM 4
102The FaceV0 5

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