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Climbs 57
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 210m a.s.l
Faces S

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Looking committed- second ever 'E' grade lead- onsight too © Shortarse.Crowley

Crag features

A real gem! Compact, highly pocketed limestone in a beautiful location. A sheltered sun trap make the Tor an all year round venue. Home of some of the best face routes on lime up to 70m long, but litle below HVS. Central Wall (VS 4b), Beeston Eliminate (HVS 4c,5a,5a) and Pocket Symphony (E1 5b) are all fine examples but the most outstanding routes are The Beest, Black Grub and Majolica (all E3).

Approach notes

From the A515 Buxton Ashbourne road head west through Alstonefield to Wetton (SK 108533). Continue along the Manifold Valley/Grindon road to Weag's Bridge and parking (SK 100543). The Tor is 10 min walk south along the river.


Restricted access for birds bans - see BMC page

Access Advice

The Beeston Tor caves at the right-hand side of the crag are an important archaeological site and the landowner (The National Trust) do not want any disturbance to the caves themselves. The Trust has requested that if climbers at the crag notice any suspicious activity around the caves (eg digging, metal detecting, carrying equipment or bags to/from the caves etc), that they call 01335 350503 and leave a message with any details.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 16 April to 30 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

Restriction applies from Flying Doctor to Central Wall inclusive to protect nesting birds.

Rockfax App

Available in the Rockfax App

The Rockfax App brings together all the Rockfax climbing information with UKC logbooks and presents it into a user-friendly package for use on Android and iOS devices.


Peak Limestone

Selected guidebook covering the best trad and sport limestone crags in the Peak District.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Peak Limestone - South (2018)
On Peak Rock (2003)

Out of print:
Peregrines nesting in the Ivy Gash. Don't climb in spring!
Anne Fairbank - 14/Apr/19
Bird restriction sign gone up. Something nesting in ivy gash apparently so most of the crag is out. Couldn't find anything on BMC site though.
Chriswallis2 - 25/Mar/17
path leading right from the base of the thorn is well and truly overgrown (06/2015) and in-situ rope has rotted through and is not of any use making the narrow footpath which can not be seen a rather scary proposition. well worth taking a machete to the path and putting in a new fixed rope as we had to reverse as getting across was not possible. Also path/ledge below the main pocket symphony slab has overgrown so access to central wall and routes to the right of the pocket symphony belay is not possible without bush wacking attire. nothing a machete wouldnt fix but heading across ivy gash and abbing in seems the only way at present.
jmills94 - 23/Jun/15
Peregrines nesting at the stance of patience this year. Best avoid the far left of the crag til they've gone
sgl0jd - 20/Jul/11
Lovely location - very picturesque and only a 10 minutes or less approach. Rock very solid. The farm below is a bit of a dump and we had the silence ruined for a couple of hours by farmer palmers generator. Still - highly recommended if only to avoid the crowds.
Jules Lane - 26/Apr/10
If river is dry and from before the farm, rather than fully crossing the river, the best approach is to walk down the river bed and join path striking up to crag. Not mentioned in the description, The Thorn is obviously one of the crag classics. A 50m ab from the holly tree gets you to 'base camp'. Grading is on the friendly side - makes a change! Pocket Symphony doesn't stand out as being higher quality than the rest of the trio starting and finishing from the same spot - they're all good. Agree that the approach to the RHS is heinous, even with the fixed ropes - am told there have been fatalities. Possible to avoid by moving R-wards from Pock. Symph belay to gain Black Grub start - scary horiz traverse (roped), or safe pendule.
TonyM - 21/Sep/05
Right hand side is marred by the scramble to get to it - don't take the Rockfax warning lightly. E1 4a business. Put me off going anywhere near there to do the routes.
Fiend - 19/Aug/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  West Wall
2 Buzz
HS 3
3 White Room HVS 4c ** 5
4 West Wall Climb VS 4c ** 134
5 Enough Time HVS 5b 3
  The Ivy Gash Area
7 Patience HVS 5b * 56
8 Jerry Hat-trick E3 5c 3
9 Patience Direct - Beauty
E2 5c 6
10 The Beasty Boys
E3 6a * 4
11 The Beest E3 6a *** 161
12 Principle of Moments E3 5c * 3
13 The Thorn HVS 5a *** 558
14 Flying Doctor E5 6b * 1
15 Double Top E4 6a * 3
16 Stagnation VS 4c * 61
17 Nocturne VS 4c * 149
18 Ivy Gash HVS 5b * 42
19 Pocket Symphony E1 5b ** 437
20 Deaf Dove E2 5c * 192
21 Evensong E1 5a ** 257
22 Midnight Mass E3 5c 8
Climb name Grade
23 The Beesting 8a ** 3
24 The Beeston Bomber 8a+ ** 1
25 666 7c+ ** 2
26 Beast It! 7b 1
27 Pat-trick E4 6b * 2
  Central Wall
29 Central Wall VS 4b ** 154
30 Catharsis E3 5c * 22
31 Black Grub E3 5c *** 182
32 Cleo's Mood E5 6a * 9
33 Arachno? No! E4 6a * 3
34 The Fly E3 6a ** 17
35 The Webb HVS 5a 5
36 Nowt Worth Crowing About E3 5c  
37 The Spider HVS 5a * 10
38 Little Crow HVS  
  Majolica Area
40 Pigeon Pie E1 5b *  
41 Solution Pollution E1 5b 25
42 Majolica E3 5c ** 122
43 Faience E4 6a * 18
44 Go Budgie Go
E5 6a * 9
Climb name Grade
45 Budgie E4 6a ** 5
46 Trill E4 6a 1
47 Honorary Buoux 7c ** 5
48 Honorary Buoux (Volx Extension) 7c ** 1
49 Bertram's Chimney VD * 16
50 Skylight Flake HS 2
51 Skylight Groove HS 5
52 Locked and Loaded HVS 5a  
53 Gary Gobstoper HVS 5a 6
54 Davy Jones’ Lock Up E1 5a  
55 The Lock Down E1 5b  
56 The Lock In E1 5a  
  The Traverses
58 Beeston Eliminate HVS 5a *** 104
59 Perforation HVS 5a * 1
60 Lord of the Dance E3 6a ** 2
  Lynx Gully Area
62 Lynx Wall S 5
63 Throwley Ridge Grooves
S 4
  Unknown Routes

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