Climbs 59
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 315m a.s.l
Faces E

Mike on The Arete at Aldery Cliff © Rob L

Crag features

A popular crag, unique for its slabby nature in a pleasant, shltered location. Most climbs are VS/HVS on good, sometimes polished rock, up to 35m high. The classic lines are Clothesline (S), Carmen Jones (VS 4b), Broken Toe (Vs 4c), The Arete (HVS 5a) and Surface Plate (HVS 5a). A good picnic spot.

After excessive 'gardening' there are now no abseil points (or trees) on many of the routes. The unsuitable/badly installed bolts that replaced them have been removed. For may of the routes the top-outs are somewhat difficult. You may have to drop a rope from the top to form an anchor/abseil point, or leave gear in the natural belay places. Enjoy.

Approach notes

From Buxton head SE to Earl Sterndale via the A515/B5053. The crag is on the right-hand side of the road leading from Earl Sterndale to Crowdicote. Parking is available at the crag.
Managed by the BMC.

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Peak Limestone

Selected guidebook covering the best trad and sport limestone crags in the Peak District.
More info
More Guidebooks:
On Peak Rock (2003)
Northern Limestone Route Database (2001)

Out of print:
A lot of work has been done by a local hero who has opened up a lot of the crag and removed the mass of nettles so the faces further round can be accessed, work is still on-going but is still 1000x better than before
rtdennison - 09/Apr/17
There has been a cleanup (maybe a still continuing cleanup?) with loose rock and trees removed from several areas - thanks whoever did it. Some rock is still a bit dirty and some of the ground around the routes is a bit unstable but I'm sure all will settle down
roger whetton - 16/May/16
there has been a recent large rockfall in the corner to the right of Carmen/Carmen jones
PeteWilson - 05/Sep/13
The recently cleaned slabs on the right hand side contain 3 routes, all done by Dave Williams. Unfortunately the large block above and to the right of them is reported to be dangerously loose. Therefor DO NOT CLIMB THESE ROUTES, at least for the time being
Chris the Tall - 01/Dec/06
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Sword and Stone
E2 5b  
2 The High Crusade
E2 5c  
3 Hidden Corner
HS 4a 2
4 Therianthropic
HVS 5a 1
5 Jackorner VS 4c 15
6 Cooper's Peg Route E2 6a * 17
7 November Wall E2 5b * 34
8 Lethanol
HVS 5a  
9 Timber
HS 4a 2
10 Rent a Ghost
S 1
11 The Clone of Jeremiah
VS 4c  
12 Nazi Baby
13 The Arete E1 5a ** 237
14 Mitre Crack VS 4c ** 432
15 Chance in a Marillion E3 6a 32
16 The Cardinal VS 4c ** 302
17 The Actress/The Bishop HVS 5b * 76
18 The Actress * HVS 5b 3
19 Arch Bishop * E2 5b * 4
20 Bishops Rib *
E2 5c 1
21 Sycamore Crack HS 4b 9
22 Jeremy's Jungular Jaunt
S 1
23 Jackdaw Gully
24 Carmen Jones VS 4c 29
25 Carmen VS 4c * 194
26 Carmen Sutra
VS 4c 6
27 Nitride crack MVS 3
28 Deceptor
VS 4c 4
29 Carmen Mirander * E1 5b 1
30 Sans Nom
VS 4b 6
31 Lizzie * HVS 5a  
32 Central Gully
VD 9
33 Black Country Rock
HVS 5a  
34 Ash Tree Arete
HVD 12
35 Anti-Digestant HVS 5a 80
36 Ash Tree Slab HS 4a * 356
37 The Nonsense Man Start HS 5a * 15
38 E2 left of Nettlerash *
E2 5b 1
39 Nettlerash HS 4a * 549
40 Broken Toe HVS 4c * 293
41 Formic
VS 4c 1
42 Venom
HVS 5b 3
43 Yukio
VS 4c 4
44 Central Arete HVD 142
45 Central Arete Direct S 4b 28
46 Janbaloo HVS 5b * 131
47 Janbaloo Direct Finish E1 5b 32
48 Surface Plate HVS 5a * 364
49 Clothesline S 4a * 374
50 The Fly HVS 5a 47
51 The Spider VS 4c 90
52 Burst HVS 4c 27
53 The Bender HVS 5a * 37
54 Terrace Wall VS 4b 57
55 A Question of Palance VS 4b 8
56 Right Arete VS 4b 19
57 Hard Labour E2 5c 13
58 A Pig in the Middle E3 5c 3
59 Gardeners World HVS 5a 2
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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