Climbs 53
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 298m a.s.l
Faces NE

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Jim demonstrating the Wolverine Position © JimboWizbo

Crag features

Black Tor is a beautiful, quiet spot with plenty to go at, though mostly in the higher grades. The problems are dotted around on various blocks below the indistinct edge on the west side of the valley that leads up to the crag of Laddow. It is very different to the more popular edges, and getting from problem to problem isn't on well-formed paths. Much of the ground is covered with pristine vegetation, so care needs to be taken not to disturb it. The problems are mostly east-facing, so get here in the morning if you are ofter sun, and in the afternoon if you're looking for shade. Give the area a few days to dry out after rain, especially in the winter and be prepared to brush the problems which are likely to be dirty.

Approach notes

Black Tor is a short walk from the Crowdon Youth Hostel on the A628 Woodhead Pass Road linking Sheffield to Manchester. There is a large carpark just off the road near the Youth Hostel. From the carpark, walk up the road towards the campsite. Opposite the campsite entrance is a track signed to the Youth Hostel. Head up here until you reach a bridge leading to the hostel, now turn right and follow a path for about 250m. Pass through a gate and over the stepped weir, and continue up to join The Pennine Way, following this briefly until a path leads off to the left towards Black Tor. 

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Decaying Buttress
2 Wolverine
E3 5c ** 2
3 Sabre Cut
VS 4c  
4 Dead Tree Overhang
HVS 5a  
5 Footester Groove
6 Coast to Coast
E1 5b  
  Weasel Boulders
8 The Mantel
9 Playing with Fire f8A ** 2
10 One Move f5+ ** 36
11 Middle Block Slab f4 * 31
12 Angry Love f6C+ * 12
13 Technical Love f7B * 2
14 Magic Love f6C 4
15 Slab Arête Left f3+ * 43
16 The Left Slab f5+ * 47
17 The Right Slab f3+ * 30
18 Right Arête f4 * 42
19 Don't Dab Arête f6B 7
Climb name Grade
  Back of the Weasel Boulders
21 The Weasel f6B 4
22 Manchester March f5+ 9
23 Loves Stroll f5+ 9
24 The Groove f6A+ 6
25 Atari f7A+ **  
  The Slab
27 The Looking Glass f7A+ *** 5
28 The Looking Glass Arête f6C * 3
  High Edge Boulders
30 The Mantel f6C * 6
31 The Traverse f6B+  
32 Escape from Monday f7A *  
33 Twins f6B+ *  
34 Crack f3 1
35 Layaway Wall f6A 1
36 The Ill Defined f7A+ * 3
37 Sit Start Wall f6B * 1
38 The Fin f6C ** 2
39 The Wall f6A+ *  
Climb name Grade
40 Right Arête f6B+ *  
  Wolverine Boulders
42 Slap Problem f6B  
43 Technician's Day Out f7B *  
44 Means to an End f7A  
45 The Crack f5+ 1
46 Mollie Sugden f5+ * 27
47 Baby Wolverine f5+ ** 45
48 PK's Hammer f5+ ** 4
49 Crowden Girls f7A+ * 3
50 The Arête f5+ * 3
51 The Arête Sit-start
V6 1
52 Flaky Bake f5+ * 3
53 Flake Bake Sit-start
V6 1
54 The Groove f7A * 11
55 One Arm f5 4
56 One Arm Sit-start
f6C+ 1
57 Thug's Day Out f7B  
  The Pit
59 Seldom Seen Kid f7C+ ***  
60 Pennine Way Variation f6C *** 1

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