Climbs 45
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 220m a.s.l
Faces SW

The Dukes Seat © steveb2006

Crag features

A small crag of good quality gritstone at the southern edge of the Chatsworth estate, reaching a height of nearly 9m and featuring some fine ‘Cratcliffesque’ flutings. The crag is briefly mentioned on page 311 of the current BMC Froggatt To Black Rocks guide at the end of the Rabbit Warren section. At the top of the main crag are some old metal fixings and holes. These are the remains of the ‘Dukes Seat’ which was built as a view point for the Duke of Devonshire but has since been destroyed (hence the name given to the crag – it is not marked on the OS25 White Peak map). 

The crag had a bouldering renovation in Spring 2017 to give a fine circuit of problems. 


Approach notes

Park by Hell Bank Plantation (OS Ref SK 287681) and walk NW along the good track (over the top of Rabbit Warren bouldering) and into the Chatsworth woods. Cross a small bridge and turn left onto a green track. Follow this as it bends round to the right and passes near the top of the crag (marked by a few rocks). Distance 2.5km, about 30 mins

Note: Do not descend into the woods below the rocks - these are private.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Prow Buttress
2 Lady Chatterley's Slab HVS 5b 1
3 General Lee E5 6b ** 1
4 Daisy's Double D V7 ** 7
  Main Crag Buttress
6 The Gamekeeper HVS 5a 1
7 The Dukes Seat E1 5b 10
8 Poacher Trap HVS 5b 1
  Nukes Area
10 Cream Tea f5 3
11 Duke Nukem f6B 8
12 Duke Nukem SS f7B 1
13 Burzum f6C+ 1
14 Darkthrone f7B 3
15 Bathory E6 6b 1
16 Piss Bliss f6B+ 1
17 Thin White Duke f7A+ 7
18 Station to Station f6B 2
19 Ex-Project Wall *
Climb name Grade
  Prow Area
21 Dowager's Bump f6B+ 10
22 Put up Your Dukes f6C+ 3
23 Private Prow Stand Start
f6B 5
24 Private Prow f6C 9
25 Well Brown f7A 10
26 Ex-Ophelia f6A 2
27 In Capabaility f6A+ 4
28 Capability - Brown f7A 2
  Aretes Area
30 Short wall f6A+ 2
31 Sessile B. DeMille f6B 2
32 Motion of Confidence f6C 2
33 Bob's Pet He Grew f6B+ 6
34 Get off Your Horse f6A 5
35 Gerald The Mouse f6B 6
36 Drink Your milk f6B+ 1
37 Dairy Free V8 1
Climb name Grade
39 Andy's Arete f6A+ 9
  Below Andy's
41 Robur f6A 2
  Bivvi Cave
43 Bear's Den f6B 5
44 Tim's Slap f7A 5
46 The Green Manalishi f6B+ 7
47 County Line f5 9
49 Snake Drape f6B+ 5
50 Bach Around f6A 1
51 Peregrination f6B 3
52 Nowed Then f6A 3
  Ripple Wall
54 Lifes a Beech f7A 3
55 Beeched Wail f5 3
56 Beeches Be Crazy V8+ 1
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