Climbs 285
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 470m a.s.l
Faces SW

The Wings dyno -- Turner's turn. © Jon Read

Crag features

A pleasant escape from the crowds at the main edge, particularly the further left you go. Smaller (8 to 20m), but open, quick drying and less worn, the Skyline is well worth a few visits with excellent micro-routes on superb rock. Recommended routes include Slab and Arete (S), Safety Net (E1), Acid Drop (E4), San Melas (E3), Entropy's Jaw (E5), Wings of Unreason (E4), Track of the Cat (E5) and Art Nouveau (E6). Quality bouldering areas include Doxey's Pool and the miniaturesque Very, Very Far Skyline.

Approach notes

Limited parking below the Roaches. Obvious track leads to the Lower Tier. Upper Tier is above (!), The Skyline the northward (left) continuation of the Upper Tier.

Guidebooks

Peak Bouldering

The Peak Bouldering Rockfax is a massive book covering a huge area including all the main bouldering venues of the Peak District. It includes many more low-grade problems than have ever been documented before including 17 circuits with problems at V0+ 5a and under, and a further 21 circuits with problems at V2 5c and below.
More info

Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
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Who nicked "Tightrope"...it used to go across the San Melas slab and finsih up "Mantis"...??
Chris.Allott - 11/Jul/13
Its just that little further away from the road, just a bit soggier underfoot, and the wind is definatly stronger. But this adds up to a quiet group of buttresses, even on busy days despite a load of interesting little routes in the mid grades.
augustus trout - 11/Apr/10
There is also some lesser known but worthwhile bouldering on either side of the approach path to Hard Very Far Skyline from the N (before the trig point). Highlights include some rounded mantels on the far side of the first rocks on the L, (some quite hard but low and safe with nice landings) a hanging crack between 2 blocks on the R by the path a little further up and some nice bits and pieces on the hillside below that.
Harold - 24/Dec/02
The Doxey Pool. (sort of part of the skyline) This is a small but busy area, as it lies on the route of the Staffs way, but in terms of bouldering, the problems are excellent. Try inparticular Staffordshire Flyer and The Dead Pool. Bring a big mat or a paddling pool cos the watter is a bit grim most of the time! If youre on the Roches this is worth a visit. Dave Miller
Dangerous Dave - 19/Jun/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Very Far Skyline Boulders
2 Small Chasm Arete V1 5b * 43
3 Green Jam Crack V0- 4c 9
4 Rounded Arete f3 * 146
5 Open Groove f5 ** 141
6 Two Pocket Slab f5+ ** 202
7 Lazy Trout f5+ ** 142
8 Eager Trout f5+ ** 100
9 Clamp Arete f6A ** 107
10 Clamp Arete - Sit-start
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V7 6b 61
11 Crack (Very Far Skyline) f3 * 73
12 Harry Patch f4 * 48
13 Bernie f6A * 58
14 Bernie Sit Start V6 * 27
15 Off Fingers Crack f5+ * 57
16 Pinkies to Perkies f4 ** 107
17 Slab Crack f3 29
18 Slab Walk f3 ** 96
19 Slab Arete f5 * 56
20 Inner Tube f6A+ * 80
21 Short Arete
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V0- 5a 33
22 Wall and Rib f3+ * 119
23 Left Crack f3+ * 141
24 Right Crack f3+ * 125
25 Easy Ramp f3 * 110
26 Flight Exam f5+ ** 214
27 The Loner f6A * 77
28 The Shepherd f6C+ ** 19
29 Leek Hills f6B+ ** 68
  HARD VERY FAR BUTTRESS
31 Willow Farm E4 6a ** 23
32 Enchanted Forest E2 5c ** 13
33 Track of the Cat E5 6a *** 88
34 Nature Trail E5 6b * 25
35 Wings of Unreason E4 6a *** 607
36 Counterstroke of Equity E5 6c * 6
37 Counterstroke of Equity Direct E7 6c *** 1
38 Prelude to Space HVS 4c ** 278
39 One Eyed Willy f7A+ * 2
40 Very Connoisseurish E2 6a 10
41 The Parrot and the Balaclava HS 4b 9
42 Crack (Art Nouveau) f4 9
  VERY FAR BUTTRESS
44 Curvature VS 4b 27
45 Mr Decisive HVS 5b 20
46 Triple Point E1 5c * 79
47 Triple Point Direct
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none 6b 5
48 Wild Thing HVS 5c ** 211
49 Wild Thing Sit Start f6B ** 5
50 Pereverse Traverse f7B+ *** 1
51 Entropy's Jaw E5 6b *** 87
52 Script for a Tier E6 6c * 8
53 Mild Thing D * 66
  ART NOUVEAU
55 Side-pull Wall f7A *** 30
56 Crack (Art Nouveau) V0- 18
57 Flaky Romp f4+ * 7
58 Juggy Flakeline f4+ * 10
59 Crack and Arete f6A+ * 4
60 Mono Slab f4+ * 16
61 Art Nouveau f7B+ *** 14
62 Coma Sutra HS 4b 11
63 Transcendental Medication D 8
  FAR SKYLINE BUTTRESS
65 Microcosm
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D 11
66 Flutterbye Grooves
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S 4a 12
67 Tree Corner
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D 9
68 Tree Grooves
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VD 15
69 Steeplechaser
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D * 16
70 Slither
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S 16
71 Mudhopper
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VD 9
72 Dazzler
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S 4a * 13
73 Steeplechase Crack
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VD 9
74 Honky Tonk S 4a ** 24
75 Entente Cordiale E3 5c * 10
76 The Chimney S 4b * 13
77 Dangler
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VS 4b 23
78 Black Ram Arete VS 4c * 18
79 Black Ram VD 19
80 Don't Go Down to the Woods Today
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VS 4b * 12
  CHASM BOULDERS
82 Rounded Feature f4+ * 15
83 Triptych Groove f6C+ * 16
84 Gritstone Pimple f6B * 7
85 Ramp f4+ * 9
86 Mantel
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f4+ 9
87 Harder Mantel
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f6A+ 6
88 Acne Arete f7A * 2
89 Squeezer's Spots f6C 1
90 Spotter's Pop f6B 1
91 Puss in Boots f6C 2
92 Spotter's Slop f7A 5
  DOXEY'S POOL
94 Left Cheek f6C  
95 Soggy Bottom Crack f5+ 6
96 Ledge Jump f6A+  
97 Staffordshire Face f6C * 6
98 The Staffordshire Flyer f6B *** 272
99 The Arete f6C *** 60
100 Another Nadin Traverse f7C *** 2
101 The Drowning Pool f7A+ *** 16
102 The Drowning Pool - standing start
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V4 ** 36
103 Groovy Crack f5 * 146
104 Chipped Wall f3+ * 148
105 Thin Flake f5 * 106
106 The Drowning Traverse f4+ * 26
107 Side-wall f6C *  
108 Slanting Crack VB 24
109 Arete on Left f6B * 26
110 Arete on Right f5 ** 67
111 Blind Flake f5+ * 93
112 Little Pocket Slab Left f6C+ * 16
113 Little Pocket Slab f6C * 1
114 Archway f6A+ * 17
115 Little Flake f5+ * 127
116 Little Flake Sit-start V5 6b 4
117 Bulging Arete f6C * 74
118 Easy Arete f3+ * 120
119 Pancake f4 ** 179
120 Li'l Crack f2+ 94
121 Li'l Arete f2+ 25
122 The Man with the Red Face f7A ** 2
123 The Mermaid f6A ** 5
  ALPHA BUTTRESS
125 Bone Idol VS 4c 7
126 Omega
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S 4a 13
127 Melaleucion HVS 5a * 63
128 Rodeo E1 6a * 6
129 Devotoed VS 5a 117
130 Alpha VD * 246
131 Alpha Arete S 4a * 276
132 Breakfast Corner M 139
133 Formative Years E3 6a 38
134 Breakfast Problem VD * 395
135 Days Gone By S 4a * 284
136 San Melas E3 5c *** 393
137 Hallow to our Men E4 6b * 4
138 Mantis E1 5b *** 178
139 Bounty Killer VS 5a 13
140 Sennapod VD 127
141 Sennapod Crack VD 117
142 39th Step E2 6a 32
143 Wallaby Wall HS 4b * 270
144 Definitive Gaze E1 5c * 56
145 Right-hand Route S 4a ** 237
146 Pretty Gritty E1 5c 7
147 Looking for Today HVS 5b * 57
  SKYLINE BUTTRESS
149 Go Girl
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HVD 8
150 Come Girl HS 4b 9
151 Bilberry Traverse
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VS 4a 5
152 Slips E3 6a 8
153 Pinnacle Crack D 57
154 Split Personality E1 5b 38
155 Pinnacle Arete VS 4c * 122
156 Pinnacle Slab HVD 29
157 Sonny's Route VS 4c * 5
158 Mantelshelf Slab VS 4b * 177
159 Enigma Variation E2 5b ** 129
160 Karabiner Chimney HVD * 124
161 Karabiner Slab HVS 4c * 144
162 Karabiner Cracks D 89
163 Slab and Arete S 4a ** 505
164 Drop Acid E4 6a 4
165 Acid Drop E4 5c ** 39
166 Skytrain E2 5b * 34
167 As Time Goes By VD 3
168 Purple Fingers HS 4b 3
169 Sally James
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VS 4c 13
170 Mistaken Identity
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S 4a 23
171 Capstan's Corner D 25
172 Cave Buttress
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VD 9
173 Cave Arete S 4a * 93
174 Stephen VS 5a * 6
175 Automatix E2 5b 4
176 Cave Crack HVS 5a * 37
177 King Swing VS 5a 8
178 Connector VS 4b 21
179 Joiner VD * 49
180 Sorcerer's Apprentice
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VS 4c 6
181 Tower Eliminate HVS 5b * 15
182 Tower Face E2 5b * 37
183 Tower Chimney D * 104
184 Perched Block Arete VD ** 219
185 Perched Block Arete, Direct Finish
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VS 4b * 37
186 Perched Block Arete (right hand finish) HVS 4c * 11
187 Thrug VS 5a ** 252
  TRIO BUTTRESS
189 Bad Poynt D * 206
190 Oversight HVD * 239
191 Wad Man Slang
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S 4a 20
192 Cold Man's Finger E1 5b * 30
193 Ogden VD ** 417
194 Ogden Arete HS 4c * 258
195 Ogden Recess VD 71
196 Black Pig VS 4c * 301
197 Spare Rib VS 4c * 143
198 Bad Sneakers E2 5c 55
199 Spectrum HVS 4c 61
200 Middleton's Motion VS 4b 35
201 Rowan Tree Traverse VD * 15
202 Strain Station E4 5c * 2
203 Topaz E2 5b ** 113
204 Letter Box Cracks VS 4c * 20
205 Letter Box Gully M 66
206 Hank's Horror E1 5b 8
207 Paul's Puffer E4 6b 6
208 Pebbles on a Wessex Beach E3 5c 6
209 Safety Net E1 5b *** 688
210 Ear 'ere E2 6a * 1
211 Shortcomings E1 5c ** 223
212 Left Twin Crack HS 4b 104
213 Square Chimney D 121
214 Trio Chimney VD * 50
215 Substance VS 4c 61
216 Lighthouse VD 334
217 Ralph's Mantelshelves S 4a 124
218 Ralph's Direct
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HVD 4a 13
  CONDOR BUTTRESS
220 Condor Slab VS 4c ** 439
221 A.M. Anaesthetic HVS 4c * 77
222 Cracked Arete HVD 293
223 Condor Chimney VD 145
224 Nosepicker E1 5a 84
225 Licensed to fill HVS 4c 15
226 Time to be Had HVD * 297
227 Toxic Socks
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HVS 5b 28
228 Tobacco Road VS 4c * 167
229 Wheeze HVS 4c * 68
230 Bruno Flake VS 4b * 107
231 Navy Cut VD 151
232 False Chicane
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VD 66
233 Chicane S 4a 153
234 Lung Cancer S 3c 116
235 Southpaw S 17
236 Happy Hooker HVS 5b 3
237 The Pugilist
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HVS 5c * 13
238 Cave Exit V7 6b 2
  Unknown or New Additions
240 Inspiration Point
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HVS 5b 2
241 5+ f5 * 3
242 King Ding V8 * 1
243 P13 (very far boulders V0- 4a 2
244 P14 (very far boulders) V1 5c 3
245 Abstract
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HVS 5a 2
246 Pop Art
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VS 5a 8
247 Deep in Mystery
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E1 5b 2
248 Chicanery HVD 5
249 Proto-chicken S 4b 2
250 Chicken S 1
251 Egg S 2
252 Chronicle VS 5b 6
253 Oversite VD 19
254 Bulging Arete (undercut start) f6B+ 6
255 In Passing E2 5c * 7
256 Johnny Pooh Poohed E2 6a 2
257 Rassp! E2 5c 3
258 Shrug E2 5b ** 8
259 Curiosity Kitten E3 6a 2
260 Poodle Vindaloo E2 5c 2
261 Wicked Wind E3 5c ** 1
262 The calf path E2 6b 1
263 Jamming Crack f4 4
264 Sennopod Crack VD 2
265 Recess Wall and Arete HVS 4c 1
266 Square arĂȘte f6B+ 1
267 Back Crack V1 5b * 1
268 Not so Fast VS 5a 1
269 Jurrasic World E3 5a * 1
270 The Hang Before Time E2 5b ** 2
271 Leek Flake f5 * 4
272 Scooby right wall V1 1
273 Dr Hyde V2 1
274 Dr Jackel V7 1
275 Theos Patch VB 1
276 Les Crack VS 4c * 1
277 Shipwreck V0  
278 Footprints V0-  
279 Island Hopper V0-  
280 No Man's Slab V0-  
281 Castaway Rib V0  
282 Outback V0  
283 Walkabout V1  
284 Marooned V1  
285 Little Pocket Right hand
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V5 1
286 Hand Crack f4 1
287 Tightrope VS 4b 2

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