Climbs 214
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 270m a.s.l
Faces S

Spiral Route © Ropeboy

Crag features

The low-level, south-facing outcrop of Rivelin Edge is often ignored because of a rogue reputation for midges and greenery. Whilst this can be true on a hot summer's day, in autumn and winter the cliff comes into its own, getting all the sun that is going, drying rapidly and being sheltered enough to be climbable when the other edges are a frozen, wind-blasted wasteland. The simple approach and the fact that it is inside the Sheffield city boundary makes it a popular quick-hit-crag when time is short. There is the possibility to finish work and nip out for an ascent of the Needle before the sun sets; alternatively grab the opportunity of a beautiful winter's day to have a go at one of the big aretes or blank walls whilst the friction is good. The central area of the cliff, around the Rivelin Needle, has the highest quality concentration but hidden away in the trees are some real gems across the grade range. Overall the place is well worth a few trips and after each visit it is likely that you will have spotted another excellent route to aim for next time.

Approach notes

Limited parking close to Rivelin Dam (SK 276869), opposite which a track leads to the LH end of the edge (5 min). Bus stop at Rivelin Arms 200m east.

Restricted Access

The landowner (a tree surgeon with a vision of how this woodland should be managed), protested strongly to the BMC about damage to trees and erosion to footpaths around the crag. Climbers should avoid the area to the right of Altar Crack and respect its integrity as a conservation area. Any further damage to trees will result in the loss of all access for climbing.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Birch Buttress 
2Birch Side
VS 5a 15
3Birch BarkHS 4a *97
4Birch ButtressS 4a **392
5Don't Birch the DocVS 5a *180
6Birch CrackVD *287
7Silver and WhiteHVS 5b 56
8BirchHVS 5b *104
9Birch Branch
E1 5b 1
10Cool Running Left-handf6B **70
11Cool Runningf6B+ **64
12Faze Actionf7B+ *5
13Hot Dogf5 28
14Hot Dog Right
V0- 10
15Purple Hazef7A+ ***30
16Master Kushf7C+ ***31
17Uncle BuckVS 5b 1
 White House Buttress 
19Red's SlabVS 4c 84
20Red's Slab Variations
VS 4c **24
21We're Only Here for the SmearE3 5b *66
22White House CrackS 4a *177
23The President's CrackHVS 5a *54
24MilenaE6 6b 1
25Senator's GullyS 4a *69
26Money for Old RopeE2 6b  
27Stealing The Misanthropes WalletHVS 6a 2
28Ray CrackVS 5a *69
29Parallel UniverseE3 6b 7
30UkaseVS 4c 6
31Friday Club
V6 1
32Beginner's ButtressS 6
33Beginner's RouteD 7
34Lenient Arête *f5 1
35One Move Ponder *f6B+ 1
36Shady Practice *f6C+ 1
37Strict Arête *f7A 1
 Kremlin Krack 
39JadeHVS 5b  
40The Caress of the Blubbery Hand
E2 6a  
41Vice Like Grip
HVS 5b 8
VS 4c 34
43Seville FlakeVS 4c *49
44The Barber
HVS 5b 7
45AusfahrtE3 5c **28
46ExitE3 5c **78
47JadedE4 6b **13
48Der KommissarE4 6a **12
49MoontanE5 6c *1
50Moontan Startf7A+ **23
51Kremlin KrackHVS 5a **273
52Scarlett's ChimneyVS 4b *246
53Left UnderHVS 5a *64
54Left EdgeVS 4c **707
55Better Late Than NeverE1 5a *494
56Rivelin SlabM 210
57Angle RibHVS 5a 45
58Angle CrackD *305
59SolitaireHVD *379
60IsolationS 4a *324
61Rodney's DilemmaS 4a **871
62End of the Road
E1 5c 18
 Blizzard Ridge 
64ClinkerE5 6c 2
65Temple CrackHVD 4a *379
66Crafty CockneyE2 5c 18
67Pious FlakeS 4b *287
68Tree CrackVD *282
69Long Hot Winter
E1 6b 1
70UlexHS 4b *65
71Gardener's PleasureHS 4b *366
72White OutE1 5c **400
73Interminable Drizzle
E3 6c  
E3 6a  
75Trivial Pursuits 1f6A+ **6
76Trivial Pursuits 2f6A **54
77Bleausard Ridge
V4 3
78Blizzard RidgeHVS 5a ***1280
79Blizzard Ridge DirectE1 5b **133
80The TempestE5 6a **59
81Jonathan's ChimneyVS 4c **760
82Jonad RibVS 4c *597
83David's ChimneyVD **682
84Mad as CowsE1 5c 6
85Layback CrackD *153
86Corner CrackHVD *67
87Twin HoleHVS 5a 58
88Acid Reignf6C ***126
89Fluff 'n' Stuff
V3 1
 Rivelin Needle 
91The EyeE2 6a *7
92DeclarationE5 6c *1
93AngstE3 5c **63
94The South-West Corner (Original Route)E2 5c *216
95Croton OilHVS 5a ***1852
96Only HumanE5 6c * 
97The Spiral RouteVS 4c **237
98Jumpey WoollerE6 6c * 
 Face Climb 
100Pensioner's Wall
VS 4c 3
101Grandpa's 'tache
VS 4b 2
VS 5a 2
103Face Climb No. 1VD *364
104Face Climb No. 1.5VS 4c *260
105I'm BackE4 6a **39
106Jelly BabyE1 5c 78
107Face Climb No. 2VS 4b *569
108Crack OneS 4a 291
109Garibaldi TwinsE4 6b 1
110Takes the BiscuitE4 6b 3
111OversightHS 4b 180
112Crack TwoVD 119
113Where Bulldykes Daren'tf6B+ *31
114Shelf WallVS 4c *279
 The Brush Off 
116Birth of VenusE2 6b 1
117Easy PickingE2 6b **123
118Easy Picking Startf6B **33
119Holly GutVS 4c 2
120Oliver's TwistVS 4c *72
121Short but Thick
HVS 5a 4
122The TerminatorE5 6c **3
123I'll Be BackE5 6b  
124Grim FandangoE5 6a *8
125The Brush OffE4 5c ***303
126Party AnimalE3 5c *149
127Fringe BenefitE1 5b **629
128Ebenezer's StaircaseVD 85
129Deep ChimneyHVD 41
130FumfVS 5b *288
131Wobbly WallHVS 5b *139
132Europe After Rainf7A *20
 Plague and Auto Da Fe 
134CaravaggioE3 6b * 
135OutsiderE2 5c *107
136Ring of RosesHVS 5b *22
137Big AlE7 7a *2
138PlagueE4 6b *13
139The CreviceHVD *77
140The SlotHVD 24
141Moss Side/Chips and PeasHS 4b *202
142Lichen SlabVS 4a 187
143Lichen Slab DirectHVS 5a 7
144Lichen Slab IIS 4a 10
145Earl's ArêteD 2
146Sparksf7B **2
147Sparks StartV8 **20
148Palm CharmerE3 5c **53
149Auto da FeE4 6a ***195
150ReprieveE3 5c *48
 Wilkinson's Wall 
152Left Holly Pillar CrackS 4a *201
153Right Holly Pillar CrackS 4a *56
VS 4c 1
155Kellog CornerS 4a 39
156Double DeckerE4 6a 4
157Caveman's CaperHS 4b 23
158Bob PhlegmingHS 4b  
159Boulder Clubf6C+ *17
HVS 5a  
161Bust a Gut
HS 4b  
163Chimp 'A'f7A+  
164Bodle's BulgeHVS 5a 3
165Cocaine PlaceHVS 5a 51
166Wilkinson's WallVS 4b *164
167Of Mice and MenE5 6b 2
168Mount KrustyVS 4c  
169Snell's Rib
VD 3
 Confusion Slab 
171Daylight Arête
HVS 5a  
172DiffusionVS 4b 3
173Who let the Daylight In?
VS 4c  
VS 4b 5
 Herbacious Arboriculture Area 
VD 4
177Herbacious Arboriculture
VD 3
178Cartridge Crack
HS 4b 2
179Hole and Corner
D 4
180Shocking News
E1 5c 1
181Shocking News (Direct Start)
E1 6a  
 Roof Route 
183SummertimeE3 5c 4
184Small TimeE2 6b 2
185Renshaw's RemedyHVD **265
186Regular RouteHVS 5a *180
187Groove RouteHVS 5b *234
188Roof RouteHVS 5b **318
189Root RouteS 4a **534
190The Bush OffHS 4b 39
191DynastyE4 6a 7
192April FoolE2 5b *61
193StephHVS 5a *44
194Thumb Wars
V9 **1
 Altar Crack Area 
196AltercationHVS 5b *19
E4 5c  
E2 6a  
199ReredosE1 5b *6
200New MediterraneanE5 6c **12
201MoolahE5 6b **13
202Altar CrackVS 4c ***873
203The SteepleE6 6c **2
204NonsuchE1 5b **473
205GrimaceE5 6c *1
206Gettin' Kinda SquirrellyE6 6b *12
207Vestry ChimneyVD 35
208Too MuchE2 6a *61
209Too Much Startf6A+ ** 
210Alteredf6A+ *12
 The Banned Climbs Area 
212(The Orthogonal)S  
213(Double Flash)HVS 5a  
214The DiagonalVD 14
215(Seth's Slab)VS 4b 9
216(The Rattler)VS 4c 1
217(Blue Sky Arête)E1 5a  
218(Crack-Crack)VD 2
219(Towd Crack)VD 3
220(Big in Japan)VS 4c  
221(Lazy Arête)VS 4c 4
222(Green Corner)VD 10
223(Pillar Crack)S 9
224(Ash Tree Corner)S 6
225(Ash Tree Flake)VD 6
226(Esoteric Wall)HVS 5a  
227(Smirk)VS 4c 1
228(Pig Bag)VS 4c  
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