Climbs 215
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 246m a.s.l
Faces S

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Crag features

The low-level, south-facing outcrop of Rivelin Edge was once ignored because of its reputation for midges and tree-shrouded greenery. It is now widely known that it is sheltered enough to be a great venue in the winter and the quick and easy approach (it is inside the Sheffield city boundary) makes it popular when time is short. It is possibe to finish work and nip out for an ascent of the Needle before the sun sets. Alternatively grab the opportunity on 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, near the Rivelin Needle, has the highest quality concentration of good routes but hidden away to either side are some gems across the grades. The place is well worth several trips; Rivelin no longer plays second fiddle to some of its more illustrious brethren.

Approach notes

The crag looks south over the Rivelin Valley, above the A57, on the west side of Sheffield. Parking is in the free car park on the south side of the dam at Rivelin Reservoir. Walk back to the main road and take the path opposite that runs up towards the cliff and then veers right through a damp area, rising gently. Take a left fork which rises towards the crag, ignoring any paths leading off right, and you should emerge by the Rivelin Needle. This is easier to follow in the summer when the vegetation covers many of the minor paths here.

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.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 March to 30 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

Tawny owls sometimes nest on the crag in the spring (previously on Kremlin Crack or Roof Route) - if present avoid the route(s) they are occupying until the nest is vacated.

Tawny owls have been known to viciously attack  people climbing near their nest, so please steer well clear of these routes until the chicks have fledged, both for the benefit of the birds and your own wellbeing.

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Guidebooks

Eastern Grit

Updated and expanded edition of the award-winning Peak Grit East. Covers all the best routes on the eastern Gritstone edges of the Peak District - Wharncliffe, Rivelin, Dovestone Tor, Bamford, Stanage, Burbage North, Higgar Tor, Burbage South, Millstone, Lawrencefield, Yarncliffe, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardoms, Birchen, Chatsworth, Cratcliffe, Black Rocks
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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.
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Birch Buttress
2 Birch Side
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VS 5a 16
3 Birch Bark HS 4a * 114
4 Birch Buttress S 4a ** 490
5 Don't Birch the Doc VS 5a * 217
6 Birch Crack VD * 338
7 Silver and White HVS 5b 65
8 Birch HVS 5b * 132
9 Birch Branch
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E1 5b 2
10 Cool Running Left-hand f6B ** 86
11 Cool Running f6B+ ** 82
12 Faze Action f7B+ * 5
13 Hot Dog f5 32
14 Hot Dog Right
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V0- 13
15 Uncle Buck VS 5b 2
16 Purple Haze f7A+ *** 56
17 Master Kush f7C+ *** 21
18 Slap and Straddle f6A+ 2
19 Lenient Arête f5 2
20 One Move Ponder f6B+ 2
21 Shady Practice f6C+ 2
  White House Buttress
23 Red's Slab VS 4c 90
24 Red's Slab Variations
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VS 4c ** 27
25 We're Only Here for the Smear E3 5b * 69
26 White House Crack S 4a * 215
27 The President's Crack HVS 5a * 69
28 Milena E6 6b 1
29 Senator's Gully S 4a * 75
30 Money for Old Rope E2 6b  
31 Stealing the Misanthrope's Wallet HVS 6a 4
32 Ray Crack VS 5a * 94
33 Parallel Universe E3 6b 8
34 Ukase VS 4c 7
35 Friday Club
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V6 1
36 Beginner's Buttress S 8
37 Beginner's Route D 8
38 Strict Arête f7A 1
  Kremlin Krack
40 Jade HVS 5b  
41 The Caress of the Blubbery Hand
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E2 6a 1
42 Vice Like Grip
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HVS 5b 10
43 Twister
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VS 4c 38
44 Seville Flake VS 4c * 65
45 The Barber
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HVS 5b 8
46 Ausfahrt E3 5c ** 36
47 Exit E3 5c ** 83
48 Jaded E4 6b ** 11
49 Der Kommissar E4 6a ** 13
50 Moontan E5 6c * 1
51 Moontan Start f7A+ ** 30
52 Kremlin Krack HVS 5a ** 331
53 Scarlett's Chimney VS 4b * 298
54 Left Under HVS 5a * 94
55 Left Edge VS 4c ** 865
56 Better Late Than Never E1 5a * 547
57 Rivelin Slab M 237
58 Angle Rib HVS 5a 50
59 Angle Crack D * 348
60 Solitaire HVD * 436
61 Isolation S 4a * 380
62 Rodney's Dilemma S 4a ** 1039
  Blizzard Ridge
64 End of the Road
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E1 5c 22
65 Clinker E5 6c 2
66 Temple Crack HVD 4a * 445
67 Crafty Cockney E2 5c 20
68 Pious Flake S 4b * 363
69 Tree Crack VD * 357
70 Long Hot Winter
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E1 6b 1
71 Ulex HS 4b * 77
72 Gardener's Pleasure HS 4b * 464
73 Interminable Drizzle
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E3 6c  
74 White Out E1 5c ** 458
75 Trivial
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E3 6a  
76 Trivial Pursuits 1 f6A+ ** 10
77 Trivial Pursuits 2 f6A ** 61
Climb name Grade
78 Bleausard Ridge
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V4 3
79 Blizzard Ridge HVS 5a *** 1474
80 Blizzard Ridge Direct E1 5b ** 143
81 The Tempest E5 6a ** 58
82 Jonathan's Chimney VS 4c ** 916
83 Jonad Rib VS 4c * 674
84 David's Chimney VD ** 800
85 Mad as Cows E1 5c 7
86 Layback Crack D * 172
87 Corner Crack HVD * 72
88 Twin Hole HVS 5a 61
89 Acid Reign f6C *** 146
90 Fluff 'n' Stuff
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V3 2
  Rivelin Needle
92 Croton Oil HVS 5a *** 2068
93 Only Human E5 6c * 1
94 The Spiral Route VS 4c ** 252
95 Jumpey Wooller E6 6c *  
96 The Eye E2 6a * 8
97 Declaration E5 6c * 1
98 Angst E3 5c ** 66
99 The South-West Corner (Original Route) E2 5c * 231
  Face Climb
101 Grandpa's 'tache
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VS 4b 3
102 Pensioner's Wall
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VS 4c 5
103 Unbelievable
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VS 5a 3
104 Face Climb No. 1 VD * 400
105 Face Climb No. 1.5 VS 4c * 283
106 I'm Back E4 6a ** 39
107 Jelly Baby E1 5c 79
108 Face Climb No. 2 VS 4b * 645
109 Crack One S 4a 316
110 Garibaldi Twins E4 6b 1
111 Takes the Biscuit E4 6b 3
112 Oversight HS 4b 203
113 Crack Two VD 128
114 No Bull V1 3
115 Where Bulldykes Daren't f6B+ * 36
116 Shelf Wall VS 4c * 295
  The Brush Off
118 Birth of Venus E2 6b 1
119 Easy Picking E2 6b ** 135
120 Easy Picking Start f6B ** 45
121 Holly Gut VS 4c 2
122 Oliver's Twist VS 4c * 89
123 Short but Thick
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HVS 5a 5
124 The Terminator E5 6c ** 3
125 I'll Be Back E5 6b  
126 Grim Fandango E5 6a * 8
127 The Brush Off E4 5c *** 307
128 Party Animal E3 5c * 167
129 Fringe Benefit E1 5b ** 696
130 Ebenezer's Staircase VD 101
131 Deep Chimney HVD 47
132 Fumf VS 5b * 315
133 Wobbly Wall HVS 5b * 148
134 Europe After Rain f7A * 20
  Plague and Auto da Fe
136 Caravaggio E3 6b *  
137 Outsider E2 5c * 106
138 Ring of Roses HVS 5b * 27
139 Big Al E7 7a * 2
140 Plague E4 6b * 15
141 The Crevice HVD * 87
142 The Slot HVD 26
143 Moss Side HS 4b * 224
144 Lichen Slab VS 4a 203
145 Lichen Slab Direct HVS 5a 8
146 Lichen Slab II S 4a 25
147 Sharks f3 2
148 Sparks f7B ** 28
149 Palm Charmer E3 5c ** 63
150 Auto da Fe E4 6a *** 197
151 Reprieve E3 5c * 52
  Wilkinson's Wall
153 Left Holly Pillar Crack S 4a * 230
154 Right Holly Pillar Crack S 4a * 59
Climb name Grade
155 Heretic
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VS 4c 1
156 Kellog Corner S 4a 43
157 Double Decker E4 6a 4
158 Caveman's Caper HS 4b 27
159 Bob Phlegming HS 4b 2
160 Boulder Club f6C+ * 19
161 Ribelin
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HVS 5a 2
162 Bust a Gut
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HS 4b 2
163 Tapas
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V0 5a 2
164 Chimp 'A' f7A+  
165 Bodle's Bulge HVS 5a 5
166 Cocaine Place HVS 5a 55
167 Wilkinson's Wall VS 4b * 174
168 Of Mice and Men E5 6b 3
169 Mount Krusty VS 4c  
170 Snell's Rib
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VD 5
  Confusion Slab
172 Daylight Arête
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HVS 5a 1
173 Diffusion VS 4b 3
174 Who let the Daylight In?
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VS 4c 1
175 Confusion
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VS 4b 6
  Herbacious Arboriculture Area
177 Compulsion
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VD 5
178 Herbacious Arboriculture
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VD 3
179 Cartridge Crack
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HS 4b 3
180 Hole and Corner
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D 5
181 Shocking News
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E1 5c 1
182 Shocking News Direct Start
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E1 6a  
  Roof Route
184 Summertime E3 5c 4
185 Small Time E2 6b 2
186 Renshaw's Remedy HVD ** 300
187 Regular Route HVS 5a * 196
188 Groove Route HVS 5b * 261
189 Roof Route HVS 5b ** 342
190 The Bush Off HS 4b 58
191 Root Route S 4a ** 627
192 Dynasty E4 6a 9
193 April Fool E2 5b * 70
194 Steph HVS 5a * 47
195 Thumb Wars
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V9 6c ** 1
  Altar Crack Area
197 Altercation HVS 5b * 23
198 Peccavi
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E4 5c  
199 Deviation
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E2 6a  
200 Reredos E1 5b * 7
201 New Mediterranean E5 6c ** 12
202 Moolah E5 6b ** 13
203 Altar Crack VS 4c *** 971
204 The Steeple E6 6c ** 2
205 Nonsuch E1 5b ** 532
206 Grimace E5 6c * 1
207 Gettin' Kinda Squirrelly E6 6b * 14
208 Vestry Chimney VD 42
209 Too Much E2 6a * 60
210 Too Much Start f6A+ **  
211 Altered f6A+ * 12
  The Banned Climbs Area
213 (The Orthogonal) S  
214 (Double Flash) HVS 5a  
215 The Diagonal VD 15
216 (Seth's Slab) VS 4b 9
217 (The Rattler) VS 4c 2
218 (Blue Sky Arête) E1 5a  
219 (Crack-Crack) VD 2
220 (Towd Crack) VD 4
221 (Big in Japan) VS 4c  
222 (Lazy Arête) VS 4c 4
223 (Green Corner) VD 11
224 (Pillar Crack) S 10
225 (Ash Tree Corner) S 7
226 (Ash Tree Flake) VD 7
227 (Esoteric Wall) HVS 5a  
228 (Smirk) VS 4c 1
229 (Pig Bag) VS 4c  

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