Climbs 216
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.

Access Advice

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 * 118
4 Birch Buttress S 4a ** 506
5 Don't Birch the Doc VS 5a * 220
6 Birch Crack VD * 349
7 Silver and White HVS 5b 69
8 Birch HVS 5b * 135
9 Birch Branch
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E1 5b 2
10 Cool Running Left-hand f6B ** 87
11 Cool Running f6B+ ** 83
12 Faze Action f7B+ * 5
13 Hot Dog f5 33
14 Hot Dog Right
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V0- 13
15 Uncle Buck VS 5b 3
16 Purple Haze f7A+ *** 69
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 * 214
27 The President's Crack HVS 5a * 71
28 Milena E6 6b 1
29 Senator's Gully S 4a * 76
30 Money for Old Rope E2 6b  
31 Stealing the Misanthrope's Wallet HVS 6a 4
32 Ray Crack VS 5a * 93
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 39
44 Seville Flake VS 4c * 69
45 The Barber
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HVS 5b 10
46 Little Peck * f6A 1
47 Ausfahrt E3 5c ** 40
48 Exit E3 5c ** 90
49 Jaded E4 6b ** 12
50 Der Kommissar E4 6a ** 13
51 Moontan E5 6c * 1
52 Moontan Start f7A+ ** 35
53 Kremlin Krack HVS 5a ** 339
54 Scarlett's Chimney VS 4b * 312
55 Left Under HVS 5a * 87
56 Left Edge VS 4c ** 902
57 Better Late Than Never E1 5a * 571
58 Rivelin Slab M 240
59 Angle Rib HVS 5a 51
60 Angle Crack D * 361
61 Solitaire HVD * 446
62 Isolation S 4a * 391
63 Rodney's Dilemma S 4a ** 1082
  Blizzard Ridge
65 End of the Road
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E1 5c 24
66 Clinker E5 6c 2
67 Temple Crack HVD 4a * 454
68 Crafty Cockney E2 5c 20
69 Pious Flake S 4b * 386
70 Tree Crack VD * 379
71 Long Hot Winter
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E1 6b 1
72 Ulex HS 4b * 90
73 Gardener's Pleasure HS 4b * 481
74 Interminable Drizzle
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E3 6c  
75 White Out E1 5c ** 478
76 Trivial
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E3 6a  
77 Trivial Pursuits 1 f6A+ ** 11
Climb name Grade
78 Trivial Pursuits 2 f6A ** 63
79 Bleausard Ridge
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V4 3
80 Blizzard Ridge HVS 5a *** 1538
81 Blizzard Ridge Direct E1 5b ** 151
82 The Tempest E5 6a ** 61
83 Jonathan's Chimney VS 4c ** 951
84 Jonad Rib VS 4c * 696
85 David's Chimney VD ** 830
86 Mad as Cows E1 5c 8
87 Layback Crack D * 172
88 Corner Crack HVD * 76
89 Twin Hole HVS 5a 61
90 Acid Reign f6C *** 159
91 Fluff 'n' Stuff
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V3 2
  Rivelin Needle
93 Croton Oil HVS 5a *** 2140
94 Only Human E5 6c * 1
95 The Spiral Route VS 4c ** 263
96 Jumpey Wooller E6 6c * 1
97 The Eye E2 6a * 8
98 Declaration E5 6c * 1
99 Angst E3 5c ** 73
100 The South-West Corner (Original Route) E2 5c * 242
  Face Climb
102 Grandpa's 'tache
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VS 4b 3
103 Pensioner's Wall
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VS 4c 5
104 Unbelievable
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VS 5a 3
105 Face Climb No. 1 VD * 413
106 Face Climb No. 1.5 VS 4c * 289
107 I'm Back E4 6a ** 41
108 Jelly Baby E1 5c 79
109 Face Climb No. 2 VS 4b * 668
110 Crack One S 4a 322
111 Garibaldi Twins E4 6b 1
112 Takes the Biscuit E4 6b 3
113 Oversight HS 4b 211
114 Crack Two VD 132
115 No Bull V1 3
116 Where Bulldykes Daren't f6B+ * 38
117 Shelf Wall VS 4c * 298
  The Brush Off
119 Birth of Venus E2 6b 1
120 Easy Picking E2 6b ** 139
121 Easy Picking Start f6B ** 54
122 Holly Gut VS 4c 2
123 Oliver's Twist VS 4c * 94
124 Short but Thick
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HVS 5a 6
125 The Terminator E5 6c ** 4
126 I'll Be Back E5 6b  
127 Grim Fandango E5 6a * 8
128 The Brush Off E4 5c *** 315
129 Party Animal E3 5c * 171
130 Fringe Benefit E1 5b ** 714
131 Ebenezer's Staircase VD 101
132 Deep Chimney HVD 47
133 Fumf VS 5b * 320
134 Wobbly Wall HVS 5b * 151
135 Europe After Rain f7A * 20
  Plague and Auto da Fe
137 Caravaggio E3 6b *  
138 Outsider E2 5c * 112
139 Ring of Roses HVS 5b * 27
140 Big Al E7 7a * 3
141 Plague E4 6b * 15
142 The Crevice HVD * 88
143 The Slot HVD 26
144 Moss Side HS 4b * 232
145 Lichen Slab VS 4a 207
146 Lichen Slab Direct HVS 5a 8
147 Lichen Slab II S 4a 29
148 Sharks f3 2
149 Sparks f7B ** 29
150 Palm Charmer E3 5c ** 65
151 Auto da Fe E4 6a *** 204
152 Reprieve E3 5c * 55
  Wilkinson's Wall
154 Left Holly Pillar Crack S 4a * 238
Climb name Grade
155 Right Holly Pillar Crack S 4a * 60
156 Heretic
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VS 4c 1
157 Kellog Corner S 4a 44
158 Double Decker E4 6a 4
159 Caveman's Caper HS 4b 29
160 Bob Phlegming HS 4b 3
161 Boulder Club f6C+ * 19
162 Ribelin
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HVS 5a 2
163 Bust a Gut
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HS 4b 2
164 Tapas
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V0 5a 2
165 Chimp 'A' f7A+  
166 Bodle's Bulge HVS 5a 5
167 Cocaine Place HVS 5a 56
168 Wilkinson's Wall VS 4b * 176
169 Of Mice and Men E5 6b 3
170 Mount Krusty VS 4c 1
171 Snell's Rib
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VD 5
  Confusion Slab
173 Daylight Arête
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HVS 5a 2
174 Diffusion VS 4b 4
175 Who let the Daylight In?
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VS 4c 2
176 Confusion
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VS 4b 7
  Herbacious Arboriculture Area
178 Compulsion
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VD 5
179 Herbacious Arboriculture
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VD 3
180 Cartridge Crack
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HS 4b 3
181 Hole and Corner
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D 5
182 Shocking News
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E1 5c 1
183 Shocking News Direct Start
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E1 6a  
  Roof Route
185 Summertime E3 5c 6
186 Small Time E2 6b 3
187 Renshaw's Remedy HVD ** 309
188 Regular Route HVS 5a * 207
189 Groove Route HVS 5b * 269
190 Roof Route HVS 5b ** 357
191 Root Route S 4a ** 646
192 The Bush Off HS 4b 62
193 Dynasty E4 6a 10
194 April Fool E2 5b * 73
195 Steph HVS 5a * 47
196 Thumb Wars
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V9 6c ** 1
  Altar Crack Area
198 Altercation HVS 5b * 23
199 Peccavi
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E4 5c  
200 Deviation
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E2 6a  
201 Reredos E1 5b * 8
202 New Mediterranean E5 6c ** 14
203 Moolah E5 6b ** 16
204 Altar Crack VS 4c *** 1013
205 The Steeple E6 6c ** 3
206 Nonsuch E1 5b ** 556
207 Grimace E5 6c * 1
208 Gettin' Kinda Squirrelly E6 6b * 16
209 Vestry Chimney VD 42
210 Too Much E2 6a * 60
211 Too Much Start f6A+ **  
212 Altered f6A+ * 12
  The Banned Climbs Area
214 (The Orthogonal) S  
215 (Double Flash) HVS 5a  
216 (The Diagonal) VD 15
217 (Seth's Slab) VS 4b 9
218 (The Rattler) VS 4c 2
219 (Blue Sky Arête) E1 5a  
220 (Crack-Crack) VD 2
221 (Towd Crack) VD 4
222 (Big in Japan) VS 4c  
223 (Lazy Arête) VS 4c 4
224 (Green Corner) VD 11
225 (Pillar Crack) S 10
226 (Ash Tree Corner) S 7
227 (Ash Tree Flake) VD 7
228 (Esoteric Wall) HVS 5a  
229 (Smirk) VS 4c 1
230 (Pig Bag) VS 4c  
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