Climbs 211
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 *90
4Birch ButtressS 4a **374
5Don't Birch the DocVS 5a *173
6Birch CrackVD *277
7Silver and WhiteHVS 5b 55
8BirchHVS 5b *101
9Birch Branch
E1 5b 1
10Cool Running Left-handf6B **70
11Cool Runningf6B+ **64
12Faze Actionf7B+ *5
13Hot Dogf5 28
14Hot Dog Right
V0- 9
15Purple Hazef7A+ ***28
16Master Kushf7C+ ***31
17Uncle BuckVS 5b 1
 White House Buttress 
19Red's SlabVS 4c 84
20Red's Slab Variations
VS 4c **23
21We're Only Here for the SmearE3 5b *63
22White House CrackS 4a *164
23The President's CrackHVS 5a *53
24MilenaE6 6b 1
25Senator's GullyS 4a *68
26Money for Old RopeE2 6b  
27Stealing The Misanthropes WalletHVS 6a 2
28Ray CrackVS 5a *59
29Parallel UniverseE3 6b 6
30UkaseVS 4c 6
31Friday Club
32Beginner's ButtressS 6
33Beginner's RouteD 7
 Kremlin Krack 
35JadeHVS 5b  
36The Caress of the Blubbery Hand
E2 6a  
37Vice Like Grip
HVS 5b 8
VS 4c 34
39Seville FlakeVS 4c *47
40The Barber
HVS 5b 7
41AusfahrtE3 5c **28
42ExitE3 5c **77
43JadedE4 6b **14
44Der KommissarE4 6a **7
45MoontanE5 6c *1
46Moontan Startf7A+ **22
47Kremlin KrackHVS 5a **267
48Scarlett's ChimneyVS 4b *238
49Left UnderHVS 5a *62
50Left EdgeVS 4c **685
51Better Late Than NeverE1 5a *474
52Rivelin SlabM 209
53Angle RibHVS 5a 45
54Angle CrackD *296
55SolitaireHVD *364
56IsolationS 4a *312
57Rodney's DilemmaS 4a **834
58End of the Road
E1 5c 15
 Blizzard Ridge 
60ClinkerE5 6c 2
61Temple CrackHVD 4a *367
62Crafty CockneyE2 5c 18
63Pious FlakeS 4b *277
64Tree CrackVD *271
65Long Hot Winter
E1 6b 1
66UlexHS 4b *65
67Gardener's PleasureHS 4b *347
68White OutE1 5c **388
69Interminable Drizzle
E3 6c  
E3 6a  
71Trivial Pursuits 1f6A+ **6
72Trivial Pursuits 2f6A **54
73Bleausard Ridge
V4 3
74Blizzard RidgeHVS 5a ***1245
75Blizzard Ridge DirectE1 5b **132
76The TempestE5 6a **57
77Jonathan's ChimneyVS 4c **723
78Jonad RibVS 4c *577
79David's ChimneyVD **648
80Mad as CowsE1 5c 6
81Layback CrackD *147
82Corner CrackHVD *65
83Twin HoleHVS 5a 57
84Acid Reignf6C ***123
85Fluff 'n' Stuff
V3 1
 Rivelin Needle 
87The EyeE2 6a *7
88DeclarationE5 6c *1
89AngstE3 5c **60
90The South-West Corner (Original Route)E2 5c *209
91Croton OilHVS 5a ***1800
92Only HumanE5 6c * 
93The Spiral RouteVS 4c **228
94Jumpey WoollerE6 6c * 
 Face Climb 
96Pensioner's Wall
VS 4c 3
97Grandpa's 'tache
VS 4b 2
VS 5a 2
99Face Climb No. 1VD *360
100Face Climb No. 1.5VS 4c *258
101I'm BackE4 6a **37
102Jelly BabyE1 5c 76
103Face Climb No. 2VS 4b *558
104Crack OneS 4a 289
105Garibaldi TwinsE4 6b 1
106Takes the BiscuitE4 6b 3
107OversightHS 4b 177
108Crack TwoVD 117
109Where Bulldykes Daren'tf6B+ *30
110Shelf WallVS 4c *276
 The Brush Off 
112Birth of VenusE2 6b 1
113Easy PickingE2 6b **122
114Easy Picking Startf6B **32
115Holly GutVS 4c 2
116Oliver's TwistVS 4c *72
117Short but Thick
HVS 5a 4
118The TerminatorE5 6c **3
119I'll Be BackE5 6b  
120Grim FandangoE5 6a *8
121The Brush OffE4 5c ***299
122Party AnimalE3 5c *143
123Fringe BenefitE1 5b **611
124Ebenezer's StaircaseVD 85
125Deep ChimneyHVD 41
126FumfVS 5b *278
127Wobbly WallHVS 5b *137
128Europe After Rainf7A *20
 Plague and Auto Da Fe 
130CaravaggioE3 6b * 
131OutsiderE2 5c *103
132Ring of RosesHVS 5b *22
133Big AlE7 7a *2
134PlagueE4 6b *14
135The CreviceHVD *75
136The SlotHVD 24
137Moss Side/Chips and PeasHS 4b *189
138Lichen SlabVS 4a 186
139Lichen Slab DirectHVS 5a 7
140Lichen Slab IIS 4a 5
141Earl's ArÍteD 2
142Sparksf7B **2
143Sparks StartV8 **20
144Palm CharmerE3 5c **50
145Auto da FeE4 6a ***192
146ReprieveE3 5c *49
 Wilkinson's Wall 
148Left Holly Pillar CrackS 4a *197
149Right Holly Pillar CrackS 4a *54
VS 4c 1
151Kellog CornerS 4a 39
152Double DeckerE4 6a 4
153Caveman's CaperHS 4b 22
154Bob PhlegmingHS 4b  
155Boulder Clubf6C+ *17
HVS 5a  
157Bust a Gut
HS 4b  
159Chimp 'A'f7A+  
160Bodle's BulgeHVS 5a 3
161Cocaine PlaceHVS 5a 51
162Wilkinson's WallVS 4b *164
163Of Mice and MenE5 6b 2
164Mount KrustyVS 4c  
165Snell's Rib
VD 3
 Confusion Slab 
167Daylight ArÍte
HVS 5a  
168DiffusionVS 4b 3
169Who let the Daylight In?
VS 4c  
VS 4b 5
 Herbacious Arboriculture Area 
VD 4
173Herbacious Arboriculture
VD 3
174Cartridge Crack
HS 4b 2
175Hole and Corner
D 4
176Shocking News
E1 5c 1
177Shocking News (Direct Start)
E1 6a  
 Roof Route 
179SummertimeE3 5c 4
180Small TimeE2 6b 2
181Renshaw's RemedyHVD **260
182Regular RouteHVS 5a *177
183Groove RouteHVS 5b *230
184Roof RouteHVS 5b **310
185Root RouteS 4a **515
186The Bush OffHS 4b 37
187DynastyE4 6a 7
188April FoolE2 5b *58
189StephHVS 5a *41
190Thumb Wars
V9 **1
 Altar Crack Area 
192AltercationHVS 5b *19
E4 5c  
E2 6a  
195ReredosE1 5b *6
196New MediterraneanE5 6c **12
197MoolahE5 6b **13
198Altar CrackVS 4c ***854
199NonsuchE1 5b **455
200GrimaceE5 6c *1
201Gettin' Kinda SquirrellyE6 6b *12
202Vestry ChimneyVD 35
203Too MuchE2 6a *60
204Too Much Startf6A+ ** 
205Alteredf6A+ *12
 The Banned CLimbs Area 
207(The Orthogonal)S  
208(Double Flash)HVS 5a  
209The DiagonalVD 14
210(Seth's Slab)VS 4b 9
211(The Rattler)VS 4c 1
212(Blue Sky ArÍte)E1 5a  
213(Crack-Crack)VD 2
214(Towd Crack)VD 3
215(Big in Japan)VS 4c  
216(Lazy ArÍte)VS 4c 4
217(Green Corner)VD 10
218(Pillar Crack)S 9
219(Ash Tree Corner)S 6
220(Ash Tree Flake)VD 6
221(Esoteric Wall)HVS 5a  
222(Smirk)VS 4c 1
223(Pig Bag)VS 4c  
224The Steeple *E6 6c **2
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