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.

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 22 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

A owl is currently nesting in Roof Route - this route and Groove Route (which shares the same start) should be avoided unitl the nest is vacated. The species hasn't been confirmed, but from several descriptions of the size and colour, it is highly likely that it is a tawny owl. Tawny owls have been known to viciously attack  people climbing near their nest in the past, so please steer well clear of these routes until 22nd June when the chicks should have fledged, both for the chicks benefit and your own!

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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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Jon_Warner - 25/Sep/10
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Birch Buttress
2 Birch Side
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VS 5a 15
3 Birch Bark HS 4a * 101
4 Birch Buttress S 4a ** 403
5 Don't Birch the Doc VS 5a * 183
6 Birch Crack VD * 292
7 Silver and White HVS 5b 56
8 Birch HVS 5b * 110
9 Birch Branch
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E1 5b 1
10 Cool Running Left-hand f6B ** 69
11 Cool Running f6B+ ** 62
12 Faze Action f7B+ * 4
13 Hot Dog f5 28
14 Hot Dog Right
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V0- 4c 10
15 Purple Haze f7A+ *** 29
16 Master Kush f7C+ *** 32
17 Uncle Buck VS 5b 1
  White House Buttress
19 Red's Slab VS 4c 85
20 Red's Slab Variations
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VS 4c ** 24
21 We're Only Here for the Smear E3 5b * 60
22 White House Crack S 4a * 180
23 The President's Crack HVS 5a * 57
24 Milena E6 6b 1
25 Senator's Gully S 4a * 69
26 Money for Old Rope E2 6b  
27 Stealing The Misanthropes Wallet HVS 6a 2
28 Ray Crack VS 5a * 71
29 Parallel Universe E3 6b 7
30 Ukase VS 4c 6
31 Friday Club
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V6 6b 1
32 Beginner's Buttress S 6
33 Beginner's Route D 7
34 Lenient Arête * f5 1
35 One Move Ponder * f6B+ 1
36 Shady Practice * f6C+ 1
37 Strict Arête * f7A 1
  Kremlin Krack
39 Jade HVS 5b  
40 The Caress of the Blubbery Hand
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E2 6a  
41 Vice Like Grip
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HVS 5b 8
42 Twister
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VS 4c 34
43 Seville Flake VS 4c * 50
44 The Barber
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HVS 5b 7
45 Ausfahrt E3 5c ** 28
46 Exit E3 5c ** 74
47 Jaded E4 6b ** 10
48 Der Kommissar E4 6a ** 9
49 Moontan E5 6c * 1
50 Moontan Start f7A+ ** 23
51 Kremlin Krack HVS 5a ** 283
52 Scarlett's Chimney VS 4b * 257
53 Left Under HVS 5a * 66
54 Left Edge VS 4c ** 733
55 Better Late Than Never E1 5a * 502
56 Rivelin Slab M 209
57 Angle Rib HVS 5a 44
58 Angle Crack D * 309
59 Solitaire HVD * 380
60 Isolation S 4a * 334
61 Rodney's Dilemma S 4a ** 897
62 End of the Road
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E1 5c 19
  Blizzard Ridge
64 Clinker E5 6c 2
65 Temple Crack HVD 4a * 390
66 Crafty Cockney E2 5c 18
67 Pious Flake S 4b * 296
68 Tree Crack VD * 289
69 Long Hot Winter
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E1 6b 1
70 Ulex HS 4b * 66
71 Gardener's Pleasure HS 4b * 377
72 White Out E1 5c ** 406
73 Interminable Drizzle
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E3 6c  
74 Trivial
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E3 6a  
75 Trivial Pursuits 1 f6A+ ** 6
76 Trivial Pursuits 2 f6A ** 54
77 Bleausard Ridge
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V4 6a 3
78 Blizzard Ridge HVS 5a *** 1255
79 Blizzard Ridge Direct E1 5b ** 135
80 The Tempest E5 6a ** 50
81 Jonathan's Chimney VS 4c ** 764
82 Jonad Rib VS 4c * 612
83 David's Chimney VD ** 708
84 Mad as Cows E1 5c 6
85 Layback Crack D * 154
86 Corner Crack HVD * 69
87 Twin Hole HVS 5a 58
88 Acid Reign f6C *** 122
89 Fluff 'n' Stuff
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V3 6a 1
  Rivelin Needle
91 The Eye E2 6a * 7
92 Declaration E5 6c * 1
93 Angst E3 5c ** 61
94 The South-West Corner (Original Route) E2 5c * 206
95 Croton Oil HVS 5a *** 1898
96 Only Human E5 6c *  
97 The Spiral Route VS 4c ** 244
98 Jumpey Wooller E6 6c *  
  Face Climb
100 Pensioner's Wall
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VS 4c 3
101 Grandpa's 'tache
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VS 4b 2
102 Unbelievable
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VS 5a 2
103 Face Climb No. 1 VD * 369
104 Face Climb No. 1.5 VS 4c * 258
105 I'm Back E4 6a ** 35
106 Jelly Baby E1 5c 72
107 Face Climb No. 2 VS 4b * 572
108 Crack One S 4a 294
109 Garibaldi Twins E4 6b 1
110 Takes the Biscuit E4 6b 3
111 Oversight HS 4b 183
112 Crack Two VD 120
113 Where Bulldykes Daren't f6B+ * 31
114 Shelf Wall VS 4c * 277
  The Brush Off
116 Birth of Venus E2 6b 1
117 Easy Picking E2 6b ** 130
118 Easy Picking Start f6B ** 35
119 Holly Gut VS 4c 2
120 Oliver's Twist VS 4c * 75
121 Short but Thick
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HVS 5a 4
122 The Terminator E5 6c ** 3
123 I'll Be Back E5 6b  
124 Grim Fandango E5 6a * 8
125 The Brush Off E4 5c *** 310
126 Party Animal E3 5c * 146
127 Fringe Benefit E1 5b ** 637
128 Ebenezer's Staircase VD 85
129 Deep Chimney HVD 41
130 Fumf VS 5b * 286
131 Wobbly Wall HVS 5b * 137
132 Europe After Rain f7A * 20
  Plague and Auto Da Fe
134 Caravaggio E3 6b *  
135 Outsider E2 5c * 98
136 Ring of Roses HVS 5b * 22
137 Big Al E7 7a * 2
138 Plague E4 6b * 13
139 The Crevice HVD * 82
140 The Slot HVD 24
141 Moss Side/Chips and Peas HS 4b * 204
142 Lichen Slab VS 4a 188
143 Lichen Slab Direct HVS 5a 7
144 Lichen Slab II S 4a 10
145 Earl's Arête D 2
146 Sparks f7B ** 2
147 Sparks Start V8 6c ** 20
148 Palm Charmer E3 5c ** 53
149 Auto da Fe E4 6a *** 196
150 Reprieve E3 5c * 48
  Wilkinson's Wall
152 Left Holly Pillar Crack S 4a * 208
153 Right Holly Pillar Crack S 4a * 54
154 Heretic
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VS 4c 1
155 Kellog Corner S 4a 37
156 Double Decker E4 6a 4
157 Caveman's Caper HS 4b 22
158 Bob Phlegming HS 4b 1
159 Boulder Club f6C+ * 17
160 Ribelin
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HVS 5a  
161 Bust a Gut
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HS 4b  
162 Tapas
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V0 5a  
163 Chimp 'A' f7A+  
164 Bodle's Bulge HVS 5a 3
165 Cocaine Place HVS 5a 51
166 Wilkinson's Wall VS 4b * 162
167 Of Mice and Men E5 6b 2
168 Mount Krusty VS 4c  
169 Snell's Rib
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VD 3
  Confusion Slab
171 Daylight Arête
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HVS 5a  
172 Diffusion VS 4b 3
173 Who let the Daylight In?
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VS 4c  
174 Confusion
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VS 4b 5
  Herbacious Arboriculture Area
176 Compulsion
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VD 4
177 Herbacious Arboriculture
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VD 3
178 Cartridge Crack
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HS 4b 2
179 Hole and Corner
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D 4
180 Shocking News
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E1 5c 1
181 Shocking News (Direct Start)
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E1 6a  
  Roof Route
183 Summertime E3 5c 4
184 Small Time E2 6b 2
185 Renshaw's Remedy HVD ** 270
186 Regular Route HVS 5a * 178
187 Groove Route HVS 5b * 231
188 Roof Route HVS 5b ** 285
189 Root Route S 4a ** 548
190 The Bush Off HS 4b 39
191 Dynasty E4 6a 8
192 April Fool E2 5b * 62
193 Steph HVS 5a * 46
194 Thumb Wars
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V9 6c ** 1
  Altar Crack Area
196 Altercation HVS 5b * 19
197 Peccavi
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E4 5c  
198 Deviation
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E2 6a  
199 Reredos E1 5b * 6
200 New Mediterranean E5 6c ** 12
201 Moolah E5 6b ** 13
202 Altar Crack VS 4c *** 890
203 The Steeple E6 6c ** 2
204 Nonsuch E1 5b ** 479
205 Grimace E5 6c * 1
206 Gettin' Kinda Squirrelly E6 6b * 12
207 Vestry Chimney VD 35
208 Too Much E2 6a * 59
209 Too Much Start f6A+ **  
210 Altered f6A+ * 12
  The Banned Climbs Area
212 (The Orthogonal) S  
213 (Double Flash) HVS 5a  
214 The Diagonal VD 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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