Climbs 266
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 400m a.s.l
Faces SW

As good as it gets in October! © Sean Kelly

Crag features

A uniquely unspoilt natural gritstone edge, the benefit of access restrictions,(see below) Excellent quality grit. Elevated position above moors, dries quickly, but exposed to the elements. Good climbs of all grades approx. 8 to 13m high. Seldom busy. First visit go to The Great Tor and sample the delights of Brown's Crack (HS 4b), Quien Sabe? (VS 4c), or Bilberry Crack (VS 5a). Tussle with Undercut Crack (E2 5b), sheer thuggary, or for something more delicate, try anything on The Salmon slab (E4/5 to E7). A gem of a place.

Approach notes

Approach from Bamford, north along A6013 to Ladybower. After 1 mile turn rt (Bamford Moor). Limited parking on side of rd. past edge where road starts to level out, just before a gate. Footpath leads up to RH end of edge (10 min).

Restricted Access

Please access Bamford only by the reccomended access path in the Burbage, Millstone and Beyond (2005) guide. This access point is beside a layby next to an obvious marked gate with a stile. Previous guides have mentioned an access point by an iron gate and an old ruin - please do NOT use this.

Bamford is included within a long term restriction for dogs on open access land (the restriction covers the whole of Moscar, Derwent and Hallam Moors). Dogs are still allowed on public rights of way, but not on the access land to the sides or on footpaths that are not designated as rights of way. Given that there are no rights of way that run under the crag, please do not take dogs climbing with you as this could damage the currently good relationship climbers enjoy with the landowner. 

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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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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Great Buttress - Upper TIer 
2End FaceVS 5b 2
3Wall Right of End FaceHS 4c 4
4Wall left of Easy ChimneyHVD 4a 8
5Easy ChimneyM 67
6PalpitationHS 4c 18
7ThumpingHVS 5c 3
8Thin on TopE2 5b 1
9Green and NastyE2 5c 10
10In My PocketE1 5b 2
11In My Pocket Arete
V0 8
12Initiation Wall
HVD 4a 7
13InitiationS 4a 51
14Introduction WallHS 4c 5
15IntroductionS 4a 10
16Beer MattersVS 5a 28
17Fat CatVS 5b 11
18Deep ChimneyM 76
HS 4b 4
20KellyHS 4b *91
21Deaf Raspberry ClimbE1 5c 2
22Astronaut's WallHVS 5b *112
23PossibilityS 4a *344
24Primitive ChimneyVD 61
25The Overhang TraverseM 10
26Undercut CrackE2 5c **47
27A35E1 5b 1
28M35 (A35)E6 6c ** 
29Avoiding the TraitorsE7 6c **2
30Bad WindS 4a 17
31Claim to FameHVS 5a 12
32Terrace RibVS 4c 69
33Terrace TrogM *157
34Missing ASG
HVS 5a 2
35Terrace WallVS 4b 18
36Old WallHVS 5b *5
37Gargoyle FlakeVS 4c ***1949
38Gargoyle Gully LeftD 13
39Gargoyle Gully MiddleD 7
40Gargoyle Gully RightD 15
41SunsetS 4a 173
42BeelzebuggerHVS 5b 44
43Bum DealE1 5c *136
44Clean, Squeaky and ScentedE1 6a 9
45Hard RainE2 5c  
46Left WingS 4a 84
47Almost GraniteE1 5b *15
48TinnerHVS 5b *156
49Right-hand TwinHVS 5a *284
50Private PracticeE1 5b *42
51Solstice AreteVS 4c 73
 Great Tor - Lower Tier 
 The Salmon Boulders 
54Something Sillyf6C *1
55Something Elsef4 *9
56Win Hillf4+ 8
57Lose Hillf6A+ *12
58Ping Pong Pocket Ribf7A+ **5
59Flaky Flusterf6B *5
60Wriggly Crackf4 *12
61Snapf3+ *10
62Short Smart Slab Centre
V0 6
63Short Smart Slab Right Arete
V0- 5
 Salmon Slab Area 
65Shallow GrooveS 4a 8
66Hasta La Vista CornerVD 4
67Hasta La VistaHVD 3c 59
68Back FlipE1 5b *36
69Benberry WallE3 5b 13
70The Naked EyeE2 5b *20
71Bilberry Crack (Bamford)VS 5a **1118
72Recess CrackVD *549
73Recess GrooveHS 4b 108
74Jive Bunny
E4 5c  
75Nemmes SabeHVS 5a **126
76Nemmes Pas HarryE1 5b **516
77Quien Sabe?VS 4c ***1166
78Quien Sabe? EliminateE3 6a 1
79Brown's CrackHS 4b ***1651
80JetrunnerE4 6a **309
81Trout (Salmon Left-Hand)E6 6b ***36
82Salmon DirectE6 6c **9
83The SalmonE7 6c *1
84Smoked SalmonE7 7a *2
85Curving CrackVS 4c **712
86Poached SalmonE5 6c *15
87Tartar Sauce
E5 6b 1
88Sandy CrackHS 4b *286
89Quebec CityVS 4c *39
90Quebec City VariationHS 4b 4
91Greydon BoddingtonHVS 5b *107
92FizzE1 5c *210
93Two Real Doleys Scrounging
E3 6b  
94Flake Buttress Rib
HS 4b 6
95Kinked CrackVD 4
96The EggE4 6a 8
97High and DryE6 6b 3
98The Chicken
HVS 5a  
99Acid Slab
VD 6
100Assorted Batteries
HVS 5a 1
101Various Undercuts
HVS 5a 1
102Alkaline Arete
S 4a 4
 Wrinkled Wall Area 
VS 5b 9
HS 5a 15
V0 9
107Kin'eck Hanging CrackV0 11
108Kin 'eck
S 21
109You Won't Make Old Bones (Kin'eck Arete)VD 15
110Crystal Tips and AlistairHS 4b 7
HS 4c 15
112KpaxHS 4c 8
113K ProwVD 4
114The K KoleHS 4b 3
115Que? SlabD 151
116Que? Slab Direct/K Buttress Slab DirectD *395
117K Buttress SlabVD *399
118K Kole Aretef6B+ **16
119Ko'df6B *11
120Ko'd (no ledge)
V4 5
121K Buttress CrackS 4a **111
122K Buttress Crack DirectS 4c 9
123Wrong Hand RouteE1 5c **279
124SkarlatiE2 5b *40
125Fern ChimneyD 76
126Bracken CrackVD *306
127TomeV2 *4
128The Bookendf6B **25
129Bookend Rightf6C+ **3
130The Plumber has Landedf6B *8
131Down to Earthf6A+ ***78
132Crunchy Nuts/DebVS 5a 100
133Debf4+ *4
V2 4
135Petered Out
V0 12
136Wee LassieVS 5b 6
137Special KHVS 5b *11
138Dead Mouse CrackHS 4c 39
139Hanging CrackHS 4b 23
140Bamboozerf6C *21
141Spikef7B ***4
142JasmineE6 6b **57
143Access AccountE3 6a *31
144Wrinkled WallVS 4c ***1449
145Old and WrinkledHVS 5a *247
146The CreaseE1 5a *902
147Sinuous CrackVD 279
148Duff Paddy
V4 1
149Save Dinnomite
V4 2
150Way Rood
V0 3
 Neb Buttress 
152Twiglet Wall
V2 1
153Monster Munch
V3 1
154CleopatraVS 4c 15
155Samson's DelightVS 4c *251
156Dirty Stop OutE2 5c **86
157DelilahHS 4b *100
158Delilah Crack
V0+ 16
159Short CurveHVD *357
160The Business BoyE1 6a *17
161Czech MateVS 5a 3
162SnuggazzabugHS 4b 4
163N.B. CornerD 146
164Big BenVS 4b 82
165ParliamentE1 5c *84
166Neb Buttress DirectHVS 5a ***268
167AuricleE2 5c **414
168Jumping Jack LonglandE3 5c *64
169Neb ButtressHVS 5a ***706
170Bamford RibHVS 5a **891
171Holly Crack
VD 18
172Bramble CrackVD 101
173The Happy WandererHVS 5a **581
174ReachVS 4c *490
175Bamford WallS 4a **1641
176Bamford ButtressS 4a *780
177Busy Day at BamfordVS 5a 93
178Twin CracksVS 4b *172
179Custard's Last StandHVS 5b *5
180Deep CleftM *185
181OracleHS 4b **316
182Sterling MossE4 6b *1
183OntosE3 6b **55
184Fatal InheritanceE4 6a 5
185PurgamentumE4 6b  
186Trouble with LichenHVS 5b **91
187Slanting SlabM 146
188Grey DaysE2 5c 2
189Three Little Pigs
HVD 4a 6
V0+ 7
V0- 7
V1 7
 Porthole Buttress 
194Slab and Crack AreteD 37
195Slab and Crack (Bamford)D *293
196MoglichkeitHS 4b 97
197Plimsoll LineHVS 5b 51
198PortholeHVS 5b *174
199PortsideS 4a 407
200Portside StartV0- 23
201Leaning SlabVD *530
202A Treat for the GimpHS 4c 26
203Sloop John BHD 4b 9
204Trango 2 Left Arete
HS 4c 17
205Trango 2E3 5c 36
206Trango 2 Right Arete
HS 4b 15
 Christmas Themed Buttresses 
208DreamD 34
209QuinceVD 23
210SnugVD 24
211Midsummer MadnessHS 4b 20
212Dawn and DuskS 4b 17
213The Curse of the Shortening DayS 4b 22
214Midsummer WallVD 30
215Bilberry AreteVD 33
216Cold TurkeyS 4a 23
217StuffingVD 18
218Santa's PantsVD 15
219Overindulgence AreteHS 4b 18
220Trogolodyte's RouteD 22
221Christmas PuddingVD 34
222Christmas PresentVD 34
223Christmas CrackerD 42
224A Traditional ChristmasHS 4b 20
225Paxo AreteS 4a 25
226Chestnut ChimneyD 32
227MistletoeS 4c 28
228IvyVD 46
229HollyVD 50
230Bellyflop ExtravaganzaHVD 4a 19
231Feast of StephenHS 4c 28
232WenceslasD 29
233EbenezerS 4c 38
 Gun Buttress 
235Jumping the Gun
HS 4b 20
236Shadow WallVS 4b *373
237Life During WartimeE2 5c *64
238Randy's WallHVS 5a **388
239Magnum ForceHVS 5a *106
E1 5a 8
241Gunpowder CrackVS 5b **691
242Master BlasterE1 5c *44
243Loader's BayD 308
244AmmoS 4a 454
245Long Johnf6A *107
246Three Real Men Dancingf6B+ **29
247Green ChimneyD 171
248Artillery CornerD 448
249GangwayVD 471
250Gangway Variation StartS 4b 95
251Gangway DirectHS 4c 83
252Green Parrotf5 *245
253A Minah Variationf6A *14
254Bosun's SlabM *542
255Concave SlabD 537
256Convex or PerplexedVS 5b 143
257Adjacent SlabVD 405
258Adjacent Slab (Direct)
S 4c 97
259HypotenuseM *559
260OppositeS 4a 573
261VertigoHS 4c *399
262Armed and DangerousE4 6a *12
263Dynamite GrooveHVS 5b 13
264Funny SideS 4a 50
265TopsideHS 4b *25
266Sunny SideS 4a *239
267Right SideS 4a 87
268Slopey SideHVS 5b 45
 Unplaced Routes 
270DownpourHS 4b  
271GasbagE2 5c * 
272Neb Buttress/Bamford Rib comboVS 4c *3
273Vegetated Chimney (by Down to Earth)
274Possibility - right hand finishS 4a 1
275Beachbugger *VS 5a 1
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