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Climbs 81
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 385m a.s.l
Faces SW

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Back Forest Main Crag © TRNovice

Crag features

Back Forest is the western extension of the Skyline section of the Roaches and it consists of several pleasant bits of rock scatered along the ridge. The area is very tranquil when compared to nearby honey-pots, the lack of major classics and the slightly awkward parking situation tend to keep the crowds away. It is not a good venue for large groups and this is actively discouraged by The Peak Park.

Approach notes

There is limited parking either side of the cattle grid at Roach End where the minor road that runs under The Roaches and the Five Clouds crosses over to the east of the ridge. Please park sensibly. Cross the style and follow the wall northwest-wards for 800m until the path splits. The Main Crag is another 300m along the track and is easily reached from the upper (ridge-crest) path.

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Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
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The 2009 guide shows Bridge of Sighs climbing the obvious arête, not the wall where it actually goes..This misses out the hard climbing, and the arete is another route.
Roget - 22/Aug/15
Crag updated. All routes should (hopefully) now be in the correct order. I've added a couple of boulder problems that I know have been done but weren't on UKC and unverified a few routes, not recorded in either the BMC or Rockfax guides, that have had few or no ascents recorded and no votes. I'd be grateful if anyone climbing these could vote so a consensus on the grade can be arrived at.
Chris Murray - 14/Jun/15
This is included under Back Forest in the 2009 Roaches Guide.
Paul Hy - 20/Dec/12
Great little place and normally quiet but the routes arn't ordered correctly on here! They are correct in the BMC Roaches guide.
Paul Hy - 06/Nov/12
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Western Buttress
2 The Gaping Void VD * 14
3 Lud Gang VS 4c 2
4 Burnham Crack VS 4b 7
5 Double Overhang E1 5b ** 17
6 Mr Creosote HVS 5b 7
  Suspended Sentence
8 Suspended Sentence VS 5a * 3
9 Yes M'Lud HVD 3
  The Rostrum
11 Ludyanka S 5
12 The Rostrum VS 4b * 11
13 John's Route HVS 5a 5
14 Lantern Lecture S 8
15 Bumper Cars VS 4c 15
16 Ruth's Septic Trench D 13
17 Pinnacle Buttress
VS 5a 18
18 Racer's Rock
S 4b 8
  The Main Crag
  Holly Tree Buttress
21 Green Crack HVD 11
22 Twin Thin S 4a 60
23 Eye of Japetus HVS 5a * 83
24 Holly Tree Niche Left S 4a * 94
25 Holly Tree Niche D 136
26 Blow Hard S 4a 30
27 Right Wall S 3
  Keep Buttress
29 The Keeper HVS 5a 15
Climb name Grade
30 Back Forest Gateau E2 6a 4
31 Portcullis Crack S 4a ** 193
32 Keep Face S 4a 88
  Bollard Buttress
34 The Saucer VD 48
35 The Saucer Direct
VS 4c 26
36 Foot Trouble VS 5a  
37 Wrestle Crack VS 4b 4
38 Capstone Chimney S 4a 18
39 Bollard Edge VS 4b ** 189
40 Toe Rail HVS 5a * 129
41 Pseudo Crack Variation S 4a 18
42 Pseudo Crack HVD * 195
  Bastion Buttress
44 Bastion Corner VD 166
45 Bastion Face D 74
46 Filler In S 25
47 Topside V1 2
  Broken Nose Buttress
49 A Fist Full of Freshers HS 3c 28
50 Green Shaker VD * 112
51 Central Route HS 4b * 155
52 Not So Central Route S 4a 91
53 ArĂȘte Central VS 5b * 3
54 Thin Crack Direct Start
VS 5b 42
55 Thin Crack HS 4a * 128
56 Hanging Stone Crack M 18
  Rocking Stone Buttress
58 Requiem for Tired Fingers HVS 5b * 90
Climb name Grade
59 Requiem for Retired Mingers V3  
60 Grasper HS 4a * 162
61 Mustard S 4c 165
62 Rocking Stone Ridge VD 214
63 Rocking Stone Ridge Direct HVS 5c 18
64 Low Traverse of Rocking Stone Ridge V3 32
65 Weathered Corner D 34
66 Where's Gary? VD 4a 1
  Right Side
68 Simple View VB 8
69 Harrop's Pride V0 77
70 Dog-leg Crack VD 43
71 Armstrain V1 45
72 Dog-leg Corner VD 41
73 Problem ArĂȘte Left V0 21
74 Problem ArĂȘte V2 * 35
75 Paul's Wall V4 * 18
76 Contract Worker V0 ** 57
77 Unseen Face V0 42
78 Final ArĂȘte V0+ 14
79 Low Traverse of Main Crag Right-hand V0 23
  Main Crag Boulders
81 V0 Boulder Problem V0 7
82 V1 Boulder Problem V1 2
83 V0 Boulder Problem 2 V0 3
84 VB Boulder Problem VB 6
85 Centre Face V2 2

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