Climbs 136
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 282m a.s.l
Faces W

An unknown climber on the the hard moves of Suspense, E2 5c at Lawrencefield. © Simon Richardson

Crag features

A few quarried bays and a smaller edge. Rock generally sound. Main bay is sheltered from prevailing winds and has a magnificent back wall (22m high) containing the jamming testpieces of Billy Whizz (E2 5c), Boulevard (E4 6a), and High Street (E4 5c). Easier classics include Excalibur (VS 4c), Three Tree Climb (HS 4b), Great Harry (HVS 4c) and almost anything on the Gingerbread Slab (always busy, routes of VD to E2). The Red Wall routes further right are well worth a visit.

A suntrap; can be mild in winter, boiling in summer, especially in the afternoon. Midges can also be a problem due to the pool in the middle.

Approach notes

Approach SW from Surprise View (Car Park at SK 251800)on the A625 route between Sheffield and Hathersage. Sheffield - Castleton bus alights at the View.

Note that the part of the A625 that goes past the Surprise View carpark has now been renumbered the A6187. So if approaching from Sheffield, don't do as I do and blindly follow signs for the A625! At the point where you have to take a left turn to follow the A625, carry straight on.

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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
  Roadside Bay
2 Brain Attack HVS 5a 13
3 Itslide VS 4b  
4 Sunday HVS 5a 5
5 Surprise, Surprise VS 4b 11
6 Friday VD 38
7 Shallow Chimney VD 176
8 Split Second Timing E1 5c 10
9 Spec Arete E2 6a 4
10 Frustration E2 6a ** 73
11 Straight Crack VD * 406
12 The Big Red Jacket (The Last Wet Wednesday) VS 4c * 352
13 Rocking Groove HVS 5b * 99
14 Redbits E2 5c * 56
15 Slippery Wall HVS 5b * 165
16 Quantum Crack HVS 5b * 202
17 Vaseline VD * 328
18 Positively 4th Street VS 4c 87
19 Positively 4th Street arete variant
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VS 4c 50
20 Grass Groove D 165
21 Seta HS 4c 14
22 Proud Crack VD * 50
23 On Deadly Ground
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E6 6b 1
24 Brain Cells in Collision E3 5c * 11
25 The Last Day of Freedom E4 6a 4
  Great Harry
27 Gregory's Slab S 4a 134
28 Summer Climb HS 4b * 230
29 Three Tree Climb HS 4b *** 1987
30 Branching Off
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HS 4c 16
31 Great Peter E1 5b ** 1025
32 Pulpit Groove VD 4a ** 984
33 Great Harry VS 4c *** 1687
34 Too Good to be True E4 5c 16
35 Scoop Connection E2 5b * 101
36 Suspense E2 5c *** 813
37 Brainstorm
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E3 6a 3
38 Mind Over Watter E3 5c  
39 Pool Wall E5 6b *** 62
40 Cascara Crack HS 4b * 15
41 Side Pocket
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HVS 5a 4
42 The Table Leg VS 4c 2
43 Mildly Laxative
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VS 4c 7
44 Austin's Variation VS 4c * 62
45 Lawrencefield Ordinary VD 289
46 S. A. E. HVS 5b 16
47 Crystal Clear E1 5b 4
48 St Peter Start Sit Start * V4 6b ** 1
  The Pool Wall
50 High Plains Drifter E4 6a ** 82
51 Boulevard E3 5c ** 253
52 Von Ryan's Express E6 6b * 4
53 Billy Whizz E2 5c *** 604
54 Silly Billy
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E4 6b 1
55 High Street E4 6a ** 90
56 High Times
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E5 6a  
57 Holy Grail E4 5c 4
58 Heavy Plant Crossing
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E5 6b  
59 Great Wall Traverse HS 4a * 10
60 Excalibur VS 4c ** 736
61 Jughandle
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HVD 29
62 Pimpernel
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S 9
63 Jughandle/Pimpernel S 4a 4
64 Guillotine
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S 9
65 Reprieve
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D 14
66 J.J.2 E1 5b 10
67 The Gordons. The Gordons
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E3 6a 1
68 Louisette S 4a 9
69 Guillotine Groove
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S 7
70 Converge Cult E1 5a 1
  Gingerbread Slab
72 Once Pegged Wall VS 5a * 823
73 Once Pegged Wall (Direct Finish)
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HVS 5b 109
74 Morning Glory E2 5c 28
75 Limpopo Groove VS 4b * 684
76 Shoot Pool (Gingerbread Arete) E1 5b 12
77 Gingerbread VS 4b * 1384
78 Every Man and his Dog E1 5b 79
79 Meringue HVS 5a * 1629
80 Eclair E1 5b * 499
81 Vanilla Slice E1 5c * 463
82 Snail Crack VD * 1898
83 Nailsbane VD * 1442
84 Bole Hill VD 102
85 Chilly Days and Purple Acorns E1 5b * 44
86 Chilly Days Direct E2 5c 4
87 Tyrone VS 4c * 1401
88 Nova HS 4b * 1535
89 Trio Wall VS 4b 14
90 Flake Climb
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D 13
91 Grooved Arete
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VS 4c 14
92 Elytrocele
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V3 6a 1
93 The Ashes
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S 6
94 Urn
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HVD 9
95 Scotia
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VS 4b 7
96 Fractus
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S 6
97 Howarth's Wait
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S 9
  Stonemason's Buttress
99 Tony's Chimney
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VD 14
100 Callus VS 4c 2
101 Verve
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VS 4c 4
102 Stonemason's Climb VS 4b 22
103 Going for the One E2 5b 2
104 Blacksmith's Climb VS 4b 11
105 Tuesday's Child VS 4b 9
106 Vector HS 4b 16
107 Sinister Crack VS 4b 6
  Red wall
109 Moss Corner
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VD 10
110 Finale VS 4c 17
111 Reckless
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HVS 5a 3
112 Rockhopper
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E1 5c 2
113 Rattus Norvegicus E5 6b 2
114 Delectable Direct E1 5c ** 475
115 Red Wall VS 4c * 177
116 Red Wall Variation E1 5b 50
117 Delectable Variation VS 4c *** 535
118 Delectable Deviation HVS 5a * 7
119 Cordite Crack VS 4b * 111
120 Playtex
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VS 4
121 Skyline E3 5b 3
122 Block Wall E4 6b * 1
123 Varlet
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VS 4c 2
124 Knave
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HVS 5b 1
125 Slab and Groove/Formic Escape
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HVS 5b 4
126 Slab and Groove Variation HVS 5b 2
127 The Anthill Mantel
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V4 6b 3
128 The Anthill Traverse
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V3 6a 3
129 Lone Ridge
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S 8
130 Tricky Cracks
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S 7
  The Right hand End
132 Tricky Cracks Alternative Finish VS 4c 2
133 Finger Locking Good
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V3 6a 3
134 Erb Arete
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V2 5c 6
135 Howard's Slab
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HVS 5a 23
136 Middle Aged Spread
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E3 6a  
137 He's so Derick f7A+ ** 1
138 Osmosis V4 6a **  
139 Avalanche VD 5
140 Sub-Aqua D 2
141 Aqua S 3
142 Boonapi f7A+ *** 8
143 Fresher's slab * f6A+ * 2
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