Altitude 322m a.s.l
Captain Ethical on the bold initial arete © nick willis
Esoteric is the best adjective to use for Agden. The cliff isn't composed of gritstone but a coal measures sandstone formed by a landslip in the geologically recent past, which accounts for the blocky, loose and unweathered nature of much of the cliff. On the plus side, the setting is sublime and the cliff is almost always quiet. There are over 100 recorded climbs here but many of them are poor; loose, vegetated or downright dangerous. We have included a selection of the best and most popular. The routes have a big feel, which makes a nice change from much of the climbing on offer in the Peak, though be warned that you WILL encounter vegetation and dubious rock - so come prepared - some care is required to climb safely here.
Agden is close to the hustle and bustle of Sheffield, just northwest of High Bradfield. Follow the minor road of Brown House Lane north out of High Bradfield keeping left at the only junction. A short distance after this is a narrow lane on the left with restricted roadside parking - try to get as close to the wall as possible.
Follow the lane round the top of a steep-sided valley and down through the woods to locate the right-hand end of the crag up in the trees on the right - 5 minutes from the car. A right branching path that runs along the top of the cliff is a good option for getting to the far reaches of the crag (Great Wall, The Whittler etc) more quickly, descending a wide grassy gully located just before the point where a fence with a stile cuts across the path.