Altitude 315m a.s.l
Samuel James-Louwerse at the top of Mitre Crack (VS) at Aldery Cliff. © Alan James
Aldery Cliff is a secluded crag that offers a decent set of trad routes at some reasonable grades. The crag faces east and gets the morning sun. It is well sheltered from westerly winds. In hot weather, it is a good late afternoon venue. Generally, the quarry is quick-drying and doesn't suffer from seepage.
In 2017 some misguided climbers chopped and poisoned the trees on the crag. This caused some unpleasant erosion on the upper sections where the trees used to provide useful belays, abseil points and hold the ledges together. In August 2020 fixed belays were arranged at critical points above the routes but usually below the upper sections of the original climbs. Virtually all routes now finish at a fixed belay. In keeping with the traditional ethic at this crag it is hoped that these will be used for belaying on and abseil descents and not for top-roping. Some can be used for lower-off but please avoid repeated top-roping.
Aldery Cliff is situated just to the southeast of the tiny village of Earl Sterndale - the crag is sometimes referred to as 'Earl Sterndale'. From the A515 south of Buxton, follow signs for Longnor. Earl Sterndale is signed off these roads. The crag is about 500m south of the village, right next to the road, and you can park in the area in front of the crag. Please make sure you close the gate at all times.