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Michael Adams on Four Door Dostoyevsky (8a+) on The Cornice in Chee Dale © Alan James

Crag features

Chee Dale Lower refers to the crags in Chee Dale which are generally approach from Milldale. These are the Cornice, Rhubarb Buttress and Chee Tor.

Approach notes

From the tiny village of Miller's Dale on the B6049 below Tideswell, turn off uphill towards the old Miller's Dale station and park here (pay). Walk (or cycle) along the track and through Chee Tor Tunnel to access the cliffs.

Chee Tor - Drop down from the Monsal Trail and double back under the bridge heading downstream. Cross a wooden bridge to reach stepping stones which lead under the Cornice. Continue onto the boardwalk section towards Rhubarb Buttress then use stepping stones and wading to cross over the island to below the crag.

Dogs Dinner - Drop down from the Monsal Trail and double back under the bridge heading downstream. At the bridge, go over the fence and up to the wall.

Cornice - Drop down from the Monsal Trail and double back under the bridge heading downstream. Cross a wooden bridge to reach stepping stones that lead to the crag.

Rhubarb - Drop down from the Monsal Trail and double back under the bridge heading downstream. Continue under the Cornice and along the boardwalk until the crag appears on the left.

Access Advice

Cheedale is a SSSI and SAC with a high level of legal protection under European law. Access for climbing is concessionary and can only be maintained if climber's continue to adhere to a number of conditions agreed with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (who own the Southern bank of the river). These include:

  • No access along the top of the dale beyond a corner formed by the wall and obvious new fence bounding the 3rd major gully east of Plum Buttress. Therefore, no access to Runyans Corner and Moving, Long, or Two-Tier Buttresses from above.
  • No further bolted development on the small, vegetated, and obscure crags, which rim the dale - most of these are of negligible climbing quality.
  • Do not leave in situ crabs or tape on bolt hangars.
  • Parts of Nettle Buttress, Chee Tor East, and Dogs Dinner area are bolt free areas of outstanding appearance. 
  • Do not remove large swathes of ivy.

 

Fallen tree has now gone, so wade or use the footbridge at the far end and very overgrown path back to crag (stay close to river)
steveb2006 - 23/Apr/22
All the anchors/lower-offs at Chee Tor have been replaced in April 2020, with white static rope and stainless steel rings. We removed pretty much all the old tat and rusty chains. Please only add more tat if absolutely necessary, and if it's necessary, remove the old stuff to keep things tidy.
Mowglee - 07/Apr/21
In June/July 2016 an effort was made to replace a lot of the in-situ gear, be that threads on the routes or anchors at the lower-offs. As a result, many of the routes have received a lot of traffic and are - as a result - in good 'clean' condition (as opposed to their usual quite dusty/dirty condition). In short, if you're reading this message now get down there ASAP!!
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - 03/Jul/16
The path back from the 'proper footbridge' is now very overgrown (with nettles!) Better to use the fallen tree.
Nick Smith - 12/Jul/04
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