Restricted Access

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.
  • Do not leave in situ krabs or tape on bolt hangers.
  • 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.

Blackwell Halt
This compact wall has a good set of mid-grade routes. The setting is pleasant and there is plenty of picnic potential at the base. The wall faces south although the lower section is in the shade of the trees. There is little seepage and it is well sheltered from the wind.

Approach - From the Monsal Trail on the Chee Dale Upper Approach, head down towards the cafe/cycle hire. Cross the bridge and turn sharply left at the cottages to follow a small path along the edge of the river past a pump house. This leads to a tunnel under the train tracks. On leaving the tunnel, cross the fence on the left and go up some hidden stone steps. From here a path leads up into the grassy field below the quarry.

Access - The new landowner of Blackwell Halt is working towards being able to give permission for climbers to access the site but is not currently able to do so. If you do decide to visit, be aware you may be asked to leave - please be polite and courteous at all times.


Rockfax Description
An easier method to reach the top section of Minos. Start up Aberration to the small scoop where you join Minos. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
The route starts up Aberration and continues up Minos. The meat of the route involves pulling on some small side pull crimps but there is a fantastic jug at the end of the sequence and a rest above the roof!

FA. Chris Wright 1996.


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Ramon Marin 22 Jun, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: bolting and anchors seemed fine to me, if anything really well bolted
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βeta: bolting and anchors seemed fine to me, if anything really well bolted
ashtond6 13 Apr, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Awful awful anchor but there is another out right
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βeta: Awful awful anchor but there is another out right

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Grade: 7c ***
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