Cratcliffe Tor is in an extremely rural setting with a view out over tranquil farmland rather than distant moors. It is home to a small but superb set of climbs. The main event are the sheer walls of Owl Gully. Here the many breaks offer fine pumpy climbs often traversing out of the gully into impressive positions on the exposed faces. The breaks usually offer plenty of protection, though being fit enough to hang on and place it is crucial. Around the corner from the gully is the dramatic tall face tackled centrally by Suicide Wall. The recent felling of the trees that used to shroud the face have revealed it in all its glory - surely the finest wall in all Gritdom?
Located south of the main edges, and lacking much in the way of quality climbs in the lower grades, it is seldom busy, though the area is popular as a bouldering venue.
Since the vandalism in Feb 2013Â please be very weary of the boulder problems with chipping - The exposed core in incredibly soft. It's going to take decadesÂ to recover.
The crag is situated in the central Peak, 5km south of Bakewell. There are two approaches:
1) - Park by the side of the B5056 Bakewell to Winster road opposite a wide farm entrance. Cross the road and follow the gravel track that leads to the farm but keep left up the hill heading towards the rocky towers of Robin Hood's Stride. Near the top of the track is a stile in the wall on the right. Cross this then turn right to locate a path leading through the trees to the foot of the cliff.
2) - On the minor road that runs from Alport to Elton, there is some limited verge-side parking by a stile in view of Robin Hood's Stride. Follow the collapsed wall towards the Stride then bear left towards the cliff which lies hidden in the trees beyond the corner of the next field.