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Climbs 46
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 251m a.s.l
Faces W

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Sam on Spear of Odin, 7c+ in Thor's Cave © Jonathan Bean

Crag features

An impressive crag, with spectacularly situated routes above a beautiful valley. With the exception of three or four really good trad routes including the classic West Window Groove (HVS 5a,5a), the other worthwhile routes are hard clip ups. The crag consists of two external faces and a complex series of internal walls and clefts. The sport routes, particularly Thormen's Moth do suffer from seepage. Can be windy and cold.

Approach notes

Thoughtful parking on edge of Wetton Village (SK 106553). Signed footpath leads to the valley and cave (10min).

Unsure about the approach to The Chimney. Approach notes from Rfax state crossing a dry river bed before crossing a humpback bridge, but doesn't look like it would be dry often, if at all. I think it's probably better to come off the bridge after crossing it and then going up the embankment beside the barb wire fence, but didn't end up going up to see if there was a way to get over the fence.
WillLKY - 16/Oct/22
Thor's Cave is incredibly busy with non-climbers on a sunny Sunday atm. Not great if you want to socially distance and certainly not great for climbing given you'll be over the heads of everyone. But The Chimney area is well out of the way with a good selection of routes. The bolts in both areas look in varying condition. Where bolts have been replaced, the old ones haven't always been removed. There's also quite a few bent-plate hangers in Thors Cave. Also noticed the first bolt on Rain Games is taped off and the second hasn't got a hanger. All well worth a visit but in need of some love and don't expect to have Thor's Cave to yourself.
j616s - 13/Sep/20
Please be aware that the crab on the final pitch (abseil from cave mouth down) of this cave has been in place for a very long time (over 10 years),I recommend that any further attempts of the full cave length, that you replace the final crab and mark date as such. kind regards jason parkes/David wattas origional protection installers.
blisterj - 22/Aug/07
Thor`s cave is a must even if you aren`t a climber, very atmospheric place.The routes are good especially Thormen`s Moth I reckon it`s probably the best route of it`s grade in the Peak when i`ts dry.
Rob Mirfin - 30/Apr/04
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