Climbs 81
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 300m a.s.l
Faces W

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Alan James on the finishing crack of Mealy Bugs (VS) at Ravensdale. © Nick Brown

Crag features

An excellent venue for low/middle grade traditional climbing with multi-pitch routes up to 46m long on the main buttress. Good quality rock with great exposure and fine views. Never too busy, but classic routes e.g. Gymnic (VS 4c) and Medusa (VS 4b,4b) are polished. Other great outings include Delusor (VS 4c), Via Vita (E1 5b) and Conclusor (HVS 4c, 5a). Few hard routes, but Wilt (E5 6b) is well-named, well-protected and tricky to flash. Starting to get overgrown, even on the most popular routes.

************* IMPORTANT ACCESS NOTE ***************
Nesting birds often mean temporary bans on parts of the crag early in the year and occasionally at other times. Please look out for restriction notices.

Current status (as of 01/03/19)

"In addition to nesting ravens, peregrines have been observed prospecting for a nest site on Ravensdale crag. Please avoid the whole crag whilst we establish if they choose to nest and where.

Once nesting is confirmed or not for the peregrines, a more detailed restriction covering the species nesting on the crag will be posted"

Further information on the BMC Regional Access using the link at the bottom of the page.


Approach notes

Situated in Cressbrook Dale. Limited parking is available below the crag close to Ravensdale Cottages (SK 173737). Respect privacy please. A concessionary footpath leads up to the main buttress.
Often bird-banned early in the year and occasionally at other times too. Look for the warning notices.

Restricted Access

The crag is owned and managed by Natural England and located in the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 27 February to 30 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

Natural England have applied a restriction to the whole crag whilst the nest location is identified. Once the location on the crag is confirmed, the intention is to reduce the extent of the restriction - this page will be updated once we know more.

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