Climbs 230
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 246m a.s.l
Faces S

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Alan James on Blizzard Ridge (HVS) Rivelin. © Nick Brown

Crag features

The low-level, south-facing outcrop of Rivelin Edge was once ignored because of its reputation for midges and tree-shrouded greenery. It is now widely known that it is sheltered enough to be a great venue in the winter and the quick and easy approach (it is inside the Sheffield city boundary) makes it popular when time is short. It is possibe to finish work and nip out for an ascent of the Needle before the sun sets. Alternatively grab the opportunity on a beautiful winter's day to have a go at one of the big aretes or blank walls whilst the friction is good. The central area of the cliff, near the Rivelin Needle, has the highest quality concentration of good routes but hidden away to either side are some gems across the grades. The place is well worth several trips; Rivelin no longer plays second fiddle to some of its more illustrious brethren.

Approach notes

The crag looks south over the Rivelin Valley, above the A57, on the west side of Sheffield. Parking is in the free car park on the south side of the dam at Rivelin Reservoir. Although be warned that there are now many signs indicating that the gates for this car park will be locked at 6pm every evening. Limited parking is also available on the road just past the car park, but be careful not to obstruct any gates.

Walk back to the main road and take the path opposite that runs up towards the cliff and then continue following the wall on a vague path (towards Rivelin Quarry) just past where the main path veers right through a damp area and just before a small footbridge. Bear right just before the edge is reached. The new landowner (2023) has requested the more direct approach which emerges by the Rivelin Needle is no longer used. 

Access Advice

The woods are owned and managed for low volume timber extraction (mostly birch). The new owner (as of 2023) has no objection to climbing along the length of the edge. However, the following is expected of all visiting climbers:

  • Approach the crag via its left end using the path which runs between a wall on your left and a stream on your right.
  • Do not approach the main body of the crag directly from the footpath beneath.
  • No felling or cutting of trees without prior permission from the landowner via the BMC. Any approved work of this nature to be carried out by competent individuals only and subject to written risk assessment. 
  • The owner has no objection to the removal of holly, gorse, bramble and ivy. However, in all cases prior consent must still be sought.
  • Please leave no litter, and remove any you find.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 March to 30 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

Tawny owls sometimes nest on the crag in the spring (previously on Kremlin Crack or Roof Route) - if present avoid the route(s) they are occupying until the nest is vacated.

Tawny owls have been known to viciously attack  people climbing near their nest, so please steer well clear of these routes until the chicks have fledged, both for the benefit of the birds and your own wellbeing.

Dam car park currently closed for use by contractors, a few places available near the cottages with consideration.
cragtyke - 26/Jul/20
Cool spot when it's windy
Jon_Warner - 25/Sep/10
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