Altitude 322m a.s.l
Sharpcliffe Rock © Fiend
Even for the Churnet Valley, this is an eccentric crag. Nicknamed Pebblesville by its original explorers, it is a series of buttresses, some little ones of good gritstone, and one big one made from a readymix of good sandstone and bunter pebbles. The little ones offer good bouldering, while the big one offers some of the most memorable climbing in the area. Ironically, its weakness is its strength, and the sometimes harrowing nature of the climbing makes the routes memorable out of all proportions to their length.
The crag generally faces north with the front face getting early morning sunshine, and the main right wall getting it in the afternoon. Seepage is not a problem. Climbing is possible year round though some of the bouldering gets green in winter.
Park at a sharp right-hand bend. A mettaled road continues straight on here into the grounds of Sharpcliffe Hall itself. Take this for 400m, then break out right over a gate into some rough open ground.
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