Shining Clough is the finest of the cliffs that fall under the banner of the Bleaklow area; it is a tall, sombre and very remote edge that is at its best on warm summer days when the cotton grass is high, the curlews mew over the plateau and the moors shimmer in the heat haze. Many of the climbs follow steep cracks, and therefore require a fair degree of proficiency in jamming. They tend to be green and gritty at the start of the season or after wet weather; in such conditions there are many better destinations.
There have been problems using the approach described in the old BMC guidebook. The approach described in Western Grit is correct.
Go through the 5 bar gate, turn left and follow the tarmaced track for about a mile until a sign points rightwards to open country. Follow the path up the hill round to the right of a pool and leading down into the wood and the stream. Go through a gate in the fence and cross the stream onto its eastern bank, the path then goes under several large oak trees and steeply up the bank toward the crag. The path is vague in places through the wood but is well defined through the heather up to the crag.