Climbs 128
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 381m a.s.l
Faces SW

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Thrust, the 4th Cloud. © Paul B

Crag features

The curious formation of the Five Clouds has left five distinct bumps of west-facing rock faces of varying size and extent. The first two have only limited bouldering to offer, and the Third is the best for those looking for routes. The Fourth Cloud has the best bouldering including the brilliant Fourth Cloud Boulder with its set of hard classics. The Fifth Cloud has a few problems and finally there is the Nth Cloud just to confuse the numbering which is situated a little way further along the ridge. The difficulty level of the problems is high here and this isn't an area for those looking for easy circuits.

The Five Clouds are situated in front of the main Roaches edge at a slightly lower level. They receive plenty of afternoon sunshine, will dry quickly and are seldom green.

Approach notes

Park as for the Roaches. Go through the gate then turn left along a sunken track. Follow this towards The Clouds, passing under the old quarries.

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Peak Bouldering

The Peak Bouldering Rockfax is a massive book covering a huge area including all the main bouldering venues of the Peak District. It includes many more low-grade problems than have ever been documented before including 17 circuits with problems at V0+ 5a and under, and a further 21 circuits with problems at V2 5c and below.

Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
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