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Climbs 96
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 417m a.s.l
Faces S

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The Arete, Tintwistle Knarr © Colin Brearley

Crag features

Tintwhistle is a fine but sadly neglected quarry in an impressive setting with a superb outward view towards the wastes of Bleaklow and the proud buttress of Shining Clough lurking in the shadows. The crag has an excellent set of crack climbs and although the walk up tends to put people off, the effort made to get here is usually repaid in full.

Tintwistle Knarr also contains a good set of mainly harder boulder problems. The quarry of Tintwhistle, with its famous arête climb, makes a worthy addition for those who wish to mix their routes and bouldering.

The quarry is south-facing and gets all the sun that is going, though it takes quite a bit of drainage from the moor behind. Like nearby Laddow, the grass is gradually taking over the place, choking the cracks, covering the ledges and holding moisture so that over time the whole place becomes slower to dry. With more traffic, the best of the climbs here would be rivals to many of Millstone's most popular outings - helping to spread the load a little.

Approach notes

The approach is lengthy but straightforward following the quarry track up the hill. There is parking for half a dozen cars on the northern side of the A628 road by the edge of the reservoir. A good track (the old quarry road) starts at the gate and weaves up the hill to enter the forest and then continues rightwards to end in front of the central bay of the quarry. The boulders are down to the right. Approach with care to reach the Top Boulders.

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Guidebooks

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.
More info

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.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Over the Moors (2012)
Peak District: Bouldering (2011)
On Peak Rock (2003)
Peak Climbs - Kinder and Bleaklow (1990)

Out of print:
Western Grit (2003)
The laborious approach talked about here is completely misleading. It’s an easy 25 minute walk up a gentle incline - anything but difficult.
Frank the Husky - 24/May/20
Somewhere on your 'I know I should check it out but I know I never will' list that should be on your 'I'm checking this place out asap' list. Quality.
DerwentDiluted - 30/Apr/14
Dream Chaser is unclimbable at the moment as several trees have fallen completely covering the problems around that area. It would need a chainsaw and a lot of effort to shift them.
Al Doig - 23/Sep/12
O gradey's offers the best whipper in the north.
Franco Cookson - 10/Aug/12
A pleasant 15 min walk up to the quarry and great views are possibly the only reason (besides the layback classics and The Arete) to take time out of ones busy climbing schedule to sample Tints delights. The old triangle was a seeping snot fest despite previous sustained great weather, as for its 2 stars and 5a tech grade ill have to agree to disagree. Knobblekerry corner a 4c??!! Lack of gear for the last 15m while climbing from one shrubbery to the next is eerie. In short:- youre in the peaks with the best climbing substance known to mankind beneath you, do the grit and yourself a favour and go someplace else.
tommakin - 21/Apr/09
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