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Altitude 310m a.s.l
Typical moorland grit, can be green and wet in winter and for a period after rain, but generally sound. A number of scattered buttresses. A locals summer retreat. Many routes now getting quite overgrown and most are lichenous, those on the far right and far left being the cleanest. The rock underneath is nicely rough but best to assume that any route will be dirty unless mentioned otherwise. An airy sheep trod runs along the top of the main section but getting between routes lower down can involve deep and steep heather. Trails made by the surprisingly gymnastic local sheep help!
Topos for most buttresses in photos.
Mentioned on p.342 of Over the Moors, further details to be uploaded onto BMC download support section
https://www.thebmc.co.uk/download-support-for-over-the-moors (still not available 04/04/19)
Approach up the Pennine Way from the Glossop to Crowden road (No Parking sign at the farm entrance, people often ignore it but some also get booked!). Pay and display car park 1 km east, from where the old rail line links with the PW. Just after Reaps Farm a path runs left into the clough and after 0.5km the main section is above you, with the lower (walking) section of Torside Gully running up to it.
Just right of Torside Gully is Castle Buttress, the largest, with Sneaking Slab below it. 40m right of this is the easy-to-identify Twin Grooves Buttress, with Niggard's Wall 20m right again.
Left of Torside Gully is Two Tier Buttress (actually three tiers) with Flintstone Buttress left of its middle section. 100m left again is the compact Chlorus Buttress then 100m further is the narrow ridge of Pinnacle Buttress, with the Obelisk left of its foot. 100m further left gets you to Viny Ridge, with an obvious clean slab at its foot. The squarish block of Birch Tree Ridge is just left again, with the green slab of Holly Tree Ridge another 20m up left. There is also Hidden Buttress another 0.5km up the clough, just below the top.
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