Climbs 10
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 409m a.s.l
Faces N

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The quarried wall next to Windy Knoll Cave © Droyd

Crag features

Another Castleton micro venue, this is in the field NW of the short stretch of road between the top of Winnats Pass and the turn-off for Blue John Cavern. The walk in is very short along a public footpath from a large parking layby.

The cave entrance is large and opens into a pretty hefty underground space. The vast majority of the rock is too high, damp and loose for bouldering, but on the far right is section which dries out fully in summer and is an ideal height for bouldering. The climbing is very steep on rough and well featured rock. A large stretch of the caves lip fell away some year ago, and what’s left now seems fairly safe. That said take care on the topout, or if venturing onto unclimbed rock. I dare say the owner, the National Trust, would rather not notice anyone climbing here as I think it’s officially closed since the rockfall, however the fence has fallen over in places and the signs are gone.

If climbing on the small quarry, do not top out! The site is an SSSI in part on the basis of an incredibly rare mineral (elaterite) only found at the top of this quarry and one or two places in the whole world!

Twisting in the Wind doesn't seem to get any sun, so is a great bet in hot weather as it's nice and cool in the cave.

Approach notes

Laybys on the road next to gates to the E and NW of the crag. From either of these follow the footpath for 100 metres or so to the obvious cave.

Access Advice

There's a trodden-down fence around the cave, and signs advising people not to go in due to rockfall. Probably worth going at quiet times of day for that reason as the area is generally busy with walkers - makes it easier to get parked too. The cave is in a geological SSSI so don't be a dick.

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