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Contributed by Neil McA Nov/23 - This public ticklist has been seen 381 times

The eccentric tradition of climbing sideways has a particular appeal in an area dominated by short crags. A traverse provides the opportunity to enjoy longer routes, gain impressive positions, scare your second, improve your ropework and build memories. I've included everything from quick and easy short gritstone ticks to rarely repeated major multipitch missions. In the full knowledge that the absolute pointlessness of climbing sideways can only be eclipsed by celebrating such an activity with a list, then here it is; a list. 'Peak Traverses' is for routes not boulder problems, with something for everyone from trad Diff to E7 and sport 5a to 8a. Today's guidebook editors have a nasty habit of leaving traverses out of their guides, and certainly out of the topos. Fight against this! People really should go sideways more often! If you tick them all I'll buy you a pint.

Neil passing Death's Retreat on the first ascent  © Neil Foster
Neil passing Death's Retreat on the first ascent
© Neil Foster, Aug 2022

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Map of routes in this ticklist

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Distribution of grades

Top 12 photos of this ticklist

Just Another No-Star E1 at Stanage

Savage Amusement
Just Another No-Star E1 at Stanage
© Dan Arkle

Chris Jackson at the crux of Debauchery, High Tor

Debauchery
Chris Jackson at the crux of Debauchery, High Tor
© Gordon Stainforth

Pete leading Fairy Steps (VS 4a), Stanage Plantation

Fairy Steps
Pete leading Fairy Steps (VS 4a), Stanage Plantation
© http://Climbers.net

Janna on Legacy (HVS 5a), Kinder North

Legacy
Janna on Legacy (HVS 5a), Kinder North
© Tim W

Jesse cruising along Legacy at Kinder North

Legacy
Jesse cruising along Legacy at Kinder North
© mol

Silent Scream: montage of the first ascent

Silent Scream
Silent Scream: montage of the first ascent
© joemallia

Rebecca Ting on Delicatessen, High Tor

Delicatessen
Rebecca Ting on Delicatessen, High Tor
© Paul Evans

Rivelin Needle - photo credit to Chris Clements

The Spiral Route
Rivelin Needle - photo credit to Chris Clements
© milus

Teamwork on the crux of Promontory Traverse (E2 5b), Black Rocks, Peak District

Promontory Traverse
Teamwork on the crux of Promontory Traverse (E2 5b), Black Rocks, Peak District
© Simon Witcher

Stoney Exposure

Alcasan
Stoney Exposure
© Dan Arkle

jack street on alcasan, stoney middleton, sometime in '74 (between lunchtime closing and evening opening at the moon)

Alcasan
jack street on alcasan, stoney middleton, sometime in '74 (between lunchtime closing and evening opening at the moon)
© dmorgan

The Dalesman

The Dalesman
The Dalesman
© jim jones


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KINDER
Trivial Pursuits VS 4c * 4 16m Kinder Southern...
Legacy HVS 5a *** 282 20m Kinder Northern...
Big Traverse VS 4b ** 9 30m Kinder Northern...
The Girdle Traverse VS 4c * - 100m Kinder Downfall
THE WESTERN FRONT
Wet Sunday Afternoon E1 5b * 23 23m Hobson Moor Quarry
The Girdle Traverse of Hobson Moor E4 6a * 1 60m • 3 Hobson Moor Quarry
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The John Henry Quarry Girdle E3 5c - ? • 4 John Henry Quarry
One and a Half Miles...That is a Broad Bottom E2 5b * - 90m Broadbottom Quarry
The Girdle Traverse VS 4c - 50m Yellowslacks
LONGDENDALE
The Millstone Girdle Traverse HS 4b 1 45m Millstone Buttress...
The Girdle Traverse ? - 60m Laddow
Mythology Wall Girdle Traverse HS - 60m • 4 Crowden Great Quarry
The Girdle Traverse VS 4c - 85m Shining Clough
THE CHEW VALLEY
Cowboys and Indians E1 5c ** 2 28m Upperwood Quarry
Main Face Girdle HVS 5b 1 80m Standing Stones
Left Twin Face Girdle HVS 5a 1 30m Standing Stones
The Ravenstones Stomach Traverse none *** 7 45m The Ravenstones
West Wall Traverse VS 4b ** 14 12m The Ravenstones
The Catwalk HS 3c ** 21 16m Dovestones Edge
Spurt of Spurts E2 5b * 1 20m Dovestones Edge
Black and White Traverse HVD * 8 60m • 2 Dovestones Quarry
Variety Performance HVS 5a * 1 100m Dovestones Quarry
Charnel Stones Girdle Traverse VD - 90m Dovestones Skyline
Lateral Slinking E4 6a * 2 65m • 4 Wimberry Rocks
SADDLEWORTH AREA
The Link HVS 5b ** 1 30m • 2 Den Lane Quarry
Rake Wall Traverse E2 5c ** 3 50m Den Lane Quarry
Back 'n Forth E2 5b - 35m Running Hill Pits
Pot Hole Girdle VS 4c - 80m Running Hill Pits
MARSDEN AREA
Amazing Revelation HVS 5a 2 108m Pule Hill Rocks
Girdle Traverse HVS 5b * - 105m • 6 Shooter's Nab
WINTER
O'Neal's Ledge II 8 70m Mam Tor
STANAGE
The Lamia E3 5c *** 39 28m • 2 Stanage North
Hands VS 4c 29 ? Stanage North
Feet VS 5a 16 ? Stanage North
The Dalesman HVS 5a * 377 22m Stanage North
High Neb Girdle S 20 ? Stanage North
Fairy Steps VS 4a ** 1481 16m Stanage Plantation
Tower Traverse E1 5b 4 50m • 3 Stanage Plantation
The Vogon E2 5b * 27 30m Stanage Plantation
The Aeneid VS 5a * 19 35m Stanage Popular
Ferryboat Highway HVS 5b * 14 32m Stanage Popular
Rubber Band VS 4b ** 879 20m Stanage Popular
Robin Hood's Cave Traverse HS 4b * 102 ? Stanage Popular
Savage Amusement E1 5b 10 ? Stanage Popular
Flying Butt E3 5c * 22 25m Stanage Popular
Lead a Dance E2 5b * 7 ? Stanage Popular
Traverse of the Gritstone Gods E4 6b ** 4 16m Stanage Popular
Ron's Girdle Traverse (Stanage Edge) E5 6b 3 ? Stanage North
BURBAGE, MILLSTONE AND BEYOND
Ad Infinitum S 4a * 405 14m Burbage North
Tiptoe VS 4c * 169 16m Burbage North
Stomach Traverse HVS 4c * 179 14m Burbage North
Ash Tree Girdle S 4a 50 ? Burbage North
Peter's Progress VS 4c ** 383 20m Burbage North
The Simpering Savage E5 6b * 9 20m Burbage South...
Silent Spring E4 5c *** 27 24m • 2 Burbage South...
Silent Scream E7 6c *** 1 ? Burbage South...
Rock Around the Block E5 6b ** 5 38m • 4 Higgar Tor
The Snake HVS 5a 2 100m • 4 Millstone Edge
Moorbrook Lane E2 5c * 6 13m Millstone Edge
Keyhole Cops E2 5c 13 30m Millstone Edge
Transmetropolitan E3 5c - 25m Millstone Edge
Heavy Plant Crossing E5 6b 11 ? Lawrencefield
Playtex VS 5 ? • 11 Lawrencefield
The Spiral Route VS 4c ** 347 22m Rivelin Edge
Ring of Roses HVS 5b * 59 14m Rivelin Edge
Heretic VS 4c 2 25m Rivelin Edge
Reredos E1 5b * 19 12m Rivelin Edge
The Magic Roundabout E1 5c 1 8m Rivelin Quarries
Gargoyle Traverse S 4a * 46 20m Dovestone Tor
Quebec City VS 4c * 77 30m Bamford Edge
Trouble with Lichen HVS 5b ** 189 25m Bamford Edge
The Great Wall Traverse VS 4c 3 45m • 2 Agden Rocher
Little X VS 4b 2 160m Agden Rocher
The Girdle Traverse S 4a 17 ? Wharncliffe Crags
FROGGATT TO BLACK ROCKS
The Valkyrie Girdle Traverse HVS 5b 1 184m Froggatt Edge
The System (Oread's Girdle) E3 5b 1 134m Froggatt Edge
Parting Hare E3 5c * 14 20m Froggatt Edge
Contour VS - ? Yarncliffe
Lardmaster E3 6a * 16 17m Curbar Edge
Tantalus VS 4b * 21 30m Curbar Edge
Vaya Con Dios E2 5c ** 46 20m Gardom's Edge
Orchard E1 5a 5 70m Gardom's Edge
Moorside Rocks Girdle Traverse VS 4b 1 ? Gardom's Edge
The Boom HVS 5a 3 90m • 3 Birchen Edge
The Long Promenade HS 4b * 89 50m Birchen Edge
Stoker's Wall Traverse VD 3c 78 ? Birchen Edge
Lichen E3 5c *** 39 35m • 3 Chatsworth Edge
Emily HVS 5a 2 15m Chatsworth Edge
Main Wall Traverse VS 4c * 2 20m Red and Black Crag
Trick or Treat E3 5c ** 2 51m • 3 Cratcliffe Tor
Tiger Traverse E2 5b * 40 16m Cratcliffe Tor
Renaissance E2 6a ** 10 35m • 3 Cratcliffe Tor
Mordaunt E2 5b *** 62 60m • 4 Cratcliffe Tor
Our Forte E5 6b - ? Stanton Moor
The Traverse HVS 5a - 66m • 4 Stanton Moor
Ghost Train HS 4b ** 21 20m Eastwood Rocks
Neb Traverse E2 5b *** 18 16m Eastwood Rocks
Holly Tree Traverse D ** 9 17m Eastwood Rocks
Spent Force VS 5a - 8m Eastwood Rocks
Badgered Buzzard E2 5c * 4 44m • 2 Ravensnest Tor
Circumcision E1 5b * 4 15m Turningstone Edge
Stop the Buttless Gloaters E1 5b * 6 28m • 3 Turningstone Edge
Rope Trick E2 5c * 3 20m Black Rocks
Firebird E2 5c ** 29 16m Black Rocks
Promontory Traverse E1 5b *** 93 32m • 2 Black Rocks
Prominent Tory Reverse E2 5c ** 1 30m • 2 Black Rocks
Fun Traverse E4 6b *** 11 20m Black Rocks
THE ROACHES AND WESTERN GRIT
The Super Girdle E4 6a *** 1 44m Roaches Lower Tier
The Girdle Traverse S 13 ? Roaches Upper Tier
Fat Old Sun E3 6a * 1 37m • 2 Hen Cloud
Action Trousers VS 4b - ? Back Forest
The Low Girdle S 3 ? The Hanging Stone
The Difter's Escape VS 4c 1 ? The Hanging Stone
The High Girdle HS 4a - ? The Hanging Stone
Girdle Traverse S 4b 34 ? Windgather Rocks
Herford's Girdle Traverse VS 4b ** 38 90m Castle Naze
THE CHURNET
All the Kings Horses HS 4b * 1 18m Garston Rocks
Jack the Traverse E5 6a * - 30m Dimmings Dale
NORTHERN LIMESTONE / STONEY AREA
Icarus HS 4a 5 ? Stoney Middleton
Dead on Arrival E4 5c * - 30m Stoney Middleton
Aerospace HVS 4c * 3 ? Stoney Middleton
Brassiere Strap S - 50m • 2 Stoney Middleton
Great Escape E1 5b 8 ? Stoney Middleton
Syntax Error E2 5c - 42m • 2 Stoney Middleton
Froth VS 4c ** 588 24m • 2 Stoney Middleton
Alcasan E2 5c *** 246 102m • 5 Stoney Middleton
Tiger Trot VD * 66 ? Stoney Middleton
My Girdle is Killing Me E4 6a 4 ? • 2 Stoney Middleton
Pendulum HVS 5a ** 136 ? Stoney Middleton
Atropos HVS 5a * 9 60m • 3 Stoney Middleton
Dan Middleton E2 5c 2 700m • 22 Stoney Middleton
Spiron VS 4c 17 25m Stoney West
Monster Traverse E3 6a ** 3 350m • 14 Horseshoe Quarry
The French Connection E4 6a 3 60m • 2 Horseshoe Quarry
Beam me Across Scotty! 5a 274 6m Horseshoe Quarry
Darlton Diagonal 6a 11 20m Hidden Quarry...
Girdle Traverse VS 4c 3 80m Ravensdale
Critical Town HVS 5a - 55m • 3 Ravensdale
Level Crossing 6c 4 ? • 2 Staden Quarry
Waterloo Road E1 5b 1 ? Staden Quarry
Exstemplary 6b+ * 8 ? Deep Rake
Badly Drawn Boil 6c+ 2 ? Bradwell Dale
From A to Z 6b * 3 ? Moss Rake
CHEE DALE / WCJ
Cruising the Seven Seas 7c - ? Water-cum-Jolly
Sheerwater E1 5b * 5 25m • 2 Water-cum-Jolly
The Flying Dutchman E6 6c - 50m • 4 Water-cum-Jolly
Breakbeat 8a * - 30m Water-cum-Jolly
Cream Team Special E5 6b ** 9 102m • 3 Raven Tor...
The Ministry of Silly Walks E1 5b 1 ? • 4 Raven Tor...
Rooster Booster (pitch 1) 7c+ ** 29 18m Raven Tor...
Slow Water Girdle VS 4c * 1 50m Tideswell Dale
Surfing the Net 6c 2 ? Blackwell Halt
Wright to Left 7c+ * 7 20m Chee Dale Lower
Tour de France E4 6a 1 ? Chee Dale Lower
Chee Tor Girdle VS 5a *** 643 ? • 4 Chee Dale Lower
Tropic of Cancer E1 5a - ? Chee Dale Lower
Pheasant Plucker E2 - ? Chee Dale Lower
Rasputin E1 5a 1 ? Chee Dale Lower
Little Curver E1 2 ? Chee Dale Lower
Minnows as a Substitute for White Bait 6c * 6 18m Chee Dale Upper
Communication Breakdown 7c+ ** - 26m Chee Dale Upper
Nervous Breakdown 7b+ ** 1 24m Chee Dale Upper
Total Breakdown 7c+ *** - 50m Chee Dale Upper
Moving Buttress Girdle E1 5b - ? • 4 Chee Dale Upper
Sarin HVS 3 ? Chee Dale Upper
Aplomb E1 5a *** 107 85m • 4 Chee Dale Upper
Plum Buttress Stomach Traverse HD 1 ? Chee Dale Upper
The Super Indirect E1 5a ** 22 105m • 5 Chee Dale Upper
SOUTH PEAK LIMESTONE
Clean Sweep E1 5a 2 ? • 3 Pic Tor
Roguerunner 7c 1 55m • 2 Lorry Park Quarry
Debauchery E1 5b *** 1191 45m • 2 High Tor
Delicatessen E2 5c *** 446 51m • 2 High Tor
The Girdle Traverse E5 6b *** 7 ? High Tor
Decadence E4 6a *** 85 72m • 3 High Tor
High Tour E3 5c * 5 ? High Tor
Fantasia E5 6b *** 15 85m • 4 High Tor
Tatanka Yotanka 7a+ ** 28 ? Long Tor Quarry
Sleng Teng 6b 1 18m Fallgate Quarry
Chinese Debauchery 6a 21 20m Intake Quarry
The Chinese Delicatessen 6c 6 20m Intake Quarry
Spirit Chaser E2 5c * 3 ? Rheinstor
Traverse of the Gods HVS 5a - ? Rheinstor
The Traverse E1 5c *** 7 ? Wildcat
Left Hand Girdle E2 5c - 104m • 5 Willersley Castle...
Right Hand Girdle E1 5a - 148m • 7 Willersley Castle...
Beeston Eliminate HVS 5a *** 133 74m • 3 Beeston Tor
Enough Time HVS 5b * 10 22m Beeston Tor
Ivy Gash HVS 5b * 56 56m • 2 Beeston Tor
Lord of the Dance E3 6a ** 4 80m • 4 Beeston Tor
Cummerbund VS 4b * 53 75m • 4 Manifold Valley
The Fault E4 6a - 50m Drabber Tor
Orange Peel E3 6a * 4 90m Dovedale
The Girdle Traverse E1 5b - ? • 4 Dovedale
Girdle Traverse HVS *** 8 130m • 5 Dovedale
221 e, 187 stars 10,518 7,412m 359
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