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A handy guidebook to scrambling in the Dark Peak and Roaches areas of the Peak District. Year-round graded scrambling routes for all abilities, including classics such as Wilderness Gully East and Wildboar Clough. 41 scrambles with link routes, variants and extensions, from scrambly walks to difficult rock climbs and winter ascents grade 1-3.
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The Peak District has been an important area for walkers and climbers for over 100 years with many well-established footpaths. Less well-known are the opportunities for hands-on ascents, up gullies, brooks and cloughs, where scramblers can keep fit and hone their skills year-round.
This guidebook to scrambles in the Dark Peak and Roaches describes over 40 winter and summer routes, with plenty of links and extensions to make up longer, more challenging days on the moors. It is aimed at the more adventurous walker who might wish to add a little more ‘spice’ to their outings, and also those with some rock-climbing experience who may be looking for something away from the mainstream crags while retaining some element of ‘hands-on’ contact with the rock.
Routes are graded for difficulty and range from scrambly walks to more difficult rock climbs. Easy routes are suitable for walkers with good fitness and navigation skills, while harder routes are for experienced rock climbers.
Start/Finish - SK 082 993
Grade and rating - 1 (summer and winter)
Ascent - 50m
Approach: As for Route 14, but after leaving the quarry track and walking uphill a little, work over to the right until the flat area below Lawrence Edge and behind the quarry workings comes into view.
At the left (eastern) end of the crag are two shallow gully lines set close together that rise up the hillside towards a line of rock buttresses. They contain little in the way of continuous rock and prove disappointing when climbed. Further left is another, deeper, gully with more continuous rock sections. The route takes this line. Follow a vague path through the grass and heather (some hidden rocks underfoot) to the bottom of the gully.
Route: Where the gully steepens, clamber over blocks and water-washed rock steps eventually arriving at a steep, undercut wall. This can be avoided by taking to steep grass on the right or by circling around and upwards on the slope to the left. Straightforward and enjoyable scrambling on clean rock leads from here to the top.
A) As for Route 14 to Shining Clough or Wildboar Clough.
B) Descend the hillside to the east of Lawrence Edge and contour round for an ascent of Deer Knowl (Route 14).
|Scrambling in the Dark Peak|
|Warnings and Precautions|
|About the Routes|
|THE CHEW VALLEY AREA|
|1 Rimmon Pit Clough/Trinnacle/Holme Clough|
|2 Alderman's Rocks|
|3 Dovestone Quarry Central Gully|
|4 Charnel Clough|
|THE WILDERNESS GULLIES|
|5 Wilderness Gully West|
|6 Wilderness Gully East|
|7 Wilderness Gully Far East|
|8 Wilderness Gully Far Far East|
|9 Wilderness Gully Far Far Far East|
|10 Chew Brook|
|THE CROWDEN AREA|
|11 Oaken Clough|
|12 Coombes Clough|
|13 Shining Clough|
|14 Deer Knowl|
|15 Lawrence Edge No 1|
|16 Lawrence Edge No 2|
|17 Wildboar Clough|
|18 Torside Clough|
|19 Torside Gully|
|20 Yellowslacks Brook/Dowstone Clough|
|21 Ashton Clough|
|22 Alport Castles Tower|
|23 Alport Castles Gully|
|24 Blackden Brook|
|25 Fair Brook|
|26 Fair Brook Gully|
|27 Nether Red Brook|
|28 Upper Red Brook|
|29 Far Upper Red Brook|
|30 Square Chimney Exit|
|31 Kinder Downfall Climb|
|32 Arpeggio Gully|
|33 Red Brook|
|34 Crowden Clough|
|35 Grindsbrook Clough|
|36 Ringing Roger|
|37 Back Tor Gully|
|38 Mam Tor Gully|
|39 Elbow Ridge|
|40 Roaches Lower and Upper Tier Ridges|
|41 Chrome Hill/Parkhouse Hill|
|Appendix A Index of Routes|
|Appendix B Further Reading|
|Appendix C Useful Contacts|