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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.
The approach to this route has changed as follows:
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.
|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|