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Scrambles in the Dark Peak

Easy summer scrambles and winter climbs

Guidebook to 41 graded scrambles in the Dark Peak and Roaches areas of the Peak District, most of which can be done year round. Includes areas such as Kinder Scout, the Wilderness Gullies and Bleaklow, and features both classic (Wilderness Gully East and Wildboar Clough) and lesser known routes. Link routes, variants and extensions also described.


Four winter-only routes; all others possible at any time of year, although heavy rain and higher than usual water levels will affect some scrambles


Most scrambles in this guidebook are within easy reach of Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester. Local centres could be Edale, Crowden, Hayfield, Greenfield.


Routes are graded 1 to 3 in order of increasing difficulty (from 'scrambly' walks to moderate/difficult rock climbs). Easy scrambles are suitable for adventurous walkers with good fitness and navigation skills, harder routes require some rock climbing experience. In winter conditions, Scottish winter grades 1-2/3 apply and crampons and ice axes will be needed.

Must See

Kinder Downfall and the ravine; Ashop Clough and its gullies; Bleaklow via Ashton Clough; Torside Gully; Wildboar Clough; the Wilderness Gullies - all are good scrambles at any time of year. Mam Tor and Back Tor gullies are local winter classics.
22 Aug 2018
3 Sept 2021
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.15cm

A guidebook to 41 scrambles in the Peak District National Park. Covering the Dark Peak and Roaches areas, the routes are graded 1–3 and range from those that are suitable for adventurous walkers to harder routes that require some climbing experience.

Alongside a route description, information on approach, link routes, variants and extensions is provided allowing the routes to be adapted to suit you.

  • 1:25,000 OS maps are included for each route
  • Four winter routes are described including Mam Tor and Black Tor gullies
  • Easy access from Manchester and Sheffield
  • Local points of interest include Kinder Scout and Bleaklow
  • Advice on equipment, access and conservation restrictions

Table of Contents
Terry Sleaford Cicerone author SLEAFORD

By Terry Sleaford

Terry was 23 years old when he climbed his first routes in the Peak District and his climbing career soon peaked at leading v.diffs! After a few years of being dragged up harder routes, he decided that the life of a 'crag rat' was not for him. A weekend in Snowdonia in the late 1970s opened his eyes to other possibilities and he began to restrict his climbing activity to trips to Wales, the Lakes and the highlands and islands of Scotland, gradually extending his skills to include winter snow and ice-climbing. As he got older, the combination of a walk into the mountains, followed by a few hundred feet of steady scrambling to reach the summit, became his idea of a good day out. Over the past 45 years he has spent many a day on the crags and moors of the Peak District.

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Tom Corker Cicerone author CORKER

By Tom Corker

Tom has been walking and climbing in the Peak District for over 50 years as well as having extensive Alpine and British mountaineering experience in both summer and winter. He has developed a great affection for these Moorland places at all times of the year and in all weathers. Alone, or with friends, he has realised how varied and interesting are the opportunities for having great 'hands-on' fun using all the skills used in the bigger mountains.

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