Bill Birch and Rick Gibbon discovered this little quarried face at the north-western
end of Chee Dale, they truly found one of the best arenas for lower grade sports
climbing in the Peak District, so much so that this has become extremely popular
with the climbing fraternity. Of course controversy was to follow, doesnt
it always, in the form of Ken Wilson and his anti-bolt campaign but in reality
this has to be seen to be unjustified: the cliff was new, discovered by two climbers
who were prepared to put the hard work in which has warranted the bolting of the
place. Just ask the climbers who have visited the cliff to enjoy its climbs.
perfect venue for the climber at the lower limit of the sports climbing grade.
Nearly all the routes are in the 6a-6c category with only two above and perfectly
Care is required in gaining access to the cliff as it necessitates crossing the old quarry railway from Great Rocks Dale to Buxton. This is comparatively harmless and only takes five minutes from the old disused railway track at the western of Chee Dale (actually at the bottom of the hill from the Topley Pike parking area)
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