Peak District Climbing - Grit Stone, Best Starter Crags

Updated: Jan 21, 2019

Grit Stone Climbing in the Peak is amazing. Grit stone is one of the most varied rock types in the world. Due to it actually being a type of very hard sandstone, over thousands of years it has been eroded by the weather into incredibly unique shapes and thus creates some of the best and most interesting climbing in the UK. It has been dubbed 'Gods own rock' and has attracted world class climbers for years to come over and test their skills on this truly unique rock type. Grit Stone not only provides amazing Traditional climbing but also a life times worth of bouldering and if all that doesn't sound great enough already, it is incredibly accessible as most of the crags are only 5 mins walking distance from a car.

Our Top 5 Crags to visit....

1. The Roaches, Staffordshire - Guidebook Rockfax Western Grit

2. Stanage, Derbyshire - Guidebook BMC Stanage

3. Burbage, Sheffield - Guidebook Rockfax Eastern Grit

4. Lawrencefield, sheffield - Guidebook Rockfax Eastern Grit

5. Windgather, Cheshire - Guidebook Rockfax Western Grit

All these crags will allow endless amounts of climbing fun and the guidebooks recommended will give you all the routes and information needed to explore these areas. All but Windgather offer bouldering and trad climbing, however Windgather is without doubt the best crag to start learning those trad skills. Any advice anyone needs about visiting these crags please fell free to message. Happy crushing!

The PCS Team

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