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Peak District Rock Climbing

The Peak District is ideal for the sport of rock climbing, and it has become so popular that there are literally thousands of climbers in the crags on a good weekend.  Gritstone and limestone crags are so numerous throughout the Peak District that you will be hard pressed to find listings of them all.  There are climbing venues which are suitable for all levels of climbers in the Peak District.  Climbing in the Peak District has been practiced at least since the 18th century, and at present there are over 10,000 routes.  Rock climbing in the Peak District is a great way to spend a day or even an entire holiday, for those who are avid climbers. 

If you are not as experienced but would still like to have a rock climbing adventure in the Peak District, there are a number of options for you.  Many outdoor and adventure centres run rock climbing days and courses which will provide you with a great experience whatever your climbing level is.  Most of these centres will work closely with you and / or your group to make sure they are delivering a program which is suitable for the skill levels of those involved.  You can usually book a rock climbing adventure for a full day, a half day, or multi days.  Blue Mountain Activities is one provider who will arrange rock climbing as part of a variety of outdoor adventures for you or your group.  Pure Outdoor is another organization which runs rock climbing courses and has a very low teacher to student ratio, so beginners will get a lot of extra attention.  Peak Activities Ltd runs two-day courses for beginners through advanced, tailoring the instruction to the needs of the group.

Because the Peak District has some of the most challenging climbing routes, many world-class climbers live in and around the area.  It gives them the perfect opportunity to hone their skills on a year round basis.  Any time of year is generally considered a good season for rock climbing in the Peak District, although it is imperative that climbers keep abreast of weather conditions.  Very snowy or icy conditions are not conducive to rock climbing.  The British Mountaineering Council is a good source of information when you are planning a climb in the Peak District.  They will provide information on the crags themselves, access, restrictions, and other types of advice valuable for climbers. 

The best known crag in the Peak District is a gritstone crag known as Stanage Edge.  It is large enough to accommodate hundreds of climbers on the weekends.  However, if you prefer a quieter climb, there are myriad smaller and more remote crags and boulders for a great day out.  If you are just beginning, consider climbing Burbage North and Birchen Edge, which are excellent crags for beginners. 

Whatever motivates you to get out and climb the crags, the Peak District is the ideal venue for you.  Whether you are spending an entire holiday climbing the rocks or just want an exciting, adventurous day out, you will find it here in the Peak District.  Experience the outdoors and enjoy a rock climbing adventure in the Peak District today.

Thu Jun 09 12:11:17 GMT 2011
There is a good reason they call it Stanage popular end. With a good amount of parking, a short walk up the hill and a great set of routes all at an amenable grade this section of Grit Stone probably sees more traffic than any of its neighbours. Its popularity shouldn’t mean you should avoid it, as its popular for good reason but a tactical...

Thu Apr 28 15:48:46 GMT 2011
Its 5pm and your already out of the office and in the car heading out to the Peak ready for some hard earned climbing time! Stanage, “Apparent north” is the destination and a short walk in equipped with only a bouldering pad leads you to your escape and some less frequently visited gems.      This...

Thu Apr 14 13:23:14 GMT 2011
  The 4th article in the series from Pure Outdoor is on accessiblilty for people coming out to get stuck into some of the countried finest rock climbing. Perhaps you do not own a vehicle or you fancy using public transport as a cost effective and environmentally sounds way of getting to and from te crags. Afterall, if you don't smash...

Tue Mar 29 12:36:37 GMT 2011
  Location One of the nearest crags to Sheffield . It is mostly short in height but provides a delight of routes or High boulder problems. It is easily accessed from car parking at Burbage Bridge (SK264826) and is a very short walk in along a bridleway 2mins to the first buttress or 10/15 to the furthest climbing . The crag is...

Fri Mar 18 10:31:32 GMT 2011
  The third article in the Pure Outdoor series and this week we are looking at setting up good quality belays on gritstone crags. You have just topped out after climbing your first Peak District rock climb. If you are used to climbing in different areas with an abundance of anchors, trees or at complex crags without a 'flat...

Tue Mar 15 09:49:51 GMT 2011
It is yet another beautiful day here in the Peak District and as we are slowly turning toward the summer with longer days and dry crags. This weekend at Pure Outdoor we were running a hillwalking and navigation course and our first rock climbing course of the season so it is certainly time to make summer plans. Today however we are...

Fri Mar 11 10:49:17 GMT 2011
It was a beautiful day from the office that overlooks the Peak this morning. Time to leave the computer alone and get out climbing for the afternoon. At PureOutdoor we are lucky enough to get out climbing in the Peak Distric t for work and play, but when the phone rings and it is time to go climbing, where do you go? This article is...

Fri Feb 04 15:30:36 GMT 2011
About Will Legon   Formerly Mr Legon (maths teacher), Captain Legon (Territorial Army officer) and sometimes that loud-mouth Legon (my mates), and now just Will Legon, I am a mountain leader and a qualified single pitch award holder taking people walking and rock climbing within the UK and overseas. Never too serious, but...

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