Rock Climbing In the Peak District – Yarncliffe Quarry and Birchens Edge

Yarncliffe Quarry Climbing

After looking at the weather forecast decided to go rock climbing for the day with Dave H on the gritstone cliffs Yarncliffe Quarry and Birchens Edge, near Hathersage.

Climbing in Yarncliffe Quarry

rock climbing Yarncliffe QuarryThe weather forecast was reasonable, so we decided to go rock climbing on the Gritstone at Yarncliffe Quarry and Birchens as these are sheltered locations. The cliffs have a selection of fine climbing routes some which are classic.

Ar Yarncliffe Quarry Dave H led first up ‘Ant Crack’ a severe climb which is his favourite route. I then led the classic route ‘Latecomer’.  We total climbed up to 11 routes varying in grade from ‘Severe’, to Hard and ‘Very  Severe’.

Climbing on Birchen Edge

After lunch, we moved onto Birchen Edge which was very quiet. Birchen Edge is a gritstone rock face in the Peak District, England, popular with walkers and climbers, it’s a very popular climbing location as most of the routes are in the lower grade.rock climbing on Birchen Edge

Dave H led Victory Crack which was bit of a struggle. I then led Sail Buttress a Classic Rock route. Having completed 13 routes in the day we decided that was enough.

Here at Aspire adventure activities we are always practising our skills and looking for new and exciting routes to use with our customers.  Furthermore, it’s essential to remain familiar with the local conditions because rock faces change and can become damaged or obstructed.

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David Matthews is a qualified teacher having a BEd degree in Outdoor Education and has been involved in working with groups through outdoor activities for 25 years.