Western Grit

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Western Grit covers the fabulous gritstone and sandstone crags of ranging from the popular Staffordshire edges of the Roaches, Hen Cloud and Ramshaw up onto the remote Kinder and Bleaklow moorland crags. Also contained are the superb Chew Valley edges, the best of the Lancashire crags and the fine sandstone buttresses on Merseyside of Helsby, Pex Hill and Frodsham.

Categories: , Style: Location: Northern England, Peak DistrictAuthors: Chris Craggs

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Staffordshire remains far and away the most popular of the main areas covered in Western Grit with the celebrated trio of the Roaches, Hen Cloud and Ramshaw Rocks always being busy. The smaller crags of Windgather and Castle Naze are also popular, sat in glorious surroundings with many fine lower grade climbs. 

The moors of Kinder Scout and Bleaklow feature rugged grit that is often an hour or so from the road. Meeting another team on these wild and lofty cliffs is unusual and they are perfect summer venues for when you need to get away from it all. The Chew Valley has an array of fine cliffs high above the reservoirs with superb settings, good rock and no crowds. Sadly the choice venue of Wimberry faces north and is often green, however the sunnier outcrops such as Alderman or Standing Stones offer more reliable conditions with the same appealing moorland vista. 

Lancashire has some good climbing but visitors from afar remain rare. The quarries have a rogue reputation but they are home to some first-rate routes, it is just a matter of choosing your time and venue to match the weather. We have added a few extra cliffs to broaden the appeal of the area – give them a try, you might be pleasantly surprised. 

The Cheshire sandstone outcrops have a rich history with Helsby being climbed on since the start of the 1900s. Frodsham and Pex Hill both give excellent bouldering on attractive sandstone, perfect for an evening or weekend workout.

Staffordshire
The Roaches, Hen Cloud, Ramshaw, Newstones, Baldstones

Windgather Area
Windgather, Castle Naze, New Mills Tor

Kinder
Kinder South, Kinder North, Kinder Downfall

Bleaklow and Longdendale
Shining Clough, Laddow, Tintwistle Knarr, Hobson Moor

Chew Valley
Wimberry, Wilderness Rocks, Dovestones Edge, Ravenstones, Standing Stones, Upperwood Quarry, Alderman, Running Hill Pits, Den Lane

Lancashire
Denham, Anglezarke, Wilton 1, 2 and 3, Brownstones, Egerton Quarry, Cadshaw Castle Rocks, Summit Quarry, Blackstone Edge, Cow's Mouth Quarry

Cheshire
Helsby, Frodsham, Pex Hill
Published

April 2009

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ISBN

978-1-873341-22-3

Rockfax Number

Fax29

2 reviews for Western Grit

  1. Chris Sims

    Rockfax seem to do a new addition their guides every few years and they have all been a stepwise improvement. I don’t want to fall into the same trap as the US Patent Commissioner in c1900 who (allegedly) said that “Everything that can be invented, has been invented”, however, I really don’t know where Rockfax can go next with this one… it completely closes the chapter on Western Grit. Job done and done excellently.

  2. Donough O’Keeffe

    Irish Mountain Log Book Review

    RockFax guides seem to improve with every edition … to the current excellent productions. I found this RockFax publication to be not only a great guidebook for use once you reach the area but also a great help to get one motivated. I may have to dust off the harness and book a budget flight!

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