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Climbing in Castleton

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Castleton may be surrounded by wondrous and fascinating rock faces (the huge cliff above Peak Cavern, large crags in Winnats Pass and a big rock face on Mam Tor), but unfortunately it doesn’t make for ideal rock climbing conditions. The majority of the Castleton rock is of very poor quality and is often very loose, Mam Tor being the obvious example, so there is little or no rock climbing in Castleton itself

Nevertheless,there is a fantasticrange of excellent rock climbing opportunities near to Castleton, so the rock climber need not do without when staying in Castleton. The majorityof the major gritstone edges of the Peak District and many of the limestone crags of theWhitePeakallow rock climbing.

The most renowned of the gritstone edges is Stanage, which has over 400 climbing routes of all grades and expertise. Most weekends this is extremely busywith climbers of all abilities.Froggatt, Millstone and other several gritstone edges are also within easy reach, and there is more climbing of this type on the high edges of Kinder Scout.The limestone crags of Ravenstor, Chee Tor, Ravensdale and Water-cum-Jolly are all within a short drive and offer a range of a series of more difficult routes.

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