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 out aheap of routes in a day you may end up driving a long way and using a lot of fuel for very few verticle miles.
1) Rail Access
The Peak District is home of the TransPennine Sheffield - Manchester railway. Fortunately for us it stops in the village of Grindleford, Hathersage, Bamford, Hope, Edale and New Mills all which boast excellent rock climbing opportunities. Get a rail link from Manchester or Sheffield (only 2 hours from London) and be in the middle of the Peak District at lunchtime from an early start in the big smoke.
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Get the train to Grindleford Upper Padley station and with a short walk you can get amongst the grit crags of Yarncliffe and Froggatt. For Stanage, Burbage, Millstone and Higgar get off at Hathersage. The aptly named Bamford stop gives you access to Bamford Edge with Hope and Edale giving a hike up and over to the remote crags and bouldering on Kinder. Getting off at New Mills? Check out the ever-dry crag under the viaduct!
2) The Stanage Bus
Car Park's fill up really fast in the Peak from Easter through to the end of August. By taking the Stanage bus you needen't worry about it. Taking climbers, walkers and cyclists from Sheffield to the Peak is on offer most Sundays during summer. Want to know more? Nothing a quick 'google' won't sort out for you.
3) On Yer Bike
Main line to Sheffield on the train... Or staying in the city? A beautiful ride from the hilly city can get you to the Eastern most part of the Eastern Grit routes and you can have a good day out soloing or bouldering at Burbage North or South. You could turn this into a fun adventure. Imagine the even funnier looks you will get with a bouldering mat on your bke whilst riding a bike (we do not endorse this).
4) Make your visit count
Get your fix in one hit by going hard for a day. Why not get in touch with Pure Outdor to show you the best routes and take you around some of the Peak Districts classic rock climbing routes. If you are without car we can fill the Pure Outdoor van up and visit several crags giving you a fantastic tour of the local venues.
5) Share the ride.
Some popular climbing forums on the internet have car-sharing networks. See who is going where or post up your trip and maybe somebody will share the cost of fuel with you. You may just find some van driving climbing-type will be more than happy to bung your bouldering mats in the back and whizz you down the road, it is amazing how many courses we have run where it has turned out that a couple of people on the course are from the same town/area.
Pure Outdoor offers courses in Rock Climbing from 'Learn to Lead Climb' through to 'Beginner Taster' days and 'Improvised Rescue for Climbers' courses. If all of the above sounds good but you know that in practice you may need a bit of direction. Take a look at PureOutdoor or give us a call on 01143608007.
This report is one of a series coming in the next few months from Guy Wilson - Mountaineering Instructor and Company Director of Pure Outdoor. Pure Outdoor offer guidance in Rock Climbing, Hillwalking, Mountaineering and Scrambling. Based in the UK but operate country wide could have something that can get your climbing on track. To speak to Guy or the team call 0114 3608007 or visit Pure Outdoor