Sat 19th Jun, 2021

Kinder downfall

Gareth Williams

Update 22 May 2021:
The BMC RAD shows a bird ban in place until 30 June. The restriction applies to all routes in the Ampitheatre Area of Kinder Downfall (ie from The Owl Of Minerva to The Downfall Climb p56-p64 in Over The Moors) to prevent disturbance to nesting birds. We will be avoiding those routes, but there is plenty of top quality climbing that's not affected by the ban.



You’ve probably only thought of Kinder Downfall as a venue to climb when it’s “in” winter condition and frozen solid, but in fact there is plenty of quality rock to go at too. There are *** and Top50 gritstone classics across the grades and plenty of climbing/hillwalking history. The crag is extensive, split into a number of buttresses along the edge of the kinder plateau. It is generally very quiet with climbers, though you might have an audience as it’s a popular place for hill walkers. Even if the weather is poor, there are walking and scrambling options, so we shall find something to do.

The approach is fairly long, but a very pleasant walk. I will aim to set off from the Bowden Bridge car park (P&D, but free on the road) in Hayfield (SK22 2LH) at 9am (check for any changes to this on the website nearer the time). For those interested in making a full weekend of it, there are opportunities to do so, please get in touch with the meet leader.

Gareth Williams

Please note:
Due to Covid restrictions many meets have been cancelled and remaining meets are members only. Please check back after the restrictions are lifted.

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