Sun 11th Jun, 2023

Shining Clough

Rory Marsden

The Western Grit guide describes Shining Clough as “the finest of the cliffs that fall under the banner of the Bleaklow area” and who am I to disagree!


The walk in is about an hour, but take it steady and you will be rewarded by arriving warmed up and ready to get stuck into the fantastic routes on offer. Via Principia (S) is a sensational three star route that is worth the walk in alone. Phoenix Climb (VS), Pisa Super Direct (HVS) and East Rib (HVS) are also stunning three star routes and thanks to that walk in you have a decent chance of having them all to yourself. There are 25 routes listed on UKC up to V Diff and they carry on up to E6 for those who can manage.


If the weather forecast is still then midge repellant is almost essential. Many of the routes have excellent jamming sections, crack gloves at your own preference.


Heading towards Sheffield on the Woodhead Pass turn right on the B6105. Cross the damn wall and park at the west end of the Woodhead Reservoir. There have been access issues in the past so please follow the approach instructions in Western Grit.


 See you there.

Rory Marsden

Intending to Attend:
Daniel Arrowsmith
Edward Courtnell
Paul Lonsdale
Dylan Smith
Lewis Stonehouse
Mimi Mcnaull
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