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Climbing at Frogatt and Curbar

Some of the best gritstone climbing in England can be found on the escarpment known as Frogatt. This lies on the Eastern edge of the Derwent Valley.OS Ref 250765. The climbs vary from the classic VS routes such as Valkyrie to the desperates slabs like Hareless Heart (E5 ). You can tackle thin slabs such as Brown's eliminate (E2) or have a tussle with a steep hand jam crack such as Two Pitch Route (HVS). A good selection of wires and friends are useful, select what you need for each route. It becomes very busy at the weekends, with hundreds of climbers merging with the families out for a walk, wilderness it is not! An early start is recommended. The whole cliff faces SW so evening climbing, and winter climbing is good. Part of the attraction to the area is a visit to one of the local climbing cafes. Longlands at Hathersage or the legendary Grindleford Cafe, basic and cheap in the old railway station. Many guidebooks are now available, and also guides to the many "problems" scattered around on the boulders.

Left - Two Pitch Route - Right Chequers Butress - HVS

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Brown's Eliminate


Curbar Edge


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