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Peak District's Best Climbing

Peak District named in Red Bull’s world best climbing locations

Peak District named in Red Bull’s world best climbing locations. Energy drink Red Bull’s association with extreme sports goes back many years. The brand’s influence in extreme sports includes windsurfing, cliff diving, rock climbing, Formula One, and even its own Air Racing series which has taken the world by storm.

The latest list from the cool brand features the Peak District – named in the top 12 best locations for climbing in the world.

Red Bull says it’s no coincidence many of Europe’s best climbers call towns close to the Peak District home. What’s more, there are more than 10,000 recorded climbs in our region.

So where is best to climb?

Stanage Edge

According to Red Bull, Stanage Edge is the best location. The cliff itself extends to a maximum of 458 metres above sea level.

The face of the cliff has been eroded over time by a combination of quarrying and natural erosion by the elements so is extremely rugged.  This provides the face with numerous holes making it perfect for climbing.  It is, in fact, the most popular location for climbing within the Peak District.

The cliff edge itself extends almost four miles from the Cowper Stone to Stanage End.  There is a series of different cliffs on the Northern edge which include a number of well-known climbing spots.  These include Burbage Rocks, Froggatt Edge, Baslow Edge and Birchen Edge.  Many of the climbing routes have only been opened up in recent years due to right-to-roam land access laws.  These include the famous Cowper Stone.

Ideas for beginnings

For the younger kids and beginners, Burbage South Boulders has plenty of boulders to climb over. The primary benefit of Burbage South is the wide variety of difficulties, it will make a great day out for the whole family. You can park on the A6187 on the roadside and from there it is an almost entirely flat short walk to reach the boulders. For the little ones, there are a variety of smaller boulders to climb over and hang onto, for the older ones – a small walk away – is the south edge with mid to high grades. The flat surroundings make it ideal for a picnic with beautiful landscapes and views.

Climbing courses

If you’ve never climbed before you’ll want to take advice from the professionals. Pure Outdoor has been delivering climbing courses for more than 10 years.

They are based in the heart of the Peak District climbing scene, surrounded by the famous gritstone outcrops of Stanage, Burbage, Froggatt, Millstone and many more, not to mention easy access to limestone crags and quarries. They are experts in the delivery of climbing courses from taster days to bouldering courses and lead climbing courses through to instructor qualifications.

Wheeldon Trees Cottages – stay with us while you climb 

Wheeldon Trees offers chocolate box cottages in the stunning Peak District National Park. In addition, free EV charging, free electric bikes, an honesty shop and amazing views in our 12 acres of Peak District National Park. Above all else, luxurious Derbyshire cottages. Wheeldon Trees is packed full of amenities and is currently in the running for the Peak District and Derbyshire Tourism Awards‘ best self-catering accommodation.

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