The Embankment

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Sport
Early morning sun
20 mins
Downhill
Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Sheltered

The Embankment was transformed during the late '80s into the first of the true sport crags in the Peak. Over the years the original gear has been replaced and reaching the first bolt is no longer such an ordeal. The drawback is that some of the routes are now very polished and most of the original holds have gone!

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Unzipping the Wild Physique
The right-hand arete of the tunnel entrance gives Chee Dale's easiest sport route. No lower-off.
2 user comments
 4c
2
Rampant
All the ramps have been climbed but the 4th one has a limestone headwall.
 S
3
The World According to Tommy Trout
Loose and seldom climbed. From the first rest on Hungry Eyes, swing left under a bolt. Make a hard move up into a groove then...
1 user comment
 
Loose
6c+
4
Hungry Eyes
Climb the fingery wall to a rest in the recess; then tackle the flake and layaways to a jug at the top. Move left and pull up...
6 user comments
 
2 Stars
7a+
5
Beef It
From the niche of Hungry Eyes, reach up and start an excellent sequence of cross-throughs until the lower-off is reached well...
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Strong
7b
6
Secret Gudgeon Society
The line trends right in its upper section along a vague overlap. Finish straight up to the lower-off. Polished.
3 user comments
 
2 Stars
Strong
7b
7
Stone the Loach
The hardest of the set has a very taxing middle section using crimps and side pulls.
7 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
7c
8
Mind of a Turbot
A typical Embankment route; a fiddly lower wall then a rest at the break followed by a bit of a pull onto the headwall.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
7b
9
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Just left of the central groove. Getting to the overlap at the break is okay then a reachy pull provides the main difficulties....
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
6c+
10
Arachonothera Direct
The easiest route up the buttress. Climb the wall to enter the groove which is more awkward than it looks. Finish with a...
5 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
6b+
11
Prawnography
A squeezed-in line just right of the groove gives surprisingly independent climbing even though you use holds on the adjacent...
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
6c
12
Bream in Black
The old warm-up route has shed some holds and become harder and more sustained and so less popular.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
7a+
13
Breamtime
The central line of the wall gains the arch-overlap from below and left. The move past the bolt at the break stops many...
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Strong
7a+
14
The Barracuda Bass Sound
Climb direct to the break and pull over to a junction with Breamtime. Finish over the arch. Pumpy and high in the grade.
6 user comments
 
1 Stars
7a+
15
Pump up The Bass
A variation finish over the right side of the roof.
 7a+
16
No Hiding Plaice
A quality sport route. Climb to the break then pull right into a crack which leads to the right-hand end of the overlap. Finish...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
7a+
17
Sturgeon in the Cupboard Top 50
A good hard route. It follows a big 'S' shape up the wall around the small bulge requiring some big pulls on small sharp holds....
12 user comments
 
2 Stars
Strong
7c
18
Whiting on the Wall
A direct version of Sturgeon is high in the grade. Not a great route as it uses the polished footholds on Sturgeon as...
 
Technical
Strong
7c
19
The Black Widow
The big beefy corner that bounds the wall never gets done.
 
Graunchy
E1
20
Silence of the Clams
Up to and over the small fish-tail roof right of the corner. The final moves provide the main difficulties.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Strong
7a
21
Future Paradox
Take the right-hand side of the fish-tail to the same lower-off as Clams. Rarely done.
 E3
22
Over the Rainbow Trout
A crooked line but with some good moves.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
6c+
23
Night of the Guppy
The sustained bulges just left of the big hanging corner give a short, but power-packed, pitch. It has shed some holds and is...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Strong
7b
24
The Red Spider
The steep and neglected hanging groove to a grotty exit.
 E3
25
Lamprey on Ice
A poor eliminate squeezed up the rib right of Guppy. Undercut right across the initial roof to a rest, then pull back left and...
 
Strong
7a+
26
The Zander Welfare Club
A steep line up the wall right of the groove. Climb through the bulge to better holds then move up right to a jug. Stand on...
 
1 Stars
Strong
7b
27
Red Snapper Meets the Dog Fish
A unlikely-looking climb up the left-hand side of the steep bulging recess. In the end there is only the one hard pull but the...
 
1 Stars
7a+
28
Name That Tuna
The enticing groove above the right-hand side of the recess is very hard to reach. Once there, the bolts leads up the left...
 
1 Stars
Technical
Strong
7b+
29
Garfish Serenade
An eliminate up the rib right of Name That Tuna. The initial wall is hard and often dynamic. Higher up it needs a fingery pull.
 
Technical
7a+
30
The Open Secret
The impressive hanging groove is desperate to enter past a bolt runner. It is likely that the rock needs care since it sees few...
7 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Strong
E5
31
Fragile Earth
An unlikely looking and rarely repeated line following some thin flakes to the right of the groove of Open Secret.
 
Technical
E5
32
Something Fishy
The desperate fingery wall just left of the ivy shroud.
 
Technical
7c
33
Fishing Without a Licence
Good technical climbing up through the short hanging scoop which is hard for most of its length. The route needs traffic to...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
7c
34
Barefoot in a Pool of Sharks
An excellent route which deserves more traffic. The bulge is hard but above that a reachy move and a hard rock-over provide the...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Technical
Strong
7b+
35
Kiss the Mackerel
A short and desperate route. The initial bulge is awkward and above that comes a reach that stops many.
 
1 Stars
7c
36
The Life of a Stickleback
Another short, desperate route starting up the slope. Use a jug to start a horrendous sequence up the technical wall.
 
Technical
7b+
37
Minnows as a Substitute for White Bait
A curious traverse along the top break which gives an entertaining pitch (and useful for sneaking a quick look at the harder...
 
1 Stars
6c