RIVELIN


The low-level, south-facing outcrop of Rivelin Edge was once ignored because of its reputation for midges and tree-shrouded greenery. It is now widely known that it is sheltered enough to be a great venue in the winter and the quick and easy approach (it is inside the Sheffield city boundary) makes it popular when time is short. It is possibe to finish work and nip out for an ascent of the Needle before the sun sets. Alternatively grab the opportunity on a beautiful winter's day to have a go at one of the big aretes or blank walls whilst the friction is good. The central area of the cliff, near the Rivelin Needle, has the highest quality concentration of good routes but hidden away to either side are some gems across the grades. The place is well worth several trips; Rivelin no longer plays second fiddle to some of its more illustrious brethren.

Routes

3 boulder problems (Diff...HVS)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Birch Buttress
Tucked away on the far left-hand side of the natural edge is a pleasant slabby buttress and a...
10
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
White House Buttress
A secluded buttress with a mixture of old fashioned crack climbs and more modern stuff up the blank...
11
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
Kremlin Krack
The left end of the main section of the cliff is a steep bay bounded on the right by a pleasant...
16
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
Blizzard Ridge
A fine arete gives one of the cliff's classic HVS routes, though it is a bit of a bold one. There...
18
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
Rivelin Needle
Standing proudly in front of the cliff is the fine obelisk of the Rivelin Needle, one of grit's...
8
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
Face Climb
Behind the Needle is a low wall with some shorter climbs. They are mostly tricky to protect.
12
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
The Brush Off
To the right of the clean, quarried wall behind the Rivelin Needle is the fine slabby face of The...
15
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

12 mins

sheltered
Plague and Auto da Fe
A couple of good buttresses; the left-hand one has a pair of highly technical outings both...
14
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

15 mins

sheltered
Wilkinson's Wall
A small set of indifferent routes and a bit of bouldering just round from the impressive arete of...
12
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

15 mins

sheltered
Roof Route
The edge continues with an impressive buttress offering some great challenges which are rarely...
11
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

15 mins

sheltered
Altar Crack
Rivelin winds up with this fine little buttress. Altar Crack and Nonsuch are great crack climbs,...
11
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

15 mins

sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For RIVELIN

    Jonad Rib
    "If you have microcams HS 4a, if not HVS 4a? No other proper gear till 3/4 way up..." 27/May

    April Fool
    "Line in the Fax guide seems too far left, ignore this? Protectable enough with s..." 09/Mar

    Altar Crack
    "What you see is what you get! A full on layback well beyond the easy gear. Eith..." 05/Mar

    Crack One
    "easy low down, felt hard at the top, the loose jug doesnt help. Harder than S4a" 03/Mar

    Croton Oil
    "Quite committing near the top, but some nice gear in the slightly smooth cracks...." 29/Jan top50

    Croton Oil
    "just wish it had scraped into K Wilsons hard rock because it is just as good as ..." 09/Jan top50

    Oversight
    "I agree: somewhere in between VS 4c & the Severe 4a it gets on the UKC datab..." 09/Jan

    Easy Picking
    "I think the start can be done at 6a (I did a more obvious but 6b method on the l..." 06/Nov

    Easy Picking
    "Great little route, full on E2!" 29/Oct

    Ausfahrt
    "Rather bold (the lovely moves on the upper wall are unprotected), but only 5b; s..." 19/Oct

    The Spiral Route
    "A good adventure. I regret trying to do it in one pitch. By the time I was at th..." 27/Jul

    Angst
    "The top out isn't the rounded horror show the guidebook makes it sound like. Bom..." 04/Jul

    Nonsuch
    "So hard! Terrazza Crack, Surgeon's Saunter etc are hard at HVS, but this is a jo..." 16/May

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