RIVELIN


The low-level, south-facing outcrop of Rivelin Edge is often ignored because of a rogue reputation for midges and greenery. Whilst this can be true on a hot summer\'s day, in autumn and winter the cliff comes into its own, getting all the sun that is going, drying rapidly and being sheltered enough to be climbable when the other edges are a frozen, wind-blasted wasteland. The simple approach and the fact that it is inside the Sheffield city boundary makes it a popular quick-hit-crag when time is short. There is the possibility to finish work and nip out for an ascent of the Needle before the sun sets; alternatively grab the opportunity of 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, around the Rivelin Needle, has the highest quality concentration but hidden away in the trees are some real gems across the grade range. Overall the place is well worth a few trips and after each visit it is likely that you will have spotted another excellent route to aim for next time.

Routes

119 trad routes (D...E6)
8 boulder problems (V3...V8)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
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Approach walk Other Page
Birch Buttress
Tucked away on the far left-hand side of the natural edge (and just before the Lost World of the...
10
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

12 mins

sheltered
58
White House Buttress
A secluded buttress with ten routes, a mixture of good old fashioned crack climbs and much more...
11
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

12 mins

sheltered
59
Kremlin Krack
The left-hand end of the main section of the cliff is a steep bay bounded on the right by some...
23
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
60
Blizzard Ridge
A fine arete gives one of the cliff's classic HVS routes, albeit a bit of a bold one. There are...
10
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
62
The Rivelin Needle
Standing proudly in front of the main cliff is the fine obelisk of the Rivelin Needle, one of...
8
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
63
Face Climb
The long low wall of once quarried rock behind The Needle has a few popular easier routes and some...
12
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

64
The Brush Off
Across the bay to the right of the clean, quarried wall behind the Rivelin Needle is the fine...
8
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

12 mins

sheltered
65
Plague and Auto da Fe
A couple of buttresses with a pair of highly technical outings both protected by one of the last...
24
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

12 mins

sheltered
66
Roof Route
The edge continues to an impressive buttress offering some great challenges which are rarely busy....
13
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

sheltered
68
Altar Crack Area
Rivelin finishes off with a fine buttress, Altar Crack and Nonsuch are fine crack climbs, very...
8
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

sheltered
69
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  • Latest Comments

    For RIVELIN

    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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