BASLOW


Baslow is a quiet little backwater, lacking any of the great classics of its near neighbours. It has long been a neglected venue, mainly frequented by explorers looking for an escape from the busy cliffs further north. Despite this, Baslow is worthy of a visit for a little peace and quiet. The edge consists of a scattered set of buttresses, and the occasional small quarry, stretched out over more than a kilometre of hillside. The outlook is pleasant and in the autumn the slope below the cliff is loaded with bilberries. There a decent selection of low grade routes here, but awkward access along the base of the cliff (in places) and occasionally difficulties in locating solid belays above the cliff, plus a smattering of loose rock means that the place is not as ideal for beginners as it first appears.

Routes

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
Roadside Buttresses
A series of short faces across a broken hillside. Although not great individually, together they...
15
Trad
Early morning sun
Level

5 mins

Windy
Flying Crag Area
The most significant piece of rock at this end of the cliff is a north-facing wall capped on the...
12
Trad
Early morning sun
Level

7 mins

Windy
Quarry Wall Area
A couple of short walls, one natural and one quarried, with some small climbs and a bit of...
13
Trad
Early morning sun
Level

7 mins

Windy
Gullies Wall
The most popular and nicest part of the cliff - a series of short slabby walls and cracks with an...
21
Trad
No sun
Up and down

0 mins

Windy
Central Walls
The central section of Baslow has a few things of interest - there is nothing major here but the...
33
Trad
Early morning sun
Level

8 mins

Windy
Index Climb
Approach (see map on page 440) - 200m right of Larceny Wall a prominent lozenge-shaped block stands...
4
Trad
Early morning sun
Level

15 mins

Windy
In the Woods
The crag leaves one of its best bits until last - a couple of well-sheltered buttresses, which are...
17
Trad
Early morning sun
Level

20 mins

sheltered
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