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

95 trad routes (M...E6)
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...
9
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...
9
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...
19
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...
23
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...
16
Trad
Early morning sun
Level

20 mins

sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For BASLOW

    Pensioner's Bulge
    "A good 5b problem." 31/Aug

    Fingers Crack
    "For me the direct finish felt closer to 5b than the 5a it gets in the definitive..." 17/Jan

    Grounded Bees
    "Should also be a boulder grade at V0 (5a)" 20/Mar

    Gully Wall
    "Avoiding the loose block needs a bit of a stretch and the top out, while on good..." 31/Aug

    Social Climber
    "Couldn't work this out at this grade. Very thin move above gear to reach the poc..." 14/Apr

    Broken Buttress
    "I agree, the step up onto the block is harder than the slab, still only Diff tho..." 18/Mar

    Death to Khomeini
    "Probably HS 4b if you trust the thread in the creaky flake! In which case a sid..." 06/Oct

    Broken Buttress
    "The 1965 Froggatt guide has this route, and suggests that the majority of its Ba..." 22/Jun

    Wasted Youth
    "Apparently I got the wrong Hannon - right name, grade and FA date but it was And..." 22/Nov

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