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

78 trad routes (M...E6)
2 boulder problems (f5...f6B)
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...
13
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...
10
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...
8
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...
17
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...
14
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...
14
Trad
Early morning sun
Level

20 mins

sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For BASLOW

    Pensionerís 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

    Hot Ziggerty
    "good highball font 6c" 25/Aug

    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

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