AGDEN ROCHER


Esoteric is the best adjective to use for Agden. The cliff isn't composed of gritstone but a coal measures sandstone formed by a landslip in the geologically recent past, which accounts for the blocky, loose and unweathered nature of much of the cliff. On the plus side, the setting is sublime and the cliff is almost always quiet. There are over 100 recorded climbs here but many of them are poor; loose, vegetated or downright dangerous. We have included a selection of the best and most popular. The routes have a big feel, which makes a nice change from much of the climbing on offer in the Peak, though be warned that you WILL encounter vegetation and dubious rock - so come prepared - some care is required to climb safely here.

Routes

50 trad routes (VD...E4)
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
Great Wall
The most impressive section of the cliff has a reasonable set of climbs BUT, like elsewhere, there...
8
Trad
Sun and shade
Level

10 mins

sheltered
The Whittler
An interesting buttress with a small selection of decent routes; the twins of Castor and Pollux are...
6
Trad
Sun and shade
Level

10 mins

sheltered
Campsite Crack
A tall grooved buttress with the main attraction being the long groove of Campsite Crack. The...
7
Trad
Sun and shade
Level

10 mins

sheltered
Right-hand Walls
A wide section of rock with a broad selection of climbs, generally in the mid grades. Loose rock...
29
Trad
Sun and shade
Downhill

6 mins

sheltered
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    For AGDEN ROCHER

    Asteris
    "This is a brilliant route - great line on Agden's best wall. The crux is well-p..." 22/Jun

    Pollux
    "You need to change the description as the tree has been chopped back to leave ju..." 16/Apr

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