KINDER DOWNFALL


The cliffs around the famous cascade of the Kinder Downfall are amongst the most popular on the moor mainly because of the dramatic setting but also because it is the location of a good set of routes across a spread of grades. The outcrops here tend to face between south and west and so get plenty of afternoon and evening sunshine. The shape of the valley tends to funnel westerly winds up towards the rim of the moor making climbing here a wild experience under these conditions (and also turning the Kinder Downfall into the Kinder Upflow). The Downfall offers the Peak’s best ice climbing venue in increasingly infrequent harsh winters, though get here early if you don’t want to find a just a big pile of ice-cubes!

Routes

3 winter routes (S-II/III...S-IV)
84 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
Upper Western Buttress
The western-most decent cliff hereabouts has a sunny aspect and some good routes on the Upper Tier....
24
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and down

70 mins

Windy
Kinder Buttress
A fine and remote gritstone buttress with one of Kinder's most famous outings in the shape of...
9
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and down

70 mins

Windy
The Amphitheatre
A fine set of routes in a wild setting, including several old classics. The area tends to funnel...
27
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and down

70 mins

Windy
The Downfall
The rock climbing here is not the best but the setting is special and some of the routes are well...
15
Trad
Afternoon sun
Up and down

70 mins

Windy
The Downfall in Winter
Under the right (rare!) conditions the Downfall forms the Peak's premier ice-park. Arrive early, or...
3
Winter
Afternoon sun
Up and down

70 mins

Great Buttress
Well to the right of the Downfall is the daunting bastion of Great Buttress, home to several...
9
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

70 mins

Windy
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  • Latest Comments

    For KINDER DOWNFALL

    Intermediate Route
    "Definately a very powerfull moves round the overhang but then it is all over." 06/Sep

    Zig-zag
    "great atmosphere, and not as slippery as the green shade made it look." 01/Aug

    Zig-zag
    "You don't get many VDs that are as steep, juggy and in such a superb setting as ..." 27/Jun

    Zig-zag
    "The highest ratio of jugs per metre of any route I can remember!" 01/Jun

    Zig-zag
    "Great climb and well worth the trip. The top move took some thought but as with ..." 17/Apr

    Downfall South Corner
    ""Clean as you climb"...don't leave it to others!" 16/Dec

    Downfall South Corner
    "Might be worth a second star if cleaned up." 14/Dec

    South Wall
    ""Western Grit's excellent answer to Heaven Crack" How many answers ..." 13/Aug

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