LADDOW


In the early days of our sport Laddow Rocks were one of the prime venues visited by climbers at the cutting edge of the sport. Today the place is very much out of fashion, haunted by ghosts and always quiet. The place is the western Peaks equivalent of Wharncliffe, in both cases the nearness of the railway line gave (relatively) easy access, and the places were immensely popular 100 years ago. Since the production of Peak Gritstone East, Wharncliffe has undergone a bit of a renaissance, I wonder if we can do the same for Laddow's lofty buttresses.

Routes

63 trad routes (M...E4)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
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Approach walk Other
Easter Ridge
Up and right, a further five minutes walk, is the start of the Main Cliff, a series of isolated...
3
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

40 mins

Windy
Gallic Buttress
This short and relatively insignificant buttress is situated midway between Easter Ridge and Pillar...
8
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

40 mins

Windy
Pillar Ridge
To the right is the start of the main section of the cliff. This initial area has a few easier...
6
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

40 mins

Windy
Long Climb and Tower Face
The right-hand section of the cliff is the show-piece of the place with an excellent collection of...
26
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

40 mins

Windy
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  • Latest Comments

    For LADDOW

    Route 4
    "Enjoyable route, not for the faint of heart as the only gear is low down." 17/May

    Cave Arete
    "The right hand finish is closer to Mod/Diff than 4a/b." 27/Jun

    Long Chimney Ridge
    "Sorry Iain, more VDiff than Severe, easier than Long Climb. Good protection. Veg..." 11/Apr

    Priscilla Ridge
    "Straightforward HVS" 10/Aug

    Tower Face
    "The start is hard 5a, but it is only one move and well protected. The rest is v..." 27/Jul

    Cave Arete Indirect
    "Rockfax line at the top seems ridiculous. You have to go up above it then drop b..." 14/Jul

    Tower Face
    "Surely a Top 50 route? The best VS on grit after Valkyrie, sustained, exposed, v..." 19/Mar

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