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Ironically some of the best grit is nowhere near Sheffield.
The nearest town is Leek, from there go north-east on the A53 towards Buxton. Turn off left at Upper Hulme. Soon pass the right turnoff for "Ye Olde Rock" a recommended pub, then down past buildings to the open road which runs along the side of the moors, you'll first see Hen Cloud, and then the big long pull out for The Roaches.
The "Staffordshire Nose"
A brutal challenge, all in the name of fun of course, is to climb all 31 of the Brown & Whillans routes at the Roaches (plus Hen Cloud and Ramshaw), in a day. Many of the Routes are notorious sandbags, most are crack climbs, and none are to be taken lightly! If you think you're up to it, you can find the complete list of routes as a UKC ticklist
10 Total Routes
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Valkyrie 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Lower Tier
A total classic with a wandering line and a BIG feel to it, and tons of exposure.1) 50ft 5.7. Up the groove, then traverse left along big flakes to a ledge with a huge chimney behind it.2) 80ft 5.8. There's a big flake left of the chimney (facing the rock) up this, over the top (long sling) and down the other side (insane!!!!!) to a tricky and exposed move onto a ledge (crux). Go around the arete and up the finishing slab with a feeling of real achievement.Descend to the left and down the steps....[more] Browse More Classics in International
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