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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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Wings of Unreason 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13 Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Hard Very Far Skyline Buttr...
Bold, technical, implausible climbing on perfect rock: a Roaches classic. Wings takes a central line up the slab, past some curious crucial pockets.The undercut start is the crux, with a hard rockover move to gain the slab. Easier but unprotected moves up and left gain a pocket and gear (BD #1). Rock up to gain a standing position in the pocket, from which you can look longingly at the top. A wild dyno gives you the extra inches required, and a big rush!...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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