The Peak District

The Peak District National Park covers areas of Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, and is the UK's most popular and unique rock-climbing destination, with routes and local climbers of international repute. 'The Peaks' is actually two distinct climbing areas - The rough gristone outcrops of the Dark Peak (often split into Eastern and Western Grit), and the less-popular limestone tors of the White Peak.

When people refer to 'The Peak', they are probably talking about gristone, as it is by far the most popular rock type, and today is what British climbing is most famous for. These short outcrop climbs are usually only between 10 and 20m in height, but what they lack in length is made up for in character. Smears, cracks, slopers and slabs are de-rigueur, and give gristone its unique and wonderful climbing style. Home to world-famous lines such as Equilibrium, Gaia, and Partheon Shot, as well as plenty of brilliant routes for mortals.

The limestone tors, on the other hand tend to be rather more mysterious, steep affairs with longer routes mostly in the upper grades. There is a curious mixture of traditional and sport climbing on some very impressive but under-travelled buttresses, including some of the very hardest sport routes the UK has to offer.

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For more specific information, comprehensive details can be found in UKClimbing's climbing database: