Peak District Gritstone

Over 2,000 classic trad routes on eastern, western and moorland grit

Author: Graham Hoey

Paperback publication date: 01 Apr 2021

Paperback ISBN: 9781911342007

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Peak District Gritstone by Graham Hoey is a comprehensive guide to over 2,000 Peak grit trad trad routes graded from Mod to E10. Each crag features detailed information and superb action photography. With over 400 colour photo topos, plus maps. A detailed introduction includes everything you need to plan a visit.

Peak District Gritstone is a comprehensive guide to traditional gritstone climbing and covers the whole of the national park. Written by local climber Graham Hoey, it features over 2,000 carefully selected trad routes graded from Mod to E10. Graham has been an active grit climber for nearly 50 years. He was a member of the British Mountaineering Council’s guidebook committee for 20 years and since 1979 has been a major contributor to the iconic Peak District climbing guidebook series. Over his grit career and during the course of his research for this guidebook he has climbed 95% of the routes in this book (many more than once!) and has checked the rest closely. No other guidebook author has climbed as extensively on Peak District gritstone; his passion for the genre, knowledge of the routes and his attention to detail are evident throughout the text. This guide is split into three sections: Eastern Gritstone - extending from Wharncliffe Crags down to Black Rocks; Staffordshire Gritstone- including The Roaches; and Moorland Gritstone- from the Chew Valley to Kinder. Alongside nationally significant crags such as Stanage and The Roaches, there are smaller and equally brilliant venues with their own unique features, such as the wild moorland edges of Wimberry and Ravenstones, or the urban quarried grit at New Mills Torrs. Each crag features detailed access and approach information, including GPS coordinates for parking and crag grid references, together with conditions information and local knowledge. Alongside superb action photography from Mike Hutton, Adam Long, Keith Sharples and more, there are over 400 colour photo topos, plus overview and topo maps. A detailed introduction includes everything you need to plan a visit: tourist information centres, cafes and pubs, campsites and accommodation, gear shops, climbing walls and useful websites.

Graham Hoey has been climbing for 40 years and is passionate about gritstone and the history and development of climbing. Graham cut his teeth on extreme routes throughout the country, leading traditional routes on-sight up to E6 since 1984. He was a member of Sheffield University Mountaineering Club for six years during which he became a good friend of Giles Barker. The completion and publication of Giles' book has been a long-standing desire. Graham has spent over 30 years working on climbing guidebooks to the Peak District and for 20 years was a member of the BMC Guidebook Committee.

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