Rock Climbing

Lane Head Barns is within easy reach of a number of well-known rock climbing areas, including the magnificent gritstone crags of the Roaches, Hen Cloud and Ramshaw Rocks, and the classic limestone of Dovedale and the Manifold Valley.

The Roaches is a prominent gritstone ridge above Leek and Tittesworth Water, 5 miles north of Lane Head Barns. The ridge, with its rock formations, rises steeply to 450m and includes magnificent imposing buttresses of superb natural grit up to 30m high. Find out more about 332 climbs at Roaches Lower Tier here and 286 climbs at Roaches Upper Tier here.

Hen Cloud is a spectacular gritstone peak near the Roaches providing steep, multi-pitch routes of all grades. Details here.

Ramshaw Rocks is the impressive line of steep buttresses overlooking the A53 Leek to Buxton road giving some famously challenging steep crack climbing. Details here.

Dovedale has a number of beautiful limestone buttresses and spires overlooking the river. 8 miles from Lane Head. Details here.

Beeston Tor is a favourite climber’s suntrap easily reached from Weag’s Bridge in the Manifold Valley. 6 miles from Lane Head. Details here.