Rock Climbing in Yorkshire and the Peak District

Courses, Guiding and Fun Days Out

Rock Climber Stanage EdgeAt Lost Earth Adventures our aim is to give you a thrilling and fulfilling day out on the rocks! We provide you with all of the tools, guidance and instruction needed to create a unique experience you’ll never forget. All of our rock climbing days can be run as private guided sessions for you and your group, giving you the freedom and flexibility to make your day your own. You can also choose to join one of our group sessions that are running throughout the Spring and Summer.

Half day, full day and multi-day climbing is available. Here are some suggested itineraries:

A day of rock climbing, scrambling, abseiling and sightseeing at Brimham rocks

Distances to Stanage Edge:

Sheffield - 20 minutes and within 1 hour from Manchester, Doncaster, Leeds, Bradford, Stoke-on-Trent, Chesterfield, Matlock, Derby, Nottingham, Huddersfield and Barnsley.

See our blog post to see what Leo Houlding our home-grown rock superstar thinks of cragging at Stanage, don’t worry though we prefer to use ropes unlike Leo!


It has a lot of high quality routes condensed into a small area 5 minutes walk from the road in a scenic location. These factors are the reason Almscliff is known as one of the best places to climb in England and has routes on its faces that climbers come from all over the country to attempt.

On your day out at Almscliff our expert instructors will give you some coaching to hone your skills on Yorkshire's finest gritstone and teach you outdoor techniques such as chimneying and hand jamming. Depending on what you want out of your day we can also give you an introduction to using outdoor equipment and abseiling. Continue reading about rock climbing at Almscliff.


Cadshaw Quarry - Lancashire

A really pretty crag hidden in the forest just south of Darwen. This is a climber's paradise not far from the cities of Blackburn, Preston, Bolton, Burnley and Wigan.

Ilkley Cow and Calf - Yorkshire

A big venue with big routes perched high above the village of Ilkley. There is a great little cafe at the bottom to get your pre-climb cuppa and enough routes to amuse the most adventurous of groups. There are shorter climbs popular with schools and youth groups and huge blank walls for people that want to push the limits or scare themselves senseless. The Ilkley Cow and Calf is a regular on the sets of Emmerdale and Helicopter Heroes, so there is a good chance you will be climbing some famous rock! Close to Otley, Harrogate, Leeds, Halifax, Bradford, Skipton, Settle, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Burnley.

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Want to Climb Somewhere Else?

If there is a climbing venue different to the places we have listed in Yorkshire, Lancashire or the Peak District contact us to see if it is suitable for you and your group. We are very flexible and have a lot of local knowledge only using experienced and qualified instructors. So you can be sure that if you think of a different local climb we will know about it too.


If you're interested in bouldering we can get you started. We will explain the correct techniques and best practices to enjoy the sport safely. Bouldering can be enjoyed at most of the venues listed above but you'd be best to speak with us, explaining what you'd like to get out of your day, so that we can get you to the right place with the right instructor.


Outdoor Climbing Instructional Courses

If you want a more educational approach, learning about outdoor equipment and how to use it safely then we have the course just for you! Our outdoor instructional climbing days are privately guided, giving you an excellent guide to client ratio. Our guides tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly. All our instructors are fully qualified, highly trained and have been climbing outdoors for many years. They can cover any aspect of rock climbing you are wanting to learn and their valuable expertise will give you a highly rewarding experience.

On a typical outdoor climbing instructional course we’d cover:

  • Techniques and ways to improve your climbing
  • Selecting suitable, sound and safe anchors in a variety of situations, including: nuts, camming devices, spikes,  blocks, threads, chockstones, trees and fixed equipment
  • Evaluating the condition of equipment and how to ensure appropriate care and maintenance
  • Setting up sound belay systems
  • The history, traditions and ethics of UK rock climbing
  • Safety considerations
  • Setting up top and bottom rope systems
  • Abseiling
  • Interpreting guidebooks effectively and choosing routes suited to personal ability
  • Explanation of the safety chain & fall factors
  • Warming up exercises
  • Gear placement and removal
  • Understand access rights and responsibilities
  • Belaying
  • Lead climbing
  • Traditional (trad) climbing
  • Sport climbing
  • Rescues

For more information about all these courses and how to book please click here


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