Rock Climbing in Yorkshire and the Peak District

Courses, Guiding and Fun Days Out

Rock Climber Stanage Edge
At 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

Rock Climbing Lessons Brimham RocksCombine a labyrinth of strange and beautiful gritstone rock formations with names like Dancing Bear, Druid’s Writing Desk, and the Idol, with a legend that the Druid’s created them and there’s no question why people have been intrigued by Brimham Rocks for over one hundred years – especially rock climbers. These interesting formations will keep you intrigued and busy all day long. We will climb to our hearts content in the morning, then eat our picnic lunches overlooking the Yorkshire Dales and take a wander around the formations in the afternoon rigging up our ropes almost anywhere you would like to climb. Click here for more details.

Rock Climbing Peak DistrictStanage Edge – Peak District

The finest of all gritstone edges! 4km of climbs 20 minutes from Sheffield. One of the best things about Stanage Edge is the range   of routes available, depending on your ability, determination and desire we can do pretty much anything! Whether you want to take it easy, or someone you know wants to swing about like a monkey (don’t worry, we all know someone like that!) then here is the place to do it! It’s not just the quality of climbing here that will take your breath away but the views and the history surrounding you are guaranteed to inspire and kindle a yearning for more.

We can start at the right hand side of Stanage Edge and as the day progresses we can try some harder routes, maybe a spot of abseiling if you fancy it or we can go for a walk across the heather, explore Robin Hoods cave and talk to some of the local old men of the hills that frequent the crag and who never fail to impress with their delicate, precise and powerful climbing. Click here for more details.

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 here 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!

Climbing at AlmscliffAlmscliff – Yorkshire

Very close to Harrogate, Leeds and York. This place is for people who want a challenge and we recommend that you have got a little bit of experience before coming to Almscliff as it isn’t the ideal place to learn. In order to make the most out of your time in this outstanding place, we would recommend that you would be used to climbing 5+ on an indoor climbing wall. Almscliff has a reputation of being quite a hard and thuggish place to climb. 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. Click here for more details.

Other Climbing and Abseiling Venues

MountaineeringTwistelton Scars – Yorkshire Dales

A fantastic limestone venue situated high in the Yorkshire Dales near Ingleton. Equally perfect for groups learning to climb or rock jocks pushing the grade, it boasts amazing views, great quality rock and is a climber’s favourite. A perfect activity to enjoy on your holiday in the Dales, the venue is close to Settle, Skipton, Milnthorpe and Kendal. Click here for more details.

Scugdale – North York Moors

Set in a lush valley deep in the North York Moors this is a small friendly crag that gets a lot of sun. There are lots of fun routes and a variety of graded ascents. Only a short distance from Middlesbrough, Whitby, Darlington, Northallerton, Durham and Hartlepool. Click here for more details.

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. Click here for more details.

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. Click here for more details.

Rock Climbing instruction EnglandWant 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.

School Child Rock ClimbingSchools and Activity Groups

For all teachers, parents and youth group activity providers that are looking to provide something outdoors and extraordinary for the young people in their charge. Lost Earth Adventures has an activity that will allow your group to get outside, get messy and get involved in something they never thought they would be allowed to do. Continue reading about what we can do for your School and Activity Groups.

Abseiler at Brimham RocksAbseiling

Ever fancied having a go at abseiling? Then look no further!

We can arrange a thrilling day out for you and your group whether it’s for charity or your own personal excitement. Abseiling can be arranged outside at a crag, inside at the climbing wall or even from your local church or office building!

Read more about abseiling here.

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. Please call us for more details.

On a typical day 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