An interesting new find with two worthwhile walls in an old disused quarry
on the road from Tideswell to Castleton. In fact one of the walls, nicknamed
the Library, is unusual by Peak standards consisting of a 'boilerplate'
slab with little in the way of large holds.
From the crossroads on the A623 Chapel-en-le-Frith to Chesterfield road,
take the turning for Bradwell and turn immediately left across the front of
the Anchor public house into Castleton Lane. Follow this lane, quite narrow
in places, until a turning left - actually the second left turning on the
road - in 2.5miles will take you towards Castleton. Immediately after this
turning is the quarry entrance marked Moss Rake.
Pass through the gates and into the initial section of the quarry. Continue
to the top of the hill and turn left to view the extreme eastern end of the
quarry proper. Scramble down the scree slope and follow the track down to
the two walls, obvious by their bolts.
There has been evidence of a peregrine falcon nesting on the opposite side
of the quarry to the developed crags, an area that will not be considered
climbable. If the birds appear at all at unease, please leave the quarry and
return at a later date.
Josh Dawson on the first ascent of Flipperty Flop. Photo Hazel Gibson