Whilst originally made famous for its traditional climbs (see our top picks of Stanage trad climbs here), the boulders that sit beneath Stanage Edge are packed with a quality and history all of their own.

For the uninitiated, the sport of bouldering is climbing generally shorter routes up the wall but without ropes or placed protection. Instead, climbers are protected by pads placed on the floor which help to catch and break a fall. Boulder problems tend to focus more on physical moves, however, you do not need to be a professional climber to give the sport a go!


If you do not have your own climbing pad then there are plenty of local shops which stock pads for hire, the Climbing Works rent them out for the day. If you are completely new to bouldering outside then we recommend you book onto a course with one of the many local outdoor adventure companies which offer introductory courses. (Bouldering companies)


In terms of getting out to Stanage there are two options: catch a bus which runs four times a day from Sheffield or alternatively travel by car, but just be aware that there is limited parking and parking on verges is strictly not allowed. 

Before your day out, we recommend picking up a guidebook, options include the BMC Stanage Guidebook or Peak District Bouldering. Here is a selection of our top picks for a great first-day bouldering at Stanage…


Bullworker Get your biceps out for this one. It is short but sure packs a punch! 

Pebble Arete Finesse, balance and technical mastery in the heart of the Plantation area.

Crescent Arete Grab some friends and some pads for this absolute classic laybacking arete.

20 Foot Crack Perfect your jamming technique with this problem whose name says it all.

The Lone Slab It looks straightforward but quickly opens you up to the dark world of gritstone slab climbing wizardry!


Leave no trace...
With climbing becoming an increasingly popular sport, there are more people than ever at the crags. This means we all need to be responsible for preserving boulder problems for future generations to enjoy. Make sure you brush the holds and remove excess chalk, especially unsightly tick marks. Do not climb on the rock if it is damp (head to one of Sheffield’s many excellent climbing walls instead) and take any rubbish home with you to keep Stanage special.

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