A larger CragX topo


New Crag at Blackwell Halt

Tales of secret crags used to be legion. You would ask someone in the cafe where they were going and the reply

"Crag X, and I am not telling you where it is."

Well now there is a real Crag X that has recently finished being developed. The location is not a closely guarded anymore. Predictably most of the route names have something to do with an X.

A larger Blackwell Halt topo

Blackwell Halt
This is a newly developed Derbyshire Sport crag with a rare commodity in the UK -- mid grade sport routes. The remarkable thing about the crag is that it is in Cheedale, a new crag in the hot bed of Derbyshire climbing, and you can see it looking left from the lay-by above Topley Pike on the A6 Buxton Road. There are eighteen routes from 6a+ to 6c+, and its about time there were some easier grade sport routes available. Appropriately enough for an Internet site to report the routes mainly have a computer theme. All the climbs have double bolt lower offs and the crag catches the sun until mid afternoon.