Bouldering at Harboro Rocks

Harboro rocks is found alongside a minor road (Manystones Lane) near Hopton. It is a small outcrop with a few short climbs, beloeved of beginners groups and outdoor activities organisers. The lower tier is the quietest section and there is plenty to keep most people occupied for an hour or two when the upper tier is crowded.

A good spot to start on the lower tieris the right hand end. The wall has a slight bulge but is really straightforward and a perfect warm-up. Once warmed up, try a right to left traverse starting from the right hand extremity, just rouns a corner. Keeping your feet below the bulge, reasonably close to the floor gives a couple of tricky moves. Finish by going upwards. After that, go for the full traverse of the bay, the most difficult bit is in the back left corner,  it’s a bit of a reach (well, it is for me at 5’8″ and a poor ape index!!) and hard to avoid touching the grass as you stretch across. An alternative is to use the big jug to go upwards instead.

Peak District Walks

Jess enjoying one of her Peak District Walks

Harboro rocks is found alongside a minor road (Manystones Lane) near Hopton. It is a small outcrop with a few short climbs, beloeved of beginners groups and outdoor activities organisers. The lower tier is the quietest section and there is plenty to keep most people occupied for an hour or two when the upper tier is crowded.

A good spot to start on the lower tieris the right hand end. The wall has a slight bulge but is really straightforward and a perfect warm-up. Once warmed up, try a right to left traverse starting from the right hand extremity, just rouns a corner. Keeping your feet below the bulge, reasonably close to the floor gives a couple of tricky moves. Finish by going upwards. After that, go for the full traverse of the bay, the most difficult bit is in the back left corner,  it’s a bit of a reach (well, it is for me at 5’8″ and a poor ape index!!) and hard to avoid touching the grass as you stretch across. An alternative is to use the big jug to go upwards instead.

Peak District Walks

Jess enjoying one of her Peak District Walks

After playing about in this bay, it is logical to extend it. If you have tired fingers, getting round the nose can be a bit of a thrutch but the next few moves are good for recovering i.e. they’re easy! The wall to the left is a bit delicate but makes a great traverse. Doing the whole thing from the right hand end of the first bay is a decent workout, expecially if you do the reverse trip as well.

Moving closer to the entrance path, you will find some good sit-starts which need a bit of power to get off the ground. It also needs elephant skin during the summer as it is perfect nettle-growing country!