The Peak District has a wide range of gritstone and limestone crags both large and small with well over 10000 recorded climbs of all types and standards of difficulty. It is one of the most popular climbing areas in Britain.
There aren't too many climbs in the immediate vicinity of Macclesfield, but below is a list of the popular ones closest to Macc. Links to websites about these are included on the Links page here.
Tegg’s Nose Country Park
Tel: 01625 614279
Directions: Just off the A537, signposted from Macclesfield.
Open: all year.
Climbing and abseiling (must be booked in advance - see the Cheshire East website). Tegg’s Nose offers a good introduction to quarried grit climbing with in situ belay spikes. This photo, taken in winter, shows the climbing face.
In order of distance from Macclesfield, other local crags are as follows (from UK Climbing):
Climbs: 1 – Rocktype: Gritstone – Altitude 506m a.s.l
Shutlingsloe is a hill near the village of Wildboarclough, in the east of the county of Cheshire. It stands to the south of Macclesfield Forest, on the edge of the Peak District and within the Peak District National Park. A steep-sided hill with a distinctive profile, sometimes described as the 'Matterhorn of Cheshire', it is the third highest peak in the county (Shining Tor being the highest and Whetstone Ridge second highest) with an elevation of 506 m (1,660 ft), and commands excellent views over Cheshire.
Climbs: 100 – Rocktype: Sandstone (soft) – Faces NW
Lots of standalone boulder problems throughout this whole area.
Alderley Edge offers some half decent climbing on average rock, if you are prepared to walk all round the area there are various problems however it may be best to start in the quarry where grades vary from the very easy to the very difficult, with good landings on the easier problems and poor on the harder ones. The rock is conglomerate and sandstone and can be both dusty and flaky as well as green in places. This can spoil some of the climbing but it's unspoilt, quiet and never busy so take a brush and clean the climbs as you go as there is some great climbing with some very hard grades especially the overhangs of Castle Rock and 3 stump Rock as well as to the right of entrance of the Quarry. Lots of unexplored routes mainly bouldering with some rope and gear on the larger areas in the quarry. with grades ranging from VB up.
Climbs: 41 – Rocktype: Grit (quarried) – Faces S
Large, dirty quarry in the centre of Bollington (nr Macclesfield) of local interest only. Mostly lower to middle grade routes (S to HVS).
Climbs: 63 – Rocktype: Gritstone – Altitude 310m a.s.l – Faces NW
The Hanging Stone, Swythamley, Staffordshire
Climbs: 8 – Rocktype: Gritstone – Altitude: 320m a.s.l – Faces SW
Hanging Stone is a millstone grit outcrop commanding impressive views across parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire.
The Roaches, in the Peak District National Park about 4 miles north of Leek, Staffordshire.
There are hundreds of named climbs on the Roaches with names like “Perverted Staircase”, “Demon wall”, “Snap, Crackle and Andy Popp” and “Valkyrie”. The Roaches has something for everybody with the routes rated from Moderate to at least E7.
Windgather Rocks, south-west of Kettleshulme.
Climbs: 95 – Rocktype: Gritstone – Altitude 400m a.s.l – Faces SW
A beginner-friendly crag amply provided with square-cut jugs and picnic spots. Good quality, well travelled gritstone. Generally easy, slabby climbs popular with beginners and outdoor groups. Belays can be awkward to arrange.