By Kevin Thaw
Chew Valley is the title of the “Local”
guidebook, a moorland gritstone region encompassed by the North West corner of
the Peak District National Park.
These western flanks of the Pennines offer perfect escapism from the Greater Manchester conurbation, ideally located and with more than 1500 precipitous voyages documented with topos in the guidebook it’s a perfect springboard into the outdoors, specially climbing.
The U Project (webpage posted below) is a local Council supported organisation that grants first outdoor steps and climbing experience to all comers, free of charge. Each Saturday a group who’ve pre-registered via the Oldham Outdoor Pursuits website gather at Dovestone reservoir and stroll up Chew Valley to Rob’s Rocks. A perfectly suited cliff one's for first steps above the ground. The main portion of the steep seeking contingent is always of school age even though it’s not specifically advertised for Kids.
I started climbing in this same and feel granting aid to local aspirants is almost the completion of a cycle? I’ll be spending fair-weathered Saturday afternoons up at Rob’s until mid-August.