OS ref. SK437164† (Sheet 129)
SITUATION and CHARACTER
The Rocks are situated in Whitwick village on Cademan Street.† It is unfortunate that the crag is so awkwardly sited but the quality of the granite does much to counteract this.† This crag was wrongly named in the 1966 guide.† It was also wrongly called† Peldar Tor in the 1973 edition† (Peldar Tor is along the road on the way to Leicester).† The Rocks are very old, being mentioned as belonging to the Parish of Swannington in 1835. It is likely, but uncertain, that the place was once called Pinfold Quarry.† It has also been referred to as Whitwick Village Quarry.
The crag has become overgrown with trees and has assorted ex‑lorry junk at the foot.† Old photographs show the Rocks as a prominent feature of the village.† It is a pity they are becoming overgrown.
APPROACH and ACCESS
The Rocks are an old quarry and Aucott's Garage is at the foot.† The garage owners, two brothers, do not wish the crag to be climbed on, but it is possible that it is not theirs.† The quarry was once owned by the Parish, and current ownership is not clear (the Church?).† Certainly in the past kids used to scramble up it on the way to school.† Visits have been made early (6‑7 am) on sunny summer Sunday mornings.
1 Green Slab 8m S 4a
The crag furthest from the road, rising from the undergrowth at the back of the garages.† Ascend a green slab to the right of a small overhang to a square projecting block.† From the top of the block go diagonally right across the slab to the top by an obvious route.
2 Flypaper 5m S 4a
A corner with a slab on the left and an overhang on the right.† Climb the slab direct.
3 Left ArÍte 8m S 4c
The left rib of the large obvious square cut overhanging corner, a peg for aid.
4 Quaver 9m VS 4c
The large overhanging corner in two sections.† Ascend the first section direct with interest, then move left up the smooth vertical wall, and easier ground to the top.† Or after the first section move up right over the leaning wall on good jugs.† A pleasant enough climb.† K.S. Vickers, S. Gregory and D.N. Draper, Oct. 1963.
5 Right ArÍte 6m VD
Up the right arÍte to the top.
6 Rag Slab 9m D
The broken slab 8m left of a stone wall at right angles to the road.
7 Brewery Wall 9m HS 4b
The black overhanging corner immediately above the stone wall.
8 Bus Stop 9m VD
The obvious arÍte near the road, difficult in the upper half.
9 Final Wall 9m VD
The wall immediately on the right.†† Climb delicately up the centre of the wall finishing by an awkward mantleshelf.
The CRAG OPPOSITE is on the other side of the road and has an excellent steep clean wall about 7m high beside a small warehouse.† Ownership is unknown.