UK Climbing!




A local lunch stop for Peak District climbers. Notice the tea is sold in pints and half pints!

   OK, I'm not sure 100% how to organize our climbing photos. It's a too up between region or the topic of climbing. So, here's a best cut at this time. For now we will be putting together a rock climbing page for each country we rock climb in. As for hiking/climbing peaks, that will stay with the specific region.

Climbing in England? Ya gotta love green!

Welcome to the Peak District

16 May 2009 and a bit of 2008

   We have to admit that at the current time we haven't spent much time in the Peak District. The only time spent here has been by Eddie when he joins outings with the Menwith Hill Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) on climbing trips to the Peak District located just outside Sheffield.

    Lawrencefield Quarry - This is a nice little climbing area that is downhill from a good parking lot on the A6187. Well sheltered from the winds it can get a bit crowded on windy days. Lots of trad routs from easy to hard. Lots of fun!   In May 2009 a group with the ORC visited the Lawrencefield Quarry.   More of the Lawrencefield Quarry   A view of the Gingerbread Slab where we spent the morning.
  Whitney on the Snail Crack (HVD, 5.5)   Chris on Nailsbane (VD, 5.4)   10 August 2008 - Eddie (L) on the Gingerbread Arete (HVS 4c, 5.8) on the Gingerbread Slab. Another group member (R) on Meringue (HVS 5a, 5.8+)   10 August 2008 - A view down Snail Crack from a 2008 trip.   10 August 2008 - Another team member on an unnamed route at Yarncliffe.
    Yarncliffe - A very small climbing crag about 100 yards off the B6521. A good place to learn about climbing. There are limited routs but they clean (when dry) and provide an enjoyable selection of easy to moderate routs.   May 2009 - Zoe climbing an unlisted crack at Yarncliffe Quarry.  Chris on Ant's Crack at Yarncliffe (S, 5.6)   Another view of Chris on Ant's Crack
  A father - son team at Yarncliffe Quarry.   John climbing a beautiful Arete at Yarncliffe. The 1st move on to the Arete is the stellar part of the route.      

The Harrogate Area

    Alms Cliff - Just outside of Harrogate near the small town of Huby is a spectacular gritstone crag called Alms Cliff. Lots of short trad routs from easy to difficult and plenty of bouldering.      
    Ilkley Moor - Over looking the town of Ilkley is a group of quarries. The most prominent of these is called the Cow & Calf. Lots of fun here with spectacular views. One of the biggest bonuses of this area is the traditional Cow & Calf Pub just up from the parking lot. The pub patio offers wonderful views of the crags and town.       Katie (center) checking out the action.
  The parking lot below the crags with the pub in the background.   The town of Ilkley from atop the Calf.      
    Birk Crag - A short walk from our flat is the very marginal area called Birk Crag. The guide books talk about 16 defined routs here. Eddie challenges anyone to find 16 routs! However, a 10 minute walk from the flat makes it irresistible. These photos were taken during the height of the undergrowth season. It's better to catch the area in the fall or spring.   Eddie bouldering problem that will some day be nailed!    

The Cumbria Area

   Hutton Roof Crags - Not far from the Cumbria border is the small limestone crag called Hutton Roof. More of a bouldering area than a climbing area, it was a great introduction to lime stone with beautiful views. Once again, Eddie made this trip with ORC.      
 Katie working out a route on the South American Wall.   Jon making the moves look easy in the Cave area.   Pulling the roof of the boulder problem.