/ Local (ish) climbs! Midlands??
The Avon Gorge can't be much more than an hour, surely?
Have you tried using the 'find crags map' on this very site? under the Logbooks button at the top of the page.
Wenlock & Pontesbury too, both easy to get to.
For anything decent you are probably heading north or south on that motorway (Peak, Avon or Wye valley) but if you fancy staying local the nearest crag would be Southstone Rock (the HERMITAGE) OS ref. 709640 sheet 138 landranger. Limestone with a small selection of climbs mostly in the VS grades but the odd E1. There are climbs on the Malverns but they are almost certainly over grown, not been climbed on for a good while I imagine.
Heading Shrewsbury way Nesscliffe is probably THE major crag and has its own guide book. Pontesford is fun I have climbed there a few times. Others would be Ippkins Rock, Grinshill, Stipperstones (bouldering) but best to check access as there have been problems in the past.
Out of interest has anyone climbed at Malvern recently? I climbed Ivy Butress HS 4a on Ivy Scar Rock a few years back but it was in the process of being reclaimed by brambles.
> Ivy Scar Rock was in the process of being reclaimed by brambles.
Best thing that could happen to it.
I climbed Ivy Buttress and the Sidle three summers back and they were doable. http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=151067
I'm interested in whether anyone has been to Southstone recently. When I last went nearly two years ago, a load of trees had been felled meaning more light. There were new buttresses exposed that looked like they might give decent, steep bouldering http://lightfromthenorth.blogspot.fi/2010/12/southstone-rock-local-cliff-for-local.html
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