/ Wye Valley
I've never climbed in the area, or England for that matter, so was looking for recommendations on crags not to be missed. Ideally places which have a good range of grades from VS through to E3/4.
Another vote for Shorn Cliff... (though it is a bit of a walk in.)
Shorn cliff is better for easier stuff, GO wall at Wintours is much more worthwhile for E1 and above though.
Sounds great. Thanks. Any recommendations on friendly and cheapish hostels, B&Bs or campsites.
Wynd Cliff (or Wyndcliffe)is well worth a visit as well. It's split into two sections known as the right hand and left hand crag. Right hand crag tends to be in better condition (LH suffers from loose rock) and has two 3* VSs Cadillac and Questor which are both superb.
The Wye valley has some pleasant climbing and beautiful, and very British, scenery. It's of interest to more than just locals but you'd drive past it without stopping if it was in Norway.
You could see a lot more of the UK in your 5 free days. You could spend a day at Wintour's since you're in the area but then head for Pembroke (2 hours drive) or north Wales (3-4 hours) depending on the weather. Both these are well worth the attention of traveling Vikings! http://www.pembrokestory.org.uk/darkages.html
While the Wye Valley is great for a few days limestone trad climbing, if you're around for 5 days and haven't climbed here before, you have time to go explore a couple of the UK's best crags.
Maybe consider a short tour of the granite and limestone in Devon and Cornwall (e.g. Bosigren, Haytor, Sharpnose), or head north for welsh classics (Llanberis, Tremadog) or The Peak District. Another option is to spend a day or two in the Wye Valley then head over to Pembroke for some adventurous sea-cliff climbing!
Just my 2p.
Agreed. Invest two hours driving to Pembroke (or frankly more or less any well-known climbing area in the UK). The Wye Valley is nice enough but not a destination venue.
Worth remembering if you consider visiting Pembroke that some of the most popular areas - ie those on military firing ranges - might well be closed during the week if firing is in process.
I'm no travelling viking! I'm originally from London. Just didn't start climbing properly until I moved to Sweden five years ago. Still, maybe its a better idea to get in the car and get to north Wales. Was thinking of doing a longer trip there sometime though.
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