/ Best UK sport climbing venues
Giggleswick South jumps out as a decent alternative option for a genuinely mixed group but you probably can't go too wrong with Portland assuming you show some common sense and avoid the Cuttings.
Climbed in Portland once and thought it was really excellent!
I do agree that Portland is a great venue for sports climbing and has something for everyone but some of us have been there a lot so i was looking for a change.
Portland might end up being the best option although i still would like other suggestions plese folks.
> I do agree that Portland is a great venue for sports climbing and has something for everyone but some of us have been there a lot so i was looking for a change.
Winspit, best of the Swanage sport quarries, good range of grades, plenty of decent lines particularly on Quarryman's Wall, some suspect rock.
Ban y Gor (Wye), best quality routes are in the higher grades, but there is enough there to keep a sub 6a climber entertained for at least a day.
Trevor Rocks (Llangollen), plenty of routes up to around F6c, largely unmemorable, but there are a few gems - could be combined with A55 crags or Llanberis Slate over a weekend.
Llanberis Slate, maybe the best option outside Portland, get the Ground Up guide and you'll find there is loads to go at, some of the levels in Australia have a multitude of routes in the 5s and low 6s.
St. Bees Head in the Lakes, bolted sandstone with quality bouldering alongside (check for bird ban situation).
Cheddar Gorge, get the 2009 Cheddar Gorge Climbs by Martin Crocker to open up a host of options, the single pitch crags on the North Side of the Gorge have year round access and host a wide range of grades.
South Wales, inland sandstone at Crags like Gilwern Hill and Crag X or options on the Gower peninsular - Rockfax do a downloadable guide to Gower Sport for a fiver, the crags with a good range of sub 6a climbing are limited though.
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