/ Recommend an easy trad venue near Milton Keynes
Desperately trying to find a suitable trad crag to take beginners in the Milton Keynes areas. Happy to drive approx 1 hour from start point. I know the Peak District is only 2 hours north but my driver doesn't want to go too far. (Change drivers I hear you say!!)
So any suggestions greatly appreciated.
There are no worthwhile crags of any sort (suitable for beginners or otherwise) within 1 hour's drive from Milton Keynes.
Markfield is the only place I can think of that even vaguely fits the bill, but it's:
b) Probably a bit banned I think
c) A terrible place to take beginners as it's awful
e) Falling apart and devoid of gear
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you really would need to drive to somewhere like Harborough or Birchen for what you're after.
Peak District for beginners, I'm afraid.
You might make Avon a bit faster but its not so beginner friendly
There's some crags around Leicester, but I'd imagine they're all pretty awful. I'd say it's the Peak District.
If the driver doesn't want to drive for that long, get them to drive faster. :D
Another vote for the Peaks.
Well, there isn't really an incentive to remember it in all honesty
If you want to have a good time and they remember it for the right reasons, go to the Peak.
On 2nd thoughts, perhaps not... grit, arghhh!
Yeah, Markfield Quarry looks ace as long as you want to put beginners off for life:
I'm sure it's fine if you're local and wanting to climb in the evening, but I wouldn't actually drive an hour just to go there.
The old Leicester guide (with all the stars) was written very tongue in cheek - even to the extent that Markfield was a higher quality venue than Froggatt !
Markfield probably doesn't merit any stars.
Sorry to echo everyone else's responses, but I've lived just outside of Milton Keynes for the past four years and I've yet to find a decent trad crag within an hours drive.
There are some websites with Leicestershire crags... been to a few and frankly you would be best to drive the extra 50mins to Birchen. Craig Buddon is probably the nicest climbing, but certainly not a beginners venue. Beacon hill is good for a bit of easy bouldering in nice weather, as is Bradgate park. Hangingstone quarry is simply aweful; sharp and unpleasant climbing (in the easier grades at least). Outwoods crag is a great place to teach people how to abseil, not much more...
It has to be the peaks.... MK isn't a ideal place to be a climber... if you want to stay local, go biking instead maybe...
Or go to Big Rock or the Pinnacle and climb indoors...
Shudder. I've been to Markfield (twice!) and never felt the inclination to go anywhere near that route. I'm on a stupid mission to climb all the 2+ starred routes up to VS in Britain, which will necessitate a return visit at some stage though. Unless it has the good grace to fall down (or somebody fills it in) first.
> The old Leicester guide (with all the stars) was written very tongue in cheek - even to the extent that Markfield was a higher quality venue than Froggatt !
> Markfield probably doesn't merit any stars.
I'm fairly sure that it used a starmetres system to prove that Markfield was slightly better than Gardoms, but a fair way short of Froggatt. I don't have a copy to check, although I do like the starmetres idea and have cribbed it for my complex algorithm which tells me where I ought to go climbing based on the unclimbed starmetres:distance the crag is from my house ratio...
You can tell its a long while since I bothered getting it off the book shelf :-)
Thanks for the responses guys. You all confirmed my fears! I shall try to convince a drive to the Peak as I want to go there too!
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