/ Where dd you take your kids to learn outdoors?
I think we started them all off on an 'easy way down', but we never got them to climb unless they asked to, until the youngest, Jo, was around there were not really any indoor walls. None of them were obsessed but they were all really good, a lot better than me, particularly at bouldering and competitions, none of them ever trained and the two girls made BRYCS and BICC finals. Nicky the only one that still climbs (very occaisionally) came 4th in the BICC bouldering finals at the NEC, but the best was probably Jo who saeems to have lost all interest :-).
Point is , I know its not near Bristol, but I'm just saying it's best to let them go there own way in their own time. I would agree Three Cliffs Bay is a good place, with some nice bouldering above sand in the next bay, can't remember it's name.
I've been to three cliffs as well but never to climb. I was hoping for something a bit closer, but if nothing else turns up then this may well have to do.
Also in the gower guidebook is "Box Bay". A great little place near porthcawl, and over an hour less driving than gower proper.
Maybe a bit of a drive, but Dancing Ledges at Swanage are a perfect setting for teaching young kids, and thats where I took mine, particularly the lower ledge.
One caveat though, don't go there at high spring tides if there is stormy weather and a running sea. People have been swept off the lower ledge by freak waves and drowned, otherwise it's perfectly safe.
From memory, there are a few small easy outcrops in the grounds of Blaise Castle that would do for a first outing. Couldn't swear to it, as we moved away before kids!
There are some nice routes, but a lot of them are horribly overgrown at the top.
I wasn't necessarily thinking of the "real routes", tbh. I think there are some easier, more
scrambley bits that might be more suited to 4 & 6 year olds - have a memory of doing some ML ropework refresher stuff there for a friend. But yes, it's a bit of a jungle....!
The Tors of Dartmoor give good scope for scrambling around and climbing. Each Tor has a different feel and good friction. You can also wild camp which could be fun.
If you're near Hay Tor you could try Tunnel Chimney (M) and the other Mods/Diffs
My kids loved Brimham Rocks - A Tor in Yorkshire.
Camping details here:
"Proper" climbs often need a much longer reach and legs than kiddies have and it can be tricky finding routes out of rock guides - Even mods can have bigger step ups than you think. Often its best to go to a climbing area and look for easy stuff in the area. Any sloping slab can be good.
Traverses just above your head are also good as they feel "high up" but you can catch them if they fall.
Keep it fun and don't be afraid to haul on the rope occasionally to encourage a feeling of success. All they'll remember is that they did the climb.
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