/ UK Climbing vacation, 14/7-21/7
I've climbed a bit at Bosigran and other Cornwall locations and was thinking it would be a good place to take the wife on some easy trad. She's sport climbed a lot but hasn't ever followed me on gear. Was also thinking of Cheddar Gorge, since we are coming from London, we could easily do both if weather cooperates.
Don't mind camping, B&B, would like to climb a few days and do something else for a day or two.
Thanks in advance!
> Thanks in advance!
For easy single pitch trad try Halldrine Cove, right next to Bosigran but with much less traffic.
For Sport Portland in Dorset has a greater choice of routes at all grades (well F3 - F8b) and far less complex access, can also be used as a stop off en route further West.
Thanks guys. I haven't been to Cheddar before. Knew about the third party insurance but forgot. I have been meaning to become a member of the BMC, but still pay American Alpine Club dues and haven't made the switch yet.
Portland is great... I'll definitely check the weather there as well.
Any other places around Bristol work looking into? We will probably stop in for a visit, as it may be a city we think about relocating to in the future.
Round Bristol there are loads of climbing options predominantly on Limestone, Avon Gorge in the city itself (mostly Trad, often bold); Wye Valley crags: Wintours Leap (Trad, some Sport), Shorn Cliff (Trad), Wyndcliff (Trad) and Ban-y-Gor (Sport some Trad); Goblin Combe (Trad); Fairy Cave (Trad, technical slabs, often bold, access code required from BMC rep) plus numerous other smaller crags (often former quarries).
> I've climbed a bit at Bosigran and other Cornwall locations and was thinking it would be a good place to take the wife on some easy trad.
We have an annual club trip to Cornwall and the last 2 years I have partnered sports climbers converting to trad. We started with some easy single pitch stuff on Alisons rib area; good to practice gear placing and belay stations. Then went on to some easy and harder multi pitch, Ledge Climb, Doorway, Doorpost.
Bosigran worked well, nice rock and good gear placements. Sennen should be fine as well if you wanted just single pitch stuff.
Weather looks OK fro next week but, even in drizzle, Cornish granite is OK!
WeatherPro has a great iPadiPhone app for weather. Very good layout and I have found it fairly accurate.
If you decide on Cornwall, it might be worth a day or two on The Lizard Peninsula. Much quieter than places like Bosigran and Sennen, and there has been a lot of development over the last few years, with many quality new routes in the Diff-Severe range. Details can be downloaded here:
You might need the latest CC West Cornwall guide for cross-referencing.
Hope you have a good time wherever you choose to go
If the weather in the UK looks really bad, jump on a flight to Alicante as Orange House is open for one week only.
It will be hot but we will be climbing early mornings then break to swim over lunch time, then climbing again 6 till 9.
Have fun wherever you end up.
Sam Orange house ;0)
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