/ Chew Valley Virgin
Don't think you will be disappointed with dove stones, tough walk in so usually quiet, lovely rock, great view. Enjoy!
Come off it, ct, even you must admit there's more than one good day's climbing to be had in the Chew.
What about Wimberry for day 2? Laze up slowly playing on the boulders, knocking off problems before hitting the crag for Berties Bugbear, Route I, Route II, Coffin Crack and any of the famous three 'HVSs.'
Saw a couple of teams up at Wimberry this evening - not to mention the 'big day' on Saturday, so it's probably in good nick... until the weather breaks down on Wednesday :-(
Surprised no-one's mentioned Rob's Rocks yet - several decent VSs which aren't push-overs...
Keep Alderman in reserve for a gap between rain and one of the quarries may be worth a look in windy weather or with on-off showers. Dovestones is by far the best starter crag if its nice wether and dry.
I was going to suggest Robs Rocks! It gets sun from very early in the morning and there wont be anyone around! Some nice tricky routes too!
Wimberry and Ravenstones dont get any sun until much later in the day (late afternoon?) and with this rain will be slippy as hell I would imagine!
And finish off in one of the very nice hostillaries in Greenfield or Upermill! :D
Rob's rocks is a great venue for the return visitor but not a patch on the bigger crags.
> Rob's rocks is a great venue for the return visitor but not a patch on the bigger crags.
Oh I completely agree! I am just using his time wisely ecpscially if there is some rain! :)
If you get to Dovestone and find it's minging (as happened to us a few years ago), it's an easy walk round the edge of the plateau to Rob's Rocks. As already stated this isn't as good a crag, but it is cleaner and dries faster.
I'd say Rob's is better for the requirement "want to do as many routes as poss around d -vs" - though I haven't done any of the Aldermans obscurities so prepared to be proved wrong as usual.
Anyway, I'd expect Dovestone should be in fairly good condition after a few weeks of mostly dry weather.
I've taken newbies to both and Alderman's impresses more but runs out of options quicker. Both crags have extensive obscurities someone like you should have a look at. Not all in the new guide either but a lot thats missing is on Offwidth (note this includes Charnell skyline for Robs).
Standing Stones faces south and is a little more sheltered if windy but has some excellent routes. It does seep after a lot of rain though.
Robs Rocks is a lovely little south facing bouldering / small routes venue and definitely away from the crowds.
You can't go wrong, but you need a Chew mindset. Some rock is a bit loose and often green but that should not detract away from the amazing setting and remote feeling of this gem of a spot.
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