Climbs 139
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 300m a.s.l
Faces all

Slapping to the top on Wall Direct at Roundhill © JamesTurnbull97

Crag features

Roundhill is part of what Tony Barley intended to share with the climbing community as "Wild Bouldering II".

An extensive boulder field high on Ilton Moor. Very pleasant on a Summer’s day, but can feel very exposed in rough weather. There are many excellent lower grade problems, but there are some real test pieces, particularly on the Roman Walls.

Great for families, all bilberries and no ferns. Nice and flat. Yorkshire’s answer to the child-friendly bouldering in Derbyshire’s Burbage Valley.

A download is availiable on the Leeds Wall Website. This is published in memory of Tony Barley and has the full backing of his family.

Approach notes

From Lofthouse, turn off the Healy road at the bottom of the hill once the reservoirs come into view. Drive down the single-track road and park considerately near the dam of Roundhill Reservoir (SE 153 773). If travelling from Masham via Healy: cross the bridge over the Leighton Reservoir inlet, and after a few hundred metres take the single track road on the left.

Park considerately just before the big gate, well away from the house and the dam. Walk past the house and cross the dam.  Walk up hill from the end of the dam towards a five bar gate in the wall; after this follow the path uphill and cross a curious stepped green metal gate. From here continue along the straight moorland path until the boulders are reached. About half a km.

Temporary access restrictions are posted on a sign at the head of the dam. The boulders are on access land under current CRoW arrangements, but you have to cross some non-access land, so please stick to the foot paths.

Is the big gate the one with the cattle grid closest to the dam?
LGraham - 23/Jul/15
I've amended the parking notes. Stay away from the house and walk in.
John Hunt - 20/Jun/15
I would guess that Yorkshire Water would have no problems with responsible, recreational access. The land either side of the access road will be used by a tenant farmer leasing from YW I would have thought. The issue will be the legal status of the road accessing the dam. I guess that the owners of the house are twitchy about loads of the unwashed clogging up 'their' drive?
Andy Say - 19/Jun/15
There is no access agreement about parking - the boulders themselves are on access land and a footpath leads to them. It might be wise to park on the main road and walk down the little road to the dam. I never had any problems parking near the dam and other people, walkers etc, also park there. However, if more people are climbing here, it might be causing concern. I'll pass this on the Gritstone Access Rep, but a sensible position for now would be to park further away and enjoy the slightly longer walk.
John Hunt - 07/Sep/10
I seems that there are some acess problems brewing here concerning car parking. Last night I was asked by the person who lives in the house near the dam not to drive up the road as described in the access notes and not to park anywhere beside the approach road. He was reasonable but adamant that there was no access agreement as described and maintained that Yorkshire Water and the farmer of the land were strongly against car access but pedestrian access was fine. If anyone has new information or can clarify the arrangements this would be welcome.
balnakiel - 07/Sep/10
Yes you are right about this boulder field, a great place, great problems and fantastic location. Myself and a group of mates first bouldered here in 2005, we documented and photographed most of the problems that appear on the Leeds wall site. I shall post some of the photo's here when i dig them out! - Robin Warden
Robin Warden - 18/Jan/10
A topo is availiable at: http://www.theleedswall.co.uk/ymc/downloads.htm.
John Hunt - 28/Nov/09
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 The Cobble 
2The Collywobblef6C **1
3Scrabble
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V1 5
4Scribble
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V2 6
5Right of Rib
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V1 12
6Top Pocket finish
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V1 ***19
7Risk Free Rockoverf6A+ *1
8Head Banger
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V2 8
9Backbreaker
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V2 *7
10Little Step Start
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V2 16
11Two Pocket Wall
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V0 **29
12Left of Rib
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V1 18
13Hewn Pocket
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VB 25
14Twin Scoop
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V0- 24
15Flutings
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VB 25
 The Pebble 
17Wall Pocket
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V0- 22
18Little Top Pocket
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V0- 22
19Bigger Top Pocket
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V0- 21
20Left of Arete Pocket
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V0+ 20
21Arete Pocket
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V1 19
22The True Bum Start
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V2 8
23Right Arete Pocket
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V1 16
24Ripples
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V0 18
 The Pebble Traverses 
26All Pocketsf5 5
27Wounded Kneef6A+ **1
28Knee Highf5+ *1
29Knee Lowf4+ 1
 The Slab 
31Grasp
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V1 27
32Grip
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V0+ 38
33Billy-No-Matsf5+ 23
34Guts
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V1 **28
35Gnat
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V0 *34
36Knott
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V0 32
37Knit
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V1 *24
38Nose Span
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V2 *25
39Knotty
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V0 *33
40Team Sowden Traverse
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f6A *4
 The Easy (!) Angled Slab 
42Kings of Northumbria Overmantelf6B **2
43Middle Lip
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f6C 2
44Right End
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f6C 3
 The Ramps 
46No Guts, No Gloryf6B *1
47Roof Central
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f4+  
48Roof Arete
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f4+  
49Left Flakesf4+ 1
50Major Flakesf5 1
51Jacob
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V0- 14
52Jacob's Ladderf3+ 2
53Jacob Sitting
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V1 8
54Rameses
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V0+ 14
55Abdullah
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V1 12
56Tribal Wars SDf5+ **13
57Jonah
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V1 15
58Jugs
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V0- 22
59Pair of Eyes
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V0- 25
60High Jug
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V0- 23
61The ScoopV0 4
62Right Face
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V0- 18
63Prepare For Pumpf5 *3
 Roman Wall 
65Off Big Flake SD
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none 1
66Musgrovel
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V1 4
67Rollerball
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V2 **7
68Little Grunt
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V0 6
69Roof 1 SD
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f6A 1
70Roof 2 SD
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f6A 2
71Huge Block Arete SD
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none  
72Fangy Mouth
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V3 *2
73Fangy Mouth SD
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none * 
74Crack
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V0- 14
75Shekels
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V2 1
76Sinistra
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V2 2
77Left of Rib SD
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f6C  
78Right of Rib SD
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f6B 5
79Good Enough
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V0 11
80Tiny CornerV7  
81Jumping LeftV6 3
82Trends RightV6 1
83Senator
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V1 18
84Senator SDf6A 9
85Gladiator's Arete
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none  
86Gladiator
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V1 ***18
87Gladiator SD
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f6A+ 5
88AhenobarbusV3 **16
89Wall Directf6C **6
90Slave
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V2 6
91Arete
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V1 14
92Top Traverse
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none  
93Middle Traverse
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f7A *** 
 The Ramparts 
95Arete
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V1 20
96Arete Eliminate (sit start)f5+ **8
97Wall
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V0+ 7
98Overhang
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V0+ *8
99Scoop Wall
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V0+ 4
100Wall and Rib
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V1 2
101Scoop Direct
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V0+ 2
102Left Arete
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none 2
103Right Arete
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none 1
 Behind the Ramparts 
105Strictlyf6A 1
106Pinch Slapf5 1
107Freedomf5+ 1
108Velcro Crabf6C  
 The Small Cracked Pinnacle 
110South Arete
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V1 9
111East Finger Wall
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V1 4
112Lower Wall
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V1 5
113Tiny Wall
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f5 4
114Finger Holds Traverse
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f6A  
 The Villa 
116Arete
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V0- 13
117Right of Scoop
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V0- 10
118Top Pocket
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V0- 11
119Left of Crack
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V0 17
120Tiny Pocket
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V1 *11
121Large Pocket Finish
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V1 11
122Blunt Arete
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V1 *10
123Right Step
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V1 6
124Scoop it Left
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V1 7
125Scoop it Right
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V1 7
126Wall Arete
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V1 6
127Steve Rhodes' Warm Upf4+ *5
 The Back of the Villa 
129Genuinely Easy
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V0- 16
130Weather Window
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V1 *11
131Use the Corner
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V1 **12
132Eliminate the Corner
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V2 9
133Corner Climb
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V0- 13
134Villa Pinchf5 *1
135Dyno
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V1 12
136Dyno Staticf5 2
137Very Squeezed In
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V2 9
138Looks Harder
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V1 8
 Bonus Boulder 1 
140Opening Wall
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f4 3
141Severus
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f5 *3
142Snake Flake
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f4 3
143Boulder 1 Traverse
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f5+ 2
 Bonus Boulder 2 
145Converger I
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f5+ 4
146Converger II
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f6A 2
147Bulbous
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f5+ 2
148Many Holds
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f5+ 4
149Mega Traverse
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f5+ 1
 Bonus Boulder 3 
151To Horn
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f5+ 3
152Pompey Moon
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f6A 3
153Tough's Arete
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f3 5
154Traverse
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f7A+  

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