Climbs 140
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
1Good Enough
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V0 11
 The Cobble 
3The Collywobblef6C **1
4Tiny CornerV7  
5Jumping LeftV6 4
6Scrabble
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V1 5
7Scribble
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V2 6
8Trends RightV6 1
9Senator
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V1 18
10Right of Rib
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V1 12
11Top Pocket finish
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V1 ***19
12Senator SDf6A 9
13Gladiator's Arete
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none  
14Risk Free Rockoverf6A+ *1
15Head Banger
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V2 8
16Gladiator
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V1 ***18
17Gladiator SD
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f6A+ 5
18Backbreaker
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V2 *7
19Little Step Start
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V2 16
20AhenobarbusV3 **17
21Wall Directf6C **7
22Two Pocket Wall
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V0 **29
23Left of Rib
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V1 18
24Slave
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V2 6
25Arete
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V1 15
26Hewn Pocket
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VB 25
27Twin Scoop
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V0- 24
28Top Traverse
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none  
29Middle Traverse
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f7A *** 
30Flutings
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VB 25
 The Pebble 
 The Ramparts 
33Wall Pocket
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V0- 23
34Arete
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V1 22
35Arete Eliminate (sit start)f5+ **9
36Little Top Pocket
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V0- 23
37Bigger Top Pocket
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V0- 22
38Wall
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V0+ 7
39Overhang
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V0+ *8
40Left of Arete Pocket
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V0+ 21
41Arete Pocket
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V1 20
42Scoop Wall
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V0+ 4
43Wall and Rib
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V1 2
44The True Bum Start
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V2 8
45Right Arete Pocket
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V1 16
46Scoop Direct
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V0+ 2
47Ripples
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V0 18
48Left Arete
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none 2
 The Pebble Traverses 
50Right Arete
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none 1
51All Pocketsf5 5
 Behind the Ramparts 
53Strictlyf6A 1
54Wounded Kneef6A+ **1
55Pinch Slapf5 1
56Knee Highf5+ *1
57Freedomf5+ 1
58Knee Lowf4+ 1
 The Slab 
60Velcro Crabf6C  
61Grasp
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V1 30
 The Small Cracked Pinnacle 
63South Arete
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V1 9
64Grip
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V0+ 41
65Billy-No-Matsf5+ 26
66East Finger Wall
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V1 5
67Guts
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V1 **31
68Lower Wall
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V1 5
69Gnat
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V0 *37
70Tiny Wall
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f5 4
71Knott
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V0 35
72Finger Holds Traverse
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f6A 1
73Knit
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V1 *27
 The Villa 
75Nose Span
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V2 *27
76Arete
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V0- 13
77Right of Scoop
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V0- 10
78Knotty
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V0 *34
79Team Sowden Traverse
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f6A *4
80Top Pocket
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V0- 11
81Left of Crack
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V0 17
 The Easy (!) Angled Slab 
83Tiny Pocket
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V1 *11
84Kings of Northumbria Overmantelf6B **2
85Middle Lip
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f6C 2
86Large Pocket Finish
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V1 11
87Blunt Arete
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V1 *10
88Right End
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f6C 3
 The Ramps 
90Right Step
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V1 6
91Scoop it Left
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V1 7
92No Guts, No Gloryf6B *1
93Roof Central
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f4+  
94Scoop it Right
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V1 7
95Wall Arete
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V1 6
96Roof Arete
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f4+  
97Left Flakesf4+ 1
98Steve Rhodes' Warm Upf4+ *5
 The Back of the Villa 
100Major Flakesf5 1
101Jacob
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V0- 14
102Genuinely Easy
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V0- 16
103Jacob's Ladderf3+ 2
104Weather Window
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V1 *11
105Use the Corner
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V1 **12
106Jacob Sitting
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V1 8
107Eliminate the Corner
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V2 9
108Rameses
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V0+ 14
109Corner Climb
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V0- 13
110Abdullah
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V1 12
111Tribal Wars SDf5+ **13
112Villa Pinchf5 *1
113Dyno
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V1 12
114Jonah
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V1 15
115Dyno Staticf5 2
116Jugs
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V0- 23
117Pair of Eyes
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V0- 26
118Very Squeezed In
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V2 9
119Looks Harder
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V1 8
120High Jug
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V0- 24
121The ScoopV0 5
 Bonus Boulder 1 
123Right Face
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V0- 19
124Opening Wall
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f4 3
125Prepare For Pumpf5 *4
126Severus
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f5 *3
127Snake Flake
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f4 3
 Roman Wall 
129Boulder 1 Traverse
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f5+ 2
130Off Big Flake SD
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none 1
131Musgrovel
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V1 4
 Bonus Boulder 2 
133Rollerball
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V2 **7
134Converger I
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f5+ 4
135Little Grunt
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V0 6
136Converger II
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f6A 3
137Roof 1 SD
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f6A 1
138Bulbous
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f5+ 2
139Roof 2 SD
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f6A 2
140Many Holds
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f5+ 4
141Huge Block Arete SD
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none  
142Mega Traverse
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f5+ 1
 Bonus Boulder 3 
144Fangy Mouth
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V3 *2
145To Horn
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f5+ 3
146Fangy Mouth SD
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none * 
147Crack
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V0- 14
148Pompey Moon
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f6A 3
149Tough's Arete
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f3 5
150Shekels
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V2 2
151Sinistra
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V2 2
152Traverse
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f7A+  
153Left of Rib SD
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f6C  
154Right of Rib SD
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f6B 5
155Little ArÍtef6A 1

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