Roundhill

Climbs 133 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 300m a.s.l – Faces all

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.

Guidebooks
YMC Yorkshire Gritstone Vol 1 (2012)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
 THE COBBLE  
2ScrabbleV1 4
3ScribbleV2 5
4Right of RibV1 8
5Top Pocket finishV1 ***13
6Head BangerV2 5
7BackbreakerV2 *4
8Little Step StartV2 11
9Two Pocket WallV0 **21
10Left of RibV1 13
11Hewn PocketVB 20
12Twin ScoopV0- 19
13FlutingsVB 21
 THE PEBBLE  
15Wall PocketV0- 18
16Little Top PocketV0- 17
17Bigger Top PocketV0- 17
18Left of Arete PocketV0+ 15
19Arete PocketV1 14
20The True Bum StartV2 8
21Right Arete PocketV1 12
22RipplesV0 14
23All PocketsV1 4
24Wounded Kneef6A+ **1
 THE SLAB  
26GraspV1 23
27GripV0+ 34
28Billy-No-Matsf5+ 17
29GutsV1 **24
30GnatV0 *30
31KnottV0 28
32KnitV1 *20
33Nose SpanV2 *21
34KnottyV0 *29
35Team Sowden Traversef6A *4
 THE EASY (!) ANGLED SLAB  
37Kings of Northumbria Overmantelf6B **1
38Middle Lipf6C 1
39Right Endf6C 3
 THE RAMPS  
41Roof Centralf4+  
42Roof Aretef4+  
43Left Flakesf4+ 1
44Major Flakesf5 1
45JacobV0- 12
46Jacob SittingV1 7
47RamesesV0+ 11
48AbdullahV1 8
49Tribal Wars SDf5+ **11
50JonahV1 14
51JugsV0- 19
52Pair of EyesV0- 22
53High JugV0- 20
54The ScoopV0 4c 4
55Right FaceV0- 17
56Prepare For Pumpf5 *3
 ROMAN WALL  
58Off Big Flake SDnone 1
59MusgrovelV1 4
60RollerballV2 **5
61Little GruntV0 5
62Roof 1 SDf6A 1
63Roof 2 SDf6A 2
64Huge Block Arete SDnone  
65Fangy MouthV3 *1
66Fangy Mouth SDnone * 
67CrackV0- 14
68ShekelsV2 1
69SinistraV2 2
70Left of Rib SDf6C  
71Right of Rib SDf6B 4
72Good EnoughV0 11
73Tiny CornerV7  
74Jumping LeftV6 3
75Trends RightV6 1
76SenatorV1 16
77Senator SDf6A 9
78Gladiator's Aretenone  
79GladiatorV1 ***14
80Gladiator SDf6A+ 5
81AhenobarbusV3 **13
82Wall Directf6C **5
83SlaveV2 5
84AreteV1 12
85Top Traversenone  
86Middle Traversef7A *** 
 THE RAMPARTS  
88AreteV1 18
89Arete Eliminate (sit start)f5+ **7
90WallV0+ 7
91OverhangV0+ *6
92Scoop WallV0+ 4
93Wall and RibV1 2
94Scoop DirectV0+ 2
95Left Aretenone 2
96Right Aretenone 1
 BEHIND THE RAMPARTS  
98Strictlyf6A 1
99Pinch Slapf5 1
100Freedomf5+ 1
101Velcro Crabf6C  
 THE SMALL CRACKED PINNACLE  
103South AreteV1 9
104East Finger WallV1 4
105Lower WallV1 5
106Tiny Wallf5 4
107Finger Holds Traversef6A  
 THE VILLA  
109AreteV0- 11
110Right of ScoopV0- 8
111Top PocketV0- 9
112Left of CrackV0 14
113Tiny PocketV1 *9
114Large Pocket FinishV1 9
115Blunt AreteV1 *8
116Right StepV1 6
117Scoop it LeftV1 7
118Scoop it RightV1 6
119Wall AreteV1 6
120Steve Rhodes' Warm Upf4+ *5
 THE BACK OF THE VILLA  
122Genuinely EasyV0- 16
123Weather WindowV1 *11
124Use the CornerV1 **12
125Eliminate the CornerV2 9
126Corner ClimbV0- 13
127Villa Pinchf5 *1
128DynoV1 12
129Dyno Staticf5 2
130Very Squeezed InV2 9
131Looks HarderV1 8
 BONUS BOULDER 1  
133Opening Wallf4 3
134Severusf5 *3
135Snake Flakef4 3
136Boulder 1 Traversef5+ 2
 BONUS BOULDER 2  
138Converger If5+ 4
139Converger IIf6A 2
140Bulbousf5+ 2
141Many Holdsf5+ 4
142Mega Traversef5+ 1
 BONUS BOULDER 3  
144To Hornf5+ 3
145Pompey Moonf6A 3
146Tough's Aretef3 5
147Traversef7A+  
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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