Climbs 142
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 7
4Scribble
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V2 9
5Right of Rib
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V1 16
6Top Pocket finish
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V1 ***30
7Risk Free Rockoverf6A+ *2
8Head Banger
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V2 10
9Backbreaker
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V2 *10
10Little Step Start
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V2 22
11Two Pocket Wall
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V0 **35
12Left of Rib
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V1 23
13Hewn Pocket
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VB 29
14Twin Scoop
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V0- 28
15Flutings
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VB 28
 The Pebble 
17Wall Pocket
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V0- 28
18Little Top Pocket
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V0- 28
19Bigger Top Pocket
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V0- 25
20Left of Arete Pocket
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V0+ 23
21Arete Pocket
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V1 22
22The True Bum Start
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V2 9
23Right Arete Pocket
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V1 19
24Ripples
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V0 23
 The Pebble Traverses 
26All Pocketsf5 7
27Wounded Kneef6A+ **1
28Knee Highf5+ *2
29Knee Lowf4+ 2
 The Slab 
31Grasp
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V1 36
32Grip
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V0+ 48
33Billy-No-Matsf5+ 32
34Guts
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V1 **36
35Gnat
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V0 *43
36Knott
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V0 40
37Knit
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V1 *32
38Nose Span
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V2 *35
39Knotty
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V0 *39
40Team Sowden Traverse
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f6A *7
 The Easy (!) Angled Slab 
42Kings of Northumbria Overmantelf6B **3
43Middle Lip
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f6C 2
44Right End
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f6C 5
 The Ramps 
46No Guts, No Gloryf6B *2
47Roof Central
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f4+ 1
48Roof Arete
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f4+ 1
49Left Flakesf4+ 1
50Major Flakesf5 2
51Jacob
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V0- 17
52Jacob's Ladderf3+ 3
53Jacob Sitting
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V1 10
54Rameses
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V0+ 17
55Abdullah
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V1 16
56Tribal Wars SDf5+ **20
57Two Pocketsf5+ 1
58Jonah
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V1 21
59Jugs
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V0- 25
60Pair of Eyes
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V0- 28
61High Jug
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V0- 26
62The ScoopV0 6
63Right Face
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V0- 21
64Prepare For Pumpf5 *4
 Roman Wall 
66Off Big Flake SD
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none 1
67Musgrovel
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V1 4
68Rollerball
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V2 **8
69Little Grunt
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V0 6
70Roof 1 SD
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f6A 1
71Roof 2 SD
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f6A 2
72Huge Block Arete SD
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none  
73Fangy Mouth
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V3 *2
74Fangy Mouth SD
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none * 
75Crack
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V0- 15
76Shekels
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V2 4
77Sinistra
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V2 3
78Left of Rib SD
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f6C 1
79Right of Rib SD
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f6B 7
80Good Enough
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V0 12
81Tiny CornerV7 3
82Jumping LeftV6 8
83Trends RightV6 3
84Senator
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V1 25
85Senator SDf6A 14
86Veni Vidi Vici (Gladiator's Arete)f7A+ *1
87Gladiator
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V1 ***26
88Gladiator SD
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f6A+ 9
89AhenobarbusV3 **25
90Wall Directf6C **11
91Slave
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V2 10
92Arete
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V1 21
93Top Traverse
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none  
94Middle Traverse
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f7A ***1
 The Ramparts 
96Arete
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V1 26
97Arete Eliminate (sit start)f5+ **16
98Wall
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V0+ 10
99Overhang
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V0+ *9
100Scoop Wall
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V0+ 5
101Wall and Rib
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V1 2
102Scoop Direct
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V0+ 2
103Left Arete
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none 2
104Right Arete
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none 1
 Behind the Ramparts 
106Strictlyf6A 1
107Pinch Slapf5 1
108Freedomf5+ 1
109Velcro Crabf6C  
 The Small Cracked Pinnacle 
111South Arete
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V1 13
112East Finger Wall
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V1 8
113Lower Wall
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V1 7
114Tiny Wall
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f5 6
115Finger Holds Traverse
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f6A 2
 The Villa 
117Arete
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V0- 17
118Right of Scoop
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V0- 13
119Top Pocket
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V0- 13
120Left of Crack
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V0 22
121Tiny Pocket
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V1 *13
122Large Pocket Finish
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V1 15
123Blunt Arete
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V1 *13
124Right Step
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V1 9
125Scoop it Left
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V1 9
126Scoop it Right
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V1 9
127Wall Arete
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V1 8
128Steve Rhodes' Warm Upf4+ *5
 The Back of the Villa 
130Genuinely Easy
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V0- 20
131Weather Window
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V1 *15
132Use the Corner
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V1 **13
133Eliminate the Corner
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V2 13
134Corner Climb
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V0- 17
135Villa Pinchf5 *2
136Dyno
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V1 16
137Dyno Staticf5 2
138Very Squeezed In
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V2 13
139Looks Harder
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V1 13
 Bonus Boulder 1 
141Opening Wall
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f4 3
142Severus
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f5 *3
143Snake Flake
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f4 3
144Boulder 1 Traverse
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f5+ 2
 Bonus Boulder 2 
146Converger I
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f5+ 4
147Converger II
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f6A 4
148Bulbous
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f5+ 2
149Many Holds
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f5+ 4
150Mega Traverse
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f5+ 1
 Bonus Boulder 3 
152To Horn
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f5+ 4
153Super Moonf6A *1
154Pompey Moon
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f6A 5
155Tough's Arete
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f3 5
156Traverse
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f7A+ 1
157Little ArÍtef6A 2

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