Climbs 139 – 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.

YMC Yorkshire Gritstone Vol 1 (2012)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
2ScrabbleV1 5
3ScribbleV2 6
4Right of RibV1 10
5Top Pocket finishV1 ***17
6Head BangerV2 8
7BackbreakerV2 *7
8Little Step StartV2 15
9Two Pocket WallV0 **25
10Left of RibV1 16
11Hewn PocketVB 23
12Twin ScoopV0- 22
13FlutingsVB 23
15Wall PocketV0- 20
16Little Top PocketV0- 19
17Bigger Top PocketV0- 19
18Left of Arete PocketV0+ 17
19Arete PocketV1 16
20The True Bum StartV2 8
21Right Arete PocketV1 14
22RipplesV0 16
24All Pocketsf5 5
25Wounded Kneef6A+ **1
26Knee Highf5+ *1
27Knee Lowf4+ 1
29GraspV1 25
30GripV0+ 36
31Billy-No-Matsf5+ 20
32GutsV1 **25
33GnatV0 *32
34KnottV0 30
35KnitV1 *22
36Nose SpanV2 *24
37KnottyV0 *31
38Team Sowden Traversef6A *4
40Kings of Northumbria Overmantelf6B **2
41Middle Lipf6C 2
42Right Endf6C 3
44Roof Centralf4+  
45Roof Aretef4+  
46Left Flakesf4+ 1
47Major Flakesf5 1
48JacobV0- 14
49Jacob's Ladderf3+ 2
50Jacob SittingV1 8
51RamesesV0+ 12
52AbdullahV1 10
53Tribal Wars SDf5+ **13
54JonahV1 15
55JugsV0- 20
56Pair of EyesV0- 23
57High JugV0- 21
58The ScoopV0 4c 4
59Right FaceV0- 18
60Prepare For Pumpf5 *3
62Off Big Flake SDnone 1
63MusgrovelV1 4
64RollerballV2 **6
65Little GruntV0 6
66Roof 1 SDf6A 1
67Roof 2 SDf6A 2
68Huge Block Arete SDnone  
69Fangy MouthV3 *2
70Fangy Mouth SDnone * 
71CrackV0- 14
72ShekelsV2 1
73SinistraV2 2
74Left of Rib SDf6C  
75Right of Rib SDf6B 5
76Good EnoughV0 11
77Tiny CornerV7  
78Jumping LeftV6 3
79Trends RightV6 1
80SenatorV1 18
81Senator SDf6A 9
82Gladiator's Aretenone  
83GladiatorV1 ***17
84Gladiator SDf6A+ 5
85AhenobarbusV3 **16
86Wall Directf6C **6
87SlaveV2 6
88AreteV1 13
89Top Traversenone  
90Middle Traversef7A *** 
92AreteV1 20
93Arete Eliminate (sit start)f5+ **8
94WallV0+ 7
95OverhangV0+ *8
96Scoop WallV0+ 4
97Wall and RibV1 2
98Scoop DirectV0+ 2
99Left Aretenone 2
100Right Aretenone 1
102Strictlyf6A 1
103Pinch Slapf5 1
104Freedomf5+ 1
105Velcro Crabf6C  
107South AreteV1 9
108East Finger WallV1 4
109Lower WallV1 5
110Tiny Wallf5 4
111Finger Holds Traversef6A  
113AreteV0- 11
114Right of ScoopV0- 8
115Top PocketV0- 9
116Left of CrackV0 15
117Tiny PocketV1 *9
118Large Pocket FinishV1 9
119Blunt AreteV1 *8
120Right StepV1 6
121Scoop it LeftV1 7
122Scoop it RightV1 7
123Wall AreteV1 6
124Steve Rhodes' Warm Upf4+ *5
126Genuinely EasyV0- 16
127Weather WindowV1 *11
128Use the CornerV1 **12
129Eliminate the CornerV2 9
130Corner ClimbV0- 13
131Villa Pinchf5 *1
132DynoV1 12
133Dyno Staticf5 2
134Very Squeezed InV2 9
135Looks HarderV1 8
137Opening Wallf4 3
138Severusf5 *3
139Snake Flakef4 3
140Boulder 1 Traversef5+ 2
142Converger If5+ 4
143Converger IIf6A 2
144Bulbousf5+ 2
145Many Holdsf5+ 4
146Mega Traversef5+ 1
148To Hornf5+ 3
149Pompey Moonf6A 3
150Tough's Aretef3 5
152Risk Free Rockover *VB *1
153The Collywobble *f6C **1
154No Guts, No Glory *f6B *1
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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:
John Hunt - 28/Nov/09