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Roundhill

North Yorkshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 127 – 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.

Access 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. There is a spot for a small car at the end of the dam; if you aren’t first you’ll have to walk a little further. 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.

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Guidebooks
YMC Yorkshire Gritstone Vol 1 (2012)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 THE COBBLE  
2ScrabbleV1 3
3ScribbleV2 3
4Right of RibV1 5
5Top Pocket finishV1 ***9
6Head BangerV2 4
7BackbreakerV2 *4
8Little Step StartV2 6
9Two Pocket WallV0 **12
10Left of RibV1 7
11Hewn PocketVB 11
12Twin ScoopV0- 10
13FlutingsVB 11
 THE PEBBLE  
15Wall PocketV0- 9
16Little Top PocketV0- 8
17Bigger Top PocketV0- 8
18Left of Arkte PocketV0+ 9
19Arkte PocketV1 8
20The True Bum StartV2 6
21Right Arkte PocketV1 7
22RipplesV0 8
23All PocketsV1 2
 THE SLAB  
25GraspV1 17
26GripV0+ 24
27Billy-No-Matsf5+ 11
28GutsV1 **18
29GnatV0 *23
30KnottV0 19
31KnitV1 *15
32Nose SpanV2 *18
33KnottyV0 *21
34Team Sowden Traversef6A *1
 THE EASY (!) ANGLED SLAB  
36Kings of Northumbria Overmantelf6B **1
37Middle Lipf6C 1
38Right Endf6C 1
 THE RAMPS  
40Roof Centralf4+  
41Roof Aretef4+  
42Left Flakesf4+  
43Major Flakesf5  
44JacobV0- 7
45Jacob SittingV1 4
46RamesesV0+ 9
47AbdullahV1 6
48Tribal Wars SDV4 **7
49JonahV1 11
50JugsV0- 13
51Pair of EyesV0- 15
52High JugV0- 15
53The ScoopV0 4c 2
54Right FaceV0- 12
55Prepare For Pumpf5 *2
 ROMAN WALL  
57Off Big Flake SDnone 1
58MusgrovelV1 3
59RollerballV2 **3
60Little GruntV0 4
61Roof 1 SDf6A  
62Roof 2 SDf6A 1
63Huge Block Arete SDnone  
64Fangy MouthV3 *1
65Fangy Mouth SDnone * 
66CrackV0- 7
67ShekelsV2  
68SinistraV2  
69Left of Rib SDf6C  
70Right of Rib SDf6B 2
 Climb nameGradex
71Good EnoughV0 6
72Tiny CornerV7  
73Jumping LeftV6 3
74Trends RightV6 1
75SenatorV1 12
76Senator SDf6A 5
77Gladiator's Aretenone  
78GladiatorV1 ***10
79Gladiator SDf6A+ 3
80AhenobarbusV3 **9
81Wall Directf6C **5
82SlaveV2 4
83AreteV1 9
84Top Traversenone  
85Middle Traversef7A *** 
 THE RAMPARTS  
87AreteV1 13
88Arete Eliminate (sit start)f5+ **4
89WallV0+ 4
90OverhangV0+ *4
91Scoop WallV0+ 2
92Wall and RibV1 1
93Scoop DirectV0+ 1
94Left Aretenone 1
95Right Aretenone  
 THE SMALL CRACKED PINNACLE  
97South AreteV1 7
98East Finger WallV1 3
99Lower WallV1 4
100Tiny Wallf5 3
101Finger Holds Traversef6A  
 THE VILLA  
103AreteV0- 8
104Right of ScoopV0- 6
105Top PocketV0- 7
106Left of CrackV0 9
107Tiny PocketV1 *8
108Large Pocket FinishV1 8
109Blunt AreteV1 *6
110Right StepV1 5
111Scoop it LeftV1 6
112Scoop it RightV1 6
113Wall AreteV1 5
114Steve Rhodes' Warm Upf4+ *4
 THE BACK OF THE VILLA  
116Genuinely EasyV0- 11
117Weather WindowV1 *9
118Use the CornerV1 **8
119Eliminate the CornerV2 6
120Corner ClimbV0- 10
121DynoV1 10
122Very Squeezed InV2 5
123Looks HarderV1 4
 BONUS BOULDER 1  
125Opening Wallf4 2
126Severusf5 *2
127Snake Flakef4 2
128Boulder 1 Traversef5+ 1
 BONUS BOULDER 2  
130Converger If5+ 3
131Converger IIf6A 1
132Bulbousf5+ 1
133Many Holdsf5+ 3
134Mega Traversef5+  
 BONUS BOULDER 3  
136To Hornf5+ 2
137Pompey Moonf6A 2
138Tough's Aretef3 2
139Traversef7A+  
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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
landskip - 18/Jan/10

A topo is availiable at: http://www.theleedswall.co.uk/ymc/downloads.htm.
John Hunt - 28/Nov/09