Churchill Rocks

Climbs 27 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces S

Crag features
The area of woodland next to the A38 containing the two quarries is shown as CROW land on most maps these days. The main crag at Churchill is the large slab which rises above the A38 which has several easy routes, it is quick to dry and if climbing were allowed would be a superb venue for novices.100 metres up the road(on the same side) is the Southern Outcrop,which used to be a very gloomy place but it is now coming to life.Climbers tempted to explore the place would be un-noticed by the traffic rushing by just yards away.On the left as you enter The Southern Outcrop is a slim pillar of rock,this is The Gendarme.Straight in front of you is the imposing Balcombe`s Wall and to the right of this are the Scurvy Corners bounded on the right by the newly unearthed Humbug Wall (so-called because of the Toffee like vertical stripes)which is producing some bold routes.

Access notes
Half a mile south of Churchill village overlooking the A38. The land is shown as CRoW land on most maps. It's ownership is unclear although it is probably common land with some locals claiming grazing rights.The owner of the tunnel at the Southern Outcrop is Bristol Water and they have recently erected a "Heras" fence across the front of the crag. As they do not own the surrounding land they have no interest in climbing there. This is probably due to the fact that a large tree has fallen down from the top of Humbug Wall and crashed onto the waterworks tunnel entrance.This can be easily circumvented by walking up the public footpath a few metres north of the crag then turning back south as you reach the the top of the bank.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Guidebooks
Avon and Cheddar (2004), Avon and Cheddar (1992)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
 FAR LEFT SLABS  
2Bel Viaggio.D 7
3Stillman's Scramble.M 7
 THE LEFT SLAB.  
5Diagonal Route.S 2
6Powers that Be.HS 7
7Witching WavesHS 4a *28
8Tiro's CrackD *45
9Dilemma ZigZagS *27
 THE RIGHT-HAND SLAB.  
11Central Slab.M 8
12The Right-hand SlabD 27
13Oak Tree Wall.VD  
14Oak Tree Direct.S  
15The Churchill Chain.VD  
 THE SOUTHERN OUTCROP.  
 THE GENDARME.  
18Zombie Fish Eaters.VS 5a 4
19Idiot SavantHVS 5b 2
 BALCOMBE`S WALL.  
21Your Silent FaceE2 5c *2
22Captain Fishy's Fish Fingers.E1 5b 3
23Hoofin!E2 6a 3
24We Can Only Live TodayE2 5c 2
 SCURVY CORNERS.  
26Fiesta de los BifocalsS 2
27Ahoy There!HS 4c 5
28Shipmates.HS 4b. *6
29I have sweaty socksVS 4c 5
30Scurvy CrackD 5
 HUM-BUG WALL.  
32The Dotted LineHVS 5a *2
33As Darkness Falls and Beelzebub CallsHVS 5a 2
34Humbug WallE1 5b *2
35TreeM 1
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Speaking to somebody in the know at the Bristol climbing festival, its seems like the water authority that own the southern outcrop are soon to be doing some major work on the tunnel and rock stabilisation on the faces. I don't know how this will eventually affect the crag but is probably worth keeping an eye on developments and reporting on here if possible.
The Pylon King - 25/Aug/14
Now I'm moving next door thought I ought to visit. Very muddy and needs traffic as they say, but only scrambled around the southern outcrop, think there's still some space for some new routes. Yippee,
leland stamper - 30/May/14
The section of "Heras" fencing has now been extended right across the crag,this however should not stop anyone wanting to climb at The Southern Outcrop as it can easily be circumvented by going round the back of the crag along a public footpath.
deepstar - 14/Dec/13
A large tree has fallen at the Southern Outcrop and although it has not affected any of the climbs the owners of the tunnel have erected an enclosure of Heras Fencing around the entrance,probably as a safety measure rather than a deterent to climbers.The fence can be easily circumnavigated so climbers can carry on as before(with care!)
deepstar - 03/Nov/13
Reaching maturity!!
The Pylon King - 30/Jun/13
Jackdaws nest in the many holes at the Southern Outcrop so is best to stay away from April - July.
The Pylon King - 03/Apr/13
The area at the bottom of the slabs is being coppiced by someone at the moment,I havent been present when this is going on but have climbed there regularly over the past couple of months.Please try and keep a low profile if you are intending to climb at Churchill and park considerately.
deepstar - 10/Mar/13
This crag is a real hidden gem with loads of history and no bloody sport climbing, seal of approval!
Quarryboy - 03/Mar/13
Cycled over from clevedon to have a bit of soloing fun. Great slab but couldn't locate the other outcrop.
Stanners - 10/Dec/11
The BMC have said that the crag is covered by the CRoW act, so i climbed here the other day for the first time. i didn't get turfed out, and the climbing was fun, though the cracks have become somewhat vegetated since climbing was last allowed! Sam
sam the man - 19/Dec/06
Do you have more up to date information?

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