There is no real climbing in Warwickshire, and Burton Dassett isn't the solution. But if you're looking for somewhere to practice on real rock without driving hundreds of miles, then there are some very minor bouldering opportunities here. It's Ironstone and used to be a quarry. It can be green and loose. And it never gets much over 2 metres tall. So spectacular it is not. But as a novice it has given me opportunity to improve - this morning I was doing underclings and trying to get the hang of laybacking. It is very limited, but it is better than nothing. If anyone knows any other practice type rocks in the area please put them on - I can't be the only one who's looking for nearby climbing.
This is a country park which is closed to vehicles overnight, but has pay and display parking through the day. The rocks I have been using are really central - if approaching from the Banbury Road entrance they are just behind the little hut with the pay and display machine. They are in a little dip (which keeps you sheltered from the wind) and there are some picnic tables there.
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|Love this - Burton Dassett Hills offers very little really - but as the first post comments there's a bit to muck about on. The best and most challenging climbing is on the 'Pork Pie' beacon. It used to be a shelter for sheep, has been bricked in, but a few good moves and you're on the top. (If the ranger catches you, you're for the chop!)|
Jeremy Wilton - 09/May/14
|I feel the description here is a LITTLE generous. There are a couple of patches of rock that might just scrape the 1m high mark. This photo (http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=177563) implies there is a small boulder on the LHS. There isn't, this rock is about knee high. Must have been a very funny lens to take that shot. Lovely country park for a wander, but you'd have a better training session trying to climb wooden ticket booth or table traverse the picnic bench!|
67hours - 28/Jul/12