RW in Hollywood © rock_waif
This small crag is located at N 942 053 close to the village of Hollywood, south of Blessington on the western margin of the Wicklow Mountains. Hollywood gets its name from an incident in the life of Saint Kevin of Glendalough who named it Holy Wood.
1 min from the road, 5 mins walk from the pub
(The owners have put up signs that climbing is prohibited and persons who climb here do so at their own risk. Climbers especially in groups have been ordered off the crag by the owners.)
Take the N81 for about 10 km south of Blessington to its junction with R756 which leads through Hollywood towards the Wicklow Gap. Follow this road to Hollywood Village where the crag can be reached by following Saint Kevin's Way for 200m and branching left to come in facing the rock. Alternatively continue along the road for 300m to a small church and graveyard on the left (north) side of the road just before a sharp left-hand bend. Limited parking is available here. The west-facing crag, known as The Mad Woman's Leap, is just across the road, about 100m away.
The crag has a neat compact appearance and it sports a succession of direct lines often following cracks on its steep face. The rock is an unusual cleaved andesitic tuff formed of ash-like material ejected in a volcanic eruption which has a slatey/schistose appearance with small but positive holds. Although the rock is generally sound some holds can be brittle.
The climbing experience of Hollywood is interesting and enjoyable and well worth a visit or two. The walk-in takes less than one minute. The crag is an ideal venue for a Summer evening visit in the lingering light of a western sun.
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