Symonds Yat

Climbs 526 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 108m a.s.l – Faces NW

Crag features
A characterful and adventurous crag with a bit of a misinformed negative reputation. Very good steep and juggy limestone which is often much better than it first appears, mainly sound but with occasional looseness in places, so always take care. One of the major climbable areas in the Wye Valley, in an idyllic setting, a great variety in rock features, including a pinnacle and caves, a good spread of routes across the grade range and the bonus of parking and a tea shack at the top!! Some real classic routes and always a quiet esoteric corner to explore. Mainly single-pitch routes 10m up to 30 metres plus some longer two pitch routes spread around the place. Protection tends to be solid but can be spaced with sometimes bold starts. SY has had a reputation for sandbag grades, but this is now a thing of the past (See current 2010 CC guide). Because of the tree cover and steepness of the rock, most of the crag remains dry after long spells of rain in the Summer, although the paths below become extremely muddy under foot.

A recent overhaul and reappraisal has been carried out for the excellent new Climber's Club definitive guide (2010)

Access notes
To reach SY from Bristol, cross the old Severn Bridge, pass Chepstow on the A48 and take the B4228 through Tutshill and Woodcroft along the top of Wintour's Leap. Continue for 10 miles to Coleford from where SY should be signposted -- watch out for the turning right a short way up the hill that leaves the town, carry on straight

across the Pike House crossroads. In less than a mile, almost opposite the church of Christchurch, there is a small crossroads and then immediately an oblique fork to the left; take this (B4432). After about a mile, after The Rock Inn on your right, there is a well-signed entrance to the main car-parking area to the left (Pay and Display). Note that this car park closes at dusk, so late finishers should seek out alternative parking arrangements just a little bit further up the road on the right.

Access to SY have been painstakingly and patiently negotiated. Note that the areas known as 'Yat Rock' and 'Coldwell Rocks' are now out of bounds for climbers. In previous guides these areas have come under the collective name of 'The Western Cliffs'. Also out of bounds are 'The Seven Sisters' (sometimes called Symmonds Yat West), and in fact all the other outlying limestone crags. This is due to the prescence of rare flora and fauna. Please do consult the guide for the specifics of SY access.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Guidebooks
Wye Valley supplement 2012 (2012), South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012), Symonds Yat (2010),
Out of print: Symonds Yat (1999)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
 THE INTRODUCTORY ROCKS - LEFT-HAND SECTOR  
2Fin-ishVS 4b 23
3SoderamaVD 79
4GarlicD 134
5Babies Making ChoicesHS 4b 27
6B-B-B-BoonVS 4c 42
7GibbonHS 4b 129
8DwarfHS 4b 90
9Funky GibbonHS 4c 131
10Funky DungHVS 5b 39
11StumperVD 194
12Hedgehog SandwichS 4a 117
13Derek, the Flightless HedgehogHVS 5a 61
14Cave WallVD 188
15Jackal's ArÍteHS 4b 96
16Jackal's WallE1 5b 23
17Jackal's GullyD 201
18Hi Ena! ArÍteHVS 5a 24
19Victor CrackS 4a 157
20Fetid Dingo's KidneysE1 5a 19
21SnitchHVS 4c 61
22SnatchHVS 5a 31
23TwitchHVS 4c 22
 THE INTRODUCTORY ROCKS - BULGING WALL  
25BorderlineE3 5c 6
26Quick TickE4 6a 11
27Slick TrickE5 6a 8
28Up the NeckE3 5c 20
29The BulgerHVS 4c 33
30Slavers of the SlobsHVS 4c 8
 THE INTRODUCTORY ROCKS - YEW TREE GULLY  
32WandererD 58
33CrikeyVD 59
34ProblematicE1 6a 4
35Overhanging VeeVD 27
36Free the Severn SistersE1 5a 11
 THE INTRODUCTORY ROCKS - YEW TREE BUTTRESS  
38Pre-AmbleVD 84
39AmblerS 4a *267
40KrakatoaHVS 5b 29
41VesuviusE2 5b 27
42SuckerE4 5c 7
43CoruscationE2 5b 10
44Little RodenE3 5c 9
45EtnaHS 4a *163
46Blood BrotherHS 4a 62
47Odd-BodHS 4a 27
48Odd-JobS 4a 15
 THE INTRODUCTORY ROCKS - OVERHANGING BUTTRESS  
50Sentry SlabS 4a 20
51SentinelS 4a 41
52BlackheadHS 4a 16
53Gnome's GroanE1 5b 8
54Goblin's GrumbleVS 4c 33
55Pylon's PlaintE1 5b 2
56Leprechaun's LamentE2 5c 9
57AquariusE5 6a 2
58Modern ManE3 6a *6
59The Promised LandE5 6a 2
60Milk and HoneyE5 6a 2
61AgoraphobiaE1 5b *29
62Agoraphobia Direct StartE5 6a 2
 THE INTRODUCTORY ROCKS - THE MIND GAMES WALL  
64Mind GamesE4 5c *9
65Brain StrainE3 5c *6
66The CasbahE2 5c 7
67The Bizarre StartE3 6b 1
68PowerthrillE4 6a *1
69Psych-upE5 6b *1
70Isobel's WallE2 5c 2
71Sludge PumpD 6
72A Few Awkward SpotsE3 5c  
 HOLLOW ROCK AREA - ISOLATE BUTTRESS  
74Long ManHVS 5a 11
75Senior MomentE5 6a 3
76Matchstick ManHVS 5a *59
77DeepeeE6 6a *6
78Fat ManHVS 5a 20
 HOLLOW ROCK AREA - GREEN SLAB  
80Crack and SlabVD 147
81RecallD 26
82RecollectionD 57
83CascadeHS 4b 56
84Brief EncounterHS 4b 5
85Thirty Thousand PecesHS 4b  
86Bull in a GatewayHS 4b 20
87Root RouteD 88
88Route Right of Root RouteVD 6
 HOLLOW ROCK AREA - HOLLOW ROCK BUTTRESS  
90Lego PensionerE1 5c 37
91Meccano KidE1 5c 30
92MagicE2 5c 7
93Snoozin' SuzieVD **1092
94A Right Carry OnHS 4b *189
95Suzie JewelHS 4a 5
96Jewel in the CrownE2 5a 2
97Too Loose for the Shrieking GooseE3 5c 3
98HeroesE2 5b 2
99Biblin WallHVS 5b *15
 HOLLOW ROCK AREA - THE TERRACE  
101High JackE1 5b 1
102Take Fewer PuffsE2 5c 1
103The NavvyE1 5b 3
104CrunchE4 6a 2
105Looking through Gary Gibson's EyesE2 5c  
106Absent FriendsE2 5b 3
107PhizzogHVS 5a *26
108Diamond GrooveVS 4c *26
109Rough DiamondHVS 5a 6
110Rough Diamond - Direct FinishE1 5b  
 HOLLOW ROCK AREA - THE RUSSIAN SECTOR  
112The BeakE2 5b *20
113Scooby DooHVS 5a *42
114The RussianHVS 5a **293
115White OrchidE5 6a 2
116MonsterificE2 5c 7
117Christmas CarrollsE2 5b  
118MockingbirdHVS 4c *41
119Newcastle ArmsHVS 4c 4
120Red Rose SpeedwayHVS 5a ***352
121Dont Fear The ReaperE4 6a *2
122Lord of the DanceHVS 5b 4
123Big DaddyE5 6b 3
 HOLLOW ROCK AREA - BLACK TULIP WALL  
125OffspringVS 4c *193
126The WastelandE3 6a *21
127ApologiesE4 6a *2
128Too Freaked to SpeakE4 6a 6
129The AnkhE2 5c **80
130The Ankh - Direct finishE3 5c  
131White LieE3 5c 1
132TerminatorE5 6b 2
133Black TulipE4 6a **8
134SuicideE4 6a 1
135ThrillerE4 6a *3
136Fortune Favours the BraveE4 6a **4
137King CrabE3 6a *9
138Hole in the WallHVS 5a *139
 HOLLOW ROCK AREA - THE GOLDEN FLEECE SECTOR  
140Where Have All the Flowers Gone?E1 5b 14
141The Penny DroppedE2 5c *30
142SwedenE3 5c **13
143PeacockVS 4b *261
144YorkerHVS 4c 7
145GrobblerVS 4c 44
146ArgonautVS 4b 56
147Golden FleeceHS 4b **1122
148Golden Fleece - Left-Hand FinishS 4a *46
149Never Trust a Smiling CatE2 5c *58
150The DruidVS 4c **406
151The StaffE1 5b 48
152ExchangeVS 4b *649
153Track ShoeVS 4b 56
154TransformerHS 4b 14
155Transformer - Direct StartE1 5c 2
156Yat ChimneyD 27
157Liver And OnionsVD 49
158Flying MachineVD 91
159CracktitHS 4b 12
160Happy BirthdayVD 4
161A Story Like the WindE2 5c  
 HOLLOW ROCK AREA - THE GREEN GROLLIES WALL  
163Boar in the WoodsVS 4b 5
164ChevronHVS 5a 12
165Tony Didn't Done ThisE1 5a 4
166Oh! Yes He DidE3 5c 8
167English Country GardenHVS 5a *46
168Green Grow the Grollies Oh!VS 4c *147
169Part PurpleVS 4c 43
 HOLLOW ROCK AREA - THE SEMICIRCULAR BAY  
171Fly LiceHS 4b 65
172Fly Lice - Direct StartE1 5b 1
173Training for EverestHVS 5a 17
174Trundlebum RexS *397
175FootpadHVS 5b 13
176Footpad - Direct StartE1 5b 6
177Big Bad CVS 4c *84
178Ramblin' RoseHS 4b 7
179Ryan's DaughterE2 5c  
180Pull Yourselves TogetherHVS 5b *9
 THE WHITE WALL  
182Motorway MadnessE3 5c *3
183Tales of the RiverbankE3 5c 2
184The Last ValleyE3 5b 6
185Ego WarriorE1 5b *28
186Run Robert RunE3 5c *10
187Racing DemonE1 5b 2
188The Missing LinkE3 5c ** 
189Edward the FirstE2 5b *25
190StrathdonE1 5b *62
191Mister StrathdonE2 5b 4
192Double Die HardE3 6a **19
193Don't TrashE2 5b  
194The BellHVS 5b 4
195YatesHVS 5a 3
196Owl CaponeE2 5b *13
197Winter KillsE3 5c 1
198BritanniaVS 4c 8
 THE WHITE WALL - NIGHT NURSE BUTTRESS  
200One True PathHVS 5a *19
201PrioryVS 4b 21
202CollaborationVS 4b 3
203GeriatrixHVS 4c 10
204NefariousE4 6b 3
205The Redeemed FinishE5 6b *1
206Gone to TexasE4 6a 1
207Night NurseE1 5b *8
 THE WHITE WALL - THE TRAVERSES  
209CanopyHVS 5a  
210Rhubarb CrumbleE2 5b  
211Salad and SunVS 4b  
 THE WATERPIPE BAY - LOWER TIER  
213Parachute (1)HS 4b 153
214TanzaniaHVS 5a 5
215The Empty Days (1)HVS 5a 6
216White Hart (1)VS 4b 34
217Water TortureE2 5b 19
218Bold and NoseyE1 5b 36
219GumshoeHVS 5a 51
220Slidewater Shuffle (1)VS 4b 49
221The Bathroom WindowVS 4b 10
222Sinergen (1)HVS 4c 4
223FlightVS 4b *123
224Flight DeckHVS 5a *55
225Arrow Root (1)VD 216
226FletchVS 4b 12
 THE WATERPIPE BAY - UPPER TIER  
228Parachute (2)S 4a *67
229The FoxHS 4b  
230The Empty Days (2)HVS 5a * 
231Every Day's Like SundayE4 6a 3
232White Heart (2)HVS 5b **4
233Black HeartE3 5c 3
234Knots in MayE3 5c *4
235Fly on the WallHVS 5a *19
236Just a WallflowerE1 5b 3
237Jack of DiamondsVS 4b 11
238Slidewater Shuffle (2)VS 4b 6
239Mean Mr. MustardHVS 4c 2
240Sinergen (2)HVS 4c *18
241AfterbirthS 4a 29
242SuspicionVS 4b 18
243LocustVD 78
244TemikHS 4a 18
245ChorionE1 5b 5
246EarthboundVD 16
247The Stud Cat from JerseyE2 5b 4
248EmbryoVD 105
249Jilted JohnS 4a *83
250Peace for MargyHVS 5a 10
251BaboonE2 5c 1
252Orang-utanE2 5b 2
253MorkHVS 5a 3
254Crumble CrackHVS 5a 3
255Arrow Root (2)M 45
256The Seven Deadly DwarvesVD *116
257Rootin TootVD 130
258FarewellHS 4b 52
259Broken RootD 61
260Musta BindunVD 76
261WondermashHVS 5a 15
262OtakVS 4b *34
263Busy Hands is Happy HandsHVS 5a *19
264Rite RootD 65
265Small PotatoesE1 5c 6
266ArachnidE1 5b 34
267OniscusE3 6a 4
268Mr FlexE5 6b *4
269Feel the PinchE2 5c 2
270The JewessE3 5c **9
271Flexi JerkoffE5 6a *2
272Big GirlE1 5b *9
273Dave's DownfallHS 4b 21
274DrunkVS 4c 8
275Leaders of MenHVS 5a 4
276Loony on the LooseVS 4b 7
277Black DandruffHVS 4c 7
 THE LONG STONE AREA - THE NORTHERN SECTOR  
279AzoicS 4a 87
280NikabrikD 67
281GMTVS 4a 17
282Cave ArÍteHS 4a 23
283Vote ECOVD 3
284Last FlingHS 4a 14
285Tongue In CheekE2 5c 1
286Lickin' The LipE4 6a *2
287Power SlaveE4 6a  
288RuptureE3 6a  
289Alpenistes Left-HandE2 5c *7
290AlpenistesE1 5b 16
291Fate for BreakfastE2 5a 2
292Breakfast in AmericaHS 4b 22
293PorridgeVD 34
294MuesliHVS 5b 6
295LurcherHVS 4c 22
296Time Is ShortE2 5b 16
297Red RackVD 145
298The Slanting SlotVS 5a 58
299Dead ChurchillsE2 5b *39
300The Little Red EdgeVD *112
301Needle Rock GullyD 191
302CrypsisVD 18
 THE LONG STONE AREA - LONG STONE: THE PINNACLE  
304MinervaS 4b 45
305Golden SuspenderE2 5c 2
306VertigoS *683
307Petticoat LaneE1 5b *14
308Ten Years OnHVS 5a 7
309Rocky Mountain WayE1 5b  
310GracelandsHVS 4c  
311WhittVS 4c ***475
312Orange WallHVS 5a **85
313Open Your HeartE2 5b * 
314Free RadicalE2 5c **33
315Heart of OakE4 6a **5
316Strong MedicineE4 6a *2
317Two HundredE2 5b *2
318Yellow ElevenHS 4a  
319GigglebandHS 4b  
 THE LONG STONE AREA - INSANITY CAVE  
321StaircaseVD 51
322BanisterS 71
323Arch WallHVS 4c 59
324Homo ErectusE5 6a 11
325Piglet PowerE5 6a  
326Piggy MaloneE4 6a *49
327Baissť FreussardE6 6b *5
328On the Lip of InsanityE7 6b ***3
329Primitive ManE3 6a  
330TroglodyteE3 6a *2
331PerimeterHS 4b 52
332Tea on a Rainy DayVD 4a *208
333WeathermanD 45
334Summertime BluesVS 5a  
335Barahobianone 5a  
336Buster Gonadnone 6b  
337Slapmaticnone 6b  
338Smack RacketHVS 5b  
339Summer SwingerHS 4b  
 THE LONG STONE AREA - DESCENDER BAY AREA  
341A Winter's TailD 2
342Summer SiestaS 4a  
343Summer SolsticeS  
344Midsummer DelayHS 4a 2
345DescenderD 19
346Four SeasonsD 14
 THE LONG STONE AREA - GOODRICH PILLAR  
348Spring CleanHS 4b 8
349Okay FingersE5 6b *1
350Biffa BaconE5 6b  
351Autumn DreamVS 4c 8
352'Yoh Joe'HVS 5a  
353Autumn's DawnHVS 5a *11
354Merry PloughboyHS 4b  
355The Swinging PloughboyHVS 4c  
356King of the SwingersE1 5c *2
 BOWLERS HOLE BUTTRESS - RECTANGULAR BAY  
358EarthwormVD  
359LethargyS 4a  
360SudatoriumS 4a 10
361The Gay RavenE1 5c 7
362Dancer on the WindVS 4c 18
363Nansen CornerS *220
364BookwormVS 4b 52
365Bookworm/BludgeonHVS 5a 23
366BludgeonHVS 5a 7
367ClaptrapVS 4b 24
368Episcopalian ToothpickE1 5a 19
369Nansen CrackS *254
370Presbyterian ToothpickHVS 5a 29
371Mango HighwayE2 5b 32
372Mango ChutneyE2 5c 3
373Kipper CrackVS 4c *70
374DeadlineE3 5c **9
375God KnowsE3 5b 3
376KebboHS 4c *110
 BOWLERS HOLE BUTTRESS - CENTRAL SECTION  
378TolkHVS 4c *28
379SalyutE3 5c 3
380Threshold of InsanityE1 5b 1
381She's Lost ControlE2 5b *6
382Straight-jacketE1 5a  
383PredatorHVS 5a 4
384AlbanyHS 4a *128
385Profiles of the FutureE3 5c  
386SalutationVS 4c 37
387Heart of the TreeE1 5b 2
388Tree RootE1 5a 1
389Caving DirectVS 4b 3
390Fire LighterVS 4c 6
391Scar TrekE5 6a * 
392On Bondi BeachE6 6b *1
393Space: the Final Frontier...E5 6b *1
394Cave RouteE2 5c 15
395Slab Route IIE2 5c 2
396The TripE1 5b **49
397YongonaE3 5b *12
398The NoseE3 5c  
399HeadbangerE1 5b 10
400Blackie BoyHS 4a 12
401Highways Of The SunVS 4c 4
402Roger's RouteVS 4b 3
403Lynda's RouteE1 5b 20
404Afghanistan BananastandE3 5b  
405SmoakerHVS 5b  
 BOWLERS HOLE BUTTRESS - THE SOUTHERN WING  
407Sunset ChaserHS 4a 8
408The GrockettE3 5b 2
409SickleHVS 5a *5
410The Shooting PartyE1 5b  
411The Book of British TreesS 18
412AngelaHS 4c 17
413PaulHS 4b 3
414Prima GravidaE3 5c *7
415Out The BottleE3 5c 1
416Tiger Cub SpecialVS 5a *56
417Old GringoVS 4b 18
418PistolS 97
419ZymurgyS 56
420Fuck the Royal WeddingVS 4b 1
421ScatologyS 152
422HomoeopathS *257
423LuciferE1 5b 10
424AbacusVS 4c 18
425Tufty Club SpecialHVS 4c 8
426Gripfruit JuiceHS 4b 54
427Rebelious JukeboxHVS 5b 7
428Too Old to Rock 'n' RollE3 6a 9
429Indian Rope TrickHVS 5b 3
430WaspD  
431HibernationVD 60
432Catch-22HS 4a 38
433However Ugly Society Becomes, Nature Will Always Be BeautifulE1 5b 5
434NovitiateVD 55
435Andy RandyHS 31
436Looby LooS 23
437Old HandsVD 22
438PlopalotVD 19
439Tarzan's NutsVD 32
440Seth's ClothS 4a 28
441Awopbopalubop AwambamboomVS 4c 5
 THE FAR SOUTH BUTTRESS - THE LEFT-HAND BUTTRESS  
443The RockeryD  
444Let There Be LightVS 4c 3
445EmeraldVD 82
446Traveller's RestVD *139
447Fat CatE3 6a 1
448Stress ArÍteE1 5b *58
449WimpleHS 4b 3
450Wimple / Black NunHVS 4c  
451Black NunE1 5b 2
 THE FAR SOUTH BUTTRESS - THE FIRST BAY  
453Is It A Banana?E5 6b *1
454Oomigooli GrooveE1 5b *40
455HorsebackE2 5c  
456Snatch-BackE4 6a *2
457Devil DogE3 5c 1
458Clever CatE4 6a 2
459Winky Wanky WallE1 5a 13
460Thin LionE1 5b 3
 THE FAR SOUTH BUTTRESS - THE CENTRAL SECTOR  
462Stationary TravellerVD  
463Central RouteVD 86
 THE FAR SOUTH BUTTRESS - THE YELLOW BAY  
465Mellow YellowE1 5b *9
466The InquisitorE6 6c  
467Pure GoldE4 6b 2
468Acapulco GoldE4 6b  
469Sorcerer's ApprenticeE5 6a  
470Yellow Grip RoadE2 5c *16
471Yellow Grip Road DirectE3 6a * 
472Yellow Grip GrooveE1 5a 7
473Yellow PerilHVS 5a 13
474Double ExposureE2 5c  
475JulepS 20
476CornergrotD 22
 THE FAR SOUTH BUTTRESS - THE CAVEMAN SECTOR  
478SmokyHS 4b  
479The Caveman ComethE4 6a  
480Farewell to ArmsE1 5b 4
481Moss WallHS 4b 10
482Pot and GlassVS 4c 17
483My Noble Son SethE2 5b **40
484The ScampHVS 5a *31
 THE FAR SOUTH BUTTRESS - RAINBOW WALL  
486RhubarbHS 4b *78
487Red MenaceHVS 5b *9
488Red ShiftVS 4c *18
489Eddie CollinsHS 4b 1
490Dennis the MenaceE2 6a 1
491Burning UpE3 5c 2
492Forbidden ColoursE4 5c *1
493Rainbow WarriorE2 5c **14
494Deep SixE3 5c *2
495The Fractional EffectE2 5c  
496Pam's PrideVS 4c **87
497MyxomatosisVS 4c *36
498Return of the GladiatorVS 4c *16
 THE FAR SOUTH BUTTRESS - END ROCKS  
500SagittaS 4b 41
501An Error of JudgementHS 4a 15
502Barry Whale's Right LegE1 5b 5
503SarcoptesHVS 5b *40
504Launch BerryE1 5b 9
505Joyce's RouteS 4a **202
506No ChargeE1 5c 16
507Charge TransferHVS 5b *29
508Little Big ManHVS 5a 14
509CheHVS 5b 5
510Rat on a Pink BalloonVS 4b  
 FINAL ZONE - THE CRIMEAN WALL  
512GuevaraHVS 4c  
513The Light BrigadeVD 1
514GrubbocksVS 5a 5
515Milky TumE1 5b 7
516Marshall's RetreatHS 4b 17
517Jo's AdvanceE1 5b 5
518Let's Run It Up the Flagpole and See Who Salutes ItHVS 5b 8
519Hold FireE1 5c 3
520Fire at WillHVS 5a 6
521Which One's Will?D 8
522Take CoverD 2
523Take AimD 3
 FINAL ZONE - NEW ORLEANS BUTTRESS  
525SweepD 14
526Happy EndingE2 5a 11
527Birthday ArÍteHVS 5a *20
528Mister Kerr SirVS 4c 22
529AlabamaVD 42
530Everything's Gone GreenE1 5b 11
531Cotton Club CrackHS 4b 30
532John HollingsworthHVS 4c 10
533MasqueradeVD 63
534Mardi GrasD 71
535The Big EasyHS 4c 73
536Plantation ChimneyD 86
537Southern ComfortVS 4c *47
538Louisiana BelleHS 4b 66
539PlopE3 6a *11
540MississippiD 67
541Baton RougeVS 4b 28
542Mystic MagpieHS 4a 20
543How D'ya Like Them Apples?HVS 5a 12
544IckVS 5a 12
 FINAL ZONE - BABSTER ROCK  
546Laddownone 5c  
547BabsterVS 5a 3
 FINAL ZONE - TRIPLE CAVE BUTTRESS  
549The Crab GodHS 4a 1
550The Pylon KingE4 6b **4
551CopiapoE4 5c  
 FINAL ZONE - THE FINAL WALL  
553Bwornone 5a 4
554Big Jugsnone 6a  
555St David's Daynone 6b  
556Swaynone 5c  
557Eeyahnone 4c 5
558Author AlertD 3
559Pants in the HedgerowVS 5a 5
560Super Duper Bad Boy FinishE3 6b 1
561A New LifeE4 6b **4
562Bee AlertHS 4b 4
563Yew CountryE1 5c 5
564Pain Resistancenone 6a/b  
565A Little RustlingS 8
566FinalityE3 5c *5
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Nice place to climb. Be warned that it can get very sheltered under the trees (cold) and watch out for some stiff grading and polish on the easier grades.
CyberTaff - 17/May/15
HS 4b routes r bloody hard here so be carefull.
mrdigitaljedi - 13/Jul/14
17th May - Blackbirds nesting about two-thirds up Nansen Crack. On 5 eggs. Please take care or avoid. Should fledge within a month or so.
Rob Morgan - 17/May/14
As of 26/05/13 there was a female mallard nesting on the pinnacle, so watch where you step!
james.slater - 27/May/13
Hi Jay1902, think you might be out of luck with the sport climbing at Symonds, if you look at the routes on the page there are 3 routes with a sport grading, not much help if your after a load of sport or a day out! I'd try Ban-Y-Gor or tintern, some great sport climbing there!! P.s do you work at go outdoors in gloucester??
McKEuan - 16/May/11
Hi, i'm relatively new to climbing, and i'm starting to sport climb outside, are there many sports routes here??
Jay1902 - 03/Mar/11
The Pike House pub has been flattened this week. It's signposted to Ross & Symonds Yat.
morticiaskeeper - 23/Oct/09
The dodgey pillar at the start of "Coruscation" and "Little Roden" has now collapsed leaving a steeper but much more solid start, however, the crucial small wire placement just above has shattered (not linked with the rockfall), subsequently "Coruscation" is now E2 5c and "Little Roden" E3 5c.
Urgles - 14/Aug/09
Currently being checked for new C.C. guide due early 2010, lots of routes being cleaned of loose rock and vegetation as well as threads and peg replacement. All bolts are being removed. Check this database for current individual route information.
Urgles - 08/Nov/08
Keep in mind that The Russian, graded HVS 5a, is a serious undertaking. It was a notorious sandbag when graded at VS but even at HVS it has seen many falls and at least one recent fatality. http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=144389 Although somewhat polished it is a great route but it requires the knowledge to place small wiress in less than perfect placements while under pressure. The route seduces you to take one or more moves up in the hope of finding a bomber placement that just doesn't materialise. With the right approach it is well enough protected but having led it recently I would have no argument with E1 5a.
poey50 - 29/Aug/08
not so popular with the folks on here but never the less a good place to climb. Lots of intersting features (mud and loose blocks to name a couple!) but worth a visit and certainly very different if you're a grit climber
hereforded - 21/May/07
Stay away from inroductory rocks and far south. Although both have some lovely climbing, these are particularly popular with groups and to say that some of the rock is polished is an understatement! I live near the "yat" and I feel that it's had to many negative comments about the state of the rock i.e loose and dirty holds. There are some awesome climbs there and it definitely has it's own unique personality. Anyone visiting the wye valley should give it a go and a trip to wintours leap is also definitely recommended (but give yourself plenty of time to find your route as it can be a bit tricky).
petercollins - 25/Jul/06
have to say that SY is home to some excellent climbing despite what some people say, my top ten would be...1.RedRoseSpeedway (HVS), high in the grade but well worth it! 2.The Ankh (E2) superb! 3. Stress Arete (E1) 4. Whitt (VS) great for a first trip to the longstone pinnacle. 5. The Russian (HVS) easier than "red rose speedway" 6. Golden Fleece (S) wonderful openbook corner 7. Bookworm (HS) excellent entry moves 8. Snoozin' Suzie (VDiff) easy climbing but great intro to multipitch routes 9. Winky Wanky Wall (E1) Brave the runout for some of the best wall clinbing at the yat 10. Nansen's Corner (S) good for a first lead
AlexP - 28/Dec/02
Worth the trip just for 'The Russian' (HVS 5a? ***) which got my season off to a flying start a couple of years ago.
Will Judge - 04/Nov/02
Symonds Yat has a character all of its own and is particularly suitable for middle grade climbers, with some excellent routes in the range Severe to HVS, although some of the harder routes (within the range of ordinary mortals, not the occasional E6 horror) are challenging and good value as well. Don\'t go on a wet day as the bottom of the crags gets very muddy and slippery, and the crag does take a while to dry (if you want a quick-dry crag in the Wye Valley, go to Wintours Leap, or if it\'s raining go to Wyndcliffe where you can climb dry rock in a downpour!) At the Yat, I recommend Snoozin Susie (V Diff - real nice); Golden Fleece, Salutation (for the top pitch), Kipper Crack (Severe); Peacock, Offspring, The Druid, Whit, Mockingbird, Pam\'s Pride at VS); The Russian, Strathdon, Stress Arete at HVS; E1/E2: The Trip (out there), Rainbow Warrior, Red Rose Speedway (brilliant), The Ankh, Yellow Grip Road. The most unlikely route I\'ve done is The Wasteland - go to the bottom and have a look! There is gear!
Bill Parker - 23/Apr/02