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Winterbourne Down


Climbs 21 – Rocktype Sandstone (soft) – Altitude ? – Faces ?

Crag features
Boulder problems and shortish solos with excellent soft landings.

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

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1PigbagE4 5c ***16
2A Scary TuneE3 5b **11
35b ProblemVS 5a 9
46a ProblemE1 5c 14
5Forest AirHS 4a 49
6Waddy's RabbitVS 5a 37
7St HuckE3 5c 23
8A Scary TuneE3 5b **34
9Quite Easy for DwarfsE2 6a *15
10Bart the TartE1 5b 37
11Bart the Tart 5c variation flakeE1 5c 11
 Climb nameGradex
12Spring OnionE4 6a *8
13Down by the RiversideE5 5c **2
14Scoop de DisgraceE1 6a 10
15The Perfect CrimeE3 5b 3
16Sandstone JunkieE3 5b 3
17Traverse left to right6b+ 4
18Lip TraverseV5 **3
19Feed the DucksE3 5b *4
20Release the BatsE3 5b *8
21Another FixVD 4
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Access notes
Crag is reached from the B4058 through Winterbourne -- follow signs to Winterbourne Down and pass the Cross hands pub. Take the road to the river and park by a bridge at the entrance of a small lane named "The Dingle". Follow the Frome Valley Walkway downstream (south) for a quarter of a mile to where it crosses the river at a metal bridge. Turn Left after crossing the bridge and then follow the opposite bank for a few hundred yards to reach the climbing area.

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Steve nevers - 15/Feb/13

cypher.....almost did exactly the same 1st time I went. Just keep walking another 5 mins by the river :)
m296mux - 25/Oct/11

Went out and found what I thought was this area yesterday but judging by the pictures I hadn't. I went over the metal bridge and turned left into what I believe was some old quarry. Which bore no resemblance to what I am looking at down below. Did I just completely mess up and go the wrong way or what? A little advice would go far because it looks like a really nice spot.
Cypher - 22/Aug/11

May pop out to try this in when I get my new mat come through, will probably look to clean up some of the topo's while there
Cypher - 22/Jul/11

there's not much of it but what is there is fantastic (but could use a short back and sides for some of the top outs).
grp - 27/May/11

This is quite a pleasant little crag if you are local, and better than first appearances suggest. The Pigbag wall is very nice. I wouldn't travel too far to get here though!
Monk - 29/Jun/10

A good spot for a few hours bouldering / soloing - would recommend a mat to keep feet clean. The place could do with a clean - but realise thats not gonna happen. Nice spot to play about on tho - recommend it! si
Simon - 19/Mar/07

I cleaned up the overhang for Down by The Riverside and Spring Onion at the end of last summer with the intention of putting in a direct finish to down by the riverside. When the weather improves i will try and clean up more of the crag an open up some of the harder routes on the right hand side.
phsharpy - 29/Dec/05

Trees at the top of the crag can be used to top-rope, although it is necessary to make sure they are extended sufficiently to avoid running ropes over the edge. Have been bouldering and soloing down there a number of times in recent weeks, and provided the weather has been good there is definitely fun to be had. The top out to 'Down by the riverside' has recently been cleaned allowing a solo without the need to finish up (too many) brambles. This is the overhanging wall to the left of the b+w photograph.
kyt341k - 10/Aug/05

With Adrian Samarra's comments in mind (02/01/2005), I imagine this experience was largely down to the time of year and resulting climatic conditions. Happily, having visited the site for the first time yesterday (13/07/05), with high temperatures and sunny weather my partner and I enjoyed several boulder problems without experiencing any "slime" or snapping rock; I'd echo Woker's comments that the rock is generally pretty firm. As for top roping, we used a useful tree (featured in the top right corner of Chris Taylor's B&W image) to secure a sling and enjoyed a few lines this way. I believe there are a couple of other similarly placed trunks serving adjecent faces. A pleasant and tranquil summer spot, but given the tendancy towards damp rock conditions perhaps could benefit from less tree cover, or dare I say, 'gardening'? Enjoy it.
Alonzo Mosely - 14/Jul/05

This place can be muddy when wet and there is no good places to top rope. I could not see any places possible to climb or boulder. Might be better on a dryer day when it is less muddy. Most of the rocks are covered in slime and ivy and the rocks snap when you try to get a grip on them.
Adrian Samarra - 02/Jan/05

Good little crag for an afternoons play about. The harder routes (generally a bit over hanging, or are covered by a higher level overhang) stay dry for longer in the rain, while the easier stuff just gets a bit too greasy for comfort. Good traverserve which can be done on two levels ( I did both from R to L, didn't look as appealling the other way round) with a wide range of holds to choose from to make your own difficulty. If you want a change in geology (for around here anyway) go to Winterborne on a sunny afternoon / morning!
Chris Taylor - 10/Jun/04

Rock is actually pretty hard for soft sandstone, but leading is still not recommended. The rock is orangey in colour, pretty consolidated in the centre and not sandy on the outside. Friction generally good and some fairly good bouldering and soloing to be had, as the crag is relatively low with soft leafy landings. There is a good set of climbs in the 5a - 5c range, with a few climbs in the lower and upper grades also. The rock can tend to be damp after rain and does not dry quickly as it is sheletered from the sun by leaves and also from the wind. Probably at it's best during a crisp spring day before the leaves form on the trees. Access is a little delicate as the land it's on is private with the odd notice indicating as such.
Woker - 16/Jan/04