Ring Road Boulder Gloucestershire, ENGLAND
Climbs 40 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude ? – Faces ?
Just north of Ring Road tower (see crag details) is a large boulder tucked up to the left in a gully clearly visible from the path. Note it is tucked away so look behind and left as you walk north about 100 yards. Now cleared of ivy, this boasts a small number of superb gritstone-like boulder problems on slopey pockets.
The easiest way to locate this is to park at the Hambrook pub on the Winterbourne to Bristol road. Walk down the road until you reach a style at the end. Note that this is the river Frome, however you also walked past another river. Make sure youre following the river Frome downstream and walk for about 10 minutes, passing 2008 wall off to the right, and some other small rocks. Pass a black metal pipe crossing the river at head height and is a little further downstream. Its off in the woods to the right. It is just upstream of the ring road tower so if you reach this youve walked slightly too far.
We've generated a large number of routes on this small boulder which seems daft but when you get on it you'll see why. Its good quality but take care with brushing as a wire brush isnt needed on most of the holds which have been cleaned.
Note the flat wall further around from this boulder, home to a superb dyno and some other good lines.
I've added some more climbs closer to the Hambrook on a small boulder, I've also noticed the wall above a small step, again on the approach to ring road boulder has been cleaned. There are now around 50 boulder problems in the valley.
See guide by Dan Savory http://esotericbouldering.com/bristol/ringroad.html
Note, there is some dangerous wire around the top out area of some of the climbs, and when downclimbing a certain gully could be nasty. I'll try and chop it up if I get a chance, otherwise watch out.
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Please dont chalk footholds there is no need at all. Or excessively chalk handholds. Hidden wall is a mess
Cheese Monkey - 11/Jul/14
Added that V1, 'My Name Is Mud', Sounds like it should come just after 'Shelf Traverse' on this list. Also looking at the topos, is 'Dans Dyno' meant to be on the Hidden Wall? Dear Crag Mod please feel free to delete this comment, was just trying to help with placment on the list, Cheers!
Steve nevers - 08/May/13
Had look for the first time today with DaveX, Nice little spot even if i did manage to somehow burst open a knuckle within minutes of getting there! Think i may have added a V1-2 to the rock between the main boulder and the hidden wall, starts in the middle of the rock by the damp crack & overhang straddling the short arete on the left of the crack/overhang, then moves up & left on a line of shallow finger jugs and a mono pocket around the next arete, then across to and up the muddy crack.. Topout was filthy though so climbed down.
Steve nevers - 08/May/13
Did the high traverse listed as a project in the topo finishing at the jug of the dyno, would say about v5 but presume it may have been done now p.s i did this about three months ago
BenNorman - 04/Nov/09
There is now a retaining wall/landing zone built up under the nose of the boulder - so you can play around there without worrying about cartwheeling down the stinger/bramble infested slope. Looks like a few people have visited now and its cleaning up nicely.
BTW rather than crossing the ring road and going across the fields as shown in Dan's Topo, just follow the cycle path East for 200 metres to the road bridge and take the little path and steps on the right that lead down under the bridge to the riverside path. Turn left at the bottom and the Tower will be 50 metres along (upstream) by the path (5 mins from the parking), then the Boulder another 75 metres along and up the slope on your left. The Cave is about 200m further.
richtea21 - 29/Jun/08
Small boulder, but fantastic quality rock in a sheltered east facing location - seems to stay pretty dry too. Currently the landings are a bit slopey but hopefully will be improved next week.
richtea21 - 18/Apr/08