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Accessible local crags Liverpool (1 hour away max

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 Antro 14 Oct 2020

Hey guys! Me and my two house mates have been climbing for two years within Liverpool and have been wanting to get outside more but without a car we are limited to accessible places around the surrounding area. We were wondering if there are any accessible crags, that are good, that can be travelled to by train, any help would be appreciated, cheers! 

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In reply to Antro:

Have you got the Cheshire Sandstone guide? Pex - bus to Cronton. Frogsmouth (Runcorn), Helsby and Frodsham on the train. 

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 raussmf 14 Oct 2020
In reply to Antro:

Frogsmouth is worth a punt.

Most routes are 6a and above but theres a 5a and 4a.

That said the sandstone isn't to everyones tastes!

Might be worth trying to get to harpur hill instead.

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 jdh90 14 Oct 2020
In reply to Antro:

Your most local ones are all sandstone, so it's worth pointing out that that comes with a few best practice notes to be aware of to protect the rock.

Don't climb wet sandstone because it can be very easily damaged. Going into winter it's more likely that it will be wet and climbing would be bad karma. Some walls dry quick so it isnt a total write off, just do some research and keep in mind conditions. 

Extend your top rope rigging and protect edges. Be aware that the rock itself may fail if using placed protection.

Go easy on brushing (soft plastic bristles and light brushing only) and be careful with feet placements, clean shoes to avoid unnecessary wear.

If you're on Facebook the Friends of Pex Hill group has more info on minor crags not in the guide book, conditions etc.

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 Antro 14 Oct 2020
In reply to raussmf:

Cheers for all the help!!!

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 Antro 14 Oct 2020
In reply to steveriley:

Cheers for all the help!!!

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 Antro 14 Oct 2020
In reply to jdh90:

Cheers for all the help!!!

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 The9inger 14 Oct 2020
In reply to Antro:

in addition to what steve said you can jump on the train under the river to the Breck. If you get the train across to Manchester you can get up to quite a few crags within the western peak if your happy going for a short walk but probably pushing it for 2 hours. 

It may not be advisable at the moment, but you may be able to get to a few of the A55 crags by train within a couple of hours too.

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 sxrxg 15 Oct 2020
In reply to Antro:

I see your profile says you are based in Warrington, if that is the case then the South Lakes limestone is only just over an hour by train. From the station you can walk to Trowbarrow, Woodwell, Warton, etc. Need to watch out for seepage over winter however there is likely to be some dry rock somewhere even over the winter. 

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