/ Easy Bouldering Places (West Yorkshire)
Anybody know any easy bouldering places for beginners in the area of west yorkshire?
I'm not familiar with bouldering difficulty grades so i can't be specific, but if anyone has any suggestions, go ahead and ill take a look.
For reference, i tried shipley glen but that was far too difficult.
Bridestones near todmorden and widdop near heptonstall both well worth a look at
You could try Buckstones. There are some pretty easy problems with nice landings below the road
Bridestones are a terrible choice given the history and erosion.
Given what was said about Shipley Glen the best areas I know with extensive problems (many unlisted) from the lowest grades and quick access are Woodhouse Scar and The Buckstones (both in Yorkshire Gritstone V2)... or with a bit of a walk Roundhill (in V1).
Possible access problems sadly; also not too much really easy stuff. Holmfirth is somewhere local with similar quality at lower grades grades, best from f3+ (UK trad 4b). Roundhill, Woodhouse Scar, and Buckstones have good problems from f1.
I haven't been yet but Sharp Haw and associated areas looks good for easier stuff:
+1 for Widdop. Perfect spot for it.
Not been for a couple of years. What is the access problem?
Easy problems at Settee boulders, Ramp boulders and Aura boulders.
Blackstone edge (technically Lancs...just)
Greetland quarry? (although I'm assuming pig sh1t wall will be seeping just now.
I'm aware of the erosion with regard to Bridestones, but what do you mean re History ? ? please expand.....
I'd start with Buckstones, and Holmfirth. West Nab is lovely but spread out and not always easy work out what you're climbing. Standedge has a few nice lower grade problems too.
Further afield, Widdop, Blackstone Edge and Hobson Moor (I know it's not West Yorkshire, but depending on where in West Yorkshire you are, it might be nearer that Almscliff) all offer some lovely lower grade problems.
I know you said that you didn't find Shipley Glen easy but I'd suggest it's worth a revisit. The 'John' area has a large concentration of easier climbs. Some other areas are a bit highball and some are full of tougher climbs but it's a good venue, when you get to know it.
I see a few people have suggested Widdop. There's one particular boulder that is good but I think it's generally lacking in F3 and F4s. It's great once you're at F5 and upwards. Beautiful place to be though.
Buckstones has to be the best choice as there are so many F3 climbs and many of them have easy top outs - both above and below the road.
I'm pretty sure most replies are misunderstanding what the OP means by easy. I'm assuming non highball f3 at most. I'd never recommend Shipley Glen as a good beginners venue with easy problems (at least not without a short rope).
The biggest problem with the easy bouldering at Widdop is it's a bit too much of a cold and damp place in autumn and winter for people seeking fun bouldering. In comparison Woodhouse Scar is much lower altitude and an autumn & winter afternoon sun trap.
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