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Avon and Cheddar

Avon and Cheddar
Author Martin Crocker
Published Climbers' Club (2004)
ISBN 0-901601-75-6

Website www.climbers-club.co.uk

Review

Seasoned guidebook author Martin Crocker's second Avon and Cheddar guide, which, as well as reappraising existing routes, describes over 500 new ones. These include, for example, The Quiet Mind (E7 6a/b), with its blind and reachy crux, and the sport route Academic (F8a), both at Avon. Holcombe Quarry in the Mendips has provided over 50 sport routes, Brean Down nearly twice that number of mainly trad offerings. Cheddar is the scene for three F8a+ testpieces: Homegrown, The Empire Strikes Back, and Bristol Weed, as well as the E8 free version of Fornicator Simulator. Not all the additions are at cutting-edge grades however; Cheddar has a host of sub-E1 additions.

Other editions of this guidebook
Avon and Cheddar Climbers' Club (1992)


Crags covered by this Guide
Avon crags# climbsRocktypeFaces
Avon Gorge (Main Area)248LimestoneW
Avon Gorge (Sea Walls Area)373LimestoneSW
Avon Gorge (Suspension Bridge Area)180LimestoneW
Blaise Castle Gorge163LimestoneW
Bourton Combe47Limestone?
Charlcombe Cornice10Sandstone (hard)NW
Goblin Combe191LimestoneS
Ladye Bay (Clevedon)66LimestoneW
Merchant Venturers Compost Corner19LimestoneSW
Portishead Quarry60LimestoneSE
Snuff Mills Park149Sandstone (hard)SE
Winterbourne Down76Sandstone (hard)N
Somerset crags# climbsRocktypeFaces
Ashwick Grove12LimestoneSE
Axe Quarry10LimestoneNE
Black Rocks Quarry38LimestoneS
Brean Down88LimestoneS
Brean Down (Fort Crags)131LimestoneS
Cheddar Gorge North390LimestoneS
Cheddar Gorge South595LimestoneN
Churchill Rocks27LimestoneS
Croscombe Valley Cliffs47LimestoneW
Curious Holes Quarry7LimestoneN
Dinder Wood74LimestoneSE
Ham Hill Quarry51LimestoneS
Horrington Hill Quarry15LimestoneS
Leigh Quarry31Limestone?
Mells30LimestoneSW
Nancy Camel's Hump.7LimestoneSW
North Quarry35LimestoneNE
Rock of Ages (Burrington Combe)21LimestoneS
Sand Point209LimestoneN
Sandford Quarry131Limestone?
Split Rock (Milton Hill Quarry)36LimestoneNW
The Holcombe Quarries64Limestone?
Toll Road Crags50LimestoneNW
Uphill Quarry53LimestoneW
Vallis Vale30LimestoneSW
Westdown Quarry31LimestoneE
Woodlane Quarry13UNKNOWN?
Writhlington Sports Centre35Artificial?