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)245LimestoneW
Avon Gorge (Sea Walls Area)369LimestoneSW
Avon Gorge (Suspension Bridge Area)174LimestoneW
Bourton Combe44Limestone?
Charlcombe Cornice10Sandstone (hard)NW
Goblin Combe173LimestoneS
Ladye Bay (Clevedon)64LimestoneW
Merchant Venturers Compost Corner19Sandstone (soft)SW
Portishead Quarry55LimestoneSE
Snuff Mills Park146Sandstone (hard)SE
Trym Valley Gorge106LimestoneW
Winterbourne Down66Sandstone (hard)N
Somerset crags# climbsRocktypeFaces
Ashwick Grove12LimestoneSE
Axe Quarry10LimestoneNE
Black Rocks Quarry38LimestoneS
Brean Down83LimestoneS
Brean Down (Fort Crags)118LimestoneS
Cheddar Gorge North383LimestoneS
Cheddar Gorge South593LimestoneN
Churchill Rocks27LimestoneS
Croscombe Valley Cliffs47LimestoneW
Curious Holes Quarry7LimestoneN
Dinder Wood74LimestoneSE
Ham Hill Quarry40LimestoneS
Horrington Hill Quarry14LimestoneS
Leigh Quarry31Limestone?
Mells30LimestoneSW
Nancy Camel's Hump.7LimestoneSW
North Quarry23LimestoneNE
Rock of Ages (Burrington Combe)5LimestoneS
Sand Point187LimestoneN
Sandford Quarry120Limestone?
Split Rock (Milton Hill Quarry)35LimestoneNW
The Holcombe Quarries64Limestone?
Toll Road Crags47LimestoneNW
Uphill Quarry52LimestoneW
Vallis Vale29LimestoneSW
Westdown Quarry31LimestoneE
Woodlane Quarry13UNKNOWN?
Writhlington Sports Centre35Artificial?