Climbs 147
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 300m a.s.l
Faces all

Slapping to the top on Wall Direct at Roundhill © JamesTurnbull97

Crag features

Roundhill is part of what Tony Barley intended to share with the climbing community as "Wild Bouldering II".

An extensive boulder field high on Ilton Moor. Very pleasant on a Summer’s day, but can feel very exposed in rough weather. There are many excellent lower grade problems, but there are some real test pieces, particularly on the Roman Walls.

Great for families, all bilberries and no ferns. Nice and flat. Yorkshire’s answer to the child-friendly bouldering in Derbyshire’s Burbage Valley.

A download is availiable on the Leeds Wall Website. This is published in memory of Tony Barley and has the full backing of his family.

Approach notes

From Lofthouse, turn off the Healy road at the bottom of the hill once the reservoirs come into view. Drive down the single-track road and park considerately near the dam of Roundhill Reservoir (SE 153 773). If travelling from Masham via Healy: cross the bridge over the Leighton Reservoir inlet, and after a few hundred metres take the single track road on the left.

Park considerately just before the big gate, well away from the house and the dam. Walk past the house and cross the dam.  Walk up hill from the end of the dam towards a five bar gate in the wall; after this follow the path uphill and cross a curious stepped green metal gate. From here continue along the straight moorland path until the boulders are reached. About half a km.

Temporary access restrictions are posted on a sign at the head of the dam. The boulders are on access land under current CRoW arrangements, but you have to cross some non-access land, so please stick to the foot paths.

Lovely venue for short mid grade bouldering amidst the wild moors but fairly accessible.
andy gittins - 19/Dec/16
Is the big gate the one with the cattle grid closest to the dam?
LGraham - 23/Jul/15
I've amended the parking notes. Stay away from the house and walk in.
John Hunt - 20/Jun/15
I would guess that Yorkshire Water would have no problems with responsible, recreational access. The land either side of the access road will be used by a tenant farmer leasing from YW I would have thought. The issue will be the legal status of the road accessing the dam. I guess that the owners of the house are twitchy about loads of the unwashed clogging up 'their' drive?
Andy Say - 19/Jun/15
There is no access agreement about parking - the boulders themselves are on access land and a footpath leads to them. It might be wise to park on the main road and walk down the little road to the dam. I never had any problems parking near the dam and other people, walkers etc, also park there. However, if more people are climbing here, it might be causing concern. I'll pass this on the Gritstone Access Rep, but a sensible position for now would be to park further away and enjoy the slightly longer walk.
John Hunt - 07/Sep/10
I seems that there are some acess problems brewing here concerning car parking. Last night I was asked by the person who lives in the house near the dam not to drive up the road as described in the access notes and not to park anywhere beside the approach road. He was reasonable but adamant that there was no access agreement as described and maintained that Yorkshire Water and the farmer of the land were strongly against car access but pedestrian access was fine. If anyone has new information or can clarify the arrangements this would be welcome.
balnakiel - 07/Sep/10
Yes you are right about this boulder field, a great place, great problems and fantastic location. Myself and a group of mates first bouldered here in 2005, we documented and photographed most of the problems that appear on the Leeds wall site. I shall post some of the photo's here when i dig them out! - Robin Warden
Robin Warden - 18/Jan/10
A topo is availiable at: http://www.theleedswall.co.uk/ymc/downloads.htm.
John Hunt - 28/Nov/09
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  The Cobble
2 The Collywobble f6C ** 1
3 Scrabble
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V1 8
4 Scribble
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V2 10
5 Right of Rib
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V1 16
6 Top Pocket finish
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V1 *** 34
7 Risk Free Rockover f6A+ * 2
8 Head Banger
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V2 10
9 Backbreaker
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V2 * 10
10 Little Step Start
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V2 28
11 Two Pocket Wall
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V0 ** 41
12 Left of Rib
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V1 28
13 Hewn Pocket
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VB 35
14 Twin Scoop
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V0- 34
15 Flutings
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VB 34
  The Pebble
17 Wall Pocket
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V0- 30
18 Little Top Pocket
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V0- 31
19 Bigger Top Pocket
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V0- 28
20 Left of Arete Pocket
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V0+ 26
21 Arete Pocket
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V1 25
22 The True Bum Start
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V2 10
23 Right Arete Pocket
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V1 20
24 Ripples
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V0 26
  The Pebble Traverses
26 All Pockets f5 7
27 Wounded Knee f6A+ ** 1
28 Knee High f5+ * 2
29 Knee Low f4+ 2
  The Slab
31 Grasp
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V1 43
32 Grip
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V0+ 57
33 Billy-No-Mats f5+ 39
34 Guts
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V1 ** 42
35 Gnat
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V0 * 53
36 Knott
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V0 51
37 Knit
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V1 * 38
38 Nose Span
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V2 * 39
39 Knotty
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V0 * 47
40 Team Sowden Traverse
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f6A * 7
  The Easy (!) Angled Slab
42 Kings of Northumbria Overmantel f6B ** 3
43 Middle Lip
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f6C 2
44 Right End
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f6C 6
  The Ramps
46 No Guts, No Glory f6B * 2
47 Roof Central
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f4+ 1
48 Roof Arete
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f4+ 1
49 Left Flakes f4+ 1
50 Major Flakes f5 2
51 Jacob
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V0- 18
52 Jacob's Ladder f3+ 3
53 Jacob Sitting
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V1 13
54 Rameses
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V0+ 25
55 Abdullah
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V1 19
56 Tribal Wars SD f5+ ** 24
57 Two Pockets f5+ 5
58 Jonah
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V1 24
59 Jugs
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V0- 28
60 Pair of Eyes
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V0- 30
61 High Jug
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V0- 29
62 The Scoop V0 4c 6
63 Right Face
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V0- 23
64 Prepare For Pump f5 * 4
  Roman Wall
66 Off Big Flake SD
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none 1
67 Musgrovel
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V1 4
68 Rollerball
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V2 ** 9
69 Little Grunt
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V0 6
70 Roof 1 SD
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f6A 1
71 Roof 2 SD
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f6A 2
72 Huge Block Arete SD
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none  
73 Fangy Mouth
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V3 * 3
74 Fangy Mouth SD
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none *  
75 Crack
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V0- 15
76 Shekels
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V2 4
77 Sinistra
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V2 3
78 Left of Rib SD
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f6C 1
79 Right of Rib SD
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f6B 8
80 Good Enough
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V0 15
81 Tiny Corner V7 3
82 Tiny Corner Sit Start
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f7B+ 1
83 Jumping Left V6 8
84 Trends Right V6 4
85 Senator
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V1 28
86 Senator SD f6A 18
87 Veni Vidi Vici (Gladiator's Arete) f7A+ * 2
88 Gladiator
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V1 *** 32
89 Gladiator SD
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f6A+ 15
90 Ahenobarbus V3 ** 29
91 Wall Direct f6C ** 12
92 Slave
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V2 11
93 Arete
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V1 21
94 Top Traverse
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none  
95 Middle Traverse
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f7A *** 2
  The Ramparts
97 Arete
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V1 29
98 Arete Eliminate (sit start) f5+ ** 21
99 Wall
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V0+ 12
100 Overhang
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V0+ * 10
101 Scoop Wall
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V0+ 5
102 Wall and Rib
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V1 2
103 Scoop Direct
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V0+ 2
104 Left Arete
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none 2
105 Right Arete
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none 1
106 Left arete * f3 2
  Behind the Ramparts
108 Strictly f6A 1
109 Pinch Slap f5 1
110 Freedom f5+ 1
111 Velcro Crab f6C  
  The Small Cracked Pinnacle
113 South Arete
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V1 13
114 East Finger Wall
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V1 8
115 Lower Wall
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V1 7
116 Tiny Wall
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f5 6
117 Finger Holds Traverse
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f6A 2
  The Villa
119 Arete
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V0- 20
120 Right of Scoop
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V0- 17
121 Top Pocket
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V0- 17
122 Left of Crack
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V0 27
123 Tiny Pocket
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V1 * 17
124 Large Pocket Finish
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V1 19
125 Blunt Arete
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V1 * 17
126 Right Step
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V1 11
127 Scoop it Left
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V1 12
128 Scoop it Right
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V1 11
129 Wall Arete
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V1 10
130 Steve Rhodes' Warm Up f4+ * 5
  The Back of the Villa
132 Genuinely Easy
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V0- 25
133 Weather Window
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V1 * 19
134 Use the Corner
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V1 ** 16
135 Eliminate the Corner
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V2 14
136 Corner Climb
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V0- 20
137 Villa Pinch f5 * 3
138 Dyno
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V1 18
139 Dyno Static f5 4
140 Very Squeezed In
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V2 16
141 Looks Harder
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V1 16
142 Is Harder f6A 2
143 Equally Harder f6A 1
144 Road Ahead Closed f5 2
  Bonus Boulder 1
146 Opening Wall
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f4 4
147 Severus
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f5 * 4
148 Snake Flake
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f4 4
149 Boulder 1 Traverse
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f5+ 2
  Bonus Boulder 2
151 Converger I
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f5+ 5
152 Converger II
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f6A 4
153 Bulbous
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f5+ 2
154 Many Holds
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f5+ 4
155 Mega Traverse
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f5+ 1
  Bonus Boulder 3
157 To Horn
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f5+ 4
158 Super Moon f6A * 1
159 Pompey Moon
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f6A 5
160 Tough's Arete
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f3 5
161 Traverse
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f7A+ 1
162 Little ArĂȘte f6A 2
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