Climbs 18
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 7m a.s.l
Faces W

Chester Walls in the winter light © Tom F Harding

Crag features

This crag has been used by climbers in Chester since the 1970's as an outdoor gym. Traditionally most of the climbing is done on the racecourse side of the bridge right next to the Rodee. The other walls of the bridge are also being used, but note that the blocks don't get as much traffic and cleaning from local climbers. On the plus side there is more capacity for new routes/problems and FA ;)

Approach notes

Parking can be found on the Little Rodee car park and is only £1.50 after 5 pm.

Been using the chester wall as a "gym" for the past 6 months. There is an endless amount of problems on race course side but also on the hambridge side of the bridge. In my option it is one of the best spots for training in the area and i advise anyone in the area to head down and check out both sides of the bridge. :D
jack Humphreys - 30/May/13
A great local's venue. long traverse with a few highish boulder problems on the left getting gradually higher and slightly more difficult as you move rightwards. Excellent for building confidence for soloing. Fairly easy to set up a top rope for the higher problems. Fiend - its not inside and its made out of real rock, if this goes in indoor walls, then put every single quarry in there as well.
Jim the Baker - 14/Sep/10
The high Arete and main wall where both soloed by Phil Davidson in the late 70's. There is another harder line to the left of the hole in the middle of the wall which has also been top roped at 6a. The traverse can also be extended round the arete under the bridge at 6a/6b (very fingery) - Stuart Cathcart did this. It is also possible to traverse the bay at a slightly lower level than the chalked up traverse line - slightly harder maybe a couple of 6a moves.
Raptor - 13/Sep/10
Thanks ally, having not seen the guide, I was unsure of the history of this place. I'll leave the info I posted for others reference, I agree this is the best place for any related info as this is the area of the website people will look when seeking any info on the Chester race course Walls.
spidey - 28/Jul/10
"Spidey" - your route is listed as "Right Wall, Eng 5c" in the old Cheshire Sandstone guide, describing as you do, the small port hole. It doesn't make it clear whether they'd been lead, or were TR problems only. "Fiend" you are intitled to your opinion, but this isn't an indoor wall, and given it's inclusion in a local out-of-print guidebook, UKC seems an ideal place to disseminate information.
Ally Smith - 27/Jul/10
climbed a route here on fri 23rd jul 2010 after cleaning and practice, i have tried to find info on whether it may have been lead before but to no avail, if anyone knows different please let me know. Here is some info in the meantime: Wall Nut E3 5c climbs almost directly up the wall at the righthand side of the scoop to the jugs at around half height, friend 3 1/2 will fit circular hole up and left, technical but steady climbing leads to the top of the large sandstone capping block, second one down from the top. ( see pic for line)
spidey - 26/Jul/10
We've been working the traverse over the last couple of weeks. The chalk marks are visible. Also the first two 'pillars' (nearest the racecourse) can be climbed.
Migsy - 06/May/10
yeah watch out for that - i must of wasted over 200 in fuel checking out walls i see on here ,take all descriptions with a pinch of salt , o yeah ,its the wall that join's the race course to the car park about 5/10 metre's from the river!
descender8 - 20/Feb/10
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  The Racecourse Back Wall
2 The Long Traverse 6b+ * 7
  Racecourse Concave
4 The Concave Wall 6c+ ** 19
5 The Concave Wall low 7c+  
6 The Concave Wall Extension 7a  
7 The Buttress V0 4c 8
Climb name Grade
8 A Separate Reality V2 9
9 Left Wall V1 6
10 Left Wall Direct finish V2 5b 1
11 Footless Crow V3  
12 The Slot V0+ * 8
13 Wall of Horrors V3 6a  
14 Salathe Wall V4  
Climb name Grade
15 Right Wall E3 5c 5
16 Genisis V3 6a  
17 The Naked Edge V3 * 2
18 The Gateway Corner V1 5c  
  Woodland Concave
20 Under the bridge handbridge side V1  
21 x/dream 7c+  

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