Altitude 152m a.s.l
The Narrows Right Wall. © deepstar
Small limestone crag owned by The National Trust and managed by Natural England, climbing the routes in Hope Wood Rocks is still BANNED but are added here for historical reference. These routes were put up in the 1950`s by Bane and Lloyd. The historic crag is about half a kilometre further up the gorge, now hidden in the trees. The cliff is split by a rock shelter where the route "Merlin" starts and tails off to the right into the ever encroaching ivy.
There is 5 new bolted additions to The Narrows area, this crag host's routes graded between 6a+ - 8?. Equiped back in spring 2018 the routes have only recently been cleaned up and climbed. The access agreement has been long in the making so please do read up on it and adhere to their requests, failure to do so could jepodise the potential for further development or BAN climbing again completly. Information below. The harder routes to the right of the arete face SE therefore are a perfect late afternoon / evening location on sunny days. The routes here range from 10 - 12m and are of similar style to its larger nearby crag Cheddar Gorge. DO remember to take a brush or two as they will still be dusty.
Ebbor Gorge National Trust Car Park Link: https://goo.gl/maps/36Zs1Qa5QnDiArkC7
This car park does have a 2m height limit, large vans will have to park up the hill and take the footpath to the gorge car park.
Follow the trail that begins at the top of the car park, over a stone style. Foloow the steps down until you reach an obvious left turn in the trail. THis leads down into a slight valley. Following a small stream and past the wicker bear, you will spot a small post pointing the way to the gorge. Follow this up the steepening path until an area dubbed The Narrows apears. The routes are situated on the left hand wall.
This site is particularly important for its nesting bird and botanical interests. As a result climbing is limited to bolted routes on the cliff faces indicated. Current access to the cliffs is for a trial period of 12 months. Any activity outside of the bolted routes could lead to closure of climbing access during this period or in subsequent years.
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