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Climbs 65
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 35m a.s.l
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Si Peters on Andy's Wall © Fatneck

Crag features

A collection of small buttresses of generally good quality sandstone spread around Runcorn Heath - also known as Runcorn Hills.

The buttresses can take a bit of finding on first acquaintance but the new cafe/ice cream parlour on Highlands Road (large car park but closes at 6 pm!) makes things a bit easier. From the cafe (a great place to meet your mates or imbibe refreshments!) the Park Life Buttress with it's recently unearthed right hand slab is visible on the right. From  Park Life you can see the bandstand with the Sculpture and Bandstand walls opposite. From the cafe take the path down into the wood via steps. Keep right then left to a junction with three footpath marker posts. Turn right for the Local Climb Buttress immediately visible up on the left. The Senseless Seam Buttress is 50 yards further on up on the left. For the Iron Cart area turn left for @ 200 yards. For the Square Hole Buttress follow path up and over bridge from the Iron Cart - buttress is on R at the back of a large grassy area 200 yards on. The Reservoir Cutting is another 200 yards further on towards the main quarry. Turn R through the cutting and back to the cafe. All the climbing can be accessed from the same car park as Frogsmouth Quarry (closed until May 2019 as of April 2019). 

The best bouldering is undoubtedly on the Iron Cart Right hand Slab with its sweep of good, clean rock while the Sculpture Buttress offers short, slightly overhanging sport that might appeal to climbing wall fans! The Sculpture Buttress lies within a formal park and, while the Council is OK about climbing, they ask that vegetation not be removed without asking them first (best done via moderator).

There are several buttresses scattered throughout the woods which are currently being developed with the aim - together with the rehabilitation of the existing buttresses - of creating a bouldering circuit. Fontainbleau it ain't but it's a pleasant venue and easy to get to from the new Mersey bridge. Martin Mulvey originally set up this page and named the routes but recently Andy Popp and Simon Huthwaite provided details of several ascents that predate Martin's so the names have been changed. Sorry, Martin! The current development is being undertaken by Pete Trewin, ably assisted by Cameron Bromley, Neil Griffiths and Adam Crook.

Approach notes

Easily accessible from Runcorn Train station (10 minute walk, if that) and from any Halton Transport bus.

Guidebooks

No guides found for this crag

Mark Hounslea, local BMC rep has discussed access with Halton Council. They are OK about climbing but, as the Sculpture Buttress lies within a formal park, they ask that vegetation not be removed without asking them first (best done via moderator).
Pekkie - 03/Dec/19
Legs are bitten to death from standing in the abundance of flora.
m88ulv - 09/Aug/13
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Park Life
2 Chipless crack traverse V1 2
3 Good Morning V0 4
4 Caveman V0+ 3
5 Fight the brambles V0 4
6 Hot Chip V0 2
7 Watch out for the branches V0 4
8 Slab arete V0 2
9 Slab Majesty V1 ** 4
10 Slab right V0+ 3
11 Slab end V0 1
  Sculpture Wall
13 Little Longridge Traverse f6A * 1
14 Mega Sore Arse VE 2
15 Dinomite V1 1
16 Stegosaur V0- 4
17 You Should Have Gone to Pex Savers f6A * 2
18 Do You Think It Saw Us? V2 * 3
19 Tyranosaurus Pex V4 **  
20 Tenacious Pete V4 ** 1
21 The Joy of Pex f5+ 5c * 1
22 Nordic Walking Traverse f5+ * 1
  Bandstand Wall
24 Big Pink V0 1
25 Stagefright V0- 1
26 Cripple Creek V0+ 1
Climb name Grade
  Senseless Seam Buttress
28 Senseless Seam V4  
29 Sensible Seam f?  
  Local Climb Buttress
31 The Sleeper V4 1
32 Oak Tree Arete V3 2
33 A Local Climb for Local People V6 **  
  Under The Bridge
35 Sound of the streets V1  
  Green Smudge
37 Percy Thrower f?  
38 Display block V4  
39 Titchmarsh V3 * 1
  Behind The Iron Cart Statue
41 Homeward Bound V0 2
42 Heathen V0- 2
43 Shove your hand in V1 2
44 Heathcliffe Dyno V3 * 2
45 Ted Heath V2 * 2
46 Heath Robinson Low Traverse V2 * 1
47 The Heath Robinson High Traverse f6B * 1
  Iron Cart Right Hand Slab
49 Traverse the nurse first V3 * 7
50 Carpet in the bathroom V3 * 4
51 The Underemployed Ant Farmer V4 * 1
52 Reach for the triangle V3 * 6
Climb name Grade
53 National Heath Service V3 **  
54 Heath of the Night V2 ** 1
55 Salad Fingers V1 6
56 Upton Heath V1 2
57 Heath Ledger V5 ** 5
  Under Cover
59 Blasted Heath V5 ** 3
60 Alec's Arete V6 ** 1
61 Get the mat! V2 1
  Square Hole Buttress
63 Square Hole V0 3
64 Round Peg V0  
65 Billy No Mates V0  
66 The Oddball Traverse V2 3
67 Ellipsis ?  
68 Behind the wall ?  
  Reservoir Cutting
70 Runcorn Rockover V0 1
71 Ayra V1 1
72 Cutting Crack V0 1
73 Mr Pink V2 1
74 One move VB  
75 Horse Manure Buffet V3 1
76 Reach for the Ring V2 * 1
77 Reservoir Frogs V1 1

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