Climbs 175
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 81m a.s.l
Faces W

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Enjoying the final pitch of Giants Cave Buttress © Dave Bradbrook

Crag features

Solid limestone, sparsely protected, multi-pitch routes to 85m. Try the atmospheric and photogenic "Giant's Cave Buttress ***VS", stiff and exposed for the grade, but totally outstanding. Just don't veer too far to the right at the top, unless you're happy on E3 6b.

Approach notes

Scramble up directly from the A4 just after the tunnel by the suspension bridge, or walk from the main wall car park.

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Guidebooks

West Country Climbs

West Country Climbs is a major Rockfax guide to one of the UK’s most celebrated, sunny and diverse climbing regions. The book is fashioned in Rockfax’s award-winning layout and design, and copiously illustrated with action photographs of the climbs and cliffs that reflect the quality and variety of climbing experiences to be had on offer in the UK’s most popular holiday destination - the West Country. This is a selected route and buttress guidebook which covers the best 900 routes from the crags listed below.
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More Guidebooks:
Avon Gorge (2017)
Avon and Cheddar (2004)

Out of print:
Cleaned up Limbic Distrophy on 04/02/2017 - there is now a clear path through the brambles - a great route as is the other HVS (as described in the new guide) - please get on them as there is still more gardening needed!
evhall - 06/Feb/17
worth mentioning that parking in all of clifton is now pay and display
cdpej - 21/Aug/15
Was really impressed with the quality of the routes and the rock up there. Everyone who was involved in the clean up has done a great job. The routes deserve more stars than they currently have; a few extra might encourage more traffic up there, which is needed if it isn't going to turn back to jungle. Also, if North Buttress is going to have its own logbook, then then duplicated climbs need removing from the SBB logbook.
Alex Winter - 10/Jul/15
My new favourite place to climb at avon. Psyched to try and get all these ticked off. Taken over moderation today and hoping to climb, confirm and update each route.
Stanners - 19/Mar/15
Seems to be a number of people living under Harveys Wall. Thought at first they were alternatives to mats, but then the duvets started to move. Don't appear to be climbers!
leland stamper - 30/Jul/13
I noticed a lot of workmen clearing the steep slope above this buttress this week - ripping out bushes, trees etc. Not sure why, or what the plan is. I reckon finding anchors at the top of routes could be a major concern at this crag...
Phil Murray - 19/Jul/12
Had a minor problem on 01/04/2012 (not an April fool) with a guy on the bridge in a hi-vis jacket telling me I wasn't supposed to be there (and had to get down Immediately!)
Nick Russell - 02/Apr/12
Scrambled up there today to have a look. If I had the time, I would definitely restore/add routes here. Potential for an ace traverse right around to SSB. Calling out to people like Mark D. Saw two wires with quick draws at the top of one of the routes. Can only assume they were used as an escape lower off. Exciting to see a part of Avon I never new about!
Stanners - 27/Nov/11
See here for inspiration! http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=338592
heallan - 27/Jan/09
Vegitation has been there for well over 13 years! Went yesterday -looks as though there is a lot of cleaning to be done before it becomes worth while...
beardy mike - 26/Jan/09
Approach is full of nettles & brambles. Long trousers would be a good idea. I wore shorts & open sandles! Giants Cave Buttress is awesome. First pitch is excellent, middle pitch is a bit scrappy & the final pitch is extremely good with awesome exposure from the belay all the way to the top.
SC - 27/Aug/07
If anybody is looking for Gollums Cave, it is there!!! Look around at the top in the woodland and you will find it. I looked for ages on the net and there are no descriptions - probally because its small, smells and generally a pretty poor bouldering spot but it does have a few steep fun problems. A small urban boulder spot in the Avon George left of the Clifton Suspension Brige.
Ralph - 21/Mar/06
One of the best in the Gorge. A must for the solid E1 leader. The routes are pretty well protected and very steep. From the left edge of the crag there are a few HVS all superb, some classic E1's and a few harder. Beleive me its some of the best
Laubie - 16/Dec/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Battleship Buttress
2 Tarzan the Magnificent
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E5 6a  
3 Forty-five Degrees in the Shade
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E4 6a  
4 The Blucher E6 6b  
5 Fickle Finger of Fate
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E5 6b * 6
  Harvey's Wall
7 Gammer Gurton's Needle
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E3 5c * 10
8 Diccon of Bedlam
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E3 5b  
9 Hodge's Pin VS 4c * 89
10 Hodge's Pin Direct Start
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E2 6a  
11 A Sticht in Time
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E3 5b 7
12 Red Thread E2 6a 40
13 Twenties from Heaven
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E4 6a  
14 Blue Jay Way
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E3 5c 11
15 Mike Harvey
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E1 5a 2
16 Fred Bennett
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E1 6a 1
17 Harvey's Wall Traverse
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none 5b 13
  Lower Amphitheatre Wall
19 Botanist's Dilemma D 20
20 Rocket Man E3 5b  
21 It's Not Rocket Salad
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E3 6a  
22 Sweat Shop E1 5b 13
23 Herbsman Shotgun E3 5c * 30
24 Convexity E2 5a 1
25 Stranded
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S 128
  The Red Wall
27 The Wrong Glasses
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E5 6a  
28 Four on the Floor
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E2 5b  
29 A Quick Rolll Please
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E3 6a  
30 Better in 9/8
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E3 5b  
31 A1 Funk HVS 5a 1
32 Ali G Minor
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E1 5a  
33 T290
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E2 5b  
34 Spanish Castle Magic
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E3 6a  
35 Liverbird Buttress
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S 118
  The Rust Wall Area
37 Red Roses and Pink Champagne E5 6a  
38 Study Eliminate E4 5c 2
39 Study Leave
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E3 5b 6
40 Ronnie the Rocket
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E5 5c  
41 Obscurata
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E3 6a 15
42 Memories
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E3 5b * 15
43 Little Red Rodney
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E2 5b * 37
44 Iron Curtain
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E4 6a 6
45 Crimson and Clover
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E5 6a 1
46 Feelin' Stronger Every Day
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E4 6a 1
47 Vermillion Vagabond
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E3 6b  
48 Rockers' Revenge VS 4c ** 156
49 Toothpaste
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S 22
50 Magnetic Grey
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E5 6a  
51 Freddie's Dreaming
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E5 6c  
52 Red Alert
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E5 6b *  
53 All Systems E3 6a * 6
54 Spinor E3 5c * 10
55 Gut Rot E1 5a 15
56 Fossible HS 4c * 77
57 Spiny Proboscis Nematodes
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E1 5c 28
58 Fossible Direct
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E1 5b * 4
59 Pressure Cooker Head
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E3 5b 5
60 Absent Valentino
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E4 5c 4
61 Lying in State
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E3 5b  
62 Emerald Equanimity
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E1 5b 3
63 What's this B*** E4 5b 1
64 White Wedding Cars
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E3 5c * 6
Climb name Grade
65 His and Hearse
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E4 6a  
66 Rehearse
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E3 6a  
67 Spinmeister
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E3 5b  
68 In Search of a Fair Lady
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E3 5c 10
69 Phantom Jockey
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E3 5b 3
70 Black and Tans E1 4c 13
71 Lay in Wait
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HVS 5b 24
72 Pennywish
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E5 6a 2
73 I'm an Egon
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VS 4b 29
74 Still Alive, Crispy
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E3 5b  
75 RU12?
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E3 5b 12
76 Too Late, Crusty
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E3 5c 7
77 Bureauprat
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E1 5b 9
  Traverses
79 Fear of Flying
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E4 5c  
80 Break Down
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E4 6a  
81 Break Down/Fear of Flying Combo
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E5 6a  
  The Gangway Area
83 The Gangway
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S 4a 12
84 The Ten Commandments of Man According to Prince Buster
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E3 5b  
85 Earthquake in Orange Street
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E1 5b  
86 Rebel with Applause
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E3 5b  
  Giant's Cave Buttress Area
88 Work, No Pay
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E2 5b  
89 Brain Not Brawn
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E3 5c  
90 Better than Working
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E3 5c  
91 Behind Bars
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E4 6b  
92 Exercise Early Knight E1 5b * 2
93 Giant E2 5b 1
94 Giant's Cave Buttress VS 4c *** 906
  Upper Amphitheatre Walls
96 The Dug Out
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VS 4b  
97 Bring on the Dancing Girls
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E1 5a 3
98 Incisor
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HVS 5a 7
99 The Enormous Dwarf
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HVS 5a 4
100 Pocketed Wall
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VS 4c 20
101 In Through the Out Door VS 4b 36
102 Carouselambra
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E1 5b 2
103 Cave Left
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HS 4a * 33
104 Dream Sequence
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E4 6a ** 1
105 A Dream of Brown Trousers
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E2 5b * 17
106 Costa Brava
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E4 5c  
107 Arête de la Dégéneration E3 6b * 18
108 Daz
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E4 6a 1
109 Mynewt E5 6a ** 1
110 Passchendaele
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E3 5c ** 9
111 The Expanding Snake
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E3 5c 2
112 Two Ton of Fun
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E4 6b  
113 Stitch Me Up Doc!
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HVS 4c 2
114 Giant's Jewel Box
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HVS 5a  
  The Nardleflue Wall
116 Nardleflue Wall
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VS 4a 3
117 Yaw Kuzzi
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E1 5a 3
118 Back in the BRI HVS 5a * 7
119 Variations on a Theme of Mustard
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E2 5b  
120 I Wanna Be Your Dawg...(Woof, Woof)
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HVS 4c 11
121 Dumbs the Curvish
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HVS 4c  
122 Blushing Zebra
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VD  
  The North Wall
124 Carlos JG
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HVS 5b 14
125 Zaani Tiani
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E4 6a  
126 Builders of the New Age
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E3 5c 7
127 The Rejected Capstone E5 6b 2
128 Strappados E1 5a ** 51
Climb name Grade
129 Hideaway E2 5b * 21
130 José Dansack HVS 4c ** 83
131 Hot Dust Connection
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E1 5b  
132 Hot Dust
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E2 5b * 1
133 The Drain
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VS 4b 8
134 Drypass HS 4b * 4
135 The Drain VS 4b * 40
136 Green-un
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S 4a 2
137 Purple Haze
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HVS 4c 2
138 Rocket Arête
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E3 6a  
139 Silk Purse E3 5c *  
140 Don Quixote
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E1 5a  
141 Red Line Left-hand Start
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E2 5c  
142 Red Line Direct Start
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E3 5c  
143 Red Line E3 5c *  
144 Local Dementia E3  
145 Slipped In
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E3 5b  
146 Adventure before Dementia
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E3 6a  
147 The Snobbler
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E3 5c 2
148 Roberts' Route
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E3 5c 2
149 Back for Four
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E1 5b  
  Suspension Bridge Buttress
151 Chateau Fitzwarren
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E1 5b 52
152 Suspension Bridge Arête HVS 5a ** 929
153 Suspense HVS 5a *** 791
154 Baby Duck E1 5b ** 349
155 Beginnings
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E2 5c * 79
156 Limbo E1 5b *** 563
157 What's It Called? E3 5c * 25
158 GT Special E4 6a ** 68
159 Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
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E5 6a 13
160 The Earl of Perth E1 5b *** 344
161 Earl of Perth/Oblivion Hybrid E2 5c *** 37
162 Oblivion E3 5c * 40
163 Howhard E1 5b ** 123
164 Back in the Clan E2 5c  
165 Hell Gates HVS 5a *** 699
166 Hell Gates Original Start
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HVS 5a 1
167 Mary Anne Peters E2 5c 4
168 Another Roadside Attraction E2 5c 8
169 Hieronymous HVS 5a * 25
170 Navigator
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E5 6a  
171 Dull Day
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E3 6a  
172 Wormlands
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VS 4b  
173 Limbic Dystrophy HVS 4c,4c 5
174 Rock On Ruby HVS 5b * 4
175 Suprising Conclusion S 4a * 2
  Fallas Wing
177 The Return of the Fencing Master HVS 4c * 2
178 Rich-list Mansions for Desperate Migrants
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E2 5b  
179 The Industrious Immigrant VS 4a 2
180 The Outlook is Rosy VD * 9
  The Top Right Walls
182 Rock and No Veg
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HVS 5a 2
183 Lonely Are the Brave
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E3 6a  
184 Isambard
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VS 4c 2
185 Expect Carnage
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E4 6b  
  Traverses
187 Three Paranoid Couriers on the Dole
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E3 5c  
188 Clan Union
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E1 5b ** 55
189 Devil Gate Drive
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HVS 5a  
190 The Caulker * E1 5a * 2
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