Edit July 2023: It would be great to see more voting on the grade when logging problems. Don't be scared to be brutal! If a problem seemed a soft touch, it probably is. Cheers
3 Rocks is an excellent but niche collection of boulders just South of Ruspidge in the Forest of Dean. First described in the Roots Climbing guide, which can be downloaded in a pdf file from their website. Many thanks to David Cross for all of the hard work put into the guide and this area!
If you fancy a bit of a "Font'esque" day out, then look no further. Not only do you get to boulder but also explore these beautiful and quiet woods too! (Free topo here)
If you are limited for time, then check out Big Little World first, then Covidiots and The Perfect Block. Some of the boulders like Mini Me are a bit niche and not worth travelling for on their own but as a link up for a good day out, worth the exploration.
Honey boulder is another great one for a couple of hours sending, or 20 mins if you are a wad! Not far from there is the new Green man boulder with a handful of 5s and 6s. This is around half way via a shortcut past the 'Perseverence Iron mine' from Honey boulder and BLW.
Drive through Ruspidge and park either at the end of the village or in the two small laybys on the road to the right as you come out of the village.
For BLW. Just after the second layby on the right is a small forest track with a green gate. Follow up the track for a few hundred metres until you pass a great opening view on the left, not long after you will notice a boulder on the left. This is 'Big Little World'.
To find 'Covidiots', continue along the track as it bares right to a vague Y crossroads. From here take the rightward track which brings you to a 'dirt arena' opening. Scramblers sometimes use this spot along with Illegal raves (so I was told!). Try and head directly through this and over a hump, towards the left side of the opening you will see a tower like building. Pass this on your left, go under the fallen tree and head along the chossy quarry line until you see the pristine looking 'Covidiots' sector.
To find 'The Perfect block'. (In Winter/Spring) From the layby, head back towards Ruspidge for 10m. Prior to the 30 mph signs will be 2 stones and a path on the left. Take this up and right, then take a left at the next turning.
Walk up through the ferns past a metal pole (keep going after this for another 20 ish meters) until you see the tree and rocks on your left, the are quite obvious when you see them. The Perfect Block is under the tree.
(In Summer) The ferns are massive and block the path the on the main route, so an easier but more vague way is to head up the forestry track with the green gate. Turn into the opening on the right not far up the track, then turn right at the opening, going back on yourself almost. Follow this vague trail into a beautiful setting with a quarry. Lower Perfect block is here. Perfect block is up above Lower Perfect block somewhat. Bash through the conifers just on the right and make your way up slope, you will eventually find The Perfect block.
To find Honey Boulder & Mini Me boulder. You can walk from BLW but it takes about 20-30 mins roughly. The easiest way to get to this sector is just drive towards Soudley, take the right turn at the T junction just before the road bares left for Soudley. Park considerately up in the layby on the right a few hundred metres after the T junction.
The Honey boulder is about 100 metres upslope, after all of the wood stacks on the track (look for the boulder 50 ish metres into the forest track). Go uphill from the boulder and you will see it in a slight dip in the landscape.
Mini Me boulder and White Rhino are a little harder to find and you will have to explore a little...From Honey boulder head into the woods walking in opposite direction to the parking for around 300m. Try to walk across slope and then eventually it rises (try to stay parallel with the track below) and you will eventually stumble on them. PM me for exact co-ords, I will get these up soon for all of the sectors.
If you do want to walk from BLW to Honey. At the crossroads where you would turn right for Covidiots, take the left turning here continuing along the track. One way is to follow this track for 20 ish minutes as it bends and snakes to a hole in the ground evenually. Take the right turning here downhill and then follow the directions above when you get to the layby.
Otherwise there is a shortcut you can take from an old cave system and Iron mine (Google Perseverence Mine Forest of Dean). The mine is just off on the left of the track (after turning left) from BLW. Go around the back of the mine on the left, the wooden fence bit and pick up a vague track running around the back and downhill from the mine. This brings you out on a forest track not far from the parking area of BLW. Basically turn left on the forest track once you find it. Parking area is only 200 ish metres.
(Please bare with me for the other locations, I'll get them up ASAP)