Altitude 81m a.s.l
Enjoying the final pitch of Giants Cave Buttress © Dave Bradbrook
IMPORTANT NOTE: Summer Restrictions will be in place between 17th May - 12 August 2021 for essential engineering works. The Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust have commisioned works to maintain the condition and stability of the rock face. This is good news for climbers! Joints in the slope (away from the routes) will be grouted with cement to prevent future water ingress, which should also reduce seepage lower down the face (more good news for climbers).
Climbing is NOT PERMISSABLE 08:00-18:00 Monday to Friday during these 12 weeks of works. Outside these times climbing can continue, but any equipment or cables left on site by the engineers should not be touched.
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.
Very limited parking for the Amphitheatre and Suspension Bridge Buttress is available at the two gated entrances to the land below the Amphitheatre. In theory parking shouldn't be possible in either gateway as the road is marked with double yellow lines, but there is a long-standing informal agreement with Parking Services that there can be a single vehicle only parked in each space.
Bear in mind this is a busy road so getting into and out of these spaces requires great care and probably a second person to spot you in and out safely. If the spaces are already filled when you arrive, please don't add extra vehicles as this may lead to withdrawal of the informal agreement that is currently in place and parking tickets issued to any car parked there. Instead find alternative parking (the nearest being either Main Wall or in Clifton).
Access to Lower Amphitheatre Wall is via the southernmost of the two gates, where there is a combination lock with a code that can be found on the BMC RAD at https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/RAD/View.aspx?id=909. It is essential to maintain the access agreement that the gate is relocked behind you, as it is for the Sea Walls and Fairy Cave combination locks.
This is also the best approach for routes on the North Face of the Suspension Bridge Buttress.
To approach the concrete apron under the West Face, either approach via the gate and a polished corner (sometimes a knotted rope is there to assist) or walk along the pavement through the concrete apron and cross the single wire fence at a point where a passage can readily be made inside the keep fence on easy-angled slabs.
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