Climbs 14
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 152m a.s.l
Faces SE

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The Narrows Right Wall. © deepstar

Crag features

Small limestone crag owned by The National Trust and managed by Natural England, climbing the routes in Hope Wood Rocks is BANNED but are added here for historical reference.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 in a beautiful unspoilt valley. The cliff is split by a rock shelter where the route "Merlin" starts. 

There are five bolted routes in The Narrows area, graded between 6a+ - 8?.  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 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. 

There are a number of possibilities for bouldering

Approach notes

Ebbor Gorge National Trust Car Park Link:

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. Follow 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. For the older routes continue through the Narrows and along an indistinct trail in a shallow valley that opens out onto a wilder rocky wall. 

Restricted Access

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.

  • No new routes are permitted unless first agreed by Natural England. 
  • Follow any safety guidance provided on site.
  • The routes are close to the public access route through the Gorge - THINK PUBLIC SAFETY AS A PRIORITY AT ALL TIMES.  Climbing has the potential to harm innocent bystanders particularly by dislodging rocks or dropping kit.  It is vital that climbers are sensitive to the potential public safety implications of climbing here. Loose rock is always a possibility - be careful and alert when standing below those climbing, and always be aware, alerting walkers and others using the Gorge of your presence. If safe to do so, pause climbing activity until walkers and others are a safe distance from the base of the routes.  
  • Access to and use of the vegetated ledges above the routes is strictly forbidden for nature conservation and safety reasons. 
  • All climbers using the site must have public liability insurance cover of at least £10million.  This comes standard with BMC or MCofS membership or can be organised separately.  BMC/MCofS membership cards or details of your individual policy must be carried as proof of insurance cover whilst climbing on these cliffs.
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