Altitude 300m a.s.l
Slapping to the top on Wall Direct at Roundhill © JamesAlexanderTurnbull
Roundhill is part of what Tony Barley intended to share with the climbing community as Wild Bouldering II.
An extensive boulder field high on Ilton Moor. Very pleasant on a Summer’s day, but can feel very exposed in rough weather. There are many excellent lower grade problems, but there are some real test pieces, particularly on the Roman Walls.
Great for families, all bilberries and no ferns. Nice and flat. Yorkshire’s answer to the child-friendly bouldering in Derbyshire’s Burbage Valley.
A download was originally availiable on the Leeds Wall Website but details can now be found at p.624 ff of Yorkshire Gritstone Vol 1 (YMC, 2012). The original guide was published in memory of Tony Barley (with the backing of his family).
From Lofthouse, turn off the Healy road at the bottom of the hill once the reservoirs come into view. Drive down the single-track road and park considerately near the dam of Roundhill Reservoir (SE 153 773). If travelling from Masham via Healy: cross the bridge over the Leighton Reservoir inlet, and after a few hundred metres take the single track road on the left.
Park considerately just before the big gate, well away from the house and the dam. Walk past the house and cross the dam. Walk up hill from the end of the dam towards a five bar gate in the wall; after this follow the path uphill and cross a curious stepped green metal gate. From here continue along the straight moorland path until the boulders are reached. About half a km.
Temporary access restrictions are posted on a sign at the head of the dam. The boulders are on access land under current CRoW arrangements, but you have to cross some non-access land, so please stick to the foot paths.
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