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Climbs 166
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 160m a.s.l
Faces W

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James Squire on a quick attempt on 'All Elements' in Bath. © Beastly Squirrel

Crag features

An esoteric bouldering venue with an eclectic mix of problems in different styles. Mostly low problems with good landings.

Warning - see advice below regarding ticks.

Please respect the area - if you find any litter or rubbish do your bit and take it with you to the bin in the layby on your way out.

Make sure your climbing shoes are clean before climbing, bring a rag to wipe your feet, use chalk responsibly, don't place large tick marks and remove discrete ones, don't overbrush holds it will only polish or erode them.

The rock is a harder form of oolitic limestone which is a bit different to normal limestone. Its quite sandy in places, and so is not suitable to climb while wet. Watch out for friable sections and avoid them.
It does not dry well after heavy rain due to the forest - give it a few days to dry out. The ground gets very muddy also.
In summer it can get very hot and humid inside the forest.
Best conditions are often found on a cool evening.

NB Watch out for ticks: In the woodland there are deer ticks that carry lyme disease - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease/
It can be an unpleasant and permanent condition with no agreed treatment. Take precautions:
i) apply insect repellent or smidge around your ankles, neck, arms, wrists and waist
ii) wear long sleeves and trousers where possible - especially when walking through undergrowth
iii) get a tick card or needle nosed tweezers before visiting.
iv) get someone else to check you for ticks after a visit. They look like 1-3mm specs of dirt, but if you gently brush them you will see its legs wave around. They are quite 2D. Bites can sometimes feel numb or tingly. Backs of your calves, armpits, neck and ankles are common areas to find them.
The sooner you remove them after finding them, the lower the chance you have of contracting anything.
Find out how to remove them safely online, but do not squeeze, burn or flick them - this can cause contamination of your blood.

Some classics:
Yes Tree Crack f4, The Wurzels f5, Sharp Angle f5+, Apex Problem f6A (highball), Sally on the Hood f6A, Rubble Pit f6A+, Darkside of the Moon f6B, Tractor Traverse f6C, Under the Fridge f6C, Ice Cold f6C, Slopey Traverse f7A, Sub Zero f7B, One Infinity Traverse Reversed f7B, All Elements f8A

The local council have said that the boulders are on Common Land owned by them and they have no issue with people climbing.
However there have been a few conversations with people either claiming to be or to know the landowner, and they have said that it is private land.
Other parts of the woodland are privately owned, and some areas near Brown's Folly are SSSI - do not remove or disturb any vegetation there.

Please park responsibly in the layby. The main road is quite busy and there are often large trucks and lorries passing by.
There have unfortunately been car break-ins this year in the layby, so be careful to not leave any valuables on display (or in your car at all).

If you encounter anyone who takes issue with people climbing there be cordial and respectful, take their details and pass them on to the BMC rep (access@thebmc.co.uk or fletch73@msn.com).
If you're asked to leave, do so and report the situation to the BMC.

Approach notes

Park in long layby on main road (A363) 2 miles from Bathford. Enter the woods from the north end of the laybe (next to the bin) and walk up the hill.

You will find a good path, from here you can go left to most of the boulders - you will find Yew Tree Slab a few minutes down the path, and the Combine Harvester / Mikes Boulder another few minutes further down the same path.

Alternatively you can head right on the good path and after 5 minutes or so you will pass the Pit Traverse on your left and continuing down the path will take you to the All Elements roof crack area.

Pay attention to the advice at the top about ticks....I must have had about 10 on me throughout a few hours
Steve Bartle - 22/Jun/15
No official topos as access is sensitive but try James Moyle's website: http://bathbouldering.wikispaces.com
Didymus - 03/Jun/14
Any topos for this crag? cheers.
sideshow84 - 03/Jun/14
The majority of the problems were on Private land, not land owned by the Wildlife trust circa 2003. I'm not sure if this is still the case or whether the land has been donated to Wildlife trust in the meantime. In 2003 the then owner had been seriously pissed off by cavers painting directions and carrying out major rock removal. He tolerated climbing, but wasn't happy to hear it had apeared in an online guidebook.He managed the woodland for wildlife. If the place is treated with the respect 99% treat our crags I don't see there being an acccess issue, but it isn't Common Land.
Richard Fox - 07/Feb/13
Nice place, deffinatly some potential here!
Beastly Squirrel - 10/Dec/11
Not to worry, having actually read the crag features properly I've found the website listing what I need to know lol
Cypher - 22/Jul/11
Am looking to get an early morning in here in a couple weeks (I say early morning because having camped in Sally in the Woods before, I would not like to be here after dark) has anyone got a decent guide on where to find this from the obvious layby?
Cypher - 22/Jul/11
What happened to the problems climbed by Tim Hutchinson in about 2003/2004? I watched him do a long and hard roof lip traverse. Were the problems ever documented?
Ben Thorne - 16/Apr/11
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