New Article Mini-Series on

© Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC have cast our net far and wide to bring in a diverse range of contributors including Dave MacLeod and Adam Long for a new mini-series kicking off today in the Articles section.

Mini-Series - Relocate

The series, titled Relocate, gives an insider's view on what it is like to live and climb in an area of the UK. Areas covered so far include Sheffield, Fort William, North Wales, London, Devon, Lake District and more.

Concentrating as much on the people and character of the areas as the climbing, the articles give information on employment opportunities, house prices and of course, access to the rock and to climbing partners.

If you're thinking about moving somewhere else in the UK, or if you'd just like to know what it's like living in Fort William or Devon, these articles could be for you.

Destination Articles - Ideas For Climbing Trips

In other parts of the site, Kevin Avery is working hard on Destination Articles and has several in the pipeline. The intention is to present the most important climbing areas in the World so that you have all the information at hand to plan a trip. He does need help and if you would like to write a Destination Article, do get in touch with Kevin: (

Next up is a superb Gogarth article written by Simon Panton and formatted in to our destinations format, complete with maps, links and databases, by Kevin Avery. Watch this space...

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14 May, 2009
No doubt many of us have wondered where in the UK would be the ideal place to live for a climber. Of course there are lots of annoying practical details like employment opportunities which also need to be considered. I look forward to finding out a bit more about various places. I live in Birmingham and like to think that it's a pretty good compromise between accessibility to crags (not near to anywhere but not too far from anywhere either) and availability of job opportunities. Or am I just deluding myself?
15 May, 2009
Downsides of Brum (imho): Evening cragging has to be a midsummer-only thing (unless you like climbing in the dark), lots of travelling to get to any climbable rock, most climbing best done as weekends away which means that if you don't like camping you will end up either miserable or skint. Upsides of Brum (imho): Only climbing areas that aren't reasonably weekendable are in Scotland, so plenty of choice (eg if raining in Cumbria, head for Dartmoor instead, can make either by last orders with a prompt start from work), if you like camping (which I do) then you've got the perfect excuse, and once you've made the effort to get somewhere then you *will* end up getting something done no matter how bad the weather and your hangover are. Usual big-city amenities, jobs etc, two good walls actually in Brum plus various others within a short journey if you fancy a change. Depends what you want from life, probably.
15 May, 2009
No mention of Cambridge in that list, I see. Once again East Anglia is overlooked by the climbing establishment.
15 May, 2009
I know, it's a mecca for our sport! some excellent indoor facilities too...
15 May, 2009
That's spot on!
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