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Fifth Pillar 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
First Pillar 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Fourth Pillar 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Main Wall 14 / 19 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Other Pillars 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Second Pillar 7 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Sixth Pillar 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Third Pillar 6 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Elevation: 38 ft
GPS: 37.53, -77.446 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Jake Jones on Aug 11, 2007
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Shawn Heath, Jake Jones
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Leftover structure from the old Manchester Bridge. The bridge is done and gone, but the abutments made of huge blocks of mostly solid granitic blocks. Better climbing than you'd think, good place to learn basic leading and toproping (use care when setting up topropes!), and if you're a soloist, a nice place to get mileage without having to find a partner as long as you don't mind getting your shoes muddy or downclimbing off the pillars. Often greasy and mosquito-iy in summer, frigid in winter, but climbable year-round.

The main wall is up to 60 feet in height, and each of the pillars are roughly 30-35ft in height. The best season here is undoubtedly fall. The rock is dry, there is less precipitation, and the river is often low, making the pillars in the river more accessible.

Getting There

From downtown Richmond, head across the Belvidere Bridge towards Southside. Take the first left at the end of the bridge (heading towards the big Suntrust building) and either 1)hang a left immediately after passing the end of Suntrust, and park by the white metal fence and walk down to the top of the wall and scramble down to the base after setting topropes, or 2) drive further down, take the left as you would to find Legend Brewery, go all the way down the hill, hang a left, cross tracks, avoiding industrial traffic and trains, and park under the bridge. *cars get broken into here*-don't say I didn't warn you. There's an addional hazard in that if you come here and need to head out unexpectedly, there can be a wait for the trains to do their thing. I still parked here 95% of the time.


There is designated parking in a small lot (~15 spaces) at the intersection of Semmes Ave. and W 7th St. Alternatively, you can park on Railroad Ave. There are NO PARKING signs here, so use it at your own risk. Never heard of anyone getting towed and this parking is used often- especially because of the typical parking being unavailable. Use good judgment. See picture below for a good visual reference.

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Jake Jones
Richmond, VA
Jake Jones   Richmond, VA  
If you left gear at Manchester recently, please see here:… Jan 18, 2016
^^^^^Routes are listed, on this site, already linked from this page, to pillar 6. So, yeah, everyone has that information available. Look up on the left side of the page you are on. Feb 12, 2015
Anyone have information on the columns out on the river itself? As in Pillar #4 and beyond.

Thanks! Feb 12, 2015
Adam Marcus
Salt Lake City, UT
Adam Marcus   Salt Lake City, UT
Although Mindspring closed down years ago, Michael Greeby's awesome PDF guide is available at…

The file seems to date from September 2005 and the URL suggests it was uploaded in July 2011, so be aware that things may have changed since then (bolts, added, bolts removed, etc.). May 12, 2014
Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
thats great beta! thanks! May 17, 2011
Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
Hey everyone,
You may also be interested in checking this cool blog post by the Lineberrys about the Manchester Wall. Nice photo. I saw it and thought that it was pretty cool they drove up from NC to see what it was all about.… Mar 18, 2011
Richmond, VA
d0NNy   Richmond, VA
Hey All,
Does anyone know what components I would need in order to setup a top rope at Manchester?...cordalette, slings, or draws? Thanks in advance. Mar 17, 2011
Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
Sounds great. Would anyone happen to have any pictures of the place to post?? Oct 19, 2010
Ebb Ebbing
Vancouver, WA
Ebb Ebbing   Vancouver, WA
Just about everything you need to know about Manchester Wall:

Also:… May 20, 2008

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