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Shared By: Euan Cameron on Aug 12, 2007
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Description

Climbing in the United Kingdom offers a large variety of climbing, on a number of rock types in remote mountainous regions as well as many urban venues. The climbing is split into regions, with the main areas being England, Scotland and Wales. Each individual country is then separated into distinct climbing areas.

In addition to the climbs themselves climbers who are new to the area will be confronted with two, sometimes distressing things, the unique grading system, and the fickle British weather. The weather at many areas can change numerous times in a day, and rarely stays the same (good or bad) for long. When the weather is bad, you could visit one of the climbing walls dotted around, however, you will have a much better time visiting one of the many excellent pubs which are sure to be close at hand.

The grading system can be confusing to new comers, but when understood the combination of the technical grade (4a, 4b, 4c, 5a, 5b, 5c, etc.) and the adjective grade (Severe, Very Severe, Hard Very Severe, Extremely Severe which is subdivided into E1, E2, E3, E4, etc.)gives you a good understanding from the outset on the technical difficulty of the climb, its sustained nature, as well as the seriousness. In summary an E1 6a tell you that the route has probably only one 6a move, which is either close to the bottom of the climb or very well protected, while an E5 6a, tells you the route is sustained and could well be a serious lead.

Getting There

The easiest way is to fly into one of the major airports. Probably the most common will be London Heathrow. From there hire a car and tour around. Alternatively you can travel around using public transport (trains and buses), but youÂ’ll find that only works for certain areas, close to urban settlements.

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Classic Climbing Routes at United Kingdom

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V2 5+
 4
Crescent Arete
Boulder
V4 6B
 8
Not To Be Taken Away
Boulder
V6 7A
 4
The Green Traverse
Boulder
V8 7B
 4
Deliverance
Boulder
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 3
Bosigran Ridge a.k.a. Commando R…
Trad 8 pitches
England > … > W Penwith > Bosigran
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 7
Troutdale Pinnacle
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 16
A Dream of White Horses
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 9
The Old Man of Stoer
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Right Unconquerable
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Old Man of Hoy
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 10
Cemetery Gates
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 13
Flying Buttress Direct
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
Left Unconquerable
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 13
Cenotaph Corner
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
 8
Comes the Dervish
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crescent Arete England > … > Stanage Edge > Plantation Bouldering
 4
V2 5+ Boulder
Not To Be Taken Away England > … > Stanage Edge > Plantation Bouldering
 8
V4 6B Boulder
The Green Traverse England > … > Stanage Edge > Plantation Bouldering
 4
V6 7A Boulder
Deliverance England > … > Stanage Edge > Plantation Bouldering
 4
V8 7B Boulder
Bosigran Ridge a.k.a. Comma… England > … > W Penwith > Bosigran
 3
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 8 pitches
Troutdale Pinnacle England > … > Borrowdale Valley > Black Crag
 7
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 6 pitches
A Dream of White Horses Wales > Anglesey > Gogarth
 16
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
The Old Man of Stoer Scotland > N W Highlands > Old Man of Stoer, Loc…
 9
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Right Unconquerable England > … > Unconquerables… > Unconquerable Buttress
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Old Man of Hoy Scotland > Orkney Islands.. & th…
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Cemetery Gates Wales > … > N Side > Dinas Cromlech
 10
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Flying Buttress Direct England > … > Christmas Crack > Flying Buttress
 13
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Left Unconquerable England > … > Unconquerables… > Unconquerable Buttress
 12
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Cenotaph Corner Wales > … > N Side > Dinas Cromlech
 13
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Comes the Dervish Wales > … > Llanberis Slate… > Vivian Quarry
 8
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R Trad
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