Suspension Bridge Buttress Rock Climbing
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|Shared By:||Nick Russell on Sep 5, 2011|
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DescriptionThe steep limestone buttress directly below the suspension bridge offers some of the best climbing in the area, with several multiple-starred routes right next to each other. Unique for Avon Gorge, the rock is unquarried, solid and pocketed.
The busy A4 goes through a tunnel (apparently to protect traffic from rockfall) at the base of this cliff, meaning the road noise is much reduced compared to other areas in the gorge.
Although the routes finish temptingly close to the bridge, topping out onto the bridge is forbidden, and you are advised instead to rappel. Two 60m ropes will get you down from any of the fixed anchors.
Getting ThereAll the climbs start from on top of the A4 tunnel, and access to this can be gained from either side. To get down from the top of the cliffs, the best route is the zig zag path to the right of the suspension bridge. Alternatively, park in any of the small areas along the A4 and walk along the road. This is the right-most of the areas along the gorge, but is no more than 15 minutes walk from any of the others.
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