REI Community
Suspension Bridge Buttress

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Baby Duck T 
Hell Gates T 
Suspense T 
Suspension Bridge Arete T 

Suspension Bridge Buttress Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 51.4554, -2.6269 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 559
Administrators: Chris Owen, Euan Cameron, Nick Russell, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Nick Russell on Sep 5, 2011
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Suspension Bridge Buttress from the "approach...


The 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 There 

All 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.

Climbing Season

For the South West area.

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Suspension Bridge Buttress
Rock Climbing Photo: Graeme part way along the P3 traverse

Hell Gates 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Suspension Bridge Buttress
The route begins a few metres left of a prominent, left-leaning crack. Head towards an obvious cave about 65 feet up, best visible from the ground a little way back from the cliff. Pitches one and two are often run together - maybe a good idea to prevent a high-factor fall on the difficult moves out of the cave.P1: From the start, climb up the face to meet the crack, below a steeper bulge. Pull through the bulge, past a thread to gain the cave, and belay here. Remember to take a pen to sign the...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Suspension Bridge Buttress Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Suspension Bridge Buttress and the Brunel suspensi...
Suspension Bridge Buttress and the Brunel suspensi...

Comments on Suspension Bridge Buttress Add Comment
Show which comments
By Sean Maher
From: Bristol, England
Sep 15, 2016
To approach, park at Main Wall and walk down the A4 to the bridge. Before you get to the underpass, dodge traffic to cross the highway and locate an unlocked gate in a small pull-out. Follow the climbers trail towards the bridge and climb a stepped stonework corner using a fixed rope. This gets you to the top of the underpass; from here follow the climbers trail steeply with another fixed rope to reach the climbs.

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · People · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About