Top 5 Crazy Climbing Spots in the UK

Thanks to some pretty varied geology the UK is a brilliant location for climbing. The country has many diverse spots to offer, with loads of different routes to suit all abilities. Summer is the perfect time to explore these, so we say get out there, get climbing and get exploring these top 5 crazy climbing spots. Just imagine how good you’ll feel when you complete them!

Cornwall

Gillian Photo: mattcyp88 of Flickr

Climbing on Gillian

The perfect granite at Sennen in Cornwall makes for great climbing, and the sea-cliff climb there is a brilliant route. It is a short ten minute walk from the harbour car park, great if you can get a spot, but if not head to the nearby cliff top car park. This is a really dramatic climb, as you traverse the cliff over the sea.  The views from the rock face are stunning and there’s many a good pub nearby, where you can recount your stories later. As with most sea-cliff climbs, this route is best attempted between March and September.

Lake District

Rock Climber Nape's Needle Photo: Sea Kayak Oban of Flickr

Rock Climber Nape’s Needle

The Lake District is famous for being the birthplace of modern climbing and once you’ve been there it will be no surprise why. If you are looking for a crazy climb in the lakes it’s got to be the Napes at Wasdale. It is this route that WP Haskett Smith famously first tackled in 1886. The views around here are stunning and there are plenty of good spots for eating and drinking nearby.

Peak District

Ravens Tor Photo: eamoncurry123 of Flickr

Ravens Tor in the Peak District

Great as its in close proximity to Manchester and Sheffield, the Peak District is a firm favourite on the UK climbing circuit. There are over 10,000 routes recorded there, so if you choose a trip to the Peaks you are sure not to get bored! Our favourite crazy climbing spot there is Ravenstor, which is arguably the most ferocious of all the spots in the Peaks. Wait for a good day and head out there and you’ll see why so many people love the Peak District.

North Wales

South Stack Photo: izgaka of Flickr

South Stack, North Wales

Plenty of climbs here, many with in close proximity of one another, making it a really good place to get out and enjoy the spot. Our top crazy climb is on Holy Island, just off Anglesey. Seek out the world-renowned spot of Gogarth, a sea cliff climb and you won’t be disappointed.

Scotland

Cairn Gorm Summit Photo: Dale Harvey of Flickr

Cairn Gorm Summit

Often less crowded that other spots in the UK the Cairn Gorms is a lovely place to head to if you are looking for some varied climbing in spectacular scenery. Scotland is big and bold and open and offers views quite unlike the rest of the UK. Our favourite spot is Jacobs Ladder, which is often accessible in winter too.

With all that climbing equipment and the possibility of early starts, last minute self-catering cottages make a great option for accommodation if you are planning a last minute climbing get-away this summer. There are heaps of these around the country, from cute 1 bedroom cottages too much larger cottages, sleeping as many as 12. Have a look online and choose something to suit your group.

Britain is a haven for climbers, so if it’s your sport too we say get out there as soon as possible and discover a climbing area new to you!

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Photo credits:  Gillian by mattcyp88, Rock Climber Nape’s Needle by Sea Kayak Oban, Ravens Tor by eamoncurry123, South Stack by izgaka,and Cairn Gorm Summit by Dale Harvey.

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Three Hidden Gems of Edinburgh

In today’s guest post, Ryan Morrison of Scotland Here and Now, gives you an alternative view of Edinburgh, with recommendations for a few things that may not be on the tourist’s radar.

The beautiful city of Edinburgh is a delightful place for a trip at any time of year, with such a diverse range of things to see and do you’ll be spoilt for choice. I’m guessing a visitor’s itinerary would include a visit to Edinburgh Castle for the world famous Military Tattoo, attend a performance at the Fringe Festival, a gentle hike up Arthurs Seat and maybe some shopping on Princes Street. Don’t get me wrong, these main attractions are fantastic and are the lifeblood of Edinburgh’s tourist trade, however if you look hard enough you will discover that there is so much more to this magnificent city.

So for the more inquisitive visitor I’ve put together a wee list of Edinburgh’s hidden gems;

Edinburgh Farmers Market

The market is held every Saturday throughout the year in the stunning location of Castle Terrace, in the shadow of the castle. The majority of stallholders are local primary producers, guarenteeing that the produce sold here is as fresh as it gets. So what is on offer here? Well just about everything really; meat, fish, free range eggs, dairy products, seasonal fruit and veg, fresh bread and you can even purchase organic beer and liquors from the speciality producers. The guy and gals that work the stalls are really friendly and always willing to talk about the products they are selling and in most cases will offer you a free sample before you buy. All in all, Edinburgh Farmers Market is a welcome assault on the senses.

Edinburgh Farmer's Market Photo: Mr Pauly D on Flickr

Edinburgh Farmer's Market

Water of Leith

Not many people realise that Edinburgh has a river. The water of Leith flows down from the imposing Pentland Hills on the south side of the city to the sea at the port of Leith. It provides a surprisingly beautiful little getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, in fact I often spend my lunch breaks here. Not only is it a great escape from uptight bosses, but it’s also an ideal place for family walks, picnics and cycle rides. And such is the nature of the walkway winding through the heart of the city, there are many places of interest that you can visit during your stroll such as Colinton Village, Saughton Winter Gardens, Gallery of Modern Art and Murrayfield Stadium the home of Scottish rugby to name but a few.

Water of Leith in Edinburgh Photo: StartAgain on Flickr

Water of Leith in Edinburgh

The Real Mary King’s Close

Edinburgh is considered one of the most haunted cities in Europe and if you delve into the history of the place, it soon becomes apparent as to the reasons why. There are dozens of ghost tours in the city but the one that I find the most enthralling lies deep underground beneath the cobbled old roads of the Royal Mile. For hundreds of years the true story of Mary King’s Close went undiscovered in a secret warren of hidden streets that had remained frozen in time since the 17th century. Stories of sightings, blood curdling screams and even the cries of a little girl are all common occurrences in this place so if you are a fan of the paranormal then I highly recommend you take the tour of the close, just be careful…please be careful.

Mary King's Close in Edinburgh Photo: ztephen on Flickr

Mary King's Close in Edinburgh

More information on things to see in Edinburgh

Visit Ryan’s blog at Scotlandhereandnow.com for a taste of Scottish life, travel and culture

Edinburgh Farmer’s Market – held on the terrace under Edinburgh Castle

Water of Leith – a silver thread in a ribbon of green flowing through Edinburgh

Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh – a spooky tour under Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - home to Scotland’s National collection of modern and contemporary art

Murrayfield Stadium - home of Scottish Rugby

Photo Credits: Farmer’s market by Mr Pauly D, Water of Leith by StartAgain, Mary King’s Close by ztephen

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