Top 5 Crazy Climbing Spots in the UK

September 7, 2012 by  

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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Comments

5 Comments on "Top 5 Crazy Climbing Spots in the UK"

  1. John Kim on Sat, 8th Sep 2012 11:22 pm 

    Thrilling places. I like mostly The Lake district. Breath-taking beauty. Thank you for this nice post. :)

  2. Heather on Mon, 10th Sep 2012 10:07 pm 

    @John So pleased you enjoyed it – there are so many great places to enjoy in the UK

  3. Jack Norell on Tue, 11th Sep 2012 6:08 pm 

    Great photos you’ve found, the sun’s not been out much for the last few years so it’s pretty inspiring. Must get out of London to go climbing, last time I did was in Wyoming 10 years ago. Oh, and a misguided indoor ‘outing’ last year…
    Jack Norell´s last blog post ..Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

  4. Heather on Tue, 11th Sep 2012 9:50 pm 

    @Jack I know the weather is somewhat unreliable here in the UK but I can also recommend the weather in the Alps at this time of year – just back and had a week of glorious sunshine & plenty of climbing & hiking possibilities

  5. Corporate Limousine Melbourne on Thu, 13th Sep 2012 2:12 pm 

    I love the adventure places and i am always prefer this type of places to visit.. Thanks for sharing this which really help me a lot.

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