Hope you are all having a fab month so far! Is it just me or has it been January for a whole year now? Honestly, I feel as if I have achieved so much this year already, yet it’s only been a few weeks.
Today I wanted to write about climbing. I feel this isn’t a subject I tend to focus much on my blog so far, but that’s something I would like to change. I love climbing, most of my evenings are spent at the climbing gym and weekends climbing the sea cliffs. I discovered climbing in England so I have a special affection for a lot of climbing crags around here.
Swanage is one of the places we go to the most in England to climb. It’s about a 1.30h from Southampton which means we can easily get to for a one day climb, or a weekend stay. Our go-to crag tends to be Winspit – it’s really sheltered and it has a great diversity in grades with an amazing view from the top.
We also go to Dancing Ledge when in Swanage, you can find a mix of trad and sport with the chance for a swim in the summer.
For the past 2 years, we have been going to the Gower for an Easter climb. The weather tends to be perfect – clear skies, with warm but not hot weather. Usually, it’s when I get my first tan lines of the year (sports clothes tan lines for life!)
There we tend to go for the rocks at the beach near Three Cliff Bay, when inaccessible due to the high tides we go to Rhossili. It’s beautiful over there. If you are on your rest day you can hike the Headland or climb in the cliffs. At the end of the day, I recommend the local pub with a great sunset view.
I love the Wye Valley, It’s a beautiful place to camp and climb. It’s surprisingly peaceful and quiet for its astounding beauty. Our go-to crag is Ban-y-Gor. There are so many routes there that you can spend a whole weekend there without exhausting your options. You can find easy to hard routes, slabs and overhangs, short and long. The rocks have the most fun shapes with really fun moves. Definitely recommend.
Lastly, I just wanted to give Portland and Dorset, in general, an honourable mention. Here you can find really easy routes if you are starting or getting back into outdoor climbing. In fact, I lead my first route in Dorset.
There are still loads of places I haven’t climbed in that I really want to, like Cornwall, Peak District, Lake District, Scotland, the list goes on and on…
Have you climbed outdoors? What are some of your favourite places in the UK?