Sports Climbs UK

Welcome to the web pages of Sportsclimbs UK, a site created to support to sport-climbing in England and Wales.

For those from further afield it is also intended to provide information to sport-climbing in the Peak and South Wales areas, together with photographs, maps and general crag information to tempt climbers into sampling some of the more 'backwater' cliffs of Britain.

Please note the inclusion of a crag does not imply that you have the right to climb there. Some descriptions of climbs and sites are recorded for historical purposes only. Great effort has gone into this site to ensure that grades and descriptions are correct, but as always, climbers must use judgment to ensure that difficulties are within their capabilities and accept the consequence of their decision. This site is in no way an attempt to encourage climbers to climb on the cliffs described within.

The publisher of this site in no way accepts any responsibility for any errors it may contain, nor are liable for any injuries or damages arising from its use. Climbing is a dangerous pastime.

Updates

Peak District update (20/07/21). The whole of the Peak District section has been split into 7 different areas. New crags have been added, The Cornice WCJ, Tissington, Dove Holes, Reynards Arch and a little bit of Ravens Tor. Histories of most areas have been added. New topos like Turkey Dip and Lorry Park have been included along with many other minor updates and changes too numerous to mention.

Church Buttress WCJ (15.06.21) has 3 sport routes from 6b+ to 7b all on good rock.

Bradwell Dale (13.11.20): has been updated with new topos, new sectors and a lot more routes.

Ugly Wall (10.11.20): an easily accessible wall with routes from 5 to 6c.

Rubicon Wall (31.10.20): new topos, and new routes at this popular wet weather crag.

Sandy Wall (22.10.20): new page, new topo, and new routes at this popular Darlton crag.

Windy Ledge (20.10.20): new topo for the sector below Windy Ledge at Stoney Middleton.

Deep Rake (11.09.20): topos for the popular hole in the ground near the Stoney valley.

Harpur Hill (02.09.20): updates for the Long Wall, Racetrack Playa, Anarchy Walls, The Retreat and The Sanctuary.

Ravens Foot Buttress (Dovedale) (09.09.20) has a clutch of vertical wall climbs with a handful of, yet to be re-equipped routes on its left.

Bend Tor (02.09.20): Recent developments have turned this into a fine Peak district sport crag.

Headstone Viaduct Buttress (01.09.20): developed some years ago but unreported anywhere until now—a fine little buttress in a beautiful Peak district setting.

Ferndale (9.8.18) an excellent new crag in South Wales which has had a resurgence of activity.

The Balcony (1.7.18): a small crag in the woods opposite to the Triglyph at Stoney Middleton. Nothing special but some pleasant little face climbs.

Llandarcy (11.5.18): A fine new crag on the sandstone of South Wales with ease of access and numerous excellent routes.

Sister Two and a Half (18.5.18) an excellent find on the Gower with a number of good, though relatively short technical exercises on good rock with an fine outlook.

Ravens Tor (Dovedale) (4.5.18): a superb crag in the northern end of Dovedale now has a handful of good sports routes on its right-hand fringes. Perfect for warm weather.

Ramsgrove Seaward Crag (21.2.18) another fine little venue overlooking a wonderful seaward outlet.

Ladyside Crag (AKA The Chimney) (1.9.17) recently renovated with a handful of easier new sports routes and a complete tidying up. Worth visiting.

Independence Quarry (30.8.17) a number of new routes have been aded to this underrated little quarry.

Gilwern Lower (20.7.17) loads of new routes on an easily accessible crag with ease of access. Unfortunately, someone has chosen to fly-tip here which makes the place feel a bit inhospitable.

Gilwern Main and Gilwern Preliminary crag (20.7.17) new routes and crag updated.

Wolfscote Dale: newly added with a cleaned-up Drabber Tor and two superb new routes at E2 and E3 respectively. Three new routes on the Left Celestial Twin. Bolt belays added to Drabber Tor making descent more easily achieved.

Silent Walls (19.7.17) another day another crag with a particular gem.

Calcite Bay (18.6.17) another new wall on the upper tier of the Trial Wall area of the Gower, situated 200m beyond Black Crack right and before Sinners Walls.

Sinners Walls (updated 7.5.17) a new crag a little further along the coastline from Trial Wall with a bunch of worthwhile and easily accessible routes.

New Tredegar (10.4.17) a completely new find in the South Wales Valleys with a dozen new routes on good quality, slabby sandstone. Still needs 'wear and tear' (or traffic) but will provide a popular venue.

Llanymynech (16.9.16): Please note that Shropshire Wildlife Trust as land managers of the site have forbidden sports climbing on the Foreigner Walls. The bolt hangers have begun to be slowly removed from the routes and are marked accordingly on the Foreigner Walls pages.

On the Stroke of 5000, FA, Harpur Hill

The new Harpur Hill guide in print The brand new Harpur Hill guide is out now with profits going towards the Harpur Hill bolt fund. (12/06/21)

front cover of new bookOUT NOW! You can order copies from https://cordee.co.uk/

Gary Gibson on the first ascent of 4000, Stoney Middleton. Photo Mick Ryan

Flipperty Flop, Moss Rake QuarrySimon Rice on an early repeat of Flipperty Flop Moss Rake crag. Photo; Gary Gibson

Horse Thief QuarryGary Gibson on The Thief of Mad Dad (6b+), Horse Thief Quarry. Photo Nick Taylor

Giants (6c), on Plum Buttress in Cheedale.

Hazel Gibson on the third ascent of Rub it Out; Photo Andy Birtwistle

Mark Richardson on Seventh Time Lucky (7b), Masson Lees. Photo: Ian Milward

Ian Carr on Swain's World, Harpur Hill

Gary Gibson on The Prophecy (7a), Harpur Hill.

Soft Centre at Smalldale Quarry.

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