The UK might not be the first place you think of when rock climbing, but it’s got some amazing cliffs and scenery. Since it is considered one of the birth places of rock climbing, there are surely endless possibilities of places to go rock climbing. So go ahead, brush up on your skills and head out to any of the following places to experience all that rocking climbing in the UK has to offer.
This place has some of the best climbing in the world. This mountain range, northwest of Wales has spectacular scenery. You can pretty much find almost any type of climbing you want, from crags to sea cliffs. There are also different types of climbs, depending on your experience level. Novice climbers can head over to Ogwen valley, and the more experienced climbers can head on to the Llaniberis Pass. If you want somewhere more secluded, consider going south of the national park, at Craig Cowach.
People tend to immediately recall this place when mentioning rock climbing in the UK. The Lake District has some of the most concentrated areas of mountains. There are so many routes available it’ll have your head spinning. There are beginner routes (5a) all the way to the super experienced (8c). Barrowdale could arguably be the most popular place within the Lake District as there are many accessible roadside climbs for all levels. If it’s a wet day, consider using a climbing wall, such as the Kendal Climbing Wall.
If you’re a very experienced climber, this is the place for you. The Cairngorms is in one of the most remote places in Scotland. Many claim that the travel it takes to get there is worth it, due to its spectacular scenery. There are many different types of rocks and challenging routes you’ll never get bored at coming here. The more popular areas include Creag an Dubh Loch, Lochnagar, and the Shelterstone Crag.
This is a lesser known but equally magnificent climbing spot. It is home to the climbing route Hadrian’s wall. Northumberland features more than 100 of these routes. There are different grades, but all have wonderful views. If you want something challenging, head over to Corby’s Crag which is on Alnwick Moors. Not only that you might want to consider bouldering since it’s known for that in this area.
Be warned, some climbing and bouldering routes are on private property, so be sure to ask for permission.
This area has overhanging and steep limestone cliffs. They are all diverse and exciting. There is a mix of sport and traditional climbing. There are many overhangs if you’re into that sort of stuff. If you do, some of the best ones are Stair Hole and Black Hole.
If you’re a little bit scared or not as experienced, consider the Portland sea cliffs, which have over 100 routes of bolted climbs. That way, you can climb all year long. There is also the Cattle Troughs and Subluminal for novice climbers.