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Rock Climbing In Symonds Yat

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About Symonds Yat

Symonds Yat is famous for its beautiful wooded landscape that is intersected by the River Wye which offers plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and watersports. The Wye Valley offers a wide range of climbing and abseiling opportunities with cafes, pubs, car parks and a range of facilities nearby, it’s got something for everyone. It’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meant it’s a stunning landscape with special conservation for its rich wildlife habitats. Including horseshoe, nightjar and peregrine falcons.
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Climbing in Symonds Yat

Symonds Yat is one of the most popular climbing locations in the UK for it’s stunning views across the wooded landscape and River Wye. Being just over 2 hours from London and an hour from Birmingham, it’s a great day out for many. It’s made up of limestone cliffs, with mostly very stable rock. There can be restrictions within the year depending on nesting birds, so be sure to check the BMC/ UK Climbing websites for latest updates. Or if you’re booking with an instructor, they will check this for you and can recommend routes around any climbing restrictions.
Most of the climbs are single pitch as most heights are from 10 meters to 30 meters (i.e. you only set up one belay and go up and down a single pitch, rather than having to climb a multi-pitch). There’s a bonus of a car park and cafe for food at top to take a break.
With over 580 climbs, there’s something for everyone. The famous Longstone Pinnacle is a freestanding rock in Symonds Yat, that provides epic instagram snaps. Unlike the majority of other climbs in the Wye Valley, it’s typically done in two pitches up the Whit climbing route. The alternative is the ‘Vertigo’, a single-pitch climb that offers large holds but greater exposure. Finished off by abseiling down, it’s a great experience for climbers.
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Why go Rock Climbing?

Rock Climbing is a great way to see some of the most stunning places, get fit and healthy in the process and have a great time. There’s a wealth of spots to climb, with over 1000 destinations, 150 climbing walls and hundreds of climbing clubs in the UK. See below for some of the best climbing courses in the UK. For some, climbing is the challenge of getting to the top, for others it's the puzzle of working out the route and how to approach the different hands and footholds. There's also the fitness side of course, being a fantastic total body workout, and particularly effective for those doing indoor bouldering on midweek evenings! Then there's the locations. Outdoor climbing locations are often in some of the most stunning locations in the country, and with the climbing itself you are able to get up close and personal with the landscape, and often able to access locations and views unavailable to anyone else! It’s also an incredibly social sport. When at an indoor climbing wall, it’s natural to talk to others about how to climb routes.
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Who is Rock Climbing Suitable for?

There's a climb for everyone, and part of the beauty of climbing is that the challenge is relative for each individual. There are plenty of climbing clubs if you'd like to join others and do it more socially and learn from peers, and it can be a great family activity too for those with a bit more experience. For those less confident there are plenty of guides and instructors always happy to share their passion with new people to the sport. There are also plenty of great UK climbing forums for further advice and information.

Climbing Overview for Beginners

Climbing is a great activity for everyone, from individuals, groups, families, friends and corporates. Conquering a climbing route or your fear for heights in a group is a great bonding experience. Climbing doesn’t have to be a huge challenge. There are many ways to get involved with the sport that are more accessible than the crazy films like El Capitan where Alex Honnold climbs over 2km without ropes. Try a guided climbing session to take it easy and pick up the basics, or try bouldering at an indoor climbing wall.
There's different techniques and methods to climbing that make the sport that little bit more interesting and challenging.There’s also a wealth of kit and equipment needed for the different types of climbing. And there’s different ways to get involved with the sport. Don’t worry - it’s easy to pick up. We’ve put together a bunch of resources so that after reading them you’ll be clued up on your next rock climbing experience. Below are some useful rock climbing resources to learn more.
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Useful Rock Climbing Resources

  • A Beginners Guide to Rock Climbing. We’ve created a resource for beginners to rock climbing to outline the different types of rock climbing from bouldering, sport climbing and trad climbing and more. What equipment you need and the various ways to get involved with the sport, whether that be joining a local club, going to an indoor climbing wall or booking an instructor.
  • A Guide to Indoor Climbing in UK. Read here to understand the different ways to go indoor climbing in the UK. What equipment you’ll need. And what to expect the first time you go to your local climbing wall.
  • A Guide to Outdoor Rock Climbing in UK. We’ve pulled together a resource to outline what to expect when climbing outdoors in the UK, including the differences from indoor rock climbing and what kit to take.


Bouldering in the UK

Bouldering is the act of climbing, typically up to 20ft without ropes but with big soft matts beneath. As the height of the climb is not high enough to cause injuries (assuming you fall correctly of course), it’s a great way to get into the sport without having to get used to the technicalities of using ropes, belay devices and the other equipment associated with other types of climbing. To get involved with bouldering, look up your local climbing wall and ensure they mention they have bouldering on offer. Most climbing walls do offer bouldering nowadays. Also, you can find outdoor places to go bouldering. If you’re doing this as a beginner, make sure to organise an instructor who can ensure you’ve got the right equipment (including a bouldering mat to fall on), and show you the best routes and techniques. Symonds Yat

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