The sport of rock climbing not only offers a great workout, but also unique opportunities to travel and observe landscapes. Beginners to rock climbing and bouldering are widely advised to pace themselves as it has its dangers. Rock climbers will first need to enrol in induction sessions at climbing centres to learn more about each discipline and the equipment they will need.
For beginners, bouldering can be easier to grasp because of its simpler logistics. Climbers can see themselves progress in the sport once their techniques, strength, and problem-solving skills have been mastered, making it a wonderfully rewarding pursuit.
Climbing walls serves as an excellent introduction to the sport because they offer the chance to practice all types of climbing, including bouldering, toprope, and lead climbing. Below is a list of some of the best places to climb – indoor and outdoor.
- The Cuttings, Portland, Dorset
Climbers look forward to the dramatic views of the ocean from the steep cliffs of Portland Island. The conditions here are quite dependable even in winter because of the sunny microclimate. On the limestone cliffs, there are more than 200 routes for climbers of every skill level, including some bolted climbs at The Cuttings on the east coast. This boulder field offers a beginner’s route with small climbs that are relatively low-risk, located at the foot of the cliffs.
- Land’s End, Cornwall
Climbers of intermediate and expert levels can find golden granite crags, cove beaches, and sea cliffs at the westernmost tip of Cornwall with beautiful views of the Atlantic and Channel. The most popular crags in the area are Bosigran, Chair Ladder, and Sennen. While the area is a busy tourist destination, these cliffs and climbs are tucked away in more secluded areas. It is recommended that climbers watch tidal times here to avoid getting trapped.
- Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Cheddar Gorge, which is carved out of the Mendip Hills, is complete with stalactite caves, ancient woodlands and wild goats. Cheddar Gorge boasts over the 27 crags in the limestone valley and hundreds of climbs can be found that can reach up to 450 feet high. It is the biggest gorge in Britain. Various routes cater to all levels of experience, from short and easy pitches to UK’s longest climbs. There are no seasonal restrictions on climbing on most cliffs, but there are seasonal restrictions on others because of the number of visitors.
- Combeshead Tor, Dartmoor
There are many bouldering and climbing options on Dartmoor because of the granite tors that sprout from the ground. It is a beautiful landscape, with a number of remote climbs. A number of rare plants and habitats surround the tors in this national park. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to Combeshead Tor, which offers a peaceful atmosphere over Burrator Reservoir. From beginners to pros, you’ll find a wide variety of climbs!
- Harrison’s Rocks, East Sussex
There are over 380 climbing routes on the southern sandstone outcrops here, making it a popular day-tripping spot for Londoners (it’s near Tunbridge Wells). The sandy soil makes landings soft and the area is easily accessible. Despite the fragility of the rock, conventional gear cannot be placed into the cracks; instead, fixed rings are used for top roping. The site also has a campground and parking.
Rock climbing is an absolutely thrilling experience that is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. The UK has a range of locations for adventure-seekers looking to participate in a wide range of outdoor activities such as rock climbing.