Avon and Somerset

The climbing available in Avon and Somerset is exclusively limestone in its many guises. Routes here range from well-equipped beach-side sport climbs to intense multi-pitch traditional climbs on the walls of the impressive Cheddar Gorge and the Avon Gorge. A good deal of the rock in the area is quarried giving climbs that often rely upon a fair amount of fixed protection. At the Avon Gorge, the style of the climbing can be a little unsettling on first acquaintance, however a number of its climbs are superb challenges. The fine faces of Split Rock, Portishead and Uphill quarries have a mix of the traditional and sport ethic whilst the short and intense seaside sport climbs of Brean Down contrast with the awesome walls of the south side of Cheddar Gorge. The ambience of the climbing is not as enticing as that found on many of the cliffs deeper into the region and, although the intrusion of road noise and the nature of the quarried environment will erode some of the enjoyment for many, the quality of the climbing still shines through.
This database contains the routes in the West Country Climbs Rockfax.


84 trad routes (D...E6)
22 sport routes (6a+...8b)
50 of the Best Routes top50
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents

Crag (click for details) No. of Routes Grade Range Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Avon Gorge
The huge winding gash of the Avon Gorge holds the UK's biggest and best urban...
Sun from mid-morning

0 mins

Portishead Quarry
Just to the west of the M5 south of Bristol is a limestone quarry that offers a...

5 mins

Split Rock Quarry
Well concealed on the lower slopes of the rolling tree-covered Mendip Hills is...
Sun to mid-afternoon

5 mins

Uphill Quarry
Uphill Quarry is a towering sheet of blank limestone that faces out across a...
Trad and Sport
Afternoon sun

2 mins

Brean Down
The south-facing line of low limestone crags that stretch out into the Bristol...
Lots of sun!

5 mins

  • Latest Comments

    For Avon and Somerset

    Tide Rising (Brean Down)
    "First F7b+, having worked the moves on a previous trip!! Wonderful route." 23/Sep top50

    M1 (Avon Gorge)
    "unless it has changed - and i've done it three times in the last twenty five yea..." 14/Apr top50

    Nightmare (Avon Gorge)
    "route is tricky and the last section this not very good protection. still worth ..." 17/Feb top50

    Mirage (Avon Gorge)
    "Did this straight after Arms Race, but even so, the crux felt HARD. You get a se..." 03/Nov top50

    New Horizons (Avon Gorge)
    "The second pitch is probably more 5b than 5c." 13/Oct

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