AVON GORGE


The huge winding gash of the Avon Gorge holds the UK's biggest and best urban crag. Brunel's famous suspension bridge spans the gorge, providing a magnificent backdrop to the climbing and, even though the cliffs are blighted by traffic noise, the climbing experience is memorable. The crags rise to around 70 metres and for the most part are composed of high quality limestone, the one exception being the grand natural buttress beneath the suspension bridge itself.

Routes

68 trad routes (D...E6)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Unknown Wall
The left side of the area is a huge mass of variable-quality rock (the Unknown Wall) up which some...
5
Trad
Lots of sun!
Level

3 mins

Unknown Buttress
The Unknown Buttress is divided into two walls by a huge ramp, and has consistently excellent rock...
11
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Level

3 mins

Sea Walls
The Sea Walls are the most popular section of The Avon Gorge and have a line-up of easily-accessed...
13
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Roadside

0 mins

The Lich Area
The left side of the Main Wall has a number of good and popular routes that are a nice introduction...
5
Trad
Lots of sun!
Roadside

0 mins

Malbogies Area
The right-hand side of the Main Wall has a number of long, hard routes that typify the best of what...
7
Trad
Lots of sun!
Roadside

0 mins

The Pink Wall
The steep, white and pale-pink wall that leans out over the left-hand side of Morning Slab is the...
6
Trad
Lots of sun!
Roadside

0 mins

Morning Slab and Evening Wall
Morning Slab is a massive hulk of compact rock, split in its lower half by bands of narrow...
9
Trad
Afternoon sun
Roadside

0 mins

Central Buttress
The long narrow rib at the far right-hand end of the cliff holds some high quality climbs, though...
4
Trad
Afternoon sun
Roadside

0 mins

Giant's Cave Buttress
A long undulating series of steep buttresses dropping the full-height of the Gorge define the line...
1
Trad
Lots of sun!
Downhill

15 mins

Suspension Bridge Buttress
Located under the Suspension Bridge, this fine crag is home to some Avon Gorge classics. The rock...
7
Trad
Afternoon sun
Downhill

12 mins

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  • Latest Comments

    For AVON GORGE

    Yellow Edge
    "An exercise in head-climbing. Never very hard technically, but the height & ..." 10/Sep top50

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

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

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

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

    Great Central Route
    "A very good varied route. But why the sustained symbol?" 22/Aug top50

    Hell Gates
    "Great route...better to combine 1st two pitches into one long lead imho. Exiting..." 10/Apr top50

    Limbo
    "Can be done in one pitch, but surely it's better to finish left towards the bela..." 21/Aug top50

    Sleepwalk
    "I love this route, but not sure why you have a pumpy symbol - a flutter would be..." 28/Jul top50

    Malbogies
    "Spooky at HVS!" 14/Jul

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