Best UK Climbing Destinations for Your Next Adventure


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When you think of UK climbing, the first places that come to mind are probably in the Alps, Dolomites, or Yosemite. The UK is not typically associated with UK climbing destinations – yet there are many great rock faces and routes for amateurs and professionals alike. For those looking for adventure a little closer to home, we’ve compiled this list of the great UK climbing spots.

The Lake District –

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If you’re planning on the UK climbing in England then look no further than The Lake District National Park which has some excellent routes as well as being an area of natural beauty full of wildlife, picturesque villages, and incredible scenery. Head to Borrowdale Valley where there are several areas for UK climbers, including Raven Crag and Shepherds Crag, which are perfect for all levels of climbers.

North Wales –

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If you’re looking to the UK climbing in a less crowded area then head to North Wales where there is an abundance of routes ranging from easy bouldering to more challenging multi-pitch climbs. Try out the UK climbing on Clogwyn Du Ymhen Y Glyder or the UK climbing at Dinorwig Quarry near Llanberis – if you do find yourself with any spare time after the UK climbing then make sure to go see some of their castles, or spend some time at Betws-y-Coed, a charming village in Conwy Valley that offers many outdoor pursuits.

The Peak District –

Not far from Manchester and Birmingham, The Peak District is the perfect place for UK climbers looking for a day trip or weekend adventure. There are plenty of routes to choose from – both easy and difficult – and the area is also full of great pubs and restaurants should you need refueling after a long day on the rocks. Try out the UK climbing at Stanage Edge which has something for everyone or takes on Kinder Scout, one of the most popular peaks in The Peaks.

South West England –

If you’re looking to combine the UK climbing with some coastal scenery then head down to South West England where there are many crags located close to stunning beaches and cliffs. Try out the UK climbing at Seacombe in Devon which is a great spot for beginners or head to Lands End and take on The Old Man of Storr, one of the most popular climbs in the area.

Scotland –

If you’re looking for some more challenging climbs then make sure to check out the Scottish Highlands where there are plenty of routes for experienced climbers. Try out Ben Nevis – at over 4000ft it’s Britain’s highest mountain – or tackle Glen Coe, one of Scotland’s most famous valleys. There are also many other crags located all around Scotland so be sure to do your research before you go!

Northern Ireland –

Although Northern Ireland doesn’t have many crags to climb, there are still some fantastic spots worth visiting. The Mourne Mountains is a great destination for uk climbers. it’s located near Belfast and has plenty of challenging routes that will really test your skills.

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