Avon and Cheddar

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Seasoned guidebook author Martin Crocker has undertaken the mammoth task of thoroughly revising and updating his 1992 Avon and Cheddar guide. Since the last guide over 500 new routes have been climbed. These include, for example, The Quiet Mind (E7 6a/b), with its blind and reachy crux, and the sport route Academic (F8a), both at Avon. Holcombe Quarry in the Mendips has provided over 50 sport routes, Brean Down nearly twice that number of mainly trad offerings. Cheddar is the scene for three F8a+ testpieces: Homegrown, The Empire Strikes Back, and Bristol Weed, as well as the E8 free version of Fornicator Simulator. Not all the additions are at cutting-edge grades however; Cheddar has a host of sub-E1 additions.

Now also comes with Fairy Caves Quarry supplement.

Since its relatively recent development, Fairy Caves Quarry has rapidly gained popularity, and is now the area's Mecca for 'trad' slab climbing. On first aquaintance one may be alarmed at the amount of choss, but this is a large place, and there are extensive areas of high-quality limestone slabs to be found. These slabs, which reach a height of 40 metres, provide excellent, solid climbing, free from pegs and other fixed gear.

  • Country: England
  • ISBn13: 9780901601759
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 720
  • Published Date: 2004
  • Publisher: Climbers Club
  • Region: England - South West England
  • Manufacturer: Climbers' Club


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12/01/2010
Clay C

A brilliant guide that covers everything needed!

Living in the centre of Bristol, this is by far my most used climbing guidebook. It is split into two separate guidebooks, one for Avon and one for Cheddar, which means its possible to carry the guide in a pocket, something that is very useful on some of