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.


68 trad routes (D...E6)
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    Yellow Edge
    "An exercise in head-climbing. Never very hard technically, but the height & ..." 10/Sep

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

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

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

    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

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

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

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

    "Spooky at HVS!" 14/Jul

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