Avon Gorge (Main Wall)

Avon and Somerset

The broad, sheer cliff of grey limestone that sits at the centre of the gorge. Slabby, easy angled limestone, lots of excellent routes in the easier grades, but protection tends to be sparse, and many of the plum lines suffer from polish. Some of the best bouldering in the area can be had here. Multi-pitch routes to 90 metres.

Crag information
Climbing Area: South West & Southern Rock Type: Limestone
County Avon Access Status: Restrictions/ Sensitive Access
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 102
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1955
Grid Reference: ST563740

Pitch 1 of 'Preter' is reportedly in a seriously unstable condition above the initial roofs, with potential to collapse on anyone climbing through it. A better option MAY be to use the first pitch of 'Malbogies' to access the upper pitches of 'Preter' - however climbers should still excercise caution as this pitch has also been known to shed holds.


Restrictions apply from 1 March - 30 June.
Reason: Nesting Birds

The restriction applies to all routes from 'Depravity' to 'Pink Wall Direct' inclusive. If abseiling in from above, the fence above main wall is marked with red paint to indicate access points which should not be used during the restriction. 


Limited parking is available under Main Wall, alternatively there is ample parking above the crag on Circular Road with paths leading down to the bottom of the Gorge.

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