Ring Road Boulder

Avon and Somerset

Just north of Ring Road tower (see crag details) is a large boulder tucked up to the left in a gully clearly visible from the path. Note it is tucked away so look behind and left as you walk north about 100 yards. Now cleared of ivy, this boasts a small number of superb gritstone-like boulder problems on slopey pockets.The easiest way to locate this is to park at the Hambrook pub on the Winterbourne to Bristol road. Walk down the road until you reach a style at the end. Note that this is the river Frome, however you also walked past another river. Make sure youre following the river Frome downstream and walk for about 10 minutes, passing 2008 wall off to the right, and some other small rocks. Pass a black metal pipe crossing the river at head height and is a little further downstream. Its off in the woods to the right. It is just upstream of the ring road tower so if you reach this youve walked slightly too far.We've generated a large number of routes on this small boulder which seems daft but when you get on it you'll see why. Its good quality but take care with brushing as a wire brush isnt needed on most of the holds which have been cleaned.Note the flat wall further around from this boulder, home to a superb dyno and some other good lines.I've added some more climbs closer to the Hambrook on a small boulder, I've also noticed the wall above a small step, again on the approach to ring road boulder has been cleaned. There are now around 50 boulder problems in the valley.See guide by Dan Savory http://esotericbouldering.com/bristol/ringroad.htmlNote, there is some dangerous wire around the top out area of some of the climbs, and when downclimbing a certain gully could be nasty. I'll try and chop it up if I get a chance, otherwise watch out.

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Climbing Area: South West & Southern Rock Type: Sandstone
Importance: CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Unknown No. of Routes: 49
Within National Park: No Year Developed:
Grid Reference: ST644783

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