Avon Gorge (Suspension Bridge Buttress)

Avon and Somerset

A clean natural limestone wall under the bridge, very different in character to the rest of the Gorge (which is quarried), giving a plethora of pockets, threads and generally very fun rock.

Crag information
Climbing Area: South West & Southern Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Local Authority No. of Routes: 30
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1956
Grid Reference: ST565731

Bristol City Council are obliged to maintain the fencing in this location for road safety reasons - please help them out by not damaging it when accessing the crag.

Parking and Approach

Very limited parking for the Amphitheatre and Suspension Bridge Buttress is available at the two gated entrances to the land below the Amphitheatre. In theory parking shouldn't be possible in either gateway as the road is marked with double yellow lines, but there is a long-standing informal agreement with Parking Services that there can be a single vehicle only parked in each space.

Bear in mind this is a busy road so getting into and out of these spaces requires great care and probably a second person to spot you in and out safely. If the spaces are already filled when you arrive, please don't add extra vehicles as this may lead to withdrawal of the informal agreement that is currently in place and parking tickets issued to any car parked there. Instead find alternative parking (the nearest being either Main Wall or in Clifton).

Access to Lower Amphitheatre Wall is via the southernmost of the two gates, where there is a combination lock with the code 01963. It is essential to maintain the access agreement that the gate is relocked behind you, as it is for the Sea Walls and Fairy Cave combination locks.

This is also the best approach for routes on the North Face of the Suspension Bridge Buttress.

To approach the concrete apron under the West Face, either approach via the gate and a polished corner (sometimes a knotted rope is there to assist) or walk along the pavement through the concrete apron and cross the single wire fence at a point where a passage can readily be made inside the keep fence on easy-angled slabs.

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