The rock climbing found in England is very varied due to the different types of rock to found and climbed on. For example there are:
In England there are many different types and styles of climbing available, from Deep Water Soloing (DWS), bouldering, single pitch traditionally protected routes (trad), bolted sport routes to long multi-pitch traditional routes in the mountains.
The Peak District this is the most popular rock climbing area in England, with literally many thousands of routes to choose from. There is everything from traditional routes on gritstone and limestone to bolted sport routes in old quarries. Find out more….
The Avon Gorge located to the west of Bristol provides an abundance of long, enjoyable routes on limestone rock. Further south is Cheddar Gorge, a popular tourist venue, which also offers many excellent multi-pitch routes on limestone rock. Find out more….
In Dorset there are two great sea cliff climbing areas. Portland, near Weymouth, is England's largest sport climbing area, where as Swanage provides mainly traditional routes along with a growing number of sport routes. Dorset is also famous for its Deep Water Soloing (DWS) opportunities.
Devon offers a wide range of climbing areas from moorland Tors to sea cliff climbing on the north and south coasts. The granite outcrops and Tors on Dartmoor provide many excellent trad rock climbing routes and bouldering at places such as The Dewerstone, Haytor, Bonehill Rocks and The Bovey Valley.
Cornwall, Lundy and Jersey are all about sea cliff climbing on granite rock, often in wild and exposed positions. Many of the routes here require as much commitment in getting to the base of the routes as it does to climb them.
To the southeast of London there are numerous sandstone climbing areas, offering single pitch routes and lots of bouldering.
Ashley Broad climbing Great Peter, E1 5b at Lawrencefield crag in the Peak District
England is also an excellent place to go hill walking and mountaineering with many long distance paths and trails. Discover the best long distance paths and trails in England.
There are many rock climbing, sport climbing and bouldering guidebooks that cover the vast rock climbing areas within England.
These rock climbing guidebooks for England are available to buy from our shop.