Climbing in Chew Valley ranges from the natural moorland gritstone edges fringing the high plateau surrounding Dovestones Reservoir. To the many gritstone quarries that pepper the hillsides of Saddleworth.
The most popular bouldering in Chew is at Wimberry, where natural grit boulders are scattered across the hillside under Wimberry crag itself. There are many other bouldering venues, some of very good quality with the odd hidden gem on the other natural and quarried edges in the area.
Climbing on the moorland edges is often a solitary and remote experience, you are unlikely to find the boulders inundated with hordes of people as can often be the case at more popular venues. This along with the quality of the bouldering makes Chew Valley a great destination for those seeking something a little different.
The main body of text for this website was taken from Steven Delderfield's now defunct website www.chewvalley.bravehost.com with updates covering more recent developments.
The definitive guidebook to the area is 'Over the Moors' published by the BMC. I highly recommend getting a copy if you are interested to fully immerse yourself in the local climbing experience (link below)
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