Trip venue, date and time
Chudleigh Rocks, Sunday 5th Feb, 10am – dusk
The crag and the approach
Chudleigh rocks are on a beautiful wooded hillside overlooking the countryside. It’s sheltered from the weather and the forecast for Sunday is very good. The rock here is limestone and is quite different to the granite on Dartmoor.
The walk-in through the woods takes has some narrow, steep muddy footpaths, so good walking shoes are important.
What we’ll be doing
Lots of roped climbing and maybe some bouldering too.
Most of the climbing here is on trad routes. A experienced trad climber will lead the route and set up an anchor so that other climbers can follow on top-rope (called “seconding”).
There’s a few short routes where we’re hoping to set up a static rope, so they can be climbed in the same way as routes at the climbing centre.
There are some boulder problems here, so we’ll try to bring some boulder mats if anyone wants to try bouldering.
What skill level is required
The trip is for anyone who’s comfortable climbing top-rope indoors and wants to try outdoors. You must have your own climbing shoes.
For bouldering, you’ll need some experience of bouldering indoors.
What to wear
The approach has some steep muddy paths, so good walking shoes are important.
The forecast is good, but it will be chilly. Bring plenty of warm layers and a waterproof coat just in case.
What to bring
Please bring your climbing shoes.
We have a small supply of harnesses and helmets people can borrow, but please bring your own if you have them.
Bring something to eat and drink and snacks (or buy from Chudleigh Co-op on the way, opens at 7am).
Transport, parking and access
Meet on Rock Road, Chudleigh, at 10am. Rock Road is a narrow country lane with very limited space for parking (3-4 cars) at the meeting point. Please car share if possible.
If there’s no space left to park on Rock Road, there’s a pay & display car park behind the Co-op, a 10-15 min walk away.
Grid ref: SX 86680 78877
Chudleigh Rocks have been climbed since the 1920s. The crag is owned by a private estate and climbed with their permission. The landowner (The Clifford Estate), is very supportive of climbing at the crag, but requires that all climbers using the crag have 3rd party liability insurance cover up to £10 million (this is included as part of your club membership).
Please register for the trip so we have a record of who is coming.
If you aren’t able to come after registering, please let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org.