Woodhouse Scar – Bouldering & Trad routes – near Halifax
This is a great place to come for an easy confidence-boosting climb! Loved the fact that there were at least 8/9 easy problems with chunky positive holds I could actually top out on after a year off doing baby stuff. With a little encouragement I completed some 3’s and later flashed my wobbly post-baby ass up some 4’s (Font.)
Oh and there were some firemen on abseil training drill……
The edge itself is part quarry, part natural in its formation. It’s between a plush residential pocket of Halifax and a little wooded area, which swoops down toward a valley beyond. Quite pretty whether you’re under the trees or gazing out from the top. Did I mention the firemen….?
What could be better: Shame about the crisp packets, drinks cans and the odd fag butt, but hey-ho that’s what comes with an area so close to a town I suppose. Also the grit is a bit green and dirty in parts, so it might be useful to take a brush to have a quick scrub and help out other climbers while you’re there!
The woodland it’s set in has well-established paths that lead to just over 100 boulder problems, with a good many of those being in the easier grades of 3-5 (font) and also over 80 trad routes – ranging from Diff up to E4 6b. You can check out the different routes on UKC by clicking here. I went there to boulder and found it really friendly, but you can also go there for some fine trad. routes. Access from Albert Promenade or through the woods from other directions.
A half day play around, as it’s so close to Halifax – you wouldn’t have to commit your whole day to climbing. There are plenty of grades to go at and lots of variation in style – slabby ones and big old hardcore overhangs….not my bag just yet!
Which Guidebook? Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering
Guest Post by Kate Swann. Kate has been climbing for about three years and is returning to bouldering after having a baby 7 months ago.
Thanks Kate – a refreshing change from our usual Peak Grit reviews and great to hear from someone who’s had a baby and is returning to bouldering. If you want inspiration for your children check out the film Grit Kids!
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