HAZEL FINDLAY'S TOP 5 UK CLIMBING SPOTS

05/05/16

HAZEL FINDLAY'S TOP 5 UK CLIMBING SPOTS

Images: Hazel Findlay / UK Climbing unless otherwise stated

With 3 free climb ascents of Yosemite's El Capitan and an iconic E9 route (a British first) under her belt, Hazel is at the height of her game, and her choices reflect her love of technical routes that help her develop and push her climbing ever further.

PAVEY ARK,

THE LAKE DISTRICT



Hazel Findlay Pavey Ark

Type of climbing: Trad
Ability level: All levels
Rock type: Rhyolite
Why do you love the place?
Pavey Ark's setting is absolutely magnificent, and the climbing is equally stunning.
Favourite Routes:

  • Sixpence E6 6b
Essential Gear: Just a normal rack and your walking poles.
Best Local Pub: The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel

THE ROACHES,

STAFFORDSHIRE



Hazel Findlay Roaches

Image: Adam Long

Type of climbing: Bouldering / Trad
Ability level: All levels
Rock type: Gritstone
Why do you love the place?
I love the winter colours there and I love the style of climbing - super technical.
Favourite Route:

  • Art Nouveau E6 6c
Essential Gear: A bouldering pad!
Best Local Pub: The Lazy Trout

PEMBROKE,

WALES



Climbing Pembroke

Image: Adam Demmert

Type of climbing: Trad
Ability level: All levels
Rock type: Limestone
Why do you love the place?
Miles and miles of the most fun, buggy, pumpy, well protected trad climbing you can ask for. Despite the climbing being friendly, having the sea crashing below your feet can give the routes an adventurous and intimidating feel.
Favourite Routes:

  • From a Distance E7 6b at Stennis Ford
  • Pleasure Dome E3 5c at Stennis Head
  • Star Wars, E4 5c
Essential Gear: Bring your nuts
Best Local Pub: St Govan's Inn

DYER'S LOOKOUT,

DEVON



Hazel Findlay Dyers Lookout

Type of climbing: Trad
Ability level: Advanced
Rock type: Shale weird stuff
Why do you love the place?
This is one of the most impressive cliffs in the UK. It has so much atmosphere and makes the climb feel very dramatic!
Favourite Routes:

  • Once Upon a Time in the South West E9 6c
Essential Gear: Double ropes, sliders and an imagination!
Best Local Pub: Heartland Quay Hotel

LLANBERIS,

WALES



Hazel Findlay Climbing in Llanberis

Type of climbing: Trad / Sport
Ability level: All levels
Rock type
Slate
Why do you love the place?
The slate quarries have a really unique feel to them and they are steeped in so much history. The style of climbing is also really unique and in some cases quite scary!
Favourite Routes:

  • Gin Palace F7c
Essential Gear: You don't need that much gear for a lot of the routes. I would definitely bring your RPs.
Best Local Pub: Vaynol Arms

Where's your favourite route located? Let us know in the comments below!