Bouldering at Caley & Roadside, Yorkshire

, July 2, 2011

For those not familiar with the art of bouldering, the sport involves scaling small rock faces and boulders with the aid of tight fitting shoes and figure dexterity only. With shorter sessions on the wall, advanced climbers use boldering sessions to hone in on their technical skills and push a cardio workout. Just 30 minutes from Leeds by train and car, Caley and Roadside offers a varied climbing suitable for both novice and advanced climbers.

The site can be divided between rocks located beside the main road in Caley Deer Park (Roadside) and those positioned further back in the woods of the Chevin Forest Park (Caley). Generally speaking the larger rocks and cliffs can be found within the Caley site.

As a starting point check out Sugar Loaf and Suckers Wall, two rocks located at the entrance to the Caley site that are brilliant rocks for beginners.

Rockfax have further detail on the area.

For a fantastic cream tea snack visit the  idyllic Ramblers Tea Rooms on the south-east tip of Chevin Forest Park.

Getting to Caley & Roadside

  • Bus from Leeds: Take the X84 bus service from Leeds to Bramhope. From Bramhope walk the remaining mile of the journey to the site, just off the A660 Leeds Road.
  • Train: nearest train station is Horsforth Rail in the northern suburbs on Leeds.
  • Car: There is road access to the site and a car park southern end of the Chevin Forest Park.

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