Outdoor bouldering spots are the natural progression from all that time spent at your local bouldering wall. The creature comforts of soft crash mats and a fresh brew will always be tempting, but as your bouldering skills develop you’ll find yourself itching for a bigger challenge.
Outdoor bouldering is one of the easiest forms of climbing you can get into. All you need is a crash mat and some shoes, no climbing ropes, no protection, pretty much just you and the rock. Bouldering outdoors teaches you to really read the rock, there are no artificial holds here, no brightly coloured lumps of polyurethane to guide you to the top. This is as real as it gets and you’ve got to make every little bit of grip and edge you can find work for you.
So if you’re ready to take your climbing outside here are some of the top outdoor bouldering spots in the UK.