We got the chance earlier on in the year, when we had been lent a car, to go over to both Wales and up to Lancashire for a bouldering weekend. This allowed us to experience bouldering on limestone for the first time and also some very steep rock which proved quite a challenge, but also great fun.
Pantymwyn in Clwyd
First up was Pantymwyn in Clwyd in North Wales. We had originally planned on going over to Llanberries pass and bouldering over there but the traffic in that direction was going nowhere so we decided to turn off and have a look at this crag. The area itself has quite a lot of sport, trad and bouldering but we concentrated on the steep cave like area near the river. The spot itself was lovely and secluded and the weather amazing. The climbing was hard and not really my style but I manage a V4/5 which is my best outdoor tick to date. Limestone is new for us to and getting used to the polished texture was also a challenge.
Then on to Craig-y-Longridge which is near Preston in Lancashire, so a little closer to home, although the name does sound suspicious Welsh! This is a classic north west crag and we had heard a lot about it, it is also quite high and steep with most problems finishing at the natural break and some needing a ladder to get to the starting holds! Again we found it tough going up here especially after the climbing yesterday but the weather was great and the atmosphere friendly and relaxed so we had another fun day.