Bouldering in Guernsey
So, it poured with rain yesterday and the cracks will be wet, what do you do? Go to the pub of course! No, there's actually loads of bouldering to be had, and most of it with a 20 yard walk in! There's lots of variation from sit starts through mad dynos to bicep bursting sea wall traverses. The majority of areas are along the west and north coast headlands away from the majority of the climbing areas. These tend to be hidden from the road so don't go alone in case you have a nasty landing, which is quite common unfortunately. A crash pad is recommended for most places. Good traversing and upward problems are easy to find on the granite sea walls, but there tends to be sunbathers at the bottom of them in summer, so if you fall off don't deck it on a tourist!!
The Guidebook mentions a circuit at Crêve Coeur behind the landfill site. This has many problems, some of which are marked with discreet (hard to find!) white / silver / red arrows.
As most areas aren't detailed in the guidebook the main areas are as follows:-
Anticlockwise Starting at Salerie corner the main areas are:- Tramsheds¹ - St. Sampsons Harbour / Mont Crevelt - Vale Castle¹ - Tommy Rock¹ - Hommet Paradis¹ - Croix Benest headland¹ - Beaucette¹ - Fort Doyle - Banque Au Mouton - Shooting hut - Fort Le Marchant - Le Catelaine - Nid De L'herbe¹ - Fort Pembroke - La Jaonneuse Bay - Crêve Coeur- Chouet headland¹ - Rousse Headland¹ - The Knife¹ - Pecqueries - Port Soif - The Wells - Grande Rocque - Albecq - Fort Hommet - Vazon Wall - Perelle Wall¹ - Lihou Island* - L'eree¹ Rocquaine Wall - Pezeries point¹ - Grosse Rocque - Mont Herault - Petit Bot - Le Jaonnet - Le Bette - Kid Island - Saints Bay¹ - Moulin Huet - Petit Port¹ - Telegraph Bay - Fermain Wall¹ - Soldiers Bay - Bathing Pools - Havelet Wall
* Climbing is banned in Lihou (it's a nature reserve), but there is some bouldering if you feel like getting arrested!
¹ There is bouldering here, we've just not tried it yet!
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