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Top 5 VS climbs at Symonds Yat

Top 5 VS climbs at Symonds Yat


  • Whitt VS 4c
  • Pam’s Pride VS 4c
  • The Druid VS 4c
  • Tiger Cub Special VS 5a
  • Offspring VS 4c


Symonds Yat is situated in the heart of the Forest of Dean, and overlooks the river Wye. It is a village in the Wye Valley, and straddles Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.  And is only a few miles from Monmouthshire and the Welsh border.


Symonds Yat is a very popular climbing venue.  Most of the climbs are single pitch, and easily accessible from above and below.  It is renowned for its weathered juggier limestone.  So, if you are a strong climber, that prefers bigger moves, with the occasional questionable protection, this would be your playground.


Symonds Yat is home to some incredible lines.   You do need a good eye for gear placements at times, and sometimes a head for pushing on when fear tries to prevent you from progressing.


Here are my top 5 VS climbs at Symonds Yat, in no particular order.


Whitt is an awesome VS 4c climb, on the infamous pinnacle.  A free standing piece of rock at Symonds Yat. The first pitch leads to a recess ¾ of the way up, where you belay from to bring your second up.  Then the second pitch makes for secure, but exposed and exhilarating climbing.


Pam’s Pride is a beautiful and sustained climb, with a cheeky finish at the top, on big holds.


The Druid is a sustained and exciting climb, situated in the Golden Fleece Sector of Symonds Yat.  Just make sure you do not avoid the climb by moving out onto the arete.


Tiger Cub Special comes in at a VS 5a.  It is hard for the grade, and may leave your palms sweaty, and your mind exhausted.  The crux is short lived, and well protected.  Just suck in some air, hold it, switch your mind off and make the moves.


Offspring is lovely climb up twin grooves.  It is very easy to protect, slightly polished in places.


Here are my top 5 VS routes at Symonds Yat.  If you would like some advice on any of the above routes, or others at Symonds Yat, please feel free to get in contact.  We would be happy to help.


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