The rock climbing found in England is very varied due to the different types of rock to found and climbed on. For example there are:
In England there are many different types and styles of climbing available, from Deep Water Soloing (DWS), bouldering, single pitch traditionally protected routes (trad), bolted sports routes to long multi-pitch traditional routes in the mountains.
The Peak District this is the most popular rock climbing area in England, with literally many thousands of routes to choose from. There is everything from traditional routes on gritstone and limestone to bolted sports routes in old quarries. Find out more….
The mountains of the Lake District offer some of the most scenic climbing to be found in England and this is where many of the long multi-pitch routes are to be found. Find out more….
Northern England provides some excellent crags in Lancashire (gritstone) and Yorkshire (gritstone and limestone). The sandstone crags in Northumberland and the North York Moors provide some excellent rock climbing that is away from the crowds and often in beautiful locations.
The Wye Valley on the border with Wales provides many excellent limestone crags, ranging from single pitch routes to long multi-pitch routes at Winters Leap.
The Avon Gorge located to the west of Bristol provides an abundance of long, enjoyable routes on limestone rock. Further south is Cheddar Gorge, a popular tourist venue, which also offers many excellent multi-pitch routes on limestone rock.
In Dorset there are two great sea cliff climbing areas. Portland, near Weymouth, is England's largest sports climbing area, where as Swanage provides mainly traditional routes. Dorset is also famous for its Deep Water Soloing (DWS) opportunities.
Devon offers a wide range of climbing areas, from the granite outcrops & Tors on Dartmoor to the sea cliff climbing on the north and south coasts.
Cornwall, Lundy and Jersey are all about sea cliff climbing on granite rock, often in wild and exposed positions. Many of the routes here require as much commitment in getting to the base of the routes as it does to climb them.
To the southeast of London there are numerous sandstone climbing areas, offering single pitch routes and lots of bouldering.
Ashley Broad climbing Great Peter, E1 5b at Lawrencefield crag in the Peak District