Composed of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the United Kingdom is a small but diverse place and full of plenty of great rock climbing opportunities for participants of every level.
Since Scotland is the nation within the UK that is home to the most mountains, it stands to reason that some of the best rock climbing can be done here. Aside from Cuillin Ridge, many novice climbers opt to challenge themselves on the slopes of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak.
For those looking for a challenge with a view, look no further than the Old Man of Hoy, off the Orkney Islands. The five-pitch 135-meter (443-foot) sea stack presents plenty of technical challenges all the way up, but yields simply stunning views of the North Sea.
Away from Scotland, there are still plenty of great rock climbing opportunities in England and Wales. In the former, the Lake District is a popular destination, with plenty of great ascents for intermediate climbers and novices alike.
Farther south, the Forest of Dean boasts various rock climbing opportunities as well that combine incredible forest scenery with fairly challenging cliff wall ascents.
In Wales, Snowdonia National Park is the most popular rock climbing spot. Boasting plenty of great multi-pitch trad climbing hotspots and incredible views, there is little wonder that the park is one of the most popular climbing destinations in all of the UK.
The UK has a temperate climate in spite of its northern latitude. This generally means that the country experiences cool and wet winters and warm and wet summers. Average temperatures tend to sit around 5 ºC (41 ºF) or more in the winter and reach 15 ºC (59 ºF) or more in the summer.
This generally depends on where you are heading in the country. Trips to England’s Lake and Peak districts (where most outdoor activities take place) generally begin with a flight into Manchester Airport (MAN). Trips to Scotland generally begin with a flight into Glasgow Airport (GLA). And trips to Wales generally begin with a flight into either Cardiff Airport (CFL) or Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL). From any of these airports, it is easiest to rent a car and drive to your final destination.
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