Mountaineering in Yeovil?
– Well, no, but Somerset and South West England have a fair amount to interest climbers and Yeovil is centrally placed to access much of it. For day-trips, not far to the south we have the nationally recognised bolt-protected climbing on Portland and the miles of more adventurous climbing on the Swanage cliffs. To the North we have the Wye Valley cliffs, Avon Gorge, Cheddar and sundry Mendip crags and quarries. North-west there is the esoteric Somerset coast where loose slabs can get the adrenaline going at a lowly climbing grade, and the North Devon gem of Baggy Point. Further on is the Culm Coast running down to the edge of Cornwall, with several cliffs including Cornakey Cliff with the classic four-pitch Wreckers Slab climb and the steep walls with cutting-edge climbs at Lower Sharpnose Point. West we have Dartmoor granite and south-west is the South Devon limestone.
At easy weekend distance there’s Cornwall, Pembroke or the Gower, and more distantly North Wales or the Peak District. EvenYorkshire isn’t too far away! For hill walking there’s the Brecons, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Mendip, and miles of remote and not so remote coast path.
We use a local quarry (Ham Hill) for evening practice sessions during the summer months and have an agreement with a local school to use their very nice climbing wall during the winter
– So not too bad after all!