• Nikki

Getting your climbing and nature fix, while the doors to climbing walls are still closed

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

I’m Emma Carroll, one of the Edinburgh volunteers for Urban Uprising. I wanted to be a volunteer after my involvement with Y-Dance (free weekly street dance lessons) at a young age having a beneficial impact on my wellbeing and to share my love of climbing.

By this point of lockdown, if you are mainly an indoor climber like me, you are probably itching to get back into the climbing wall, be able to see our friends and try some new routes. Climbing as with any exercise is really beneficial to de-stress and have fun. However, it seems as if we will be waiting a while until the doors to climbing walls open again.

BUT we need to remember that there is so much nature right on our doorsteps and that a lot of outdoor fun can still be had during this difficult time. I wanted to highlight some of the opportunities to access nature and climb without travelling far from home. As I live in Edinburgh, this blog post focuses on this area, but there are many other activities close to your home too, have a look on Walk Highlands or UK Climbing for suggestions on where to explore next.


Blackford Hill

Now, this spot may not be the most glamorous, but it is the easiest climbing spot to reach in the city without transport and still contains a lot of beauty within the nature reserve.

This crag is an old quarry with a handful of routes ranging from D to HVS, there are bolts at the top of the climbs allowing for easy anchor points too. At Blackford Hill there is also bouldering at Agassiz Rock, which is a good option for people without the