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Rock climbing in UK
Getting there
By car: cross the Channel (ferry at Calais, Cherbourg, Boulogne and Le Havre or via the Channel Tunnel from Calais) and then continue the long journey up north via the M1 or M6.
By plane: fly direct to either London or Manchester. Although hiring a car is expensive, it is nevertheless highly recommended. Public transport is infrequent and usually doesn't go where you want to.
Napoleon ordered his armies to march on the right, imposing this rule in his newly conquered territories. The Battle of Waterloo put an end to his campaign, explaining why people drive on the left in Britain, and not on the right. At first this can be somewhat disconcerting, but it is surprisingly easy to adapt to driving on the wrong side!

Food and Accommodation
"If the English can survive their food, they can survive anything!" George Bernard Shaw obviously wasn't too enthusiastic about the food on offer in Britain and many share his belief. But good British food can still be found in the thousands of pubs dotted around the country; steak and kidney pie, shepherds pie and bread and butter pudding should be enough to convince even the most ardent doubter that there is more to British food than just greasy fish & chips! Among the many different types of restaurants on offer, the best (money and portion-wise) are definitely Indian or Pakistani. Watch out for the curries though; they can be painfully hot! Food can be bought from supermarkets, which are extremely competitive, resulting in low prices and astounding fresh food.
Accommodation tends not to be a problem; there are plenty of good campsites and numerous Youth Hostels in the National Parks. These are marked on all maps and detailed information can be found in the various guidebooks. Alternatively, Bed & Breakfasts offer excellent value for money and a warm bed for the night. Wild camping, except in the most remote places, is prohibited.

Best time of year
The infamous British weather has a nasty reputation of playing mean tricks on visiting climbers, and there is no denying that when it rains, it really rains! Why else would the grass be so green? In its defence, it must be said that the weather has changed dramatically during the last few years, resulting in three successive summer droughts in the North of England!
The best time of year for all climbing areas ranges from May to September, but June and July are probably the safest months. The weather obviously has a major influence over the choice of crags; sheltered south facing crags are visited one day and exposed, north facing outcrops the next. Flexibility is essential - or sheer determination! If the worst comes to the worst however, then there are always numerous excellent climbing walls in all of the major climbing areas. And if given the chance, have a go on someone's board, usually situated in their cellar. Don't worry if you can't even do the warm up - it's bound to be hopelessly undergraded!

Other
Stringent quarantine laws still exist (minimum 6 months), making it almost impossible to bring a pet to Britain.

Climbing Walls
Birmingham - The Rock Face, AB Row, Birmingham, B4 7RB Tel: 0121/3596419
Bristol - Bristol Grammar School Sports Centre, University Road, Bristol, BS8 1SR Tel: 0117/9258055
Gwynedd - Beacon Climbing Centre, Ceunant, Waunfawr, Gwynedd, LL55 4SA Tel: 01286/650045
Kendal - Kendal Wall, Lake District Business Park, Mintbridge Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6NH Tel: 01539/721766
Leeds - The Leeds Wall, 100a Gelderd Road, Leeds LS12 6BY Tel: 0113 2341554
Liverpool - The Climbing House, Lipton Close, Bootle, Liverpool L20 8PU Tel: 0151/9222999
London - The Castle, Green Lanes N4 2HA Tel: 0181/2117000
London - Mile End Climbing Wall, Cordova Road (off Grove Road), Bow, London E3 5BE Tel: 0181/9800289
Sheffield - The Foundry, 45 Mowbray Street, Sheffield S3 8EN
Stockport - Rope Race, Goyt Mill, Upper Hibbert Lane, Marple, Stockport, SK6 7HX Tel: 0161/4260226

Climbing Shops
Birmingham - YHA Adventure Shops, AB Row, Birmingham, B4 7RB Tel: 0121/3598709
Bristol - Quip-U, 60 West Street, Bristol BS2 0BL Tel: 0117/9558054
Buxton - Jo Royle, 6 Market Place, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6EB Tel: 01298/78545
Hathersage - The Outside Climbing Shop
Ilkley - Base Camp
Keswick - Rock & Roll, 18 Otley Road, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5LE Tel: 017687/71110
Llanberis - Joe Brown
Manchester - Cotswold Camping, Oxford Road, Manchester
Sheffield - The Foundry, 45 Mowbray Street, Sheffield S3 8EN

Websites
check out Tradland, dedicated to trad climbing in Britain
http://www.tradland.hotlinks.co.uk 
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