Stayed on Dartmoor area at one of the websites in cool camping and pitchup.com called Hideaway camping. Great site in the middle of nowhere. Perfect, would like to of stopped for longer but needed to get the ferry to Spain from Plymouth. Quirky site with all sorts of things. Gypsy caravan, Shepherds hut, pigs, magic wood, compost toilet made using sawdust. Enormous pitches in a vast field.
We had a couple of days at home before leaving for Madrid on Monday (22nd December). The drive down to the house was more difficult than normal as I was not feeling particularly good and had elected to not have the additional driver on the car hire. The nice thing though was that as soon as we landed in Madrid the weather was beautiful just like when we had left Bilbao at the end of October.
This is a personal view of places I have visited in Spain to boulder. I have visited all if not all the well known venues and a lot of the obscure ones as well. The variety and quantity in Spain is enormous. I have visited lots of other areas in the world over the last 25 years but I think Spain is the best.
Cavallers (granite, good in summer)
El Cogul (sandstone close to Siurana)
Santa Gadea (amazing sandstone in the Cordillera Cantabrica)
Costa Del Morte
Pena De La Cruz
Malpartida de Plasencia
Villanueva del Rosario
We flew into Bilbao which was a short hour and forty minutes from Manchester. Weather was warm and sunny as we drove the couple of hours to have lunch in Logrono capital city of the province of La Rioja. Pleasant couple of hours in old part of the city. We then headed up to Clavijo which is the classic crag of La Rioja. It’s got the 5 carabiner rating in Desnivel. It’s conglomerate and the climbing is sustained. Definitely not holiday grades although I had the old guide.
Access is rapid as you Park right next to the first sector. So a useful family crag as there is a flat bottom all the way on the crag.