Start of summer holiday 2017

Stayed on Dartmoor area at one of the websites in cool camping and 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.


Xmas and New Year 2014

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.

We didn’t arrive until it was dark so when we got up in the morning to have a look at what had happened to the house since we left in the summer.

Bouldering in Spain


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.

bouldering albarracin

Northern Spain
Cavallers (granite, good in summer)
El Cogul (sandstone close to Siurana)
Santa Gadea (amazing sandstone in the Cordillera Cantabrica)



Costa Del Morte

Pena Corneira

Pena Rubia

Central Spain
La Nava

bouldering iggy santa gadea
paconacho@Santa Gadea

La Muela

Pena De La Cruz
Malpartida de Plasencia

Southern Spain
Villanueva del Rosario

October Half Term Trip to Northern Spain

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.


Saturday 1st October

Windy and damp this morning. Thought about bouldering but weather seemed unsettled. So decided to do bike ride from Hebden Bridge. Weather settled down and by the time I had cycled up to Gorple wished I had gone bouldering. It was a lovely afternoon.