This weekend I was invited to head out and boulder at the incredibly beautiful venue of Churnet Valley, which was filled with boulders of various grades scattered in range of 3km. For guidebook info click here.
I didn’t do much bouldering on the day as I have had a bit of a break from it, due to operation recovery, so the skin on my hands started to burn after a few tries. Need to build up my calluses again through training now that I feel more confident in putting pressure on my neck. There is a great parking spot where we have parked for free, location 52.985575, -1.908426. Of course, where you park depends on where you want to climb so better plan ahead as most roads are single.
Check out UKC bouldering crag map here, for more detailed info about where the boulders are placed in the area.
With so many boulders around, the whole place is just inviting to come back to explore more on a nice hot day as the trees provide a nice cool shade from the sun.
This area is so pretty it’s worth going for a little hike around or a picnic during spring/summertime.
At the end of the day, my brother and I went for a little wonder at the Waseley Hills Country Park which give us some pretty nice views, and we even manage to come across some friendly cows :). Little ( but not so little as he is now 13 and taller than me ) brother saw highland cows for the first time, so I think that was my highlight of the day.