Guernsey bouldering is surprisingly varied, although the rock here is mostly Gneiss and Granite the style of routes and holds varies a lot depending on how weathered the rock becomes by the tide. We have a lot of problems on crimps, cracks and slopers; but tend to lack pockets. The hardest climb to date is v7 and there is lots of potential for new problems at any grade. Anyone searching for hard (v5+) problems should get in contact and we may be able to point you in the way of some hard-looking projects.
Guernsey is renowned for its perfect sandy beaches, but don’t let this fool you, a font style landing is quite rare and for most problems a minimum of 2 mats is recommended, but sometimes more are required.
Below is a list of locations with links to topos of the popular and easily accessible bouldering areas. If directions are not mentioned they can probably be found in the Crag Index or guidebook, the grades for each problem are only suggestions and should be treated ‘with a pinch of salt’. The topos are only a chosen sample of the problems around, so make sure you go exploring for yourself – you’re likely to find a hidden gem we’ve missed.
Anticlockwise starting at Salerie corner the main areas are:-
Red Lion – St. Sampsons Harbour / Mont Crevelt – Vale Castle – Tommy Rock – Houmet Paradis – Croix Benest headland – Fort Doyle – the Tip! – Shooting hut @ Fontenelle Bay – Fort Le Marchant – Le Catelaine – Nid De L’herbe – Fort Pembroke – La Jaonneuse Bay – Crêve Coeur – Chouet – Rousse – The Knife – Pecqueries Downloadable Guide! – Portinfer – Port Soif – The Wells – Grandes Rocques – Albecq – Fort Hommet – Lihou Island – Pezeries point – Fairy Rings – Mont Herault – Les Tielles – Petit Bot – Le Jaonnet – Le Bette – Saints Bay – Moulin Huet – Petit Port – Telegraph Bay – Soldiers Bay – Havelet Wall Traverse Information