New Routes and Boulder Problems

Please read the New Routes and Boulder Problem Guidelines before submitting

New route information should be submitted using the UKC logbook system which can be accessed by clicking on the crag of your choice below, Ensure you are logged in and then scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking "+ add a missing climb". We will then list the entries on this page.

  1. Bowles Rocks
  2. Eridge Rocks
  3. Harrison's Rocks
  4. High Rocks
  5. High Rocks Annexe
  6. Happy Valley
  7. Bull's Hollow
  8. Toad Rocks
  9. Mount Edgcumbe Rocks
  10. Basset's Farm Rocks
  11. Under Rockes
  12. Stone Farm


Information Required:

Route or Problem Name:     Make sure this information is accurate and also does not conflict with a name already in use on Southern Sandstone.

Grade:    Please now use Trad in the 'type of climb' drop down to access the French grade for the grade. The tech grade can now be left blank if desired.  Also, click on the top-rope symbol to enable it as a top-rope climb. The font grade is to be used for boulder problems.  

Please note as of May 2023 the old UK Tec grades are no longer being used.

Description:     As much detail as possible of the route including its location at the crag etc.

Name:     Of the first ascensionist.

Date:     Of the first ascent.

As of 1st March 2017, the new routes book previously situated at Evolution Climbing wall has now been reclassified as a historical document and will be kept by the HRMG. It will not be updated neither recognised as a source of future new routes information. Recording your first ascent information via UKC is more beneficial to authors as well as the general public who can then confirm if a route or problem has been done before.
F = French grade
f = font grade 

Your new routes and problems are important!

Your first ascents are part of history which is why it needs recording and protecting. This is why
recording them on UKC is the best way forward. This can be done from anywhere, using a personal computer or mobile device. It's more beneficial to the sandstone climbing community who can instantly see if a route or problem has been done before. The information is checked by voluntary moderators, and those who submit new routes can be contacted for further clarification if needed. New route data on UKC is digitally backed-up and also listed on the Sandstone New Routes Page. Recording your problem and uploading to YouTube also helps clarify your ascents. The information can be used by guidebook authors and climbers alike and is available to all.

It's worth noting that paper new route books (globally) are in rapid decline, rarely used these days and are a very localised thing. They are unfortunately only situated in one location, often with restricted access between certain opening times. They are vulnerable to being lost/stolen or even worse destroyed in a fire of which years of handwritten records are lost. Also, information recorded in these books can sometimes be eligible and no forward contact information left, as well as only being checked once in a blue moon.

Recording routes on other websites is possible but is potentially risky, as more often that not, these sites are poorly maintained and the information is often overlooked, resulting in lost first ascent data for future guidebooks.

If you do record information elsewhere for some reason, then please also ensure you list it on UKC to help other climbers know about your ascent and keep the information in one place. Unfortunately, if not then we won't know about it for quite some time, resulting in someone else potentially registering the first ascent of your route. Also, it won't show up in the new routes list here for quite some time.

Does UKC own new route information?

Alan James - Managing Director of UKClimbing Limited had this to say on the subject.

UKClimbing Logbook data comes from a variety of sources and the copyright of that data remains with the individual, or company, that originated it. The grades and star votes are decided by user votes and have no overall copyright. Some logbook entries have a description field marked ©Rockfax. This means that the data came from a Rockfax guidebook author. It also has a second description field which is where users upload descriptions. This data remains the property of the person who uploaded it, and that information is retained in the database administration fields, but in reality, user uploaded descriptions have no overall copyright. Recently a new system has been established to allow us to attribute a third party to the main description field with a copyright symbol. This is so that we can work with third parties and protect their copyright. We are working towards establishing a proper Creative Commons licence for UKC logbook and hope to have this properly established in the next year.