June 7, 2018 | Sidney Sherborne
The Napton Hill Doggers: the only native boulders in Warwickshire. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word dogger to mean "a large spherical concretion occurring in sedimentary rock"; Urban Dictionary describes it somewhat differently. The doggers were excavated from the neighboring Napton Brickworks Quarry, which is now utilised by the locals as a motocross track, as well as a place to blast loud music from their cars, which provides a classy accompaniment to an evening's bouldering. Beautiful sunsets can be witnessed from the boulders as they sit perched part of the way up Napton Hill, one of the bigger hills in Warwickshire. Make sure to check out the windmill which sits atop the hill. On the approach to the boulders you pass fields with horses, sheep, ponies and donkeys.
Niamh and I developed the boulders ourselves. There are three decent problems, videos of which can be found below. New Tricks f6B/V4 sit starts on the leftmost doggers, slaps up to a good hold and finishes with a mantel. Canine f6B+/V4 is on the largest dogger which rests on two equally large doggers; the problem starts sitting on the righthand side of the dogger and traverses the lip until the holds stop, followed by a mantel. Chihuahua f3/VB sit starts the tiny dogger sticking out of the ground.
The boulders are only 17 minutes drive from Leamington and 32 minutes drive from Warwick Sport, making them an excellent place to stop off on the way home from campus. They can also be linked with Radford Railway Viaduct 33A as you pass by it on your way back to Leamington.
Park in the cark park on Brickyard Road (GPS Coordinates). Walk a short distance east along Brickyard Road until you see a footpath on your left (Streetview), walk up this path for two minutes and you should see the doggers on your right.
The doggers are soft sandstone. Do not climb on the doggers after rain or if they are wet or damp. Take a brush to clean the holds but do not be too aggressive as you could destroy the holds. Click here for more information on climbing on soft sandstone.
17 mins from Leamington, 32 minutes drive from Warwick Sport
Park on the car park on Brickyard Lane (GPS Coordinates). Walk a short distance east along Brickyard Road until you see a footpath on your left (Streetview), walk up this path for two minutes and you should see the doggers on your right
Take a brush
Do not climb on the doggers after rain, or if they are wet or damp