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Manchester Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Jake Jones on Aug 11, 2007
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BETA PHOTO: First route to the left of the center outcropping ...


Leftover structure from the old Manchester Bridge. The bridge is done and gone, but the abutments made of huge blocks of mostly solid granitic blocks. Better climbing than you'd think, good place to learn basic leading and toproping (use care when setting up topropes!), and if you're a soloist, a nice place to get mileage without having to find a partner as long as you don't mind getting your shoes muddy or downclimbing off the pillars. Often greasy and mosquito-iy in summer, frigid in winter, but climbable year-round.

The main wall is up to 60 feet in height, and each of the pillars are roughly 30-35ft in height. The best season here is undoubtedly fall. The rock is dry, there is less precipitation, and the river is often low, making the pillars in the river more accessible.

Getting There 

From downtown Richmond, head across the Belvidere Bridge towards Southside. Take the first left at the end of the bridge (heading towards the big Suntrust building) and either 1)hang a left immediately after passing the end of Suntrust, and park by the white metal fence and walk down to the top of the wall and scramble down to the base after setting topropes, or 2) drive further down, take the left as you would to find Legend Brewery, go all the way down the hill, hang a left, cross tracks, avoiding industrial traffic and trains, and park under the bridge. *cars get broken into here*-don't say I didn't warn you. There's an addional hazard in that if you come here and need to head out unexpectedly, there can be a wait for the trains to do their thing. I still parked here 95% of the time.


There is designated parking in a small lot (~15 spaces) at the intersection of Semmes Ave. and W 7th St. Alternatively, you can park on Railroad Ave. There are NO PARKING signs here, so use it at your own risk. Never heard of anyone getting towed and this parking is used often- especially because of the typical parking being unavailable. Use good judgment. See picture below for a good visual reference.

Rock Climbing Photo: Overview

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.3 miles from here

55 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Manchester Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Manchester Wall:
McKenna    5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport   Second Pillar
Root Canal   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Main Wall
Tendinitis   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, Sport   Main Wall
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Featured Route For Manchester Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Sam King cleaning things up on Voodoo Doll

Voodoo Doll 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  VA : Richmond/Central VA : ... : First Pillar
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Rock Climbing Photo: The first pillar
The first pillar
Rock Climbing Photo: Route directly to the right of the center outcropp...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Shot of the main wall with the center outcropping....
BETA PHOTO: Shot of the main wall with the center outcropping....

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By Ebb
From: Vancouver, WA
May 20, 2008
Just about everything you need to know about Manchester Wall:

By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Oct 19, 2010
Sounds great. Would anyone happen to have any pictures of the place to post??
By d0NNy
From: Richmond, VA
Mar 17, 2011
Hey All,
Does anyone know what components I would need in order to setup a top rope at Manchester?...cordalette, slings, or draws? Thanks in advance.
By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Mar 18, 2011
Hey everyone,
You may also be interested in checking this cool blog post by the Lineberrys about the Manchester Wall. Nice photo. I saw it and thought that it was pretty cool they drove up from NC to see what it was all about.
By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
May 17, 2011
thats great beta! thanks!
By Adam Marcus
From: Arlington, VA
May 12, 2014
Although Mindspring closed down years ago, Michael Greeby's awesome PDF guide is available at

The file seems to date from September 2005 and the URL suggests it was uploaded in July 2011, so be aware that things may have changed since then (bolts, added, bolts removed, etc.).
By Pierce-Kenji
Feb 12, 2015
Anyone have information on the columns out on the river itself? As in Pillar #4 and beyond.

By Cunning Linguist
Feb 12, 2015
^^^^^Routes are listed, on this site, already linked from this page, to pillar 6. So, yeah, everyone has that information available. Look up on the left side of the page you are on.

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