Castle Inn Quarry

Climbs 56 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces S

Crag features
There is no ‘roadside’ crag more roadside than this one! The main face at Castle Inn is a slabby wall with many fine routes on natural rock which has stood the test of time without becoming unduly polished.

In 1991 the crag was bolted up to make a sport venue but this provoked outrage in certain quarters and the bolts were removed. However, after the intervention of several people, including Colin Goodey one of the crags original developers in the 1950s, all the removed gear was replaced with resin-bolts to leave it as it is today.

The pub is now closed and is a private residence.

In 2008 the obvious wall 50 yards to the left of the main crag was developed. It relinquished 5 excellent routes (2 sport, 3 trad) on superb, rough rock and was named Fine View Wall.

In 2011 a number of small slabby walls were developed (mostly by Colin Goodey again) offering many much needed lower grade sport climbs and resulting in Castle Inn becoming a complex of crags.

Access notes
From the east (chester) come off the A55 expressway at Llanddulas (JCN23). Turn right at the roundabout by the filling station and then left towards Old Colwyn(A547). Follow the road for 1 mile to just before the crest of the hill. Turn left up Highlands Road and after 0.4 miles fork right into Tan y Craig road (between 2 limestone walls). After another 0.4 miles turn left into the car park (you can see the cliff on the left as you approach).

From the west, come off the A55 expressway at Old Colwyn (JCN22). Turn right under the bridge and turn left at the roundabout towards Llanddulas/Abergele (A547). After 1.5 miles and after the crest of the hill, turn right onto Highlands Road and after 0.4 miles fork right into Tan y Craig road (between 2 limestone walls). After another 0.4 miles turn left into the car park (you can see the crag on the left as you approach).

North Wales Limestone (2014), North Wales Climbs (2013), A55 sport climbs 2nd edition (2011), A55 Sport Climbs (2010),
Out of print: North Wales Limestone - Fax08 (1997), North Wales Limestone (1987)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2open your legs6b *115
3Lili Marlene5c 113
4Lili Marlene direct6b 41
5Alone with the moon5a 120
6Alone with the moon - right of the bolts6a 43
7Ice Cream and Candyfloss5a 119
9Madam Butterfly4c 40
10One Fine Day3 47
11TRF4a 44
13Easy Peasy3 70
14comeback kid4a 114
15indian summer6a+ *306
16Mynydd MarianVS 4c *104
17as you like it6b+ *93
18Pioneer CracksE1 5b *49
19The walking furnaceE3 5c *25
20Happy Return4c **60
22Mogadishu4c *523
23More than this6a 215
24The Outsider6c 109
25Finale5a 556
26School Mam6a *604
27School Mam with original start6b *38
28Cakewalk Direct6c **267
29The Cakewalk6b+ **398
30Route 36c ***417
31Route 26a **1033
32Route 15a ***1120
33Cross Winds6c+ **99
34Driving the Dumper6c+ *61
35Solid 67a 28
36Fuel Injected7b+ *13
37Secret Garden6c+ *45
38Green Fingers6b 73
39Love Your BelayerS 4a 3
40Vienna6c 6
41Cross Roads6c 3
42Left hand crackVD 2
43Right hand crackS 4
44Conan The Libertarian6a 106
45October Premiere5c 131
46Initiation3 33
48Cariad - Zimba4c 175
49Nain4a 277
50Ffrind4a *302
51Taid4a 302
52Hidden Gem4a 188
53Mynydd MarionS *8
55Wilderness Wall5a *255
56Butterfly Blue4a 204
57Birthday Boy5a *175
58Inspiration4a 177
60Appenzeller5c 164
61Smartie5c 172
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Went there yesterday, no rubbish to be seen and all of the routes/lower off's were in tact. Brilliant place to climb.
ChristineLouise89 - 21/Aug/13
3 new easy routes up and left of Fine View Wall, however the far left route shoud not be climbed due to the lower off resin not setting/still wet. Be careful.
Zoomer - 12/Jul/12
Was there today, 1st bolt of Zimba missing and on the Taid Wall lots of climbers rubbish i.e. chalk wrappers/rope cards etc. Its not the cleanest place but lets at least make the effort as climbers to clean up after ourselves!
Zoomer - 12/Mar/12
Was climbing here on saturday and the lowest bolt on the most left route on the lost world sector fell out, no weight was placed on it, i think the belayer stepped back and put a small amount of pressure on it. Bit worrying!!
tomjagger - 12/Mar/12
Don't rely on what "chers" says! The approach given is completely accurate and from the "A55 Sport Climbs" guidebook. Also all routes have lower-offs and are very much "still there"! In addition there has been much development in 2011 of a number of small slabby walls providing many much needed lower grade sport climbs. These are included in the second edition of "A55 Sport Climbs".
rockcat - 19/Dec/11
Don't rely on these directions to get you there...came across it more by chance. Also, the pub appears to have been shut for a long while...and whilst I didn't climb here, I couldn't see more than a handful of lower offs...are all the routes still there?
chers - 19/Mar/11
A nice little afternoon's sport climbing is this. the HVS and E1 (yes, I know I said sport, but that's how it's written in the old Rockfax guide!) in the middle of the face are nice and pleasant. There is some harder stuff there which may merit a revisit sometime. Oh, and the pub that owns the carpark with the face gets on well with climbers - pop in for a pint.
Al Urker - 12/Mar/04
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