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Mountain Ash Quarry

Rhondda Cynon Taff, WALES

Climbs 78 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 1000m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
A good, popular crag. Basically the quarry is a large overgrown box, although all but a few of the routes are vegetation free and in cleared areas. Apart from the routes in the main left-hand bay the routes dry quickly and are slime free. The rock is mostly very good except for the trad routes in the central section. All the sports routes are well equipped, although some have only a single BB at present so topping out/abseiling from trees is strongly recommended. The left-hand section is a series of orange walls and a good sun trap in winter. The right-hand section by contrast is shady and can be damp, but does stay dry in light drizzle due to the trees. Between these two sections are some short easy slabs for the novice sports climber and a short terrace - the Sports For All Wall. There is also a poor natural sandstone edge, up and left from the quarry proper and a recently re-discovered better one some 300m to the right.

Tends to stay wet, and is broken in places. However has some good faces with good routes up to 45m, Pastis On Ice (Fr7a+) and Whiter Than White Wall (Fr7a+).

Access notes
If on foot, take the train to Mountain Ash, and leave the station onto the first road encountered. Turn left, and follow the road out of the town for about 400m to a track crossing through an old works. Go through this and continue over a footbridge. From the end of this footbridge cross the road and walk straight up to the main road (A4059). Turn right and proceed for about 400m to the last few houses in Mountain Ash. Turn left onto the estate and immediately left again, then take the first right to an obvious track leading uphill past some garages. Where the track veers off right, scramble up the bank to a path and follow this rightwards to enter the quarry.

If coming by car, simply follow the A4059, and take the first turning right after the first few houses to reach the same spot. If you pass a garage on the left you have gone too far. It is possible to park on the estate.

Found by the A4059 Abercynon-Aberdare road: from Abercynon a row of houses on the R starts Mountain Ash. Take the first R turn, and park in the first row of terraces. Be considerate how and where you park.

Take the path into the woods: the quarry is on it.

If you are using SAT NAV try postcode: CF45 4HH. the main street you can park on is Mary Street. Park near house numbers 1 - 20. Track up to the crag should be visible.

Weather forecast

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3.1mm rain
Sunny periods
20 °C
17 kph

5.4mm rain
Sunny periods
18 °C
13 kph

5.9mm rain
Sunny periods
19 °C
18 kph

0.3mm rain
Mainly cloudy
13 °C
20 kph

0.0mm rain
13 °C
11 kph
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Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1Spittle JaccuzziHVS 5b 1
2Fist In ViceHVS 4c 1
320 Years In LlangattockE1 5c 1
4Getting FatterS 2
5The Spam TreeS 4
6Another Toss GobblerVD 3
7Crocker's PotS 3
8Pork Pie DrillerS 3
9What's The Arc De Triomphe For Then?E1 5c 5
10The Old FirmE3 6a *8
11Coggers Lane (John You Prick)E2 5c 6
12Beef Tasting StrawberriesS 4
13Outspan7a+ **15
14Hot Cross Guns7b+ **2
15Ripe And Ready7b+ *3
16Pastis On Ice7a+ **15
17Pastis On Ice Direct7a+ *9
18Cointreau7a+ **16
19Choice CutE2 5c 1
20Blacker Than Black6c+ 1
21New WaveV2 *1
22Branch Manager7a 4
23Branch Manager Sdsf6C+ ***3
24Totally Stumped6c+ 4
25Molybdenum Man6c *36
26Ferndale Revisited7b *2
27Dusk7a+ *9
28I Came6a+ *44
29He Sawed5a 38
30Into The Valley Of DeathS 4c 2
31I Conkered6a+ 8
32Taking The Pith2 3
33Bring Back the Birch4a 16
34Under The Axe6b+ 14
35No Barking Up This Tree4c 23
36A Sight For Saw Eyes6a+ 14
37Carpet BombingVS 4c 3
38TragedyE1 5a *14
39Left Edge6a *1
 Climb nameGradex
40More Than a Feeling6a+ 1
41The Future Holds7b *6
42BelgiumVS 4c 5
43NarcissiE1 5b *6
44Rising Sap6a+ **37
45Weeping Stump5a *29
46Attrocities6b+ 4
47A Clip Round The Year7a+ 1
48No Chips Round Here7b **5
49Helmet Man's Day OffS 1
50Ant FrenzyS 1
51HomebaseE1 5b 1
52Little PolvierVS 5a 4
53Double Bore6b+ *6
54Slap Happy6c+ 3
55Sport For All7b+ 6
56Sporting Supplement6a+ *12
57Sunday SportE3 5c 1
58Abdominal Showman7a+ 1
59A Certain Peace6b **38
60Misadventure7a **31
61Mountin' Ass-Crack6b+ 2
62A Far Cry From SquamishE4 6a 3
63The Theory And Practice Of Glue Sniffing6c+ *4
64Jetlagged6c *2
65Sennapod CornerHVS 5a *5
66Whiter Than White Wall7a+ *3
67A Load Of RubbishE2 5b *1
68Valleys Initiative7a **9
69Grave Concern6a+ 1
70Final Plot6a+ 1
71Ain't As EfficalE3 5c 1
72The EntrepeneurHVS 5a 1
73Dr. Foster And Confused Of GloucesterVS 4b 1
74Vertical DrainHVS 4c 1
7520,000 Llangattocks Under The SeaHS 4b 1
76Once More Off To The Beach Dear Friends...HVS 5a *1
77Angel Flakes LH VariantHVS 5a **1
78Angel FlakesVS 4c *1
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Currently recieving a 2014 facelift (after the BMC 2008 facelift).
alan rosier - 16/Jul/14

Not awful and good if you're local, but it was all a little loose and overgrown.
Jon_Warner - 15/Apr/14