Parbold Quarry

Climbs 67 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 50m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
The quarry is buried in some trees just off the path and so does not get copious amounts of sun despite its aspect. As the guide says, "Upon initial inspection it would seem Parbold is almost as bad as some of the things people climb on in the South West! However some of the climbs are quite good and deserve more attention, which would raise the status of the venue to that of a typical small crag in the Peak District."

Tends to seep after heavy rain and due to its low popularity some routes need cleaning. The lower grade routes are generally good but unprotected, with the best routes being the top end graded routes. Some of the lower graded routes a loose. Best route "A Worthwhile Pastime - But a Sad Ambition" (E5 6c, was A2) with a monster crux above a rotten old peg that hardly holds your body weight.

The two sport routes are among the best in the quarry and there is plenty of scope for bouldering at low level and on the smaller walls with a mat. Dont forget insect repellent in summer.

It is definitely recommended to take a brush as some routes need a lot of cleaning. Trees at the top give excellent anchors making top roping popular, the crag does offer exciting opportunities for the beginner.

Access notes
Easy to find, about 400m from the main road on the only path. Access is unclear, there are no entry signs but no-one ever seems to mind as quarrying has long finished. Pub next to the car park.

Lancashire Bouldering (2014), Cheshire & Merseyside Sandstone (2012),
Out of print: Sandstone Climbing in Cheshire and Merseyside (1998)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
  Climb nameGrade
2WigginS 4b
3SoftjoeVS 4c
4Grouse BeatersHVS 4c
5Stingy MudpuppyS 4c
6Please allow me to introduce myselfVS 5a
7section 47HVS 5a
8Too loud a solitudeE5 6a *
9The CrackHVS 5a
10DeceptionF7a **
11Marble GorgeVS 4b
12The bullHS 4b
13Vishnu TempleVS 4c
14Original RouteVD
16Bird LimeVS 4c
17Sacrificial blockS 4b
18Phantom RanchVS 4c *
19Fossil OverhangHS 4a *
20Lumberjack RidgeVD *
21Deefa's DelightS 4a *
23Lucky GrabHS 4b
25Lost in SpaceE2 5c
26Spaced CadetE3 5c
27Conquistador AisleE1 5b *
28Kamikaze CuckooVS 4c
29KamVS 5a
30Last One TerrifiedHVS 5b *
31Gillens RouteHS 4a *
32Little Wall ClimbVD
33Right Hand Edge RouteHS 4a **
35A Worthwhile Pastime But A Sad AmbitionE5 6b
36Lucky StrikeVS 4b
37Strike luckyVS 4b
38The Crawford crimpE2 5c
39Bickerstaff LesE2 5b
40Lava FallsE3 6a ***
41Pit Fundamentalist7b+ *
42Desolation RowE2 5c **
43Really FreeE2 5b
44Reach For The SkyE2 5c
45Aces HighE3 6a *
46327HVS 5b
47Poverty, PovertyHVS 5a
49Vulcan's ForgeE2 5c
50Dick Dasterdly and MutleyE1 5c
51Evening CrackHS 4b
52Grassy OverhangsVD
54ParboiledV6 7a(+)
55The Green TraverseV3 **
56FundamentalistV6 *
57MentalistV4 **
58VesuviusV6 *
59EtnaV4 *
60St. HelensV1
62Party RingV4 *
63Man Size BiscuitsV7 **
64Bourbon Biscuit AddictionV9 **
65Vesuvius Base CampV6
66The ArêteV3
67Mt. FujiV3
68The NoseV0
69Book ShelfV0
70Fundamentalist left handV5
71Mentalist DirectV9
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its called lucky strike VS 4b
jay o j - 08/Apr/11
had a good climb there today,did two tough climbs but there not online,the furthest right climb was up the corner after "a worthwhile passtime...." ,I'm terrible at explaining but if anyone could shed light on the identity of the climb it would be helpful. i simply feel its unlikely that I am the first to climb it :)
05potters - 06/Apr/11
Nearly finished a new guide for parbold including new rotes and bouldering, if you have any info that you think should be in the guide please let me know. Cheers Jay.
jay o j - 03/Apr/11
This is like Lancashire's Stanage. That's if Stanage only had 30 routes, half of which were covered in green slime and none of the classic routes. Still its pretty good considering anything else is an hour away. Note for access, its the footpath just opposite the pub. Don't walk down the path to 'the Parbold Bottle' (big stone bottle). My clever mate thought he knew the way and we walked through the brambles just past the Bottle, cut our legs to shreds. There IS a nice clear bramble free path.
samwillo - 31/Jan/11
Spent a few hours there today, very slimy. R/H bay had a mini lake at the base. Could be interesting if cleaned up a little. The wall around the corner from Diamond wall looks decent. Does anybody have a full topo for this?
Darrengold - 22/Sep/10
WN8 7TG is the post code for parking, then follow the directions written below :)
Soap - 18/Sep/10
Does anyone have a postcode for this venue? I live near by but am unsure how to get there from where i live. I would like to have a look and maybe develop the venue as a bouldering area through the autumn and winter. Thanks.
CosmicHobo - 06/Sep/10
If you park in the layby opposite the Miller & Carter pub (previously the Wiggin Tree) and walk to the end of the laybay with the pub/road on your left you should be able to see a path heading down the hill (on your right). Walk down there and you'll get to the quarry in under 5 minutes. Watch out for nettles.
Boulton - 03/Aug/09
you don't go into the landfill. Walk down the path on the left of the landfill its quite a way down but you can't miss it.
Andrew.Davies - 13/Jul/09
CAn anyone shed some light on how to find this crag, I went for a look on monday but failed to find it. We parked at the access to the old land fill and went through the gap in the fence and followed the road for a couple hundred meters to no avail!
beastmaster247 - 01/Jul/09
I would be good it the routes were put in order in the list.
Andrew.Davies - 08/Jan/09
I am currently trying to write a fresh guide for this crag in a bid to get people using it more! If you know of any FA's or would like to comment on anything about the quarry, i welcome emails through this site, thanks very much! James
Jimbo MSider - 18/Jan/07