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Cowraik Quarry

Cumbria, ENGLAND

Climbs 84 – Rocktype Sandstone (soft) – Altitude 160m a.s.l – Faces S

Crag features
A sheltered disused quarry, just outside Penrith on Beacon hill/Edge. Signposted as 'Cowraik Quarry' as oppose to 'Cowrake Quarry'.

First ascents of the older routes were mainly done by local mountain rescue teams who used the quarry as a training area. The rock is soft and so leading is discouraged, with the use of a bouldering mat strongly encouraged. Top outs are often grim, and its often easier to jump/climb down.

Access notes
One mile ENE from Penrith. From the large roundabout to the east of the motorway, take the A686 for about 2 miles. At the pylons, turn left onto a lane. Follow this for a mile to a footpath on the right, which leads to the quarry.

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0.5mm rain
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3.1mm rain
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Guidebooks
North of England Rock Climbs (1992)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 PINEY PLAY  
2Aunt AggieHS 4c 20
3Scots PineMS 4a 29
4Pine WallVS 5b 20
5Dirty DaveVS 5c 27
6Speckled AreteV2 5c 7
7Desperate DanS 4b 17
8Super Sexy BrolliesV1 5a 12
9Super Sexy Brollies(Left wall dodger)V2 5b 10
10Tom ThumbHVS 5b 4
 SNAPPY MAIN WALL  
12PrunesquallorV0 6a 7
13Udder CrackHVS 5a 3
14Sacred CowVS 4c 7
15White SnakeHVS 5b 10
16Holy CowHVS 4c 1
17What's Coming Up?HVS 4c 2
18Problem Wallnone 5a 16
19Cow PieVS 4c 2
 ARETE FEVER  
21The AreteVS 4c 12
22Deadend GrooveVS 4b 3
23JughandleVS 4c 22
 THE POD AREA  
25Heathernone 5a 15
26Gorsenone 4c 31
27Off the wallV1 *3
28Broomnone 5b 22
29Bedknobsnone 6a 11
30Bramblesnone 4c 8
31Bramble Aretenone 4a 10
32PricklesV1 6a 12
33Mungo is AngryV2 5c *14
34Mungo DirectV3 6a 7
35Pod DynoV3 ***8
36Pod StaticV4 ***8
 TWIN CRACKS AREA  
38Neanderthal CrackV3 6a 8
39Ordinary RouteV2 5c 12
40Finger CruncherV3 **8
41Finger DirectV4 *6
42Finger RegainedV5 *6
43Cracked SlabVB 12
44Fine TunedV1 5b 10
45The SloperV3 *6
46Pot BlackV2 5c 13
 Climb nameGradex
47Pot Black (sit start)V2 6a 12
48Twin CracksV1 5a 17
49The VixenV3 5a 17
50The Ferretnone 5a 17
51The Polecatnone 4b 16
52The Foxnone 5a 14
53Pis En Litnone 4b 16
54Upstairsnone 4c 12
55Downstairsnone 6a 3
56Downstairs ExtensionV3 **7
57Slabs 2none 3c 4
58Slabs 1none 4c 4
59Blackberriesnone 4a 2
 MEDUSA TREE AREA  
61Neneh CherryV5 6b 6
62Black Cherry (sit start)V2 5c 10
63StonefaceHS 4b 2
64Permian FaceE2 5c 1
65MedusaHS 4b 1
66The GorgonHS 4b 1
67Keaton WallVS 5a  
68The MirrorVS 4c  
69Climb At Your PerilVS 4b 1
70Who Dares Might WinHVS 4c 1
71PeglegHVS 4c  
72VirginHVS 5b 2
73Snatch and SlapVB *6
74Bat TraverseV3 *6
75Red CherryVS 5a 8
76The EndS 4a 5
77In Search Of The ChinamanV0 6a 2
78Rich's ProblemV4 **1
79The High TraverseV3 *6
 THE DREADED CAVE  
81Stretch ArmstrongV1 5b 15
82Stop or DropV2 5b 7
83The Great 'Trev'-erseV3 5a 4
84Ground forceV4 5c 2
85Ground Force directV6 6c 2
86Stop or drop extendedV5 5a 2
87Stop or Drop directV5 5b 3
88Stretch Goes GreenE3 5a 2
89Fork HandlesV4 6b 1
90Four CandlesV3 6a 1
91Gratir PissageV0- 2
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This used to be Penrith Climbing Wall, before Penrith had a climbing wall. ( excellent friction even in the wet!) The gorse bushes often doubled as bouldering mats (ouch!), before these modern fancy mats were invented. Enjoy! I hope it still gets used as often
Alan Stark - 17/Dec/03

I often go to cowrake for an evening boulder after school lots of problems to work on. If you live near by and looking for an summer's evening out bouldering. Highly recomended
mattjwaring - 01/Sep/03