Cowraik Quarry

Climbs 85 – 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.

Guidebooks
North of England Rock Climbs (1992)

Climbs at this crag

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  Climb nameGrade
 PINEY PLAY 
2Aunt AggieHS 4c
3Scots PineMS 4a
4Pine WallVS 5b
5Dirty DaveVS 5c
6Speckled AreteV2 5c
7Desperate DanS 4b
8Super Sexy BrolliesV1 5a
9Super Sexy Brollies(Left wall dodger)V2 5b
10Tom ThumbHVS 5b
 SNAPPY MAIN WALL 
12PrunesquallorV0 6a
13Udder CrackHVS 5a
14Sacred CowVS 4c
15White SnakeHVS 5b
16Holy CowHVS 4c
17What's Coming Up?HVS 4c
18Problem Wallnone 5a
19Cow PieVS 4c
 ARETE FEVER 
21The AreteVS 4c
22Deadend GrooveVS 4b
23JughandleVS 4c
 THE POD AREA 
25Heathernone 5a
26Gorsenone 4c
27Off the wallV1 *
28Broomnone 5b
29Bedknobsnone 6a
30Bramblesnone 4c
31Bramble Aretenone 4a
32PricklesV1 6a
33Prickles HighV1 **
34Mungo is AngryV2 5c *
35Mungo DirectV3 6a
36Pod DynoV3 ***
37Pod StaticV4 ***
 TWIN CRACKS AREA 
39Neanderthal CrackV3 6a
40Ordinary RouteV2 5c
41Finger CruncherV3 **
42Finger DirectV4 *
43Finger RegainedV5 *
44Cracked SlabVB
45Fine TunedV1 5b
46The SloperV3 *
47Pot BlackV2 5c
48Pot Black (sit start)V2 6a
49Twin CracksV1 5a
50The VixenV3 5a
51The Ferretnone 5a
52The Polecatnone 4b
53The Foxnone 5a
54Pis En Litnone 4b
55Upstairsnone 4c
56Downstairsnone 6a
57Downstairs ExtensionV3 **
58Slabs 2none 3c
59Slabs 1none 4c
60Blackberriesnone 4a
 MEDUSA TREE AREA 
62Neneh CherryV5 6b
63Black Cherry (sit start)V2 5c
64StonefaceHS 4b
65Permian FaceE2 5c
66MedusaHS 4b
67The GorgonHS 4b
68Keaton WallVS 5a
69The MirrorVS 4c
70Climb At Your PerilVS 4b
71Who Dares Might WinHVS 4c
72PeglegHVS 4c
73VirginHVS 5b
74Snatch and SlapVB *
75Bat TraverseV3 *
76Red CherryVS 5a
77The EndS 4a
78In Search Of The ChinamanV0 6a
79Rich's ProblemV4 **
80The High TraverseV3 *
 THE DREADED CAVE 
82Stretch ArmstrongV1 5b
83Stop or DropV2 5b
84The Great 'Trev'-erseV3 5a
85Ground forceV4 5c
86Ground Force directV6 6c
87Stop or drop extendedV5 5a
88Stop or Drop directV5 5b
89Stretch Goes GreenE3 5a
90Fork HandlesV4 6b
91Four CandlesV3 6a
92Gratir PissageV0-
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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