Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 160m a.s.l
Dark little crimps © sim.monkey
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.
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.
|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.
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