Climbs 85
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 160m a.s.l
Faces S

Dark little crimps © sim.monkey

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.

Approach 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.


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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Piney Play 
2Aunt AggieHS 4c 22
3Scots PineMS 4a 32
4Pine WallVS 5b 21
5Dirty DaveVS 5c 29
6Speckled Aretef5+ 7
7Desperate DanS 4b 18
8Super Sexy Brolliesf5 13
9Super Sexy Brollies(Left wall dodger)f5+ 10
10Tom ThumbHVS 5b 4
 Snappy Main Wall 
12Prunesquallorf4 7
13Udder CrackHVS 5a 3
14Sacred CowVS 4c 8
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 25
 The Pod Area 
25Heathernone 5a 17
26Gorsenone 4c 36
27Off the wall
f5 *6
28Broomnone 5b 24
29Bedknobsnone 6a 12
30Bramblesnone 4c 8
31Bramble Aretenone 4a 10
32Pricklesf5 12
33Prickles Highf5 **10
34Mungo is Angry
f5+ *15
35Mungo Direct
f6A 8
36Pod Dynof6A ***9
37Pod Staticf6B ***9
 Twin Cracks Area 
39Neanderthal Crack
f6A 10
40Ordinary Routef5+ 12
41Finger Cruncherf6A **11
42Finger Directf6B *7
43Finger Regainedf6C *6
44Cracked Slabf3 12
45Fine Tunedf5 10
46The Sloperf6A *6
47Pot Blackf5+ 13
48Pot Black (sit start)
f5+ 12
49Twin Cracksf5 18
50The Vixenf6A 17
51The Ferretnone 5a 17
52The Polecatnone 4b 16
53The Foxnone 5a 14
54Pis En Litnone 4b 16
55Upstairsnone 4c 13
56Downstairsnone 6a 3
57Downstairs Extensionf6A **7
58Slabs 2none 3c 4
59Slabs 1none 4c 4
60Blackberriesnone 4a 2
 Medusa Tree Area 
62Neneh Cherry
f6C 6
63Black Cherry (sit start)
f5+ 10
64StonefaceHS 4b 3
65Permian FaceE2 5c 1
66MedusaHS 4b 1
67The GorgonHS 4b 1
68Keaton WallVS 5a  
69The MirrorVS 4c  
70Climb At Your PerilVS 4b 1
71Who Dares Might WinHVS 4c 1
72PeglegHVS 4c  
73VirginHVS 5b 2
74Snatch and Slapf3 *6
75Bat Traversef6A *6
76Red CherryVS 5a 8
77The EndS 4a 5
78In Search Of The Chinamanf4 2
79Rich's Problemf6B **1
80The High Traversef6A *6
 The Dreaded Cave 
82Stretch Armstrongf5 15
83Stop or Dropf5+ 7
84The Great 'Trev'-ersef6A 4
85Ground forcef6B 2
86Ground Force directf7A 2
87Stop or drop extendedf6C 2
88Stop or Drop directf6C 3
89Stretch Goes GreenE3 5a 2
90Fork Handlesf6B 1
91Four Candlesf6A 1
92Gratir Pissage
f3+ 2

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