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

Out of print: North of England Rock Climbs (1992)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
 PINEY PLAY  
2Aunt AggieHS 4c 22
3Scots PineMS 4a 31
4Pine WallVS 5b 20
5Dirty DaveVS 5c 29
6Speckled AreteV2 5c 7
7Desperate DanS 4b 18
8Super Sexy BrolliesV1 5a 13
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 24
 THE POD AREA  
25Heathernone 5a 17
26Gorsenone 4c 35
27Off the wallV1 *5
28Broomnone 5b 23
29Bedknobsnone 6a 12
30Bramblesnone 4c 8
31Bramble Aretenone 4a 10
32PricklesV1 6a 12
33Prickles HighV1 **10
34Mungo is AngryV2 5c *15
35Mungo DirectV3 6a 8
36Pod DynoV3 ***9
37Pod StaticV4 ***9
 TWIN CRACKS AREA  
39Neanderthal CrackV3 6a 10
40Ordinary RouteV2 5c 12
41Finger CruncherV3 **10
42Finger DirectV4 *7
43Finger RegainedV5 *6
44Cracked SlabVB 12
45Fine TunedV1 5b 10
46The SloperV3 *6
47Pot BlackV2 5c 13
48Pot Black (sit start)V2 6a 12
49Twin CracksV1 5a 17
50The VixenV3 5a 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 ExtensionV3 **7
58Slabs 2none 3c 4
59Slabs 1none 4c 4
60Blackberriesnone 4a 2
 MEDUSA TREE AREA  
62Neneh CherryV5 6b 6
63Black Cherry (sit start)V2 5c 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 SlapVB *6
75Bat TraverseV3 *6
76Red CherryVS 5a 8
77The EndS 4a 5
78In Search Of The ChinamanV0 6a 2
79Rich's ProblemV4 **1
80The High TraverseV3 *6
 THE DREADED CAVE  
82Stretch ArmstrongV1 5b 15
83Stop or DropV2 5b 7
84The Great 'Trev'-erseV3 5a 4
85Ground forceV4 5c 2
86Ground Force directV6 6c 2
87Stop or drop extendedV5 5a 2
88Stop or Drop directV5 5b 3
89Stretch Goes GreenE3 5a 2
90Fork HandlesV4 6b 1
91Four CandlesV3 6a 1
92Gratir 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