The Breck

Climbs 84 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude ? – Faces S

Crag features
The obvious feature to aim for is the Granny rock, an isolated pinnacle with an easy front and somewhat harder back side. Grades vary from VB to V10. Some excellent traverses and eliminates, the steeper side is decorated with graffiti some of which is more erudite than others but beware of "Big Prawn". There is, occasionally, broken glass at the bottom of the routes and this is periodically swept away by locals, however.

Opposite the Granny is the Blubell wall; this is the principal bouldering area. Although the wall seeps in places the climbing is superbly technical, extremely fingery, and not forgiving. Non-eliminates range from V0 to V7, whilst the Bluebell traverse is a must-do incredibly recalcitrant English 5C/6A though there may be a couple of 6B moves.

Facing Bluebell wall and going right through the trees, an easier square shaped slabby wall emerges. This is the Who wall (aka Eagle Rock). Here, slabbier problems/routes are the order of the day, and are juggy in comparison to the rest.

Down and right is the overhanging wall. This has old bolts set at the top for toproping; the problems/routes here are excellent and well worth the trouble, being of an extremely hard nature. The grades from english 5C to english 7A, which probably just warrants French bouldering 8A.

Regular use will give you steel fingers and make you as strong as an ox.

If it was good enough for Al Rouse.......

Approach notes
Come off the M53 at the dock exit Turn left at the roundabout then left at the lights onto Breck road. Past the school on the left and park up near the Ship Inn Public house. The quarry is accessed by a concrete staircase sloping right at the side of the pub RH as you face it.

Cheshire & Merseyside Sandstone (2012),
Out of print: Sandstone Climbing in Cheshire and Merseyside (1998)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2Granny Easy WayVB 3a 18
3Granny Left ArÍte (south)V0- 3c 17
4The CrackV0- 3b 14
5Central RouteV0- 3a 14
6Egg ScoopV0- 3b 13
7Right WallVB 3b 14
9Left ArÍte (west)V1 4c *13
10AlV1 5a *10
11The Granny's ChairV0 4c *22
12AntimacassarV0- 4b *19
14Left Arete (north face)V0- 3b *48
15Inside LeftV0- 4c *44
16Five A or CV1 5a 35
17Sledge ClimbV1 5c 27
18Ledge ClimbV1 5b **32
19Slot PocketV3 5c *29
20Twin PocketV2 5c *16
21Route 66V6 6b *4
22Phil's RouteV5 6a **4
23Old ShepV5 6b **6
24The BrundleflyV8+ **1
25The Positron TraverseV3 6a ***22
26Granny Rock High TraverseV1 5b **20
27Granny Rock Ground Level TraverseV6 6b *1
28Greg's TraverseV8 7a *1
30Pond LifeV0 5a 1
31Crack and ScoopV0 4c 1
32RampageV0 5a 1
33FremantelV0 5a *1
34Chickens ScoopV2 5c  
35Tony's WallV4 6b * 
36Bluebell Wall DescentV0- 3c 12
37Hairy IreneV0 5a 1
38Hairy MaryV1 5a *7
39Bluebell CrackV0 5a *22
40Knuckle SuckV2 5c *7
41FaganV0 5a *7
42MelancholyV2 5c *10
43The VibratoV3 6a *7
44No RebateV2 5c *10
45Flake RouteV3 6a *1
46Flying VV5 6b 2
47Lightning CrackV3 6a **3
48Half NelsonV3 6a *2
49Armlock CrackV3 5c *10
50Concrete WallV2 5c **9
51PostieV3 6a *2
52The EyesV4 6a *4
53The Star RouteV2 5c 2
54Ant CrackV3 6a **7
55Quercus's CornerV1 5b 4
56Green AreteV1 5b 5
57Scotch CornerV0- 4c 3
58Bluebell Wall Top Break TraverseV3 5c  
59The Bluebell TraverseV7 6b ***2
60Bluebell Wall Super Lower TraverseV2 5c  
62Left AreteVB 4b 40
63SerendipityV0 5a *39
64The OverlapV0 4c *37
65Central WallV3 6a *29
66Artful DodgerVB 4b 35
67Anfield CornerVB 4b 24
68Mossy WallV4 6b **11
69Wet Leg AreteV1 5b *27
70Between the GreenV3 5c *9
71Boiler Plate SlabV2 5c *6
72Boiler Plate Slab High TraverseV2 5b 5
73Boiler Plate Slab Mid TraverseV1 5b *8
74Who Wall Eliminate Low TraverseV6 6b **1
75Mammoth TraverseV3 5c 3
77Tom's RouteV3 6b  
78Fighting TansV4 6b  
79Woman's WeeklyV4 6b  
80In The JungleV5 6b *1
81Overhanging Wall DirectV7 6c  
82Pilli WinksV9 7a  
83Haston DynoV10 7a  
84In The Jungle DirectV7 6c **1
85Greasy Cobweb CrackV3 5c  
86Flash In The PanV4 6b  
87InnominataV3 5c  
88The Breakfast LineV10 7a  
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Eagle Rock (The Who Wall to anyone that actually goes the breck..) has been covered in silver spraypaint at some point over the past couple weeks. Not sure how it will effect the climbing but a great deal of the holds have been hit by this.
ex0 - 15/Jul/13
Actually fell in love with this place thismornin, wish i had started goin along time ago
phil_freeman - 06/Mar/10
There is now a Facebook group for those who use it.!/group.php?gid=20733733642&ref=ts
gary.barr - 01/Mar/10
is there any online topos of the venue or any guide books with it in..
phil_freeman - 24/Feb/10
Would it be at all possible for anyone who wishes to make comments about the urbanity of this (or any other venue) to read the comments below, and realise that, yes, we know! Thank you! We've done that. Now, perhaps we can talk about the climbing...
Dnmn - 10/May/09
Iím climbing there very frequently now. My fingertips were going red going on purple after my last session! Great place and great for finger workouts. Just take a mat as itís mainly highballing.
gary.barr - 28/May/08
i have been meaning to get over here and check it out, seeing as i live in Eastham, but then there is irby aswell so save the gear gettin robbed and a wee hospital trip and head over to irby. if it was more closer like in bromborough or somet, then i would make the most off it!
phil_freeman - 14/Dec/07
this is where i spent my miss guided childhood bunking off from mosslands school just down the roads. after 4 years of going every dinner time and weekends, when i left and joined the navy i ended up getting into the portsmouth climbing team and was very well regarded. for me, this is such a great place to get to the roots of climbing. stamina and technique learnt the old fashion way without gadgets, just some old fashion finger bashin'! i have been out of it for a few years now(the beer demon came and took me) and i am starting at the roots again now im out of the forces. like the guide book say, its a fiver in a pile of crap....
rudeymike - 19/Jul/07
Because, Gregm, it's a great place to go in the evening, can be part of an overall training program with Frodsham and Pex, doesn't involve miles of unnecessary driving if you're local, is free, and is outside. But of course, if you're scared of a few kids...
duncanmartin - 25/May/07
Dive, why bother?
Craigm411 - 26/Mar/07
I learnt to climb here in the 60's along with a lad who lived down the road from me, went by the name of Al Rouse, he showed a bit of potential even tho he was a couple of years younger than me. We used to wear pumps that we wore for gym at school. Very happy days, it's sad to hear of the grafitti and glass, will go back and have a look next time I am in Wallasey seeing my Mum.
Scally - 28/Nov/06
my local crag, it turns out- just stuck a sodding great piece of glass in my finger when i grabbed a hold- toothbrush reccommended...
greggle - 01/Aug/06
i couldnt agree more with the comment about glass and dog muck also i wouldnt reccomend being there in the dark unless u take a bat as there is loads of gangs hanging around who frighten the life outta most people.
dominic heaney - 31/Dec/05