Climbs 70
Rocktype Limestone

Faces W

The Minstrel, Mashafn 08 © Steve Perry

Crag features

Disused limestone quarry, good quality, quick-drying rock. Wide selection of good single-pitch routes (upto 20 metres).

Approach notes

Permission to climb must be sought from the owner, Mr W. Thomas, at the farm visible on the left of the track. If, for any reason, you are asked to leave, please do so with the minimum amount of fuss.

Follow the A494 Mold bypass towards Ruthin as far as the village of Gwernymynedd. Carry on up the hill to the Rainbow garage and turn left immediately before the garage heading towards the Owain Glyndyr pub. Turn right at the pub and carry on for about a quarter of a mile to a bungalow on the right and, 100 metres furether on, a farm on the left. Just after the bungalow there is a dirt track on the right. Park on the side of the road and walk through a gate and up the muddy track passing some farm buildings on the left; through another gate and into a field where the Main wall of the quarry comes into view.


Clwyd Limestone

Definitive coverage for the Clwyd Area with full colour topos and route descriptions.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Clwyd Rock (1993)

Out of print:
I live about 5 mins from the crag. The farmers a really nice guy and is normally pottering about outside his house. His dogs friendly too and quite often trots upto the gate with us. I'd agree that its a great place for beginners. Was up there just last week with the missus and it rained as we left home. by the time we'd got there it was dry :-) Plenty of stakes if you want them.
jaswa - 26/Oct/08
Not as nice as it sounds, the rock isn't as fun to climb on as Pothole, but it would still be a good venue for picnicking on a sunny, fresh day.
Fiend - 19/Oct/05
What has happened to 'Rise to the equation E2 5c". I can't find it on these pages.
Julian Wedd - 07/Jun/05
yes there are stakes now there never used to be it was the odd tree and thorne bush when i was a lad!!!
ashaw - 21/Mar/05
Route descriptions for Maeshafn, Devils Gorge and Pot Hole Quarry here:
soph - 21/Mar/05
Very pleasant crag, good for picnics, good routes to.good range of grades
Mirf - 03/Oct/04
Trees to tie on to?? There's loads of (newly-placed?)stakes and good routes.
William - 05/Oct/03
Brilliant crag for beginners: loads of trees at the top to tie off to. However, it\'s a wet grassy slope down to the crag edge - do not forget to tie on.
allan shaw - 26/Mar/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Hot Tin RoofE4 6a
2Pant-y-Gyrdl WallE1 5c
3HacoE3 5b
4CyclopsE2 5b
5Flotta AreteHS 4a
6RamaHS 4b
7MuslimE1 5a
8Running with the WolfE2 5c **
9PussyfootingE4 5c *
10White SpringHS 4a
11OdysseusHVS 5a
12White Wall TraverseE3 5b
13MaeveE2 5c
14Wilkinson Sword EdgeVS 4c *
15The Green WallE4 5c
16SitaE2 5c
18ThrutchHS 4b
19Bumble AreteE1 5b
20JoccaHVS 5a
21Brewing Up With Les WilliamsE4 5c *
22MoombaE4 6a
23Inspector GadgetE4 6a
24ApexHVS 5b
25Layback on Me to Bumble Arete Traversef6A
26Layback on MeVS 4b
27RamblerHS 4a *
28Puppy PowerVS 4b *
29YoboHS 4a
30Flying BlockE1 5a *
31Royal PlumeE2 5c *
32The MinstrelE1 5b ***
33Alex's CrackE5 6b *
34Mathematical WorkoutE3 6a ***
35Calculus to Flying Block Traversef6A
36CalculusE4 5c *
37The SecretE2 5b *
38V8 traversef7B
39The CornerE1 5b *
40Cousin ME2 6b
41Think a MomentE6 6b
42LaxixE5 6a *
43Knotty ProblemE1 5a *
44So She DidE3 5c
45BaraoucheE2 5b
46PengrailE1 5b
47Main Wall GirdleE3 5c
48Blue ChromeHVS 5a
49Das BoltE1 5b
50The RaspE3 5c
51ItsuE3 5b
52VulcerHVS 5a
53Ram JamE2 5c
55Elephant CrackS 4a
56Dandy LionHS 4b
57SlingHS 4a *
58Little Finger JamVS 5b
59The BulgerHVS 5a
60Shattered CrackHS 4a *
61The AreteVS 5a
62WandererVS 4c
E2 5b *
66Rise to the Equation
E2 5b
67Holly Tree Wall
68Gorilla Waltz
69Catfish Rising *VS 5a
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