Dinbren Crags

Climbs 203 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces W

Crag features

Generally good to excellent rock, and the climbs include some of the best (and hardest) in the area.

Approach notes

From the westbound A5 in Llangollen, turn right at the main traffic lights and cross the River Dee bridge toa T-jct. Turn right, and then immediately left to follow the road over the canal and turn left onto Dinbren Road. After another 1km Dinbren Crags come into view ahead. Turn right at the next T-jct, signposted 'Panorama', and carry on for about 100m, passing a cattle grid, to a possible parking on the left. Parking is possible for a couple of cars below the crag at a passing place and at a nearby grassy patch, but please be considerate. The approach path leads up from the bottom of the shallow valley through a cluster of trees.

Access notes

Ravens occasionally nest above the route Silent Spirit. If the birds are present then please avoid this route and avoid hanging around beneath this part of the crag any longer than is neccessary. The birds should have fledged by April 30th.

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Clwyd Limestone (2005), www.sportsclimbs.co.uk (1995), Clwyd Rock (1993)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
2Hell HoleM 23
3Hello AreteHVS 4c  
4Hell's Own VariationVD 5
5Tongue PieHVS 4c  
6Hell's ChimneyD 19
7The Sound and the Fury8b *** 
8It's Yours7b+ * 
9Punishment of LuxuryE4 6b **1
10Elite Syncopations8a ***37
11Elite Deviation8a ** 
12Back in the Black7b+ ***13
13Bolt from the BlueE6 6c **2
14Line of FireE5 6a 18
15Train to HellE4 6a 4
16Statement of Ewes7c+ **1
17Cured7c **8
18Stiff and StickyE3 6a  
19Sticky Toffee6c+ *14
21Ring Piece7b 2
22Fine Feathered Fink7b+ *11
23Gwennan8a *11
24The FogE6 6b **2
25Misty VisionE6 6b *** 
28Leftism8b+ **1
29Extreme Ways7c ***24
30Dr. GonzoE3 6a *1
32Cubase7b+ *3
33Lullaby7b 13
34The Dinbren SanctionE4 6a 31
35Cold Turkey6c *91
36Old Hari Kiri6c+ 9
37Kamikaze CloneE4 6a 2
38Jaspers6c+ *14
39Cookie KingE4 6b *1
41Flowers are for the Dead7c **35
42Counting Sheep8a+ **3
43Broken Flowers7c+ ** 
44Broken Dreams7b+ ***8
45Insomnia8b ***4
46When Saturday Comes7c **39
47I Punched Judy First7b+ ***83
48Technicolour Yawn7a+ ***161
49Walking with Barrence7b ***94
50In Search of Someone Silly7b **18
51Traction Trauma7a ***79
52Do Walls Have Ears7a+ **30
53Climb HighE4 6b ***84
54Dreadlocks7b **23
55AlisonE1 5b **110
56Gemma's WorldE2 5b 4
57Gemma's World DirectE4 6a 2
58Hot LipsE5 6a *1
59Out of Body Experience8a **14
60No Kneed8a+ ***3
61RhiannonE5 6a * 
63Binary Finary8b  
64The Bandits7b+ ***69
65The Rivals7c+ *12
66El Zapatistas8b *** 
67The Orgasmatron7a *25
68El Rincon8a+ ***20
69Highway8a **16
70El LocoE5 6a **3
71Going LocoE6 6b * 
72Silent SpiritHVS 5a 11
73Con-Dem-Nation6c *53
74Resist and Exist6b 232
75Where's the Presidents Brain6b+ 128
76SwansongE2 6a 6
78YaleHVS 5a *43
79MelodyE4 6a **10
80Lucky, Be Damned7a *19
81So LuckyE4 6a 2
82Big Mouth Strikes AgainE4 6b *24
83A Different Kind of HypertensionE3 5c *17
84HyperdriveE3 6a **21
85Bolt the Blue Sky7b 9
86Showing Mystery Bruises7a+ *2
87Baby Crusher7b *23
88Dyperspace7c *28
89This Vision Thing7b *5
90Fat Boys7a+ **70
91The Planet7b+ 3
92Fire7b **83
93Ice7b **63
94Blinking Lights7c **2
95Hot Stuff7a 119
96Silly Games7a+ 13
97The Solar System7a *3
98AmadeusHVS 4c 4
99Ice on the MotorwayE5 6a  
101TuberHVS 5a 3
102Solar PowerE1 5b 1
103Battery PowerHS 3
104Ash CrackHS 9
105Paper SmileHVS 5a 5
106The Thin WallE3 6a *5
107Magenta SunriseE4 6b *1
108Goblin GirlsHVS 5a *16
109Laughing GnomeVS 4b 15
110Yew Tree WallVS 4c 14
111Rock ThiefVS 5a  
112TangramE1 5b 1
113May DayHS 10
114Willy Waits for No ManHVS 5a 9
115Stein LineVS 4c 12
116Birds CryVS 4b  
117Pulling Up The DaisiesE3 6a 1
118Fanny MagnetE1 5a 2
119Shepherd's DelightVS 4c 2
120In the Shadow of Easter IslandVD 1
121It Needs Crack CoatingVD 1
122Si's Escape From DinbrenVD 1
123Gargoyle LoverHVS 4c 1
124Groovy CrackHVS 5a *1
125Groovy DirectHVS 5a *1
126Flaky PastryHVS 4c *1
127Hujamideen SunshineS 1
128Mujahideen MoonshineHS 4a 1
130SoapVD 11
131SPCVS 4c 15
132Humble HogE1 5c 1
133Ripped Apart By Badgers6c 3
134Dynah Moe HumE4 6b * 
135Out With the NewE3 6b  
136The Homecoming7a 2
137Waiting for Bayley6c+ 17
138Inaugural Goose Flesh6c+ 46
139Just Another Route Name6c *99
140Heinous Undercling7a+ 7
141Just Another Undercling6c 5
142SarcophagusE2 5b 1
143The VarletHVS 5a 4
144Backs to the Wall7a+ 10
145Deadly NightshadeE2 5b  
146Trailer Trash6b **61
147Driller Thriller6b+ 58
149Old ScoresE4 6a *1
150Pep TalkHVS 4c 10
151The Royal ArchE3 6a **29
152Blue NineE4 6b *1
153Waltz in BlackE4 6b ***5
154A World in HarmonyE2 5b ***99
155Caught in the CrossfireE4 6a *2
156Death on My TongueE3 5c 2
157ShadowplayE2 5c 4
158Let it RipVD 17
159Return of the GodsE3 5c *9
161Synapse CollapseE3 5c *3
162In the Heat of the DayE4 6b  
163The Wasp Factory7b+ *6
164Big YouthHVS 5a *38
165Thanks to Ellis BrighamE3 6a *2
166Lecherous PigE3 6a *1
167Summer SolsticeE1 5b 4
168German for Art HistoriansE1 5b *15
169Sugar HiccupE3 5c 2
170Five O'Clock ShaddowVS 4c 31
171Arm WormsE4 6a  
172Quick Flash7a *30
173Loosing GraspE2 5b  
174Wonderwall7a **7
175Wood TreatmentE3 5c 1
177Nit NurseE1 5b *24
178The PhoenixS 4a 17
179AstrolaVS 4b *40
180The ScuttersE2 5b 3
181The StukasE4 6a  
182Fighting Spirit7a *13
183Combat ZoneE3 5c **44
184Evil WomanE3 5c *1
185Mustang Sally7b 3
186Ripping YarnsE2 6a 4
188Filth FazeVS 4c 6
189Grooved AreteE1 5c 8
190Sally in PinkVS 4c *76
191Captain Scarlet6b+ *2
192Crimson DynamoE2 5c 6
193Colour GamesE1 5b *59
194Raging StormE3 5c **25
195HydrogenE3 5c **12
196Ellabella6c **5
197The Devil's AdvocateE3 5c *3
198Tower of BabelVS 5a 24
199Babel FaceHVS 5a 6
200AntillaS 4a 8
201Babbling AreteS 4a 27
203Babbling TowerVD 18
204Babble on is BurningE4 6b  
205Electra GlideE4 5c  
206Dawn of DesireE3 5b 3
207Shaken Not StirredHS 52
208ChabrisVS 4c 19
209BuccinatorE3 5c *14
210Cheeky PieE3 5b  
211Gentle ViloenceE3 5c  
212Violent RatcliffeE4 6a 2
213CastellaVD 19
214HamletHS 4b 13
215First GracesHS 4b 12
217Pick Pocket7b **1
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Having not done much British Sport my first impression of the crag was somewhat negative, but as I become accustomed to the style of climbing my enjoyment grows each visit. Quality climbing with intricate and almost infinite solutions. This crag has defiantly sparked my need to clip more bolts in the UK.
mux - 02/Jun/10
Look at the stars on the routes I think a bit of care needs to be taken not to oversell the area. Lots of routes deserve 1 or 2 stars but only the best warrent 3 stars (Climb High for example). In my opinion the quality of Clwyd sport climbing is closer to the peak district (say cheedale) than the best areas of Malham and Kilnsey. This isn't meant to be negative - I've really enjoyed the routes at Dinbren, the climbing is good and the setting and outlook excellent.
Ian Patterson - 15/Mar/05