Climbs 160
Rocktype Limestone

Faces W

Nick and Dan, Coral Sea (VS) - Trowbarrow © PJRead

Crag features

Trowbarrow has always been a popular climbing venue and over the last decade has been managed carefully and is now a very pleasant place to visit. Trowbarrow Quarry fulfils a number of functions being a good local evening crag, an excellent destination from further a field to sample its best pitches and as a reliable wet weather alternative to those washed out from the Lake District.

Bouldering guide available here:

Approach notes

Nature conservation area - some requests to climbers to stop loss of fossils on main wall.

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Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire

Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire covers some of the best limestone crags in the UK including the big three of Malham, Kilnsey and Gordale. Alongside these titans are numerous other destinations that offer both sport and trad climbing throughout the grades, ranging from the intimidating walls of Blue Scar and Trow Gill to the long lines of newly-developed low to mid-grade sport crags such as Moughton Nab and Giggleswick South. Trad climbing is also well catered for on the walls and escarpments at the likes of Trowbarrow Quarry, Twistleton Scar, Attermire Scar and Witches Quarry.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Lancashire Rock (1999)
LakesBloc Website

Out of print:
Jules, yeah it is mega polished. Good training for solid footwork ;D you get used to it!
daftendirekt - 01/Apr/14
Went here on 31st May 2013 to boulder on Red Wall and it seemed mega polished and under else concur????
jules699 - 02/Jun/13
Some of these climbs are not in the right sections (e.g. Barnicle, Acid Drop, Drop Acid, Earth Eater) Anyone know how to change/ add them to other sections or create another section. Believe more sections are needed for example Yellow Wall and ideally the others Diamond Wall, Suspension Wall, Washday Wall, Lower Wall though Chossy Area could cover the last 4
Sol Armer - 31/Mar/13
Redwall makes a great morning wall climb as the sun reaches it first warming it before the rest of the quarry.
Sol Armer - 31/Mar/13
Has anyone found a Petzl harness at trowbarrow since Monday 30th May? Either at the bottom of barrier reef or by the shelter boulder? Thanks in advance.
carlc75 - 05/Jun/11
I did a few routes here on a rainy morning, and am astounded at how fast this venue drys... Red Wall is also dry nearly all the time, and has some very good quality bouldering.. I didn't do much on the large boulder, since it's all very high grades- but the venue overall is a great one, that I shall be returning to!
Evilllamas - 30/Apr/11
From a bouldering point of view Trowbarrow is very handy, the red wall stays dry in the most miserable conditions. And there are some good problems on the shelter stone. Check out Lakesbloc for topos.
Mike Binks - 10/Feb/06
Part of the crag has fallen away over the last few years. This has made some of the climbing quite dangerous as all protection points on some routes have a good chace of falling out or bringing the rock out with it.(i know its happened!). I now top rope this crag even though your not supposed to. If the wrden sees you you'll get a slap on the wrists and that about it. Make sure you find a strong ancor points when climbing this and a helmet could save your life at this one!!
James Hall - 27/Sep/05
The Red Wall in the trees opposite Main Wall is also well worth a look, I only did one route there but it was surprisingly fun despite the polished start and very well protected so I wouldn't go with the "usually top-roped" nonsense. Also, more bouldering info at
Fiend - 07/May/04
Bouldering info about this crag can be found on
beardy - 28/Mar/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Main Wall 
2Cracked ActorE2 5c ***369
3AladdinsaneE1 5a **173
4Jean JeanieVS 4c ***1046
5Major TomE2 5c **23
6A Touch of ClassE2 5c **57
7A Touch of Class (alternative start)
HVS 5a *26
8HarijanVS 4c ***462
9Hollow EarthHVS 5a ***300
10HeroesE3 5c *9
11Warspite DirectE2 5b *27
12WarspiteHVS 5a 31
13EekE4 5c **4
14OniscusS 4a 8
E5 6a 2
16Blow Out
E6 6a 5
17Space OddityE1 5a *2
 Assagai Wall 
19RumalHVS 5a *86
20Sour Milk GrooveHVS 5a *84
21A Sense of DoubtE4 6b ***117
22Doubting ThomasE5 6b **9
23Scary MonstersE5 6a *34
24JavelinE1 5b **102
25Sleeping SicknessE2 5c **143
26AssagaiHVS 5a ***624
27SluiceHVS 5a *139
28JomoVD ***862
29Original RouteVD 237
30Ramp AntS 4a *638
HS 4b 195
32Aborigine WallVS 4c 48
E1 5a 12
34Night FlightVS 4c 73
35Red SlabVS 4c/4b 20
36TruffleHS 4c **137
HVS 5a *13
38Day of the BeanpolesE3 6b *2
 Asylum Wall 
40Memoirs of a LunaticE5 6a **25
41Diaries Of A MadmanE5 6b ** 
42The AsylumE5 6a **14
43Diary Of A Sane Man
E7 6b  
44The Nut HouseE5 6a *5
45The Idiot
E5 6a 2
 Left End 
47Coral SeaVS 4c **1093
48Coral Sea DirectE1 5c 57
49Coral Sea Super Directf7B+ **1
50Barrier ReefS 4a *474
51Lone WallE2 5a **16
52Sickening PracticeHVS 5a *1
53Very Ordinary RouteM 82
54Clotted Cream
E1 5b 10
VD 48
VS 4c **4
57PigfallS 4a 95
58Boundary GrooveD 60
59Twentieth Century Schitzoid ManD **108
60Receeding HairlineVS 4c  
61Earth EaterVS 4c 19
 Chossy Area (Right of Yellow Wall) 
HS 4a 31
64Blue Daz
S 4a 15
65Biological Agent K9
HVS 5b *21
E1 5b 4
67CrinoidVD 32
68Facial Gymnastics
E2 5b *2
E2 5c *4
70Square Deal SurfVS 4c 21
71Mellow Yellow
HVS 5a *2
72Street Boy BluesE2 5c *5
73True BlueE3 6a *1
S 4a 47
75PerseveranceVD 23
76Original Route (Crystal slabs finish)S *23
77Pig in a PokeHVS 4c 8
78Deep ThroatS 4a 2
79Willy the DishHVS 5a 4
80Rock and Roll Suicide
E2 5b 1
81BobHS 4b 15
82Robbie's RouteHVS 5a  
 Red Wall 
84Red Traversef7A **22
85Limestone John
E3 5c *7
86Essence of a GiraffeE3 6a *27
87Essence DirectE4 6a *6
88American Express
E2 5b **8
89Fluoroscopic Kid
E4 6a 6
90Izzy the PushE2 5c *72
91ExequyE6 6b **18
92HomophobiaE6 6b *2
93Willy the FinkE5 6b 3
94Nova ExpressE3 6a **26
95Heavy Metal KidE3 5c *26
96Shallow Gravef7A+ **63
97Shallow Grave Super Directf7B 6
98Yin Yangf7B *2
99Yin Yang LHf7C *1
100Grave Journeyf6B *10
101The Crackf5 70
102Optimus Primetimef7A+ *14
103Warm Up Traversef6A+ *26
104Bulge direct SSf6C *35
105Mud Monkey
f5 11
106Funky Breezef6B 13
107Dead Man Walkingf7B+ **9
108American Express (ss)f6A *65
109American Express (standing start)
f5 36
110Prophets of Sound (AKA:The Dots Dyno)f7C+ 3
111Prophets of Sound (ss)f8A 2
112Mike's Problem Superchargedf6C+ *8
113Grimlocks New Brainf7A *16
114The 80's Dreamf7A+ *6
115Greg's Dynof7B *21
1166 Foot Sicksf7C * 
117Nick's Problemf6B *54
118G's Variationf7A 2
119Diagonal Diagnosisf6B *11
120The Classic Sitter
f5 15
121Classic Rock Overf4 26
122The Easy Groovef3 29
f7A 3
124Problem 4, Red Wallf6A 10
 Shelter Stone (AKA Trowbarrow Boulder) 
126Texas Hold Em'f7B+ *14
127Free Jumpf6B+ *11
128Isla De Encantaf8B *** 
129Free Hang (ss)f8A *4
130Free Hangf5 17
131Ramp Traversef6C+ *65
132Shallow Groovef8A * 
133The Slabf3 36
134Il Pirataf8C  
135Regular Johnf7A+ *7
136The Buccaneerf7C 10
137The Pit Problem (low start)f7B+ 41
138The Pit Problemf7B *80
139Wheel Barrowf7C *14
140Pacmanf8A 4
141Pacman Right Handf8A 2
142Ned's Problemf7B *50
143The Jazz Phenomenaf7A+ *17
144The Groovef6C+ *38
145Iron Manf8A **7
146Iron Man Right Handf8A 4
147Vitruvian Man Right Hand
f7C **16
148Vitruvian Manf7C **56
149Pie Man
f7C 10
150The Descentf3+ 5
151The Funk Phenomenaf7A *52
152Wamdue Projectf6B+ 13
153Atrocity Exhibitionf8A  
154Mojof7A+ *4
155Wrongo SalE5 6a *1
156Michelin ManE2 5c 5
157The Undercut Problemf7A 3
158Magic MakingE1 5b 2
159Acid DropHVS 4c **1
160Drop AcidHVS 5a  
161Ned's Problem Footlessf7C *1
162Pit Problem Regular *f7B+ **1
163Man From Barrow *
f7C+ *3
164Undercut 2 *V6 1
165Barbaric Yawp *
f7C+ 1
166Galvatron's Greed *
V9 1
167Ask Les *S 4a *2
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