Climbs 107
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 130m a.s.l
Faces E

DafSWMC getting stuck in on The Expansionist, Llanbradach Quarry nr. Caerphilly. © gejones

Crag features

One of the three-star sandstone inland crags with single- and multi-pitch routes up to 55m.

Access is much improved since the 2008 BMC/SWAG crag clean-up.

Many routes have been rebolted from 2007 onwards, but be wary of older, corroded bolts. Use your judgement.

Most of the crag gets the sun early in the day, with the Luxury Walls in the sun from early afternoon to early evening.

May 2010: The crag is mostly dry, and is in very good condition.

Many routes on the Upper Tier have been rebolted, and worth a visit.

Although seepage can be a problem, some routes stay dry even in the rain.

Please contact the crag moderator if you have any concerns about bolts or other fixed protection.

Approach notes

Follow the A469 N from Caerphilly, taking the first exit off the roundabout signposted for Llanbradach. Park on right after traffic calming chicane.

Walk back along road and follow path up under the railway line. Turn L along a track.

Access to the lower tier is on the R, following a good path along the edge of the pool to reach the Luxury Walls.

To access the upper tier, climb over a metal gate at the end of the track. Continue on for around 100m, until you reach a gently inclined path on the R. Follow this path until it levels out and wander to the left until you reach the first routes of the upper tier.

Usual precautions re. cars: don't leave valuables visible.

Access Advice

No issues reported.
As of 17th May 2015, routes between "Sadness" and "Internal Reflection" on Pool Wall cleared of brambles and cleaned. Also cleared foliage and brambles on the Upper Tier between "Aptitude Test" and "Incidentally". "You Are What You Is" cleaned and brushed so get on it before the jungle returns. "Aptitude Test" and "Merthyr Infill" currently do not have a safe anchor - traverse awkwardly to the anchor of "My Blue Bell".
nikgoile - 19/May/15
The upper tier is currently heavily overgrown with ferns and midges everywhere! I plan to go cut them all down as it isnt very enjoyable to be up there. From my experience this summer you need quite a long period of dry weather before routes are dry enough
rhys mence - 04/Sep/12
Not impressed. Crumbly rock and lots of biting midges.
Tomar - 03/May/11
Was there last night, Be aware of a Wasp nest at the base of the decent from the upper tier on the left its in amongst the old trees that have fallen down. They were less than best pleased when one of our party crossed over them!!!
Mark Batey - 16/Jul/09
no way I'm actually unlucky enough to be from Llanbradach cant believe that i lived there for 20 yrs and never ever found this gem, Dont Leave Anything in Your Car!
uriel - 06/Aug/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Luxury Walls (Pool Area) 
2Shadow Of The Sun
7a **11
3Slip Into Something Sexy7a+ **21
4Slipped6c+ *1
5Slipping into Luxury6b+ **58
6The Slap of Luxury6c+ *8
7The Luxury Gap
7a 11
8Internal Reflection6a 49
9Gladness4a 20
10Madness6b 21
11Sadness4c 28
12SadnessE1 4c 7
13Blandness6a 12
14Badness4a 23
 Sinister Walls 
16Bringeth yon Leach7a+ *2
17Food For Parasites7a+ *17
18The Host6c *5
19Giving It All Up
7a+ *3
20Letters Of Life7a **9
21Dreaming in Colour6c *2
22The Evil Eye
7a 1
23In Blood, Of Life, Of Sin?7a+ **2
24Abbatoir And Costello
7b+ **2
7b **8
26Overleaf6a+ *2
6c **2
 Cascade Walls 
29Falling Freely
7a+ 1
6c 2
31Total Recoil
6b+ *5
7a 3
33Sphagnum 456a 5
34Right Of Spring
6b 2
35Splash It On All Over
6c 1
36Bathtime6a+ 2
 Sub-Contractor's Wall 
7a 2
39Simple Addition6c **16
40Post Expressionist
6b *47
41Too Keynes by Half
6c *34
 Expansionist Wall 
43The Link Pitch (Left)5a 3
44The Caerphilly Contract
7b+ ***4
45Little White Lies6c+ ***5
46The Link Pitch (Right)
4c 6
47The Expansionist
E3 5b **5
48Grit Box
7a+ ***1
49Giant Sand6c+ **2
 Loss Leader Area 
7a 1
6c *2
6a+ *6
 Western Walls 
55Horns A Plenty6a+ 7
56Magellan's Straight?6c 3
57Maurice Chevaliers
7a 1
58Bas Chevaliers
E3 5c 1
59Moutton Dagger6c *3
60Peel Back the Flaps6b+ *2
61Jamb One InE1 5b *1
62Hush Money
7a+ 1
7c ***11
64Boston Strangler7b 1
65Balance Sheet6a 3
66Cashflow Crisis6a+ 2
67Wert's Famous Taxi Ride6b 2
 Upper Tier Left 
69Hedge Of ThymeS 4
70Conan's Boil4c 9
71The Lapse
6a+ 3
6b+ *3
73Three Men In A Goat
6c *5
74Once Bitten
6a 15
75Twice Shy
5c 27
76Hollow Feeling
6a+ 7
6a+ *8
78You Change Me
6c *6
79Nappy Rush6b **30
80Torch The Earth7b+ *1
81Dirty As A Dog6a+ **24
82Dirty As A Dog Direct
6c **3
83Desert Storm
7a+ ***9
84Twenty Second Chance
7a+ 1
85Sixty Second Go See
7a *2
86Roaring Forties
6a+ *13
87Between The Lines6b 9
 Upper Tier Right 
89Harrowed Harovians6b+ *8
E3 5c 1
91Saboo Direct6c 2
92Dandelion6a+ 5
93Burdoch6a+ 2
94Blinded by Love6c **9
95The Laughing Policeman6b 3
96Fair Cop6a+ *3
97Aptitude Test7a *5
98The Merthyr Infill6c 8
99My Blue Bell5c 20
100All Sand Together6c+ 3
101Red 'Erring6b+ *6
102Plaque Attack6b+ *15
103Incidentally6b *9
104Cop The Lot
7a 2
105The Caerphilly Cop Out
6c+ 2
106I Am What I Am6a *25
107You Are What You Is6b+ **23
108Is it What You are That is?6c+ *5
109The Brush Down7a *1
110The Brush Up7a *1
111My Little Routey Wooty6a+ *4
 Winter Climbs 
113The Gathering GloomIII 1
114Per Ardva Ad AstraIII *2
115Dear AlisonIV  
IV * 
IV * 

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