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The Darren (aka Lan Quarry)

Rhondda Cynon Taff, WALES

Climbs 40 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 180m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
An utterly transformed venue since the bolting up of Terminal Overhanging Wall, which gives some superb routes on very steep rock. The quarry contains two large bays split by a smaller recess. The traditional routes in the left-hand bay need a good brush. BAT wall does dry very rapidly after rain, whereas Terminal Overhanging Wall can provide shelter from heavy rain until it seeps.

UPDATE. The crag has now been cleaned and the remainder of the loose rock has been removed.It is much safer now since the demise of the loose section between Basildon Slapper and Rise.

Access notes
If travelling by car, steps need to be taken to avoid travelling up the one way system in reverse. Approaching from Pontypridd town centre on the A4223, follow the road into the town centre, then follow signs to Graigwen to reach St. Catherine’s church on the right (obvious). Turn right immediately in front of the church and follow the road over a metal bridge. Turn right, then left, signposted White Rock Estate to reach Griagwen place, take the next right and proceed up the hill to White Rock Close.

If on foot, from Pontypridd station, turn left and proceed up to the roundabout. Turn right under the bridge then take the exit up the hill more or less to the top, where it is possible to turn into White Rock Close.

In both cases, take the first road left, and the first left again, then follow the track into the woods between the bungalow and the house about 200m down the road on its left-hand side. Go through the gate, turn right, and follow the higher track into the quarry in about 300m.

Weather forecast

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4.9mm rain
Sunny periods
19 °C
12 kph

1.2mm rain
18 °C
14 kph

0.0mm rain
13 °C
16 kph

0.0mm rain
12 °C
8 kph

0.4mm rain
15 °C
15 kph
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Guidebooks (1995), South East Wales Sports Climbs (1995), Gower & SE Wales (1991)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1Sharpie's traverse.V3 * 
2Striking TwelveE3 6a *3
3Striking Twelve6c *14
4My New House6b+ *3
5Uphill WalkerVS 4b 1
6Sheik YerboutiE1 5a 2
7Trillian crackHVS 5a 3
8Behind The BikeshedsE3 5c 1
9Short Sharp and the Manic Depressive6c+ *2
10Lotta Bottle DirectE2 6b *1
11Lotta BottleE2 6a 2
12Smack6c *18
13Hear No Evil, See No EvilVS 4c 1
14Reach For The SkyE2 5b 1
15Arizona Stan7a+ *6
16Capstan7b+ ***13
17Basildon Slapper ( Mucky Fingers start )7b+ *17
 Climb nameGradex
18Round Are Way ( 2 )7a *17
19Rise7b **15
20Kosovo7a+ *5
21Sharpy Unplugged7b+ ***13
22Night Train7b+ *3
23Enter the Darren6c+ 8
24Autumn LeavesE3 6a 4
25Gutted6b+ *19
26Sorry Lorry Morry6a+ **35
27Juvenile Justice7a+ *6
28Boulevard De Alfred Turner (1926)VS 4c **15
29Alfred's VariationVS 4c 3
30Andrew The Zebra6b 12
31Calling CardE4 6b *7
32Stow CrackHVS 4c 11
33Shaken Not Stirred6c+ 22
34Madam-X7a *12
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I reckon that first bolt on Basildon was the only thing holding the rock together!
Paul Rogers - 14/Jun/13

The first 20 ft of Basildon Slapper,Alive and kicking, and Round are way have been destroyed by a huge rock fall ,Capstan,Rise and the unplugged have not been affected. Take care if you are climbing in that area until things settle down and the exposed rock has been cleaned off. P
sharpie - 11/Jun/13

The first bolt on Basildon spins - probably why the hanger was taken off. New bolt required.
alan rosier - 03/Sep/10

The hanger on the first bolt on Basildon has been removed by someone,please take care when climbing this route,Alive and kicking and Round are way,there are some dodgy blocks which will be removed in the near future.Capstan ,Rise,Unplugged,and Enter the Darran are ok but still need care,please return the hanger! Cheers Andy
sharpie - 21/Jun/10

nice place to go climbing! great view of Ponty at the top of the crag. Have taken some begginer friends there ans set up a top-rope at the edge of the crag. Was a fun day! Only 20min from Cardiff
gutsy - 25/Aug/07