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Retrobolted route Clematis 6b+ © Mark Glaister

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An extensive quarry providing a wide range of routes to appeal to a variety of climbers.This includes multi-pitch classics,up to 55m in length,such as Blind Faith VS and Cream VS on Blind Faith Buttress.A range of single pitch trad classics on Black Wall such as Black Wall E2, Black Bastard E2 and Black Is Beautiful E4. Also,easier stuff for beginners in Cul-de-Sac Quarry from D to HS. More recent developments have resulted in a range of sport routes on Red Wall including Mussel-Bound 7a+, The Ancient Mariner 7a+, Dead Man's Fingers 7a, Subterranean Sidewalk 6c+ and Rapture of The Deep 7a. The Grid Iron Wall is now fully bolted with a hard range of sport routes such as Incy Wincy Spider 7a, Grid Iron 6c and Curfew 6b+. Also home to some of the best wall climbing in the UK is Nomad Wall.

Approach notes

Llanymynech Quarry runs parallel to the A483 that links the towns of Wrexham and Welshpool. Approaching from the north, follow the main A483 into the village of Pant and 100m after the Cross Guns pub, turn right into Underhill Lane. Follow the lane for 100m onto an unmade section which leads to the parking area after 50m. From the south, follow the main A483 through the village of Llanymynech and, just after the Pant village sign, turn left into Underhill Lane. From the parking area the quarry is easily gained along a path in around 5 minutes.

Access Advice

The site is managed by Shropshire and Montgomery Wildlife Trusts and managed as a nature reserve. Please pay attention to the following: - Climbing is not allowed in the Northern Quarry or on Asterley Rocks. Organised groups wishing to use 'Cul de Sac' quarry - please contact the Red Ridge Centre first to avoid overcrowding. Tel (01938) 810821.  The development of additional new routes may jeopardise the existing access arrangements - please contact the BMC for futher details.

There is an agreement between Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Montgomery Wildlife Trust and the British Mountaineering Council to allow individual recreational climbers and club members to rock climb on the rocks at Llanymynech. Nothing in the agreement is legally binding; however failure by climbers to follow these guidelines could lead to a permanent restriction on climbing at the whole site. The Wildlife Trusts welcomes visitors onto the nature reserve to explore and enjoy at close hand the spectacle of the cliffs and the wildlife this area supports. 

  1.  The whole site is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and as such enjoys a degree of legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). The rocks which straddle the English-Welsh border are open to the public as nature reserves by the respective Wildlife Trusts. The area has significant conservation, historical and archaeological interest; in particular there are many rare plants along the base of the cliffs which have developed on the thin limestone soils.
  2.  Climbers should help to conserve the plants and wildlife by not leaving any litter, or by disturbing or removing any soil, vegetation or rock features. This applies equally to the whole site, including the base of cliffs and approach paths, as well as to rock-faces. To protect the special interest of the site no new routes or bolting should be developed without prior consultation and agreement with the Wildlife Trusts.
  3. A seasonal restriction on climbing is in place on Red Walls to safeguard from disturbance legally protected bird species. This extends from March 1st until June 30th. A further permanent restriction on climbing is in place for all climbs on Foreigner Wall - this is to protect the rare plants (and the soils they grow on) that can be damaged by trampling, that grow below this face. Most bolts have been removed from this face. 
  4. Due to the fragile nature of the soils beneath the main cliff-faces these areas are not suitable for large groups under instruction or for abseiling groups. It is recommended that all instructional groups use “Cul de Sac Quarry” on the Montgomeryshire side, which is not part of the nature reserve. Groups wishing to climb here please contact  the Red Ridge Outdoor Centre (Tel no.01938 810821) prior to using this site to ensure that there is no over-crowding or conflict with other users.
  5. Leaders and supervisors of organised groups take full responsibility for the safety, supervision, management and behaviour of those in their charge.
  6. No climbing is allowed at any time for conservation reasons on the area to the right (east) of the route “Clematis” on Red Walls on the Shropshire side of the site and no climbing is allowed at “Asterley Rocks” on the Montgomeryshire side.
  7. The cliffs and rock-faces are inherently unstable and rock falls can occur at any time. In the interest of public safety, especially risks to third parties and other visitors to the site, the Wildlife Trusts reserve the right to prevent climbing at any time if a risk assessment shows there is a significant and immediate threat to public safety.
  8. The areas known as “Cream Walls”, “Blind Faith Buttress” and “Bay Walls” are on land owned by Montgomery Wildlife Trust and have been identified as being particularly unstable. For this reason the Wildlife Trust cannot give permission for public access to this area, and signs and fencing are in place to ensure that the Wildlife Trust fully complies with its legal responsibility.
  9. Climbers ignoring these signs fully accept the additional risks involved and that they are then on this land as trespassers. Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers will advise any members of the public that are seen within the fenced area of this fact. Uncivil responses will be noted and taken into consideration when reviewing any access agreements and therefore we ask members to respect any request to desist from climbing.
  10. All climbing is done solely and completely in the full knowledge that all participants are aware that climbing, hill, walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.
  11. The Wildlife Trusts do not take any responsibility for the placement, maintenance or safety of any bolts or other fixed climbing equipment or for the safety or integrity of the rock faces. All climbers have to be aware and accept that the rock-face is inherently unstable and no fixed equipment at this site has been tested or inspected. Climbers have to make their own judgement based on experience as to the safety and suitability of any fixed equipment and of the stability of the cliff faces



Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 March to 30 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

Keep an eye open for signs detailing the nesting restriction in the Red Wall area. Currently all routes on Foreigner Wall are permanently restricted. Seasonal Restrictions apply to all routes on Red Walls from 1 March to 30 June.

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Clwyd Limestone

This Clwyd Limestone Rockfax covers virtually all of the sport and trad climbing available in and around the Clwydian hills as well as the very best trad and sport climbs at the outlying Pandy Outcrop, Llanymynech Quarry and Pontesford Rocks.
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Visited Foreigner Wall tonight, and most of the bolts have been removed from the routes. Some routes had bolts missing mid route... Grid Iron Wall was still intact. Red wall had climbers on it. Headed to Cult Wall which was all in place.
JPHOGAN - 05/Jul/17
Climbing on grid iron easter and there was a large rock that came off on its own from the wall to the left and it landed close enough to shake us up a bit remember your helmets folks
jjsk8a - 07/Apr/15
Love to visit again, think I got recommended a bad area, looked nice tough
TT999 - 10/May/14
Clearly UKC member TT999 needs to visit other areas of this all year round crag!! Not much in the way of dirty rock or intrusive veg' on Red, Black or Grid Iron Walls!
jim jones - 29/Dec/13
Was here two days ago. Dirty rock, plenty of plants and mud. Alors in the cul-de-sac area is pretty muddy, with loads of loose rock - unpleasant.
TT999 - 11/Jul/13
Most of the bolts on Foreigners Wall and Lower Nomad wall now stripped due to conservation concerns.
Dim Dringo - 03/Jun/10
A friend of mine once said, Ďsport climbing is kind of like having oral from another man, it feels great, until you look between your legs and realise itís kind of gayí. That friend has never been climbing at Llanymynech Quarry. As you turn the corner into the quarry youíre faced with the mammoth Foreigners wall, you almost wet yourself with the excitement. That is until you turn to see the 35m monster that lays dormant next to it, the Grid Iron Wall, now thats a wall just begging to be climbed. As far as first impressions go, this wall delivers a knockout first punch. Ok, so lets get down to the nitty gritty of what this wall has to offer. From the 5 of TGV to the 7B of strawberry Tubin, this wall has enough to offer to keep any over excited climbing monkey busy for the day, without the need for packing extra bananas. If your anything like me and cant help but eye up the tallest and coolest looking route around then youíll want to try the 6B+ of Curfew, this beast stretches all the way up the Grid Iron Wall, but be careful as you need a 60m rope to climb this bad boy, so donít get caught short. However, if youíve got balls of wood and need something less daunting then I suggest you try some of the nice of 5s on the Foreigners wall, these ones have some really nice easy moves that lull you into a false sense of security before testing you with the tricky crux of the route. One interesting feature of this place is how little climbing happens on it, itís still quite a dirty route, I lost count of the number of times I had to dust loose dirt off the rock before I could safely grab it. This is even more evident on the few trad routes in the quarry, placing gear becomes a challenge when most of the cracks are full of loose dirt and stones. The more climbing thatís done in this place, the better it will get and its true potential will be unlocked. This is not the kind of rock to take that novice friend of yours, unless they enjoy just watching. This is a place for those of you who have a little bit of climbing ability and enjoy pushing yourself to get that ĎI canít believe I climbed thatí feeling. You have to go check it out for yourself, I guarantee it will put a smile on your face.
samtheman22 - 26/Oct/09
The guide makes Llanymynech look like a hard-core venue suited only to extreme climbers. There are routes for mere mortals, however, in the further bays. We did Blind Faith on a Winter's day a couple of years back and really enjoyed it. Although it looks loose from below, there's no material on the ground below, which is encouraging, although you should climb with some caution. The route is very enjoyable, perhaps HVS 4c would be a fairer grade than VS 4b, although it depends on what you're used to - Swanage veterans will probably feel at home. Friends of mine climbed the Severe about 25 m to the left; it looked horrendous but they really enjoyed it!
Joe Lenham - 04/Feb/05
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Bay Wall
2 Cowardly Deviant MS 3
3 Bayonets Fixed 6a+ 10
4 Bayeux Tapestry 6c+ 13
5 Bay Watch 6b+ * 21
6 Summer Bay Babe 6a 46
7 Bayonets Ready 6b * 31
8 Bay City Stroller 6a+ * 61
9 Bay Bee 6a * 38
10 Welcome to the Bay 6b * 23
11 Be my Baby 6b+ 10
12 Bye Bye Baby 6b 15
13 One Fine Bay 6b 32
14 Bay Leaf 5c * 65
15 Bay of Figs 6a * 53
16 About A Bay 6a * 20
  Blind Faith Buttress
18 Bad Ass Jenga E7 6c * 1
19 Blind Faith VS 4c 19
20 Requiem E4 5b * 1
  Cream Wall
22 Better Lait than never 6b 3
23 Cream HVS 5a * 7
24 Screaming Dream 6a+ 8
25 Semi Skimmed 6a+ 1
26 Gold Top 6b  
27 All gone sour 6b 2
28 The cat that got the Cream 6b+ 2
29 Past Your Eyes 6b ** 5
30 UHT 6b 3
31 Never rub another man's rhubarb 6b 2
32 Sasha the Basha 7a * 1
  Cult Wall
34 Culture and Boutique 6a 51
35 Eau de Culture 5c 51
36 No Name 6a 40
37 The Cult 5c 22
38 Culture Vulture 5b 66
39 Culture Cryptic 5b 67
  Cul-De-Sac Quarry
41 Alors D 74
42 Ca Va! VD 121
43 Voila! VD 90
44 merde HS 4a 85
45 Dirty Climb 5b 60
46 Walkers Walk 6a 29
Climb name Grade
47 Dream of white horses not 6a 110
48 Sheila's Route 5c 130
49 Andy Pandy E4 5c 2
50 Flowery Pot 6c+ 8
51 Slobberlob 7b 80
52 Back-Bee Tubin 8a ** 17
53 Little Weed 7c ** 24
54 Spotty Dog 7b * 26
55 Bill and Ben 7b+ 4
56 C'est Chaud! 7c+ * 1
57 Saul's Crack VS 4c 19
58 Life begins at 30 * 7a  
  Southern Mountains
60 Southern Mountains 6a * 36
  Nomad Wall
62 The Screaming Skull 7b *** 33
63 Nomad 7a+ *** 49
64 Un-broken 7a *** 44
65 This Won't Hurt 7a *** 88
66 Rabble Rouser 6b+ * 74
67 Another Filling 6b+ 15
68 Root Treatment 6c * 14
69 Pull 'em Out 6a * 71
70 Dentine 5c 29
  Foreigner Wall
72 Journee de Merde 6a+ 77
73 Autoroute du soleil 6a 21
74 La Ligne Vert (Pitch 1)
6a+ * 45
75 La Ligne Vert 6b * 25
76 Damn Foreigners 6a 65
77 Chaud show 6a 61
78 Troi milles voies 5a 97
79 Frenchie 5c 115
80 The Foreign Legion 6a+ 53
81 Too Much Dutch 6a+ 54
82 Herman the German 6a+ 41
83 FCUK 5c 70
84 Foreign muck 6a 94
85 TGV 5c 61
86 Who Fell in the Poubelle 5a 34
87 Journee De Merde (pitch 1) * 5c 3
  Grid Iron Wall
89 Strawberry Tubin 7b ** 145
90 Jack the Smuggler 7a ** 389
91 Juggler the Smuggler 7a ** 14
92 Smack the Juggler 6b+ * 365
Climb name Grade
93 Smack the Juggler Extension 6a * 92
94 Sack the Strugglers 6c * 61
95 A Night on the Town 6c+ 23
96 The Stringlers 6b 209
97 Gaza Strippers 6b+ ** 275
98 A Night Torchlight Parade 6c ** 140
99 Curfew 6b+ *** 564
100 Grid Iron 6c *** 283
101 Pew, Pew, Barney, McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub 7a+ * 39
102 Incy Wincy Spider 7a+ ** 31
103 Hickory Dickory Dock 7a ** 65
104 Humpty Dumpty 6c+ ** 140
105 Up the Spout 6b * 214
106 Bah Bah Black Sheep 6a+ * 344
107 Coming of age 6a 119
108 49 And Counting 6a 126
  Black Wall
110 Picking Blackheads E5 6a * 3
111 While the Cat's Away E4 6a ** 10
112 Black Wall E1 5b ** 92
113 Black Bastard E2 5c *** 114
114 Black Wall Direct E2 5c *** 89
115 Black is Beautiful E5 6b *** 22
116 Churnet Runners E4 6a * 6
117 Zeppelin E2 5b 9
  Red Wall
119 Crab Stick 6c ** 221
120 Lobster on the Loose 7a ** 121
121 Rapture of the Deep 7a ** 92
122 Subterranean Sidewalk 6c+ *** 121
123 Dead Man's Fingers 7a *** 122
124 The Ancient Mariner 7a+ ** 56
125 Shipperdy Doo-Dah 7a+ * 28
126 The Deep 6c+ ** 79
127 I Saw Three Ships 6c+ ** 41
128 Ship Dip 6c+ * 36
129 Mussel Bound 7a+ *** 71
130 Long John Codling 7a ** 35
131 Dead Man's Chest 7a ** 4
132 Clematis 6b+ * 106
133 Poison Ivy 7a+ ** 100
134 The Day of the Triffids 6b * 85
  Other Areas
136 Dawk Horner E1 5b/c * 2
137 Cul - De - Sac far wall
138 Torsades de pointes VD 5 1
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