Climbs 70
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 50m a.s.l
Faces SW

Andy Matthews inspecting The Crack HVS 5a* at Parbold Quarry © SebCa

Crag features

The quarry is buried in some trees just off the path and so does not get copious amounts of sun despite its aspect. As the guide says, "Upon initial inspection it would seem Parbold is almost as bad as some of the things people climb on in the South West! However some of the climbs are quite good and deserve more attention, which would raise the status of the venue to that of a typical small crag in the Peak District."

Tends to seep after heavy rain and due to its low popularity some routes need cleaning. The lower grade routes are generally good but unprotected, with the best routes being the top end graded routes. Some of the lower graded routes a loose. Best route "A Worthwhile Pastime - But a Sad Ambition" (E5 6c, was A2) with a monster crux above a rotten old peg that hardly holds your body weight.

The two sport routes are among the best in the quarry and there is plenty of scope for bouldering at low level and on the smaller walls with a mat. Dont forget insect repellent in summer.

It is definitely recommended to take a brush as some routes need a lot of cleaning. Trees at the top give excellent anchors making top roping popular, the crag does offer exciting opportunities for the beginner.

Approach notes

Easy to find, about 400m from the main road on the only path. Access is unclear, there are no entry signs but no-one ever seems to mind as quarrying has long finished. Pub next to the car park.

its called lucky strike VS 4b
jay o j - 08/Apr/11
had a good climb there today,did two tough climbs but there not online,the furthest right climb was up the corner after "a worthwhile passtime...." ,I'm terrible at explaining but if anyone could shed light on the identity of the climb it would be helpful. i simply feel its unlikely that I am the first to climb it :)
05potters - 06/Apr/11
Nearly finished a new guide for parbold including new rotes and bouldering, if you have any info that you think should be in the guide please let me know. Cheers Jay.
jay o j - 03/Apr/11
This is like Lancashire's Stanage. That's if Stanage only had 30 routes, half of which were covered in green slime and none of the classic routes. Still its pretty good considering anything else is an hour away. Note for access, its the footpath just opposite the pub. Don't walk down the path to 'the Parbold Bottle' (big stone bottle). My clever mate thought he knew the way and we walked through the brambles just past the Bottle, cut our legs to shreds. There IS a nice clear bramble free path.
samwillo - 31/Jan/11
Spent a few hours there today, very slimy. R/H bay had a mini lake at the base. Could be interesting if cleaned up a little. The wall around the corner from Diamond wall looks decent. Does anybody have a full topo for this?
Darrengold - 22/Sep/10
WN8 7TG is the post code for parking, then follow the directions written below :)
Soap - 18/Sep/10
Does anyone have a postcode for this venue? I live near by but am unsure how to get there from where i live. I would like to have a look and maybe develop the venue as a bouldering area through the autumn and winter. Thanks.
CosmicHobo - 06/Sep/10
If you park in the layby opposite the Miller & Carter pub (previously the Wiggin Tree) and walk to the end of the laybay with the pub/road on your left you should be able to see a path heading down the hill (on your right). Walk down there and you'll get to the quarry in under 5 minutes. Watch out for nettles.
Boulton - 03/Aug/09
you don't go into the landfill. Walk down the path on the left of the landfill its quite a way down but you can't miss it.
Andrew.Davies - 13/Jul/09
CAn anyone shed some light on how to find this crag, I went for a look on monday but failed to find it. We parked at the access to the old land fill and went through the gap in the fence and followed the road for a couple hundred meters to no avail!
beastmaster247 - 01/Jul/09
I would be good it the routes were put in order in the list.
Andrew.Davies - 08/Jan/09
I am currently trying to write a fresh guide for this crag in a bid to get people using it more! If you know of any FA's or would like to comment on anything about the quarry, i welcome emails through this site, thanks very much! James
Jimbo MSider - 18/Jan/07
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  main face
2 Wiggin S 4b 6
3 Softjoe
VS 4c  
4 Grouse Beaters
HVS 4c 1
5 Stingy Mudpuppy S 4c  
6 Please allow me to introduce myself
VS 5a 1
7 section 47 HVS 5a  
8 Too loud a solitude
E5 6a *  
9 The Crack HVS 5a 16
10 Deception 7a ** 1
11 Marble Gorge VS 4b 3
12 The bull HS 4b 5
13 Vishnu Temple VS 4c 3
14 Original Route VD 14
15 Neglect VD 7
16 Bird Lime VS 4c 7
17 Sacrificial block
S 4b 3
18 Phantom Ranch VS 4c * 10
19 Fossil Overhang HS 4a * 13
20 Lumberjack Ridge
VD * 22
21 Deefa's Delight S 4a * 3
22 Rolthinux VD 5
23 Lucky Grab HS 4b 14
  diamond wall
25 Lost in Space
E2 5c  
Climb name Grade
26 Spaced Cadet E3 5c 1
27 Conquistador Aisle E1 5b * 1
28 Kamikaze Cuckoo
VS 4c 10
29 Kam
VS 5a 1
30 Last One Terrified HVS 5b * 2
31 Gillens Route HS 4a * 29
32 Little Wall Climb VD 40
33 Right Hand Edge Route
HS 4a ** 30
  End bay
35 A Worthwhile Pastime But A Sad Ambition E5 6b 2
36 Lucky Strike VS 4b 19
37 Strike lucky
VS 4b  
38 The Crawford crimp
E2 5c  
39 Bickerstaff Les
E2 5b  
40 Lava Falls E3 6a *** 9
41 Pit Fundamentalist 7b+ *  
42 Desolation Row E2 5c ** 11
43 Really Free E2 5b 2
44 Reach For The Sky E2 5c 1
45 Aces High E3 6a * 1
46 327 HVS 5b 5
47 Poverty, Poverty HVS 5a 14
48 Hammock A2 1
49 Vulcan's Forge E2 5c 2
50 Dick Dasterdly and Mutley E1 5c 1
Climb name Grade
51 Evening Crack HS 4b 12
52 Grassy Overhangs VD 13
54 Parboiled V6 7a(+) 2
55 The Green Traverse V3 ** 5
56 Fundamentalist V6 * 6
57 Mentalist V4 ** 8
58 Vesuvius V6 * 3
59 Etna V4 * 7
60 St. Helens V1 10
61 Pompeii V2 6
62 Party Ring V4 * 3
63 Man Size Biscuits V7 ** 2
64 Bourbon Biscuit Addiction V9 ** 3
65 Vesuvius Base Camp V6 6
66 The ArĂȘte V3 8
67 Mt. Fuji V3 6
68 The Nose V0 7
69 Book Shelf V0 7
70 Fundamentalist left hand V5 5
71 Mentalist Direct V9 2
72 Hardboiled * f7A 1
73 Pizzy * f6A 1
74 Hard Boiled Reverse * f7A 1
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