Climbs 88
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 10m a.s.l
Faces E

John in Gordon Jenkin lookalike mode. © tomrainbow

Crag features

A very worthwhile venue with a wide variety of climbs and climbing styles.
Its main attraction may now be it's deep water soloing - well developed with plenty of short, safe routes at a good mixture of grades (Fr4+ - 8a). In summer, the quarry rim gets sunshine for much of the day, although the solos are often in the shade.  The DWS is easily combined with a sport climbing trip to Ansteys Cove; check the tide times to optimise the visit. 
The back walls to the quarry offer some excellent slab climbs and a few rather tougher sport climbs in single and multi-pitch routes up to 90m.  The majority of the routes comprise relatively adventurous trad. climbs, many of which are reliant in key locations on in-situ pegs. Some vegetation and the ubiquitous 'LQP exfoliating flake' are likely to be encountered on the less frequented routes.  Hence the trad. routes are probably more suitable for those with plenty of experience.  Refer to notes on particular climbs for latest info. on condition. The leader should carry a nut key for broddling.  The back walls can be very bleak in winter if the wind is from the east, but are quite feasible as a winter climbing venue if mild weather coincides with dry conditions.

Approach notes

From the outskirts of Torquay, follow road signs for Babbacombe (B3199). After passing through the town, head on towards Torquay and look out for a retail car park (currently The Range) on the left. Historically it has often been possible to park in this retail car park, but the status changes regularly; check for any notices. On-street parking is available in the general area as an alternative.
Take the footpath up onto Walls Hill Downs. Head for the pale coloured shelter by the perimeter fence; pass the fence at its left hand end and, for the large majority of the climbs, follow the steep descent path to the quarry floor (the exception is The Odyssey area, which can be approached by abseil from fenceposts set back). Brambles are prevalent at the foot of the back wall crags (Shadow Beast Wall in particular) and can hamper access to the start of some climbs; a bit of pruning by visiting climbers is encouraged (ie. take your secateurs...)
There has been a Spring period climbing restriction for breeding birds on the Grey Tower, Shadow Beast Wall and Odyssey area in recent years. Check the BMC RAD.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1The Long Traverse (DWS)4c **211
 Quarry Pinnacle 
3AreteD 6
E2 5c 2
5Supernatural Anaesthetist
E4 6a *1
E2 6a 1
7Seaward EdgeVS 4c *3
8South SeasE1 5b 2
E1 5a 1
10Storm Child
S 4b 9
11Ship's Biscuit
E2 5b 1
12Sea Slip
S 4a 9
13Crepes Suzettes
HVS 4c *5
VS 4c 2
 Boulder Choke Zawn 
16Slanting ChimneyHVS 4c 2
17Red Centre
6b *3
18Once a Swinger7b **12
19Cave RouteS  
20Corner ClimbVS 4c 2
21Et Tu Brutus
7a ** 
22Have a Good Flight
7a+ * 
23Once a Dogger
7b+ ***32
24Arapiles, Oh Arapiles (DWS)
7a+ ***112
 Crystal Zawn 
26The book of laughter
6c 4
27Honour Bright (DWS)
6a+ **64
28Honour Bright Arete
6c 23
29Crystal Pockets (DWS)
5c **71
30Midget Gem5c *13
 Outer Pinnacle 
32Blowhole route4c **9
33Jumping Jack Flash
VS 4c 2
34High & DryE1 5b 1
 Scorpio Pinnacle 
36ScorpioVS 4c 6
37Producer (DWS)5a *16
38RapidoXS 6b * 
39Retro ScareXS 6b 1
 Blow-hole Pinnacle 
41Blue Planet
7b+ **12
42Christine8a **2
43No Time Like NowHVS 4c 2
44Waiting for Charlie
7c * 
45Losing My Religion
7b+ *** 
6c+ 1
47John & Tom's Excellent Adventure6a+ *4
 The Ridge 
49The Ridge
VD 8
50Grey Tower
HS 4b 5
 Ichor Slab 
52IkonE3 5c *2
53IchorE2 5c *9
54Complete the AsteriskE4 6a  
55The Big YE2 5c *4
56Y NotE2 5c  
 The Grey Tower 
58Cross Route
S 4a  
HVS 5a  
60The Magus
HVS **5
61SteppenwolfHVS 5a * 
62Steppenwolf DirectE2 5c ** 
HVS 4c 1
64Gilded Turd
HVS 4c 3
65Girdle Turd
VS 4c  
 The Shadow Beast Wall 
67OsramHVS 5a 12
68Ulysses P1E3 6a 6
69Odysseus or BustE4 6a *2
70Up the Styx, Without a Paddle7b **24
71Shadow Puppet8a+ ***1
72Shadowstyx7c **10
73Shadow BeastE6 6c ***5
74Mustard Custard7c ***9
 The Odyssey Area 
76Hart of Darkness
E5 6b * 
77The OdysseyHVS 5a 1
78Ulysses P2E1 5a  
79Song of the SirensVS 5a  
80ThesaurusE4 6c  
81The Minor TourE4 6a  
82The Poseiden AdventureE1 5a * 
83CalypsoE3 5c * 
84Basking SharkE5 6c **1
 Main Slabs Area 
86Normal HeroE3 5c 2
87Shelf LifeE3 6a 1
88Carbon PaperE4 6a *2
89Ruby in the DustVS 4c *42
90RenegadeE4 6b ***19
E4 6a  
92Black Ice
E3 5c ***111
93Grip Type ThynneE1 5b *20
94Captain Buttwash
E3 6a  
95Band of Rusty Gold
HVS 5a  
96Coup de GraceVS 5a *17
97Magic Carpet RideVS 4c 5
E1 5b  
99SafariHVS 5a **19
100JaywalkVS 4b  

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