Climbs 92
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 8m a.s.l
Faces E

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Deep Water Solo by Lamps! © bunn.aroundthebloc

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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 many solos will be 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 bleak in winter if the wind is from the east, but conversely it is feasible as a winter climbing venue if mild weather coincides with dry conditions, especially on a sunny morning.  Torquay's 'alp by the sea' The Grey Tower is a venue unlike any other on the north side of the bay, giving knarly mountaineering-style adventure climbs. 

Notes with each climb presume ownership of South Devon 2018 for topos and descriptions, in most cases only supplementary notes are given. 

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 (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 mid. March to late July.

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More Guidebooks:
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 The Long Traverse (DWS) 4c ** 251
  Quarry Pinnacle
3 Arête D 8
4 Lamia E2 5c 2
5 Supernatural Anaesthetist E4 6a * 1
6 Slipperman E2 6a 1
7 Seaward Edge VS 4c * 7
8 South Seas E1 5b 2
9 Afterglow E2 5b 1
10 Storm Child S 4b 14
11 Ship's Biscuit E2 5b 1
12 Sea Slip S 4a * 26
13 Crepes Suzettes HVS 4c * 7
14 Flambe VS 4c 2
  Boulder Choke Zawn
16 Slanting Chimney HVS 4c 2
17 Red Centre 6b 3
18 Once a Swinger 7a+ ** 22
19 Cave Route S 4b 2
20 Corner Climb VS 4c 3
21 Et Tu Brutus 7a **  
22 Once a Dogger 7b+ S1 ** 33
23 Arapiles, Oh Arapiles 7a+ S0 *** 141
  Crystal Zawn
25 The Book of Laughter 6c S1 9
26 Honour Bright 6a+ S1 ** 92
27 Honour Bright Arête 6c S1 ** 39
28 Crystal Pockets 5c S2 ** 94
29 Midget Gem 6a+ S3 26
  Outer Pinnacle
31 Blowhole Route 4c ** 28
32 Jumping Jack Flash VS 4c 4
33 High and Dry E1 5b 1
  Scorpio Pinnacle
35 Scorpio 4c 7
Climb name Grade
36 Producer 5b * 23
37 Rapido 7a+ *  
38 Retro Scare 7a * 2
  Blow-hole Pinnacle
40 Blue Planet 7b+ *** 26
41 Christine 8a *** 8
42 Losing My Religion 7c+ **  
43 Spring Waltz 7c ** 2
44 Waterline 7c 1
45 Waiting for Charlie 7c ** 1
46 No Time Like Now 5b 16
47 John & Tom's Excellent Adventure 6a+ * 17
  The Ridge
49 The Ridge
S 8
50 Grey Tower VS 4b 5
  Ichor Slab
52 Ikon E3 5c * 3
53 Ichor E2 5c * 10
54 Complete the Asterisk E4 6a/b  
55 The Big Y E2 5c * 5
56 Y Not E2 5c 1
  The Grey Tower
58 Cross Route S 4a  
59 Suicide HVS 5a  
60 The Magus HVS 5a 5
61 Steppenwolf HVS 5a * 1
62 Steppenwolf Direct E2 5c * 2
63 Gilgamesh HVS 4c 1
64 Gilded Turd HVS 4c/5a * 4
65 Girdle Turd VS 4c  
  The Shadow Beast Wall
67 Osram HVS 5a * 16
68 Ulysses (Part 1) E3 6a * 7
69 Odysseus or Bust E4 6a * 2
70 Up the Styx, Without a Paddle 7b ** 37
Climb name Grade
71 Shadow Puppet 8a+ *** 2
72 Shadowstyx 7c ** 11
73 Shadow Beast 7c+ *** 5
74 Mustard Custard 7c+ *** 7
75 Hart of Darkness E5 6b *  
  The Odyssey Area
77 The Odyssey HVS 5a * 1
78 Ulysses Part 2 E1 5a *  
79 Song of the Sirens VS 5a  
80 Thesaurus E5 6c  
81 Thesaurus Lite E3 6a/b *  
82 The Minor Tour E4 6a  
83 The Minor Tour - diversion E1 5a  
84 The Sorcery of Circe E3 5c *  
85 The Poseiden Adventure E1 5a/b *  
86 Calypso E3 5c *  
87 Basking Shark E5 6b ** 1
  Main Slabs Area
89 Normal Hero E3 5c 4
90 Shelf Life E3 6a * 2
91 Carbon Paper E5 6a * 2
92 Ruby in the Dust VS 4c * 47
93 Renegade E4 6a *** 21
94 Fibroids E4 6a  
95 Black Ice E3 5c *** 115
96 Grip Type Thynne E1 5b * 23
97 Captain Buttwash E3 6a  
98 Band of Rusty Gold HVS 5a  
99 Coup de Grace HVS 5a * 24
100 Magic Carpet Ride VS 4c 8
101 Transference E1 5b  
102 Safari HVS 5a ** 16
103 Jaywalk VS 4c  

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