Climbs 164
Rocktype Limestone

Faces W

Nick and Dan, Coral Sea (VS) - Trowbarrow © PJRead

Crag features

Trowbarrow has always been a popular climbing venue and over the last decade has been managed carefully and is now a very pleasant place to visit. Trowbarrow Quarry fulfils a number of functions being a good local evening crag, an excellent destination from further a field to sample its best pitches and as a reliable wet weather alternative to those washed out from the Lake District.

Bouldering guide available here:

Approach notes

Nature conservation area - some requests to climbers to stop loss of fossils on main wall.

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Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire

Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire covers some of the best limestone crags in the UK including the big three of Malham, Kilnsey and Gordale. Alongside these titans are numerous other destinations that offer both sport and trad climbing throughout the grades, ranging from the intimidating walls of Blue Scar and Trow Gill to the long lines of newly-developed low to mid-grade sport crags such as Moughton Nab and Giggleswick South. Trad climbing is also well catered for on the walls and escarpments at the likes of Trowbarrow Quarry, Twistleton Scar, Attermire Scar and Witches Quarry.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Lancashire Rock (2016)
Lancashire Rock (1999)
LakesBloc Website

Out of print:
Jules, yeah it is mega polished. Good training for solid footwork ;D you get used to it!
daftendirekt - 01/Apr/14
Went here on 31st May 2013 to boulder on Red Wall and it seemed mega polished and under else concur????
jules699 - 02/Jun/13
Some of these climbs are not in the right sections (e.g. Barnicle, Acid Drop, Drop Acid, Earth Eater) Anyone know how to change/ add them to other sections or create another section. Believe more sections are needed for example Yellow Wall and ideally the others Diamond Wall, Suspension Wall, Washday Wall, Lower Wall though Chossy Area could cover the last 4
Sol Armer - 31/Mar/13
Redwall makes a great morning wall climb as the sun reaches it first warming it before the rest of the quarry.
Sol Armer - 31/Mar/13
Has anyone found a Petzl harness at trowbarrow since Monday 30th May? Either at the bottom of barrier reef or by the shelter boulder? Thanks in advance.
carlc75 - 05/Jun/11
I did a few routes here on a rainy morning, and am astounded at how fast this venue drys... Red Wall is also dry nearly all the time, and has some very good quality bouldering.. I didn't do much on the large boulder, since it's all very high grades- but the venue overall is a great one, that I shall be returning to!
Evilllamas - 30/Apr/11
From a bouldering point of view Trowbarrow is very handy, the red wall stays dry in the most miserable conditions. And there are some good problems on the shelter stone. Check out Lakesbloc for topos.
Mike Binks - 10/Feb/06
Part of the crag has fallen away over the last few years. This has made some of the climbing quite dangerous as all protection points on some routes have a good chace of falling out or bringing the rock out with it.(i know its happened!). I now top rope this crag even though your not supposed to. If the wrden sees you you'll get a slap on the wrists and that about it. Make sure you find a strong ancor points when climbing this and a helmet could save your life at this one!!
James Hall - 27/Sep/05
The Red Wall in the trees opposite Main Wall is also well worth a look, I only did one route there but it was surprisingly fun despite the polished start and very well protected so I wouldn't go with the "usually top-roped" nonsense. Also, more bouldering info at
Fiend - 07/May/04
Bouldering info about this crag can be found on
beardy - 28/Mar/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Coral Sea Area 
S 4a 49
3Coral SeaVS 4c **1215
4Coral Sea DirectE1 5c 62
5Coral Sea Super Directf7B+ **3
6Barrier ReefS 4a *527
7To Hell in a Handcart
VS 4a **5
8Ask LesS 4a *8
VD 60
10Boomerang DirectS 4a 2
11Aborigine WallVS 4c 50
12Robbie's RouteHVS 5a  
HS 4a 37
14Arafura *E1 5c  
 Assagai Wall 
16PerseveranceVD 24
17Twentieth Century Schitzoid ManD **123
18RumalHVS 5a *94
19TruffleHS 4c **143
20Sour Milk GrooveHVS 5a *91
21Clotted Cream
E1 5b 10
22Day of the BeanpolesE3 6b *2
23A Sense of DoubtE4 6b ***143
24Doubting ThomasE5 6b **9
25Scary MonstersE5 6a *48
26Boundary GrooveD 69
27JavelinE1 5b **117
28Sleeping SicknessE2 5c **161
29AssagaiHVS 5a ***732
HS 4b 213
31BobHS 4b 15
32Night FlightVS 4c 76
E1 5a 13
34SluiceHVS 5a *147
35CrinoidVD 33
36Sickening PracticeHVS 5a *1
37Very Ordinary RouteM 95
38JomoVD ***963
39PigfallS 4a 106
40Pig in a PokeHVS 4c 8
41Ramp AntS 4a *694
 Asylum Wall 
43Diaries Of A MadmanE5 6b ** 
44The Nut HouseE5 6a *5
45The AsylumE5 6a **18
46The Idiot
E5 6a 2
47Memoirs of a LunaticE5 6a **40
48Diary Of A Sane Man
E7 6b  
49Original RouteVD 254
50Original Route (Crystal slabs finish)S *32
51Red SlabVS 4c/4b 21
 Main Wall 
53OniscusS 4a 8
54Magic MakingE1 5b 3
55Cracked ActorE2 5c ***458
56AladdinsaneE1 5a **220
57Blow Out
E6 6a 5
58Jean JeanieVS 4c ***1251
59EekE4 5c **5
E5 6a 4
61Major TomE2 5c **29
62A Touch of ClassE2 5c **65
63A Touch of Class (alternative start)
HVS 5a *30
64HarijanVS 4c ***504
65Hollow EarthHVS 5a ***322
66Warspite DirectE2 5b *30
67WarspiteHVS 5a 35
68HeroesE3 5c *10
E1 5b 5
70Space OddityE1 5a *2
 Yellow Wall 
72Street Boy BluesE2 5c *5
73Mellow Yellow
HVS 5a *4
74Earth EaterVS 4c 20
75Willy the DishHVS 5a 4
E2 5c *5
 Chossy Area - Right of Yellow Wall 
78Lone WallE2 5a **17
HVS 5a *13
80Blue Daz
S 4a 15
81Facial Gymnastics
E2 5b *3
82Square Deal SurfVS 4c 22
83True BlueE3 6a *1
84Deep ThroatS 4a 2
85Rock and Roll Suicide
E2 5b 1
86Biological Agent K9
HVS 5b *24
 Red Wall 
88Wrongo SalE5 6a *1
89Limestone John
E3 5c *8
90Essence DirectE4 6a *6
91Essence of a GiraffeE3 6a *31
92American Express
E2 5b **8
93Willy the FinkE5 6b 3
94Fluoroscopic Kid
E4 6a 6
95Nova ExpressE3 6a **34
96ExequyE6 6b **20
97HomophobiaE6 6b *2
98Izzy the PushE2 5c *85
99Heavy Metal KidE3 5c *37
100Michelin ManE2 5c 8
101Acid DropHVS 4c **1
102Drop AcidHVS 5a  
 Red Wall - Bouldering & Traverses 
104Red Traverse7b+ *33
105Shallow Gravef7A+ **80
106Shallow Grave Super Directf7B 8
107Yin Yangf7B *2
108Yin Yang LHf7C *1
109Spring Loadedf7B *3
110Grave Journeyf6B *11
111The Crackf5 86
112Optimus Primetimef7A+ *18
113Warm Up Traversef6A+ *30
114Bulge direct SSf6C *44
115Mud Monkey
f5 13
116Funky Breezef6B 13
117Dead Man Walkingf7B+ **11
118American Express (ss)f6A *78
119American Express (standing start)
f5 47
120Prophets of Sound (AKA:The Dots Dyno)f7C+ 3
121Prophets of Sound (ss)f8A 2
122Mike's Problem Superchargedf6C+ *10
123Grimlocks New Brainf7A *17
124The 80's Dreamf7A+ *6
125Greg's Dynof7B *26
1266 Foot Sicksf7C * 
127Nick's Problemf6B *67
128G's Variationf7A 4
129Diagonal Diagnosisf6B *15
130The Classic Sitter
f5 19
131Classic Rock Overf4 34
132The Easy Groovef3 37
133The Undercut Problemf7A 4
f7A 5
135Problem 4, Red Wallf6A 11
136Undercut 2V6 1
137Galvatron's Greed
V9 1
 Shelter Stone (AKA Trowbarrow Boulder) 
139Texas Hold Em'f7B+ *25
140Free Jumpf6B+ *16
141Isla De Encantaf8B ***1
142Free Hang (ss)f8A *10
143Free Hangf5 21
144Ramp Traversef6C+ *73
145Shallow Groovef8A *6
146The Slabf3 41
147Il Pirataf8C  
148Regular Johnf7A+ *7
149Man From Barrow
f7C+ *3
150The Buccaneerf7C 14
151The Pit Problem (low start)f7B+ 51
152The Pit Problemf7B *101
153Pit Problem Regularf7B+ **1
154Wheel Barrowf7C *20
155Pacmanf8A 4
156Pacman Right Handf8A 2
157Ned's Problemf7B *61
158Ned's Problem Footlessf7C *1
159The Jazz Phenomenaf7A+ *19
160The Groovef6C+ *48
161Iron Manf8A **13
162Iron Man Right Handf8A 4
163Vitruvian Man Right Hand
f7C **24
164Vitruvian Manf7C **90
165Pie Manf7C 16
166The Descentf3+ 5
167Barbaric Yawp
f7C+ 1
168The Funk Phenomenaf7A *65
169Wamdue Projectf6B+ 16
170Atrocity Exhibitionf8A  
171Mojof7A+ *4
172One Hand Dyno *f7A+ *2
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