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 48
3Coral SeaVS 4c **1198
4Coral Sea DirectE1 5c 58
5Coral Sea Super Directf7B+ **3
6Barrier ReefS 4a *515
7To Hell in a Handcart
VS 4a **5
8Ask LesS 4a *6
VD 60
10Boomerang DirectS 4a 2
11Aborigine WallVS 4c 48
12Robbie's RouteHVS 5a  
HS 4a 37
 Assagai Wall 
15PerseveranceVD 23
16Twentieth Century Schitzoid ManD **122
17RumalHVS 5a *93
18TruffleHS 4c **142
19Sour Milk GrooveHVS 5a *88
20Clotted Cream
E1 5b 10
21Day of the BeanpolesE3 6b *2
22A Sense of DoubtE4 6b ***138
23Doubting ThomasE5 6b **9
24Scary MonstersE5 6a *46
25Boundary GrooveD 68
26JavelinE1 5b **115
27Sleeping SicknessE2 5c **159
28AssagaiHVS 5a ***721
HS 4b 210
30BobHS 4b 15
31Night FlightVS 4c 76
E1 5a 13
33SluiceHVS 5a *147
34CrinoidVD 32
35Sickening PracticeHVS 5a *1
36Very Ordinary RouteM 91
37JomoVD ***947
38PigfallS 4a 105
39Pig in a PokeHVS 4c 8
40Ramp AntS 4a *680
 Asylum Wall 
42Diaries Of A MadmanE5 6b ** 
43The Nut HouseE5 6a *5
44The AsylumE5 6a **17
45The Idiot
E5 6a 2
46Memoirs of a LunaticE5 6a **39
47Diary Of A Sane Man
E7 6b  
48Original RouteVD 249
49Original Route (Crystal slabs finish)S *30
50Red SlabVS 4c/4b 21
 Main Wall 
52OniscusS 4a 8
53Magic MakingE1 5b 2
54Cracked ActorE2 5c ***446
55AladdinsaneE1 5a **217
56Blow Out
E6 6a 5
57Jean JeanieVS 4c ***1233
58EekE4 5c **5
E5 6a 4
60Major TomE2 5c **29
61A Touch of ClassE2 5c **65
62A Touch of Class (alternative start)
HVS 5a *28
63HarijanVS 4c ***495
64Hollow EarthHVS 5a ***319
65Warspite DirectE2 5b *30
66WarspiteHVS 5a 35
67HeroesE3 5c *10
E1 5b 5
69Space OddityE1 5a *2
 Yellow Wall 
71Street Boy BluesE2 5c *5
72Mellow Yellow
HVS 5a *4
73Earth EaterVS 4c 19
74Willy the DishHVS 5a 4
E2 5c *5
 Chossy Area - Right of Yellow Wall 
77Lone WallE2 5a **17
HVS 5a *13
79Blue Daz
S 4a 15
80Facial Gymnastics
E2 5b *2
81Square Deal SurfVS 4c 22
82True BlueE3 6a *1
83Deep ThroatS 4a 2
84Rock and Roll Suicide
E2 5b 1
85Biological Agent K9
HVS 5b *24
 Red Wall 
87Wrongo SalE5 6a *1
88Limestone John
E3 5c *8
89Essence DirectE4 6a *6
90Essence of a GiraffeE3 6a *30
91American Express
E2 5b **8
92Willy the FinkE5 6b 3
93Fluoroscopic Kid
E4 6a 6
94Nova ExpressE3 6a **34
95ExequyE6 6b **20
96HomophobiaE6 6b *2
97Izzy the PushE2 5c *83
98Heavy Metal KidE3 5c *36
99Michelin ManE2 5c 7
100Acid DropHVS 4c **1
101Drop AcidHVS 5a  
 Red Wall - Bouldering & Traverses 
103Red Traverse7b+ *29
104Shallow Gravef7A+ **76
105Shallow Grave Super Directf7B 8
106Yin Yangf7B *2
107Yin Yang LHf7C *1
108Spring Loadedf7B *2
109Grave Journeyf6B *11
110The Crackf5 86
111Optimus Primetimef7A+ *18
112Warm Up Traversef6A+ *30
113Bulge direct SSf6C *43
114Mud Monkey
f5 13
115Funky Breezef6B 13
116Dead Man Walkingf7B+ **11
117American Express (ss)f6A *78
118American Express (standing start)
f5 47
119Prophets of Sound (AKA:The Dots Dyno)f7C+ 3
120Prophets of Sound (ss)f8A 2
121Mike's Problem Superchargedf6C+ *10
122Grimlocks New Brainf7A *17
123The 80's Dreamf7A+ *6
124Greg's Dynof7B *26
1256 Foot Sicksf7C * 
126Nick's Problemf6B *67
127G's Variationf7A 3
128Diagonal Diagnosisf6B *12
129The Classic Sitter
f5 19
130Classic Rock Overf4 34
131The Easy Groovef3 37
132The Undercut Problemf7A 4
f7A 5
134Problem 4, Red Wallf6A 11
135Undercut 2V6 1
136Galvatron's Greed
V9 1
 Shelter Stone (AKA Trowbarrow Boulder) 
138Texas Hold Em'f7B+ *25
139Free Jumpf6B+ *15
140Isla De Encantaf8B ***1
141Free Hang (ss)f8A *10
142Free Hangf5 21
143Ramp Traversef6C+ *73
144Shallow Groovef8A *6
145The Slabf3 41
146Il Pirataf8C  
147Regular Johnf7A+ *7
148Man From Barrow
f7C+ *3
149The Buccaneerf7C 14
150The Pit Problem (low start)f7B+ 51
151The Pit Problemf7B *99
152Pit Problem Regularf7B+ **1
153Wheel Barrowf7C *20
154Pacmanf8A 4
155Pacman Right Handf8A 2
156Ned's Problemf7B *58
157Ned's Problem Footlessf7C *1
158The Jazz Phenomenaf7A+ *19
159The Groovef6C+ *46
160Iron Manf8A **12
161Iron Man Right Handf8A 4
162Vitruvian Man Right Hand
f7C **23
163Vitruvian Manf7C **85
164Pie Manf7C 14
165The Descentf3+ 5
166Barbaric Yawp
f7C+ 1
167The Funk Phenomenaf7A *64
168Wamdue Projectf6B+ 16
169Atrocity Exhibitionf8A  
170Mojof7A+ *4
171One Hand Dyno *f7A+ *2
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