Climbs 193
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 39m a.s.l
Faces W

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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.

Approach notes

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

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Guidebooks

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 graded...no-one 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 Lakesbloc.com.
Fiend - 07/May/04
Bouldering info about this crag can be found on nwbouldering.co.uk
beardy - 28/Mar/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Coral Sea Area
2 Barnacle
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S 4a 60
3 Coral Sea VS 4c ** 1503
4 Coral Sea Direct E1 5c 76
5 Coral Sea Super Direct f7B+ ** 3
6 Barrier Reef S 4a * 675
7 To Hell in a Handcart VS 4a ** 27
8 Ask Les S 4a * 52
9 Boomerang
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VD 90
10 Boomerang Direct S 4a 23
11 Aborigine Wall VS 4c 64
12 Robbie's Route HVS 5a 2
13 Quisquillae
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HS 4a 47
14 Arafura E1 5c 13
15 Ray's Route HVS 4c 7
16 Boomerang - Amphetamine Variation * VS 4b * 2
17 Diving Board HVS 5a * 1
  Assagai Wall
19 Perseverance VD 34
20 Twentieth Century Schitzoid Man D ** 149
21 Rumal HVS 5a * 114
22 Truffle HS 4c ** 203
23 Sour Milk Groove HVS 5a * 105
24 Clotted Cream
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E1 5b 21
25 Day of the Beanpoles E3 6b * 4
26 A Sense of Doubt E4 6b *** 173
27 Doubting Thomas E5 6b ** 16
28 Scary Monsters E5 6a * 54
29 Boundary Groove D 89
30 Javelin E1 5b ** 156
31 Sleeping Sickness E2 5c ** 195
32 Assagai HVS 5a *** 894
33 Frontage
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HS 4b 256
34 Bob HS 4b 17
35 Night Flight VS 4c 89
36 Incantations
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E1 5a 20
37 Sluice HVS 5a * 183
38 Crinoid VD 48
39 Sickening Practice HVS 5a * 1
40 Very Ordinary Route M 123
41 Jomo VD *** 1152
42 Pigfall S 4a 143
43 Pig in a Poke HVS 4c 9
44 Ramp Ant S 4a * 828
45 Eclipse VS 4c * 12
46 Not Scary E3 5c 10
47 The Pate E2 6a 15
48 Shady Blade E2 5b, 5c 3
49 Night All * E1 5b * 1
50 Uncle Trev VD 4
  Asylum Wall
52 Diaries Of A Madman E5 6b ** 2
53 The Nut House E5 6a * 5
54 The Asylum E5 6a ** 23
55 The Idiot
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E5 6a 4
56 Memoirs of a Lunatic E5 6a ** 39
57 Diary Of A Sane Man
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E7 6b  
58 Original Route VD 275
59 Original Route (Crystal slabs finish) S * 41
60 Red Slab VS 4c/4b 27
  Main Wall
62 Oniscus S 4a 10
63 Magic Making E1 5b 9
64 Cracked Actor E2 5c *** 546
65 Aladdinsane E1 5a ** 238
66 Blow Out
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E6 6a 15
67 Jean Jeanie VS 4c *** 1441
68 Eek E4 5c ** 5
Climb name Grade
69 Moondance
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E5 6a 5
70 Major Tom E2 5c ** 33
71 A Touch of Class E2 5c ** 83
72 A Touch of Class (alternative start)
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HVS 5a * 39
73 Harijan VS 4c *** 603
74 Hollow Earth HVS 5a *** 390
75 Warspite Direct E2 5b * 45
76 Warspite HVS 5a 48
77 Heroes E3 5c * 14
78 Helden
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E1 5b 8
79 Space Oddity E1 5a * 2
  Yellow Wall
81 Street Boy Blues E2 5c * 13
82 Mellow Yellow
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HVS 5a * 3
83 Earth Eater VS 4c 33
84 Willy the Dish HVS 5a 6
85 Teardrop
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E2 5c * 6
86 Yellow Peril * E2 5c * 1
87 Sleeping Balls * VS 4c 2
88 Early Riser * HVS 5a  
89 The Vindicatrix * E2 5c *  
90 Moonlighting VS 4c 9
91 Steal Your Fire * E1 5c  
92 First Cut * S 4a  
  Chossy Area - Right of Yellow Wall
94 Lone Wall E2 5a ** 28
95 Arc
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HVS 5a * 15
96 Blue Daz
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S 4a 17
97 Facial Gymnastics
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E2 5b * 5
98 Square Deal Surf VS 4c 31
99 True Blue E3 6a * 1
100 Deep Throat S 4a 4
101 Rock and Roll Suicide
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E2 5b 2
102 Biological Agent K9
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HVS 5b * 24
103 Imitation Diamond * E1 5b 2
104 Mantelpiece E2 5b ** 1
105 Little Lil * E4 6a * 1
106 Quick Nick * HS 4b 1
  Red Wall
108 Wrongo Sal E5 6a * 3
109 Limestone John
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E3 5c * 8
110 Essence Direct E4 6a * 10
111 Essence of a Giraffe E3 6a * 39
112 American Express
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E2 5b ** 9
113 Willy the Fink E5 6b 3
114 Fluoroscopic Kid
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E4 6a 6
115 Nova Express E3 6a ** 40
116 Exequy E6 6b ** 40
117 Homophobia E6 6b * 12
118 Izzy the Push E2 5c * 103
119 Heavy Metal Kid E3 5c * 48
120 Michelin Man E2 5c 9
121 Acid Drop HVS 4c ** 1
122 Drop Acid HVS 5a  
123 Mugwump E3 6a * 2
124 Big Jim Blueter E3 6a  
125 Access Boll E4 6a * 3
  Red Wall - Bouldering & Traverses
127 Red Traverse 7b+ * 48
128 Shallow Grave f7A+ ** 102
129 Shallow Grave Super Direct f7B 9
130 Yin Yang f7B * 5
131 Yin Yang LH f7C * 1
132 Spring Loaded f7B * 3
133 Grave Journey f6B * 12
134 The Crack f5 112
135 Optimus Primetime f7A+ * 24
136 Warm Up Traverse f6A+ * 40
Climb name Grade
137 Bulge direct SS f6C * 64
138 Mud Monkey
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f5 21
139 Funky Breeze f6B 16
140 Dead Man Walking f7B+ ** 15
141 American Express (ss) f6A * 95
142 American Express (standing start)
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f5 62
143 Prophets of Sound (AKA:The Dots Dyno) f7C+ 3
144 Prophets of Sound (ss) f8A 2
145 Mike's Problem Supercharged f6C+ * 12
146 Grimlocks New Brain f7A * 23
147 The 80's Dream f7A+ * 8
148 Greg's Dyno f7B * 28
149 6 Foot Sicks f7C *  
150 Nick's Problem f6B * 86
151 G's Variation f7A 5
152 Diagonal Diagnosis f6B * 19
153 The Classic Sitter
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f5 28
154 Classic Rock Over f4 53
155 The Easy Groove f3 58
156 The Undercut Problem f7A 10
157 Parallax
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f7A 8
158 Problem 4, Red Wall f6A 12
159 Undercut 2 V6 1
160 Galvatron's Greed
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V9 1
161 Original Dyno
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f6A+ 4
162 Colours f7A+ 3
163 Red Button * f7A+ 1
  Shelter Stone (AKA Trowbarrow Boulder)
165 Texas Hold Em' f7B+ * 35
166 Free Jump f6B+ * 25
167 Isla De Encanta f8B *** 2
168 Free Hang (ss) f8A * 9
169 Free Hang f5 5b 32
170 Ramp Traverse f6C+ * 106
171 Shallow Groove f8A * 7
172 The Slab f3 54
173 Il Pirata f8C 2
174 Regular John f7A+ * 11
175 Man From Barrow
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f7C+ * 4
176 The Buccaneer f7C 14
177 The Pit Problem (low start) f7B+ 63
178 The Pit Problem f7B * 121
179 Pit Problem Regular f7B+ ** 2
180 Wheel Barrow f7C * 20
181 Pacman f8A 5
182 Pacman Right Hand f8A 2
183 Ned's Problem f7B * 118
184 Ned's Problem Footless f7C * 1
185 The Jazz Phenomena f7A+ * 27
186 The Groove f6C+ * 70
187 Iron Man f8A ** 14
188 Iron Man Right Hand f8A 7
189 Vitruvian Man Right Hand
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f7C ** 30
190 Vitruvian Man f7C ** 99
191 Pie Man f7C 21
192 The Descent f3+ 10
193 Barbaric Yawp
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f7C+ 1
194 The Funk Phenomena f7A * 91
195 Wamdue Project f6B+ 27
196 Atrocity Exhibition f8A  
197 Mojo f7A+ * 5
198 One Hand Dyno f7A+ * 2
199 Ramp Traverse Arete Finish
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f7A * 6
200 Cottage Garden Mixture *
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VD 1
201 Diamonds * HS 4b 1
202 Ned's Problem Sit Start *
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f7B+  
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