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Climbs 177
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:

http://www.lakesbloc.com/crags/south-lakes-limestone/232-trowbarrow-quarry.html

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 53
3 Coral Sea VS 4c ** 1385
4 Coral Sea Direct E1 5c 69
5 Coral Sea Super Direct f7B+ ** 3
6 Barrier Reef S 4a * 620
7 To Hell in a Handcart
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VS 4a ** 22
8 Ask Les S 4a * 46
9 Boomerang
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VD 79
10 Boomerang Direct S 4a 16
11 Aborigine Wall VS 4c 61
12 Robbie's Route HVS 5a 2
13 Quisquillae
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HS 4a 44
14 Arafura * E1 5c 9
15 Ray's Route * HVS 4c 6
16 Diving Board * HVS 5a * 1
  Assagai Wall
18 Perseverance VD 27
19 Twentieth Century Schitzoid Man D ** 137
20 Rumal HVS 5a * 100
21 Truffle HS 4c ** 182
22 Sour Milk Groove HVS 5a * 96
23 Clotted Cream
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E1 5b 20
24 Day of the Beanpoles E3 6b * 2
25 A Sense of Doubt E4 6b *** 153
26 Doubting Thomas E5 6b ** 12
27 Scary Monsters E5 6a * 54
28 Boundary Groove D 84
29 Javelin E1 5b ** 136
30 Sleeping Sickness E2 5c ** 177
31 Assagai HVS 5a *** 835
32 Frontage
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HS 4b 243
33 Bob HS 4b 16
34 Night Flight VS 4c 86
35 Incantations
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E1 5a 18
36 Sluice HVS 5a * 168
37 Crinoid VD 42
38 Sickening Practice HVS 5a * 1
39 Very Ordinary Route M 114
40 Jomo VD *** 1086
41 Pigfall S 4a 127
42 Pig in a Poke HVS 4c 8
43 Ramp Ant S 4a * 782
44 Eclipse * VS 4c * 9
45 Not Scary * E3 5c 8
46 The Pate * E2 6a 11
47 Shady Blade * E2 5b, 5c 2
48 Uncle Trev * VD 1
  Asylum Wall
50 Diaries Of A Madman E5 6b ** 2
51 The Nut House E5 6a * 5
52 The Asylum E5 6a ** 21
53 The Idiot
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E5 6a 3
54 Memoirs of a Lunatic E5 6a ** 34
55 Diary Of A Sane Man
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E7 6b  
56 Original Route VD 268
57 Original Route (Crystal slabs finish) S * 37
58 Red Slab VS 4c/4b 23
  Main Wall
60 Oniscus S 4a 9
61 Magic Making E1 5b 8
62 Cracked Actor E2 5c *** 505
Climb name Grade
63 Aladdinsane E1 5a ** 226
64 Blow Out
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E6 6a 6
65 Jean Jeanie VS 4c *** 1359
66 Eek E4 5c ** 5
67 Moondance
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E5 6a 4
68 Major Tom E2 5c ** 31
69 A Touch of Class E2 5c ** 75
70 A Touch of Class (alternative start)
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HVS 5a * 35
71 Harijan VS 4c *** 566
72 Hollow Earth HVS 5a *** 362
73 Warspite Direct E2 5b * 36
74 Warspite HVS 5a 41
75 Heroes E3 5c * 11
76 Helden
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E1 5b 8
77 Space Oddity E1 5a * 2
  Yellow Wall
79 Street Boy Blues E2 5c * 10
80 Mellow Yellow
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HVS 5a * 3
81 Earth Eater VS 4c 24
82 Willy the Dish HVS 5a 6
83 Teardrop
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E2 5c * 5
84 Moonlighting * VS 4c 6
  Chossy Area - Right of Yellow Wall
86 Lone Wall E2 5a ** 23
87 Arc
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HVS 5a * 15
88 Blue Daz
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S 4a 15
89 Facial Gymnastics
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E2 5b * 5
90 Square Deal Surf VS 4c 26
91 True Blue E3 6a * 1
92 Deep Throat S 4a 3
93 Rock and Roll Suicide
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E2 5b 1
94 Biological Agent K9
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HVS 5b * 23
95 Imitation Diamond * E1 5b * 1
96 Mantelpiece * E2 5b ** 1
  Red Wall
98 Wrongo Sal E5 6a * 3
99 Limestone John
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E3 5c * 8
100 Essence Direct E4 6a * 7
101 Essence of a Giraffe E3 6a * 35
102 American Express
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E2 5b ** 9
103 Willy the Fink E5 6b 3
104 Fluoroscopic Kid
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E4 6a 6
105 Nova Express E3 6a ** 37
106 Exequy E6 6b ** 37
107 Homophobia E6 6b * 11
108 Izzy the Push E2 5c * 99
109 Heavy Metal Kid E3 5c * 47
110 Michelin Man E2 5c 9
111 Acid Drop HVS 4c ** 1
112 Drop Acid HVS 5a  
113 Access Boll * E4 6a * 3
114 Mugwump * E3 6a * 2
115 Big Jim Blueter * E3 6a  
  Red Wall - Bouldering & Traverses
117 Red Traverse 7b+ * 41
118 Shallow Grave f7A+ ** 83
119 Shallow Grave Super Direct f7B 9
120 Yin Yang f7B * 3
121 Yin Yang LH f7C * 1
122 Spring Loaded f7B * 3
123 Grave Journey f6B * 11
124 The Crack f5 100
Climb name Grade
125 Optimus Primetime f7A+ * 21
126 Warm Up Traverse f6A+ * 36
127 Bulge direct SS f6C * 54
128 Mud Monkey
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f5 19
129 Funky Breeze f6B 16
130 Dead Man Walking f7B+ ** 11
131 American Express (ss) f6A * 89
132 American Express (standing start)
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f5 57
133 Prophets of Sound (AKA:The Dots Dyno) f7C+ 3
134 Prophets of Sound (ss) f8A 2
135 Mike's Problem Supercharged f6C+ * 12
136 Grimlocks New Brain f7A * 20
137 The 80's Dream f7A+ * 6
138 Greg's Dyno f7B * 25
139 6 Foot Sicks f7C *  
140 Nick's Problem f6B * 77
141 G's Variation f7A 5
142 Diagonal Diagnosis f6B * 18
143 The Classic Sitter
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f5 24
144 Classic Rock Over f4 43
145 The Easy Groove f3 51
146 The Undercut Problem f7A 8
147 Parallax
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f7A 5
148 Problem 4, Red Wall f6A 11
149 Undercut 2 V6 1
150 Galvatron's Greed
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V9 1
  Shelter Stone (AKA Trowbarrow Boulder)
152 Texas Hold Em' f7B+ * 23
153 Free Jump f6B+ * 21
154 Isla De Encanta f8B *** 2
155 Free Hang (ss) f8A * 7
156 Free Hang f5 5b 29
157 Ramp Traverse f6C+ * 98
158 Shallow Groove f8A * 6
159 The Slab f3 48
160 Il Pirata f8C  
161 Regular John f7A+ * 9
162 Man From Barrow
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f7C+ * 4
163 The Buccaneer f7C 12
164 The Pit Problem (low start) f7B+ 59
165 The Pit Problem f7B * 103
166 Pit Problem Regular f7B+ ** 2
167 Wheel Barrow f7C * 19
168 Pacman f8A 6
169 Pacman Right Hand f8A 2
170 Ned's Problem f7B * 91
171 Ned's Problem Footless f7C * 1
172 The Jazz Phenomena f7A+ * 23
173 The Groove f6C+ * 62
174 Iron Man f8A ** 13
175 Iron Man Right Hand f8A 5
176 Vitruvian Man Right Hand
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f7C ** 25
177 Vitruvian Man f7C ** 83
178 Pie Man f7C 19
179 The Descent f3+ 7
180 Barbaric Yawp
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f7C+ 1
181 The Funk Phenomena f7A * 76
182 Wamdue Project f6B+ 26
183 Atrocity Exhibition f8A  
184 Mojo f7A+ * 5
185 One Hand Dyno * f7A+ * 2
186 Ramp Traverse Arete Finish *
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f7A * 5
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