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 **1230
4Coral Sea DirectE1 5c 64
5Coral Sea Super Directf7B+ **3
6Barrier ReefS 4a *538
7To Hell in a Handcart
VS 4a **7
8Ask LesS 4a *14
VD 62
10Boomerang DirectS 4a 4
11Aborigine WallVS 4c 50
12Robbie's RouteHVS 5a  
HS 4a 37
14Arafura *E1 5c 2
 Assagai Wall 
16PerseveranceVD 25
17Twentieth Century Schitzoid ManD **124
18RumalHVS 5a *94
19TruffleHS 4c **159
20Sour Milk GrooveHVS 5a *91
21Clotted Cream
E1 5b 10
22Day of the BeanpolesE3 6b *2
23A Sense of DoubtE4 6b ***146
24Doubting ThomasE5 6b **9
25Scary MonstersE5 6a *51
26Boundary GrooveD 70
27JavelinE1 5b **119
28Sleeping SicknessE2 5c **163
29AssagaiHVS 5a ***741
HS 4b 218
31BobHS 4b 15
32Night FlightVS 4c 80
E1 5a 13
34SluiceHVS 5a *147
35CrinoidVD 33
36Sickening PracticeHVS 5a *1
37Very Ordinary RouteM 98
38JomoVD ***976
39PigfallS 4a 110
40Pig in a PokeHVS 4c 8
41Ramp AntS 4a *707
42Eclipse *VS 4c *3
 Asylum Wall 
44Diaries Of A MadmanE5 6b ** 
45The Nut HouseE5 6a *5
46The AsylumE5 6a **18
47The Idiot
E5 6a 2
48Memoirs of a LunaticE5 6a **41
49Diary Of A Sane Man
E7 6b  
50Original RouteVD 256
51Original Route (Crystal slabs finish)S *32
52Red SlabVS 4c/4b 21
 Main Wall 
54OniscusS 4a 8
55Magic MakingE1 5b 3
56Cracked ActorE2 5c ***467
57AladdinsaneE1 5a **220
58Blow Out
E6 6a 5
59Jean JeanieVS 4c ***1264
60EekE4 5c **5
E5 6a 4
62Major TomE2 5c **29
63A Touch of ClassE2 5c **71
64A Touch of Class (alternative start)
HVS 5a *30
65HarijanVS 4c ***512
66Hollow EarthHVS 5a ***330
67Warspite DirectE2 5b *30
68WarspiteHVS 5a 35
69HeroesE3 5c *10
E1 5b 5
71Space OddityE1 5a *2
 Yellow Wall 
73Street Boy BluesE2 5c *5
74Mellow Yellow
HVS 5a *4
75Earth EaterVS 4c 20
76Willy the DishHVS 5a 4
E2 5c *5
 Chossy Area - Right of Yellow Wall 
79Lone WallE2 5a **17
HVS 5a *13
81Blue Daz
S 4a 15
82Facial Gymnastics
E2 5b *3
83Square Deal SurfVS 4c 22
84True BlueE3 6a *1
85Deep ThroatS 4a 2
86Rock and Roll Suicide
E2 5b 1
87Biological Agent K9
HVS 5b *24
 Red Wall 
89Wrongo SalE5 6a *1
90Limestone John
E3 5c *8
91Essence DirectE4 6a *6
92Essence of a GiraffeE3 6a *31
93American Express
E2 5b **8
94Willy the FinkE5 6b 3
95Fluoroscopic Kid
E4 6a 6
96Nova ExpressE3 6a **34
97ExequyE6 6b **23
98HomophobiaE6 6b *4
99Izzy the PushE2 5c *87
100Heavy Metal KidE3 5c *40
101Michelin ManE2 5c 8
102Acid DropHVS 4c **1
103Drop AcidHVS 5a  
 Red Wall - Bouldering & Traverses 
105Red Traverse7b+ *33
106Shallow Gravef7A+ **81
107Shallow Grave Super Directf7B 8
108Yin Yangf7B *2
109Yin Yang LHf7C *1
110Spring Loadedf7B *3
111Grave Journeyf6B *11
112The Crackf5 86
113Optimus Primetimef7A+ *18
114Warm Up Traversef6A+ *32
115Bulge direct SSf6C *44
116Mud Monkey
f5 13
117Funky Breezef6B 13
118Dead Man Walkingf7B+ **11
119American Express (ss)f6A *78
120American Express (standing start)
f5 47
121Prophets of Sound (AKA:The Dots Dyno)f7C+ 3
122Prophets of Sound (ss)f8A 2
123Mike's Problem Superchargedf6C+ *10
124Grimlocks New Brainf7A *17
125The 80's Dreamf7A+ *6
126Greg's Dynof7B *27
1276 Foot Sicksf7C * 
128Nick's Problemf6B *67
129G's Variationf7A 4
130Diagonal Diagnosisf6B *15
131The Classic Sitter
f5 19
132Classic Rock Overf4 34
133The Easy Groovef3 37
134The Undercut Problemf7A 4
f7A 5
136Problem 4, Red Wallf6A 11
137Undercut 2V6 1
138Galvatron's Greed
V9 1
 Shelter Stone (AKA Trowbarrow Boulder) 
140Texas Hold Em'f7B+ *25
141Free Jumpf6B+ *16
142Isla De Encantaf8B ***1
143Free Hang (ss)f8A *10
144Free Hangf5 24
145Ramp Traversef6C+ *83
146Shallow Groovef8A *6
147The Slabf3 42
148Il Pirataf8C  
149Regular Johnf7A+ *7
150Man From Barrow
f7C+ *3
151The Buccaneerf7C 14
152The Pit Problem (low start)f7B+ 51
153The Pit Problemf7B *102
154Pit Problem Regularf7B+ **1
155Wheel Barrowf7C *20
156Pacmanf8A 7
157Pacman Right Handf8A 2
158Ned's Problemf7B *61
159Ned's Problem Footlessf7C *1
160The Jazz Phenomenaf7A+ *22
161The Groovef6C+ *48
162Iron Manf8A **14
163Iron Man Right Handf8A 6
164Vitruvian Man Right Hand
f7C **25
165Vitruvian Manf7C **90
166Pie Manf7C 16
167The Descentf3+ 5
168Barbaric Yawp
f7C+ 1
169The Funk Phenomenaf7A *67
170Wamdue Projectf6B+ 17
171Atrocity Exhibitionf8A  
172Mojof7A+ *4
173One Hand Dyno *f7A+ *2
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