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.
Nature conservation area - some requests to climbers to stop loss of fossils on main wall.
Trowbarrow was acquired by Lancaster City Council in 1997 following a fund raising appeal organised by the Arnside and Silverdale AONB Landscape Trust. The crag lies within a Local Nature Reserve and it has a management committee (which includes a local BMC representative), that meets regularly to discuss site management. The following guidelines have been agreed for use of the crag: 1. There should be no abseiling, top-roping or lowering-off the Main Wall - climbers should walk down after completing routes. This arrangement is to protect geological features on the face which are part of a geological SSSI designation. 2. Group use is not permitted in the quarry. 3. There should be no bolts placed in the quarry. 4. No camping or fires. Thank you for supporting these access arrangements. A project monitoring the stability of the Main Wall has indicated it is slowly rotating in a clockwise direction due to localised faulting. While the face is unlikely to suffer a catastrophic collapse, the rotation is destabilising rock around Warspite Direct and other routes in this vacinity - hence the stepped roofs and fallen blocks.
Last update: 25/09/2012
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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.
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