Climbs 165
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 49
3 Coral Sea VS 4c ** 1252
4 Coral Sea Direct E1 5c 65
5 Coral Sea Super Direct f7B+ ** 3
6 Barrier Reef S 4a * 548
7 To Hell in a Handcart
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VS 4a ** 9
8 Ask Les S 4a * 23
9 Boomerang
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VD 65
10 Boomerang Direct S 4a 4
11 Aborigine Wall VS 4c 51
12 Robbie's Route HVS 5a  
13 Quisquillae
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HS 4a 37
14 Arafura * E1 5c 2
  Assagai Wall
16 Perseverance VD 25
17 Twentieth Century Schitzoid Man D ** 130
18 Rumal HVS 5a * 96
19 Truffle HS 4c ** 164
20 Sour Milk Groove HVS 5a * 92
21 Clotted Cream
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E1 5b 15
22 Day of the Beanpoles E3 6b * 2
23 A Sense of Doubt E4 6b *** 150
24 Doubting Thomas E5 6b ** 9
25 Scary Monsters E5 6a * 54
26 Boundary Groove D 70
27 Javelin E1 5b ** 128
28 Sleeping Sickness E2 5c ** 156
29 Assagai HVS 5a *** 763
30 Frontage
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HS 4b 222
31 Bob HS 4b 18
32 Night Flight VS 4c 78
33 Incantations
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E1 5a 13
34 Sluice HVS 5a * 148
35 Crinoid VD 33
36 Sickening Practice HVS 5a * 1
37 Very Ordinary Route M 97
38 Jomo VD *** 995
39 Pigfall S 4a 113
40 Pig in a Poke HVS 4c 8
41 Ramp Ant S 4a * 717
42 Eclipse * VS 4c * 3
43 Not Scary * E3 5c 3
  Asylum Wall
45 Diaries Of A Madman E5 6b **  
46 The Nut House E5 6a * 5
47 The Asylum E5 6a ** 16
48 The Idiot
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E5 6a 2
49 Memoirs of a Lunatic E5 6a ** 31
50 Diary Of A Sane Man
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E7 6b  
51 Original Route VD 261
52 Original Route (Crystal slabs finish) S * 31
53 Red Slab VS 4c/4b 21
  Main Wall
55 Oniscus S 4a 8
56 Magic Making E1 5b 3
57 Cracked Actor E2 5c *** 482
58 Aladdinsane E1 5a ** 227
59 Blow Out
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E6 6a 5
60 Jean Jeanie VS 4c *** 1308
61 Eek E4 5c ** 5
62 Moondance
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E5 6a 4
63 Major Tom E2 5c ** 27
64 A Touch of Class E2 5c ** 68
65 A Touch of Class (alternative start)
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HVS 5a * 30
66 Harijan VS 4c *** 524
67 Hollow Earth HVS 5a *** 340
68 Warspite Direct E2 5b * 33
69 Warspite HVS 5a 34
70 Heroes E3 5c * 11
71 Helden
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E1 5b 5
72 Space Oddity E1 5a * 2
  Yellow Wall
74 Street Boy Blues E2 5c * 9
75 Mellow Yellow
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HVS 5a * 3
76 Earth Eater VS 4c 20
77 Willy the Dish HVS 5a 4
78 Teardrop
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E2 5c * 5
  Chossy Area - Right of Yellow Wall
80 Lone Wall E2 5a ** 17
81 Arc
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HVS 5a * 13
82 Blue Daz
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S 4a 15
83 Facial Gymnastics
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E2 5b * 3
84 Square Deal Surf VS 4c 22
85 True Blue E3 6a * 1
86 Deep Throat S 4a 3
87 Rock and Roll Suicide
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E2 5b 1
88 Biological Agent K9
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HVS 5b * 23
  Red Wall
90 Wrongo Sal E5 6a * 1
91 Limestone John
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E3 5c * 8
92 Essence Direct E4 6a * 6
93 Essence of a Giraffe E3 6a * 31
94 American Express
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E2 5b ** 8
95 Willy the Fink E5 6b 3
96 Fluoroscopic Kid
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E4 6a 6
97 Nova Express E3 6a ** 37
98 Exequy E6 6b ** 26
99 Homophobia E6 6b * 5
100 Izzy the Push E2 5c * 88
101 Heavy Metal Kid E3 5c * 41
102 Michelin Man E2 5c 8
103 Acid Drop HVS 4c ** 1
104 Drop Acid HVS 5a  
  Red Wall - Bouldering & Traverses
106 Red Traverse 7b+ * 36
107 Shallow Grave f7A+ ** 86
108 Shallow Grave Super Direct f7B 7
109 Yin Yang f7B * 2
110 Yin Yang LH f7C * 1
111 Spring Loaded f7B * 3
112 Grave Journey f6B * 11
113 The Crack f5 88
114 Optimus Primetime f7A+ * 20
115 Warm Up Traverse f6A+ * 32
116 Bulge direct SS f6C * 44
117 Mud Monkey
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f5 13
118 Funky Breeze f6B 13
119 Dead Man Walking f7B+ ** 10
120 American Express (ss) f6A * 77
121 American Express (standing start)
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f5 48
122 Prophets of Sound (AKA:The Dots Dyno) f7C+ 3
123 Prophets of Sound (ss) f8A 2
124 Mike's Problem Supercharged f6C+ * 10
125 Grimlocks New Brain f7A * 17
126 The 80's Dream f7A+ * 6
127 Greg's Dyno f7B * 25
128 6 Foot Sicks f7C *  
129 Nick's Problem f6B * 70
130 G's Variation f7A 5
131 Diagonal Diagnosis f6B * 17
132 The Classic Sitter
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f5 21
133 Classic Rock Over f4 34
134 The Easy Groove f3 36
135 The Undercut Problem f7A 4
136 Parallax
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f7A 5
137 Problem 4, Red Wall f6A 11
138 Undercut 2 V6 1
139 Galvatron's Greed
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V9 1
  Shelter Stone (AKA Trowbarrow Boulder)
141 Texas Hold Em' f7B+ * 21
142 Free Jump f6B+ * 16
143 Isla De Encanta f8B *** 1
144 Free Hang (ss) f8A * 5
145 Free Hang f5 5b 25
146 Ramp Traverse f6C+ * 87
147 Shallow Groove f8A * 5
148 The Slab f3 42
149 Il Pirata f8C  
150 Regular John f7A+ * 7
151 Man From Barrow
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f7C+ * 3
152 The Buccaneer f7C 11
153 The Pit Problem (low start) f7B+ 53
154 The Pit Problem f7B * 104
155 Pit Problem Regular f7B+ ** 2
156 Wheel Barrow f7C * 18
157 Pacman f8A 5
158 Pacman Right Hand f8A 2
159 Ned's Problem f7B * 65
160 Ned's Problem Footless f7C * 1
161 The Jazz Phenomena f7A+ * 21
162 The Groove f6C+ * 51
163 Iron Man f8A ** 10
164 Iron Man Right Hand f8A 5
165 Vitruvian Man Right Hand
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f7C ** 26
166 Vitruvian Man f7C ** 71
167 Pie Man f7C 18
168 The Descent f3+ 5
169 Barbaric Yawp
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f7C+ 1
170 The Funk Phenomena f7A * 70
171 Wamdue Project f6B+ 17
172 Atrocity Exhibition f8A  
173 Mojo f7A+ * 4
174 One Hand Dyno * f7A+ * 2
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