Climbs 149
Rocktype Slate
Altitude 300m a.s.l
Faces S

Vivian Quarry looking down © Sean Kelly

Crag features

Home of the famous Comes The Dervish (E3 5c). Also contains many other easier routes to introduce folk to slate, such as Mental Lentils (HVS 5b) and viciously hard ones (Dawes Of Perception E7 6c). There's also the Bathtime Wall - E4 upwards.

Approach notes

Visible from Pete's Eats. Drive over the bridge and up the road to the Quarry (tourist centre). Park in the car park - check what time it closes.

Access Advice

A major rock fall has occured - access to the lower tier, beyond Dawes of Perception slab is very restricted and has been fenced off to protect the public.
There is currently no access to the Psychotherapy slab or any other routes on the lower level in that area; the small bay directly in front of the scuba diving platform has collapsed rendering this area very unsafe and unstable, with more rock likely to come down.

Access to Mental Lentils and other routes immediately near the entrance to the Lower Level is unaffected. Similarly, access to the Middle (Dervish) level and the Upper Levels is also unaffected by this recent rockfall.
The quarry is within the Padarn Country Park, managed by Gwynedd Council. Climbing is tolerated away from the main paths and the owners make it clear that access away from the main paths is entirely at the individual's own risk and offically not encouraged.

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Guidebooks

North Wales Climbs

North Wales Climbs covers the best climbing from the whole of this huge and varied area. The book is modelled on the very popular West Country Climbs which set a new standard for selected climb guidebooks back in 2010. It contains all the routes from the 2010 publication North Wales Classics and many more routes and areas, with expanded descriptions and much bigger photo-topos. The book covers all the major mountain crags from Llanberis Pass, to Cloggy; and from Ogwen to the Carneddau. It also includes the Llanberis Slate quarries, Tremadog, the Moelwyns, the Gwynant Valley, Mid-Wales, Gogarth and the North Coast Limestone.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Slate (1992)
Went upto the top level today. Faulty towers pinnacle is no more, looks like fresh rock fall.
BAdhoc - 13/May/16
if you ever get a big freeze -10c for a few days the watertrickle on the base level r/h side becomes a 28m ,grade 7/8 water ice wall.
ben wray - 10/Apr/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  the pool level
  muscle beach
3 Brinwell
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HVS 6a 3
4 Boody Building
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HVS 6a 9
5 Silvester Still-born
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E1 5c 5
6 Earwig Ho 87
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E3 5c 9
7 Booby Building HVS 5a 12
  bathtime wall
9 One Whell on My Wagon E4 5c * 1
10 Wishing Well E6 6b *  
11 Sucked Away with the Scum 7c *  
12 I Ran the Bath
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E7 6b ** 2
13 Bathtime
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E5 6a *** 12
14 Soap on a Rope
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E4 6a *** 53
15 Dope on a Rope
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E5 6a *** 7
16 Blades of Green Tara
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E2 5b 6
17 Order of the Bath
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E6 6b **  
  the dark side of the prow
19 Four Wheel Drift
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E4 6a  
20 Sesame Street comes to Llanberis
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E3 5c *  
21 Le Voleur
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7c **  
22 Artichokes, Artichokes
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7b+ **  
23 Aubergines, Aubergines
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E1 5b  
  the waterfront
25 Blue Touch Paper
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E2 5c 1
26 Poetry in Motion
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E3 5c  
27 Wave Out on the Ocean
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E1 5a 1
28 The Blind Buddha
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E2 5a *** 14
29 Stump Rogers
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E4 6b  
30 Psychotherapy E2 5c ** 676
31 Cat Flaps of Perception
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E4 6a 5
32 Imperial Leather
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E4 6b 1
33 Working up a Lather
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E4 6b 2
34 Spread 'em
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E4 5c  
35 The Sponge that Walked Away E1 5a 7
36 Wendy Doll
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E2 5b * 32
37 Two Bolts or Not to Be 7b+ ** 2
38 Bobby's Groove 8a *** 2
39 The Weetabix Connection 6c+ ** 32
40 The Golden Shower E3 6a 4
41 Tower of Power
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VS 5a 1
42 The Hong Jagged Route of Death
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E3 5b 2
43 Heinous Creature E5 6a 6
44 Sanity Fair
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E3 5b 9
45 Sanity Claws
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E5 6a 5
46 Fat Lad Exam Failure
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E6 6b 2
47 Clap Please
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E7 6c  
48 Glurp E4 6a * 2
49 Split the Dog
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E3 5c 2
50 Dawes of Perception E7 6c *** 1
51 Time Bandit 7b * 27
52 Mental Lentils HVS 5a * 1214
53 The Monster Kitten E1 5c ** 492
54 Ladder Resist E3 6a * 70
55 Moving Being E4 6b ** 19
56 The East Face of Vivian E2 5c *** 44
  the dwarf level
58 Watching the Sin Set E5 6c ** 3
59 Sup 1 E2 5a * 7
60 Teliffant E4 6a * 4
61 Sup 2 E2 5a * 3
62 The Shark that Blocked the Drain E6 6b * 1
63 Wakey, Wakey, Hands off Snakey E4 6a * 3
64 On Shite
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E4 5c * 1
65 Too Bald to be Bold E2 5c ** 115
66 The Dwarf in the Toilet E6 6b ** 2
67 Gideon's Way E4 6a * 3
68 Sabre Dance
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E3 5b *  
69 Bungle in the Jungle
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E1 5b  
  the dervish slab
71 Lentil in a Stew
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HVS 5a 6
72 Legs Together
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E2 5b 2
73 Legs Akimbo
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E2 5b 3
74 Feet Apart
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E3 6b 1
75 Love Minus Zero E6 6a ** 2
76 Down to Zero E3 5b 2
77 Yak Kak
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XS  
78 Bong to Lunch
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HVS 4c 1
79 Frustrated Lust
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HVS 5a  
80 The Moon Head Egg Monster From Allsup E1 4c  
  nostromo wall
82 Nostromo
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E4 6b * 8
83 Nostradamus E4 6b * 1
84 Menapausal Discharge 8a+ ** 1
85 Colditz 7b+ * 7
86 Young and Easy Under the Apple Boughs E4 6a ** 9
87 Manic Strain 8a *** 11
88 Gin Palace 7c *** 29
89 Child's Play 7b+ ** 11
90 Hymen Snapper
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E5 5c *  
  the dervish level
92 Reefer Madness
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E3 5c * 7
93 For Whom the Bell Tolls E6 6b ** 4
94 Menstrual Gossip E6 6b ** 7
95 Comes the Dervish E3 5c *** 1271
96 Flashdance E5 6a ** 97
97 Belldance E5 6b ** 7
98 Flashdance/Belldance
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E5 6b *** 11
99 Breakdance E7 6b *  
100 Poledance E6 6b *  
101 Last Tango in Paris E2 5b *** 918
102 Wendy Doll (pitch 3)
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E1 5b 16
103 Swinging by the Bell E5 6a * 6
  the conscience slab
105 The Gully VS 5a  
106 Mister, Mister 6b * 33
107 The Full Monty 6a * 52
108 Slate's Slanting Crack
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E2 5b 4
109 Foetal Attraction
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E4 5c  
110 Menage a Trois 6b * 4
111 The Sweetest Taboo E4 6a ** 55
112 The Direct Start E4 6b * 3
113 Never as Sweet E4 6a ** 5
114 Never as Good as the First Time E2 5c * 133
115 Is it a Crime? E3 5c ** 190
116 That Obscure Object of Desire
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VS 4b 11
117 The Spark that Set the Flame E5 6b ** 3
118 Smokeless Zone E4 6b ** 6
119 You can dance if You Want to HVS 5a 3
120 Vivander HVS 5a 1
121 The Turkey Chant E2 5c ** 81
  the hot knives level
123 Binman
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HVS 5a  
124 Abus Dangereux
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E2 5b 1
125 Fallout
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VS 4c 1
126 Songbird 6a 9
127 The Manimal 6b+ ** 9
128 Baby Nina Soils her Pants
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VS 4b 7
129 Night of the Hot Knives
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E3 5c * 4
130 Tribal Blow
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E6 6b * 2
131 Solvent Abuse
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E3 5b 1
132 Under the Glass
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HVS 5a 3
133 The Velociraptor
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E2 5c * 3
  the ritter sport level
135 Truffle Hunter's Roof 6b+ ** 21
136 Satires of Circumstance
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E2 5b  
137 Jumping the Gun
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E1 5b 7
138 Puff Puff
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E2 5c 1
139 A Tourmegamite Experience
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VS  
140 One Step Beyond
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E2 6a * 11
141 Two Tone
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E2 6a ** 27
142 The Madness E2 5c ** 106
143 Silly on Slate HVS 4c * 2
144 Private Smells
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E5 6b * 5
145 Private Smells Direct
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E5 6b *  
146 General Odours
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E4 6a * 4
147 Ritter Sport
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E3 5c ** 62
148 Major Whiff *
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E3 5c 2
149 Major Sport * E2 5c * 1
  the valkyries level
151 Pas da Dutchy 6a 7
152 Pas de Chevre
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7b ** 3
153 Ride of the Valkyries
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E2 5c ** 2
154 Power Tool Ressurection
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7a * 1
  the top level
156 Faulty Towers
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E2 5c  
157 Caleduwlch
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E4 6a *  
158 Dog Day Dogfish VS 4c 11
159 Top Level
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E2 5b 1
160 Surreal Mirror
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E1 5b/c 1
161 The Missing Link E2 5c/6a 19
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