Climbs 161
Rocktype Slate
Altitude 300m a.s.l
Faces S

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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.

Restricted Access

June 13th 2019 A major rockfall has occured, mainly affecting the Conscience Slab area.  Considerable loose rock is scattered all over the southern side of the quarry, affecting numerous routes with significant further rock falls likley.  

A major rock fall also occured in 2017- access to the lower tier, beyond Dawes of Perception slab 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 access to Vivian Quarry is shared with the local Vivian Diving Centre. Please refrain from climbing on the Bathtime Wall while the centre is open and operating - do not climb on the Bathtime Wall/Prow area and the areas at pool level as far as Psychotherapy, if divers are using the pool, due to danger of rockfall affecting the diving activities.  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:
North Wales Slate (2018)
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
1 Goodbye Natterjack Toad HVS 5a  
  Pool Level
  Muscle Beach
4 Brinwell HVS 6a 3
5 Boody Building HVS 6a * 9
6 Silvester Still-born E1 5c 6
7 Earwig Ho 87 E3 5c 10
8 Booby Building HVS 5a 13
  The Prow
10 One Whell on My Wagon E4 5c * 3
11 Wishing Well E6 6b **  
12 Sucked Away with the Scum 7c *  
13 I Ran the Bath E7 6b ** 2
14 Bathtime E5 6a *** 15
15 Soap on a Rope E4 6a *** 61
16 Dope on a Rope E5 6a *** 7
17 Blades of Green Tara E2 5b * 8
18 Order of the Bath E6 6b **  
19 Surreal Mirror *
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6b ** 1
  the dark side of the prow
21 Four Wheel Drift E4 6a  
22 Sesame Street comes to Llanberis E3 5c *  
23 Le Voleur 7c **  
24 Artichokes, Artichokes 7b+ **  
25 Aubergines, Aubergines E1 5b  
26 Veranda Shack's Crispy Back * E3 5c * 1
27 Hot Air Blowlloon * E4 6a * 2
  Psychotherapy Area
29 Blue Touch Paper E2 5c 1
30 Poetry in Motion E3 5c 1
31 Wave Out on the Ocean E1 5a 2
32 The Blind Buddha E2 5a * 15
33 Stump Rogers E4 6b *  
34 Psychotherapy E2 5c ** 701
35 Cat Flaps of Perception E4 6a 5
  Wendy Doll Ledge
37 Working up a Lather E4 6b 2
38 Imperial Leather E4 6b 1
39 Spread 'em E4 5c  
  Bobby's Groove Area
41 The Sponge that Walked Away E1 5a 8
42 Wendy Doll (P1) HVS 4c 2
43 Two Bolts or Not to Be 7b+ ** 2
44 Bobby's Groove 8a *** 2
45 The Weetabix Connection 6c+ 35
46 The Golden Shower E3 6a 5
47 Tower of Power
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VS 5a 1
  Mental Lentils Area
49 The Hong Jagged Route of Death E3 5b 3
50 Heinous Creature E5 6a 6
51 Sanity Fair E3 5b 10
52 Sanity Claws E5 6a 5
53 Fat Lad Exam Failure E6 6b 2
54 Clap Please E7 6c  
55 Dirt E4 6a * 2
56 Split the Dog E3 5c 2
57 Dawes of Perception E7 6c *** 2
58 Time Bandit 7b * 29
59 Mental Lentils HVS 5b * 1339
60 The Monster Kitten E1 5c ** 535
61 Ladder Resist E3 6a * 77
Climb name Grade
62 Moving Being E4 6b ** 23
  The Dwarf Level
64 Watching the Sin Set E5 6c ** 3
65 Sup 1 E2 5a * 7
66 Teliffant E4 6a * 6
67 Sup 2 E2 5a * 3
68 The Shark that Blocked the Drain E6 6b * 1
69 Wakey, Wakey, Hands off Snakey E4 6a * 6
70 On Shite E4 5c * 2
71 Too Bald to be Bold E2 5c ** 146
72 The Turkey Chant E2 5c ** 101
73 The Dwarf in the Toilet E6 6b ** 2
74 Gideon's Way E4 6a * 4
75 Sabre Dance E3 5b *  
76 Bungle in the Jungle E1 5b  
  Love Minus Zero
78 Lentil in a Stew HVS 5a 7
79 Legs Together E2 5b 2
80 Legs Akimbo E2 5b 4
81 Feet Apart E3 5b * 2
82 Love Minus Zero E6 6a ** 2
83 Down to Zero E3 5b * 2
  Age Concern
85 Yak Kak XS  
86 Age Concern HVS 5a 2
87 Bong to Lunch HVS 4c 1
88 Frustrated Lust HVS 5a  
89 The Moon Head Egg Monster From Allsup E1 4c  
  Nostromo Wall
91 Nostromo E4 6b * 8
92 Nostradamus E4 6b * 1
93 Menopausal Discharge 8a+ ** 1
94 Colditz 7b+ * 11
95 Young and Easy Under the Apple Boughs E4 6a ** 16
96 Manic Strain 8a *** 18
97 Gin Palace 7c *** 36
98 Child's Play 7b+ ** 13
99 Hymen Snapper E5 5c *  
  Comes the Dervish
101 Reefer Madness E3 5c * 7
102 For Whom the Bell Tolls E6 6b ** 4
103 Menstrual Gossip E6 6b ** 8
104 Comes the Dervish E3 5c *** 1120
105 Flashdance E5 6a ** 112
106 Belldance E5 6b ** 7
107 Flashdance/Belldance E6 6b *** 12
108 Breakdance E7 6b *  
109 Poledance E6 6b *  
110 Last Tango in Peris E2 5b *** 958
111 Wendy Doll (pitch 3) E1 5b 19
112 Swinging by the Bell E5 6a * 7
  Conscience Slab
114 The Gully VS 5a  
115 Mister, Mister 6b * 32
116 The Full Monty 6a+ * 63
117 Slate's Slanting Crack
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E2 5b 5
118 Foetal Attraction
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E4 5c  
119 Menage a Trois E4 6b * 4
120 The Sweetest Taboo E4 6a ** 55
121 The Direct Start E4 6b * 3
122 Never as Sweet E4 6a ** 9
Climb name Grade
123 Never as Good as the First Time E3 5c * 150
124 Is it a Crime? E3 5c ** 216
125 That Obscure Object of Desire VS 4b 12
126 The Spark that Set the Flame E5 6b * 4
127 Smokeless Zone E4 6b * 6
128 You can dance if You Want to HVS 5a 3
129 Vivander HVS 5a 1
  Hot Knives Level
131 Throttle With Bottle E2 5c  
132 Birdsong 6a+ 14
133 Binman HVS 5a  
134 Abus Dangereux E2 5b 1
135 Fallout VS 4c 2
136 The Manimal 6c ** 14
137 Baby Nina Soils her Pants VS 4b 7
138 Night of the Hot Knives E3 5c * 5
139 Tribal Blow E6 6b * 2
140 Solvent Abuse E3 5b 2
141 Under the Glass HVS 5a * 4
142 The Velociraptor E2 5c * 4
143 Big Iron World * f6B+ 1
144 ALF * f6C 1
145 Vivisection * f6C+ 1
146 Jesus Was a Punk * f6C 1
  Truffle Hunter Area
148 Truffle Hunter's Roof 6b+ ** 25
149 Satires of Circumstance E2 5b  
150 Jumping the Gun E1 5b 9
151 Puff Puff E2 5c 1
  Ritter Sport Area
153 A Tourmegamite Experience VS  
154 One Step Beyond E3 6a * 12
155 Two Tone E2 6a ** 34
156 The Madness E2 5c ** 116
157 Silly on Slate HVS 4c * 4
158 Private Smells E5 6b * 5
159 Private Smells Direct E5 6b  
160 General Odours E4 6a ** 5
161 Ritter Sport E3 5c ** 75
162 Major Whiff E3 5c 3
163 Major Sport E2 5c * 3
  Vivian Link-ups
165 The East Face of Vivian E2 5c *** 59
166 Wendy Doll E2 5b 34
  Valkyries Level
168 Pas da Dutchy 6a 8
169 Pas de Chevre 7b ** 3
170 Ride of the Valkyries E2 5c ** 2
171 Power Tool Ressurection 7a * 1
172 Ya Vigozhu is Anala Wastral * f7A ** 1
  Top Level
174 Faulty Towers E2 5c  
175 Caleduwlch E4 6a *  
176 Dog Day Dogfish VS 4c 11
177 Top Level
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E2 5b 1
178 Surreal Mirror 6b+ * 1
179 The Missing Link E2 5c * 25
180 Slug Life * f6C+ 1
181 Why don't We Do it in the Road? * VE 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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