Climbs 136
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 280m a.s.l
Faces W

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An unknown climber on the the hard moves of Suspense, E2 5c at Lawrencefield. © Simon Richardson

Crag features

A hidden and sheltered quarry (named after the moor behind the old workings and called Laurencefield on some maps) has been visited by climbers for over sixty years. By the early 1970s climbing standards and protection had improved to the point that many of the early aid routes became excellent free climbs in a new route gold-rush not seen before or since. Although playing second fiddle to nearby Millstone, Lawrencefield quarry remains very popular. With a good set of climbs, a selection of easier and immensely popular routes around Gingerbread Slab, and the hard classics on the steep smooth walls around the pool, there is something here for most tastes. The long right-hand side of the quarry used to be home to a reasonable selection of climbs but the vegetation continues to encroach and many are beyond recovery, apart from a small selection on the Red Wall.

Approach notes

The quarry is situated near the Surprise View, on the opposite side of the road to Millstone Quarry. Park at the large Surprise View car park, cross the road and follow a narrow track towards the bend. Just before the bend, follow a path down leftwards and through a gate. The quarry lies hidden from view but sandy paths lead rightwards down the slope past the end of the rocks into the main bay which is gradually filling with a sea of silver birch.

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Eastern Grit

Updated and expanded edition of the award-winning Peak Grit East. Covers all the best routes on the eastern Gritstone edges of the Peak District - Wharncliffe, Rivelin, Dovestone Tor, Bamford, Stanage, Burbage North, Higgar Tor, Burbage South, Millstone, Lawrencefield, Yarncliffe, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardoms, Birchen, Chatsworth, Cratcliffe, Black Rocks
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Sheltered, meaning there is little breeze, but the Great Harry area is in the shade towards late afternoon/early evening - perfect for getting out of the sun.
SCGale - 01/Jul/18
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Roadside Bay
2 Brain Attack HVS 5a 12
3 Itslide VS 4b 1
4 Sunday HVS 5a 5
5 Surprise, Surprise VS 4b 16
6 Friday VD 41
7 Shallow Chimney VD 211
8 Split Second Timing E1 5c 11
9 Spec Arête E2 6a 3
10 Frustration E2 6a ** 86
11 Straight Crack VD * 484
12 The Last Wet Wednesday/The Big Red Jacket VS 4c * 412
13 Rocking Groove HVS 5b * 115
14 Redbits E2 5c * 65
15 Slippery Wall HVS 5b * 186
16 Quantum Crack HVS 5b * 238
17 Vaseline VD * 364
18 Positively 4th Street VS 4c 152
19 Grass Groove D 183
20 Seta HS 4c 14
21 Proud Crack VD * 60
22 On Deadly Ground
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E6 6b 1
23 Brain Cells in Collision E3 5c * 14
24 The Last Day of Freedom E4 6a 4
  Great Harry
26 Gregory's Slab S 4a 145
27 Summer Climb HS 4b * 257
28 Three Tree Climb HS 4b *** 2375
29 Branching Off
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HS 4c 19
30 Great Peter E1 5b ** 1155
31 Great Peter Start V4 ** 3
32 Pulpit Groove VD 4a ** 1144
33 Great Harry VS 4c *** 1967
34 Too Good to be True
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E4 5c 20
35 Scoop Connection E2 5b * 106
36 Suspense E2 5c *** 837
37 Brainstorm
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E3 6a 4
38 Pool Wall E5 6b *** 73
39 Mind Over Watter E3 5c 1
40 Side Pocket
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HVS 5a 4
41 Cascara Crack HS 4b * 14
42 The Table Leg VS 4c 2
43 Mildly Laxative
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VS 4c 7
44 Austin's Variation VS 4c * 69
45 Lawrencefield Ordinary VD 301
46 S.A.E. HVS 5b 20
47 Crystal Clear E1 5b 4
  The Pool Wall
49 Great Wall Traverse HS 4a * 14
Climb name Grade
50 High Plains Drifter E4 6a ** 92
51 Boulevard E3 5c ** 280
52 Von Ryan's Express E6 6b * 3
53 Billy Whizz E2 5c *** 579
54 Silly Billy
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E4 6b 1
55 High Street E4 6a ** 88
56 High Times
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E5 6a  
57 Holy Grail E4 5c 4
58 Heavy Plant Crossing
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E5 6b  
59 Excalibur VS 4c ** 854
60 J.J.2 E1 5b 11
61 Jughandle
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HVD 30
62 Pimpernel
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S 11
63 Jughandle/Pimpernel S 4a 12
64 Guillotine
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S 8
65 Reprieve
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D 14
66 The Gordons, The Gordons
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E3 6a  
67 Louisette S 4a 8
68 Guillotine Groove
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S 6
69 Converge Cult E1 5a 1
  Gingerbread Slab
71 Once Pegged Wall VS 5a * 926
72 Once Pegged Wall Direct Finish
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HVS 5b 120
73 Morning Glory E2 5c 31
74 Limpopo Groove VS 4b * 768
75 Shoot Pool (Gingerbread Arête) E1 5b 12
76 Gingerbread VS 4b * 1581
77 Every Man and his Dog E1 5b 123
78 Meringue HVS 5a * 1862
79 Eclair E1 5b * 546
80 Vanilla Slice E1 5c * 504
81 Snail Crack VD * 2204
82 Nailsbane VD * 1664
83 Bole Hill VD 168
84 Chilly Days and Purple Acorns E1 5b * 60
85 Chilly Days Direct Finish
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E2 5c 4
86 Tyrone VS 4c * 1667
87 Nova HS 4b * 1793
88 Trio Wall VS 4b 15
89 Flake Climb
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D 14
90 Grooved Arête
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VS 4c 13
91 Elytrocele
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V3 1
92 The Ashes
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S 7
93 Urn
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HVD 8
94 Scotia
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VS 4b 6
95 Fractus
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S 5
96 Howarth's Wait
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S 8
  Stonemason's Buttress
98 Avalanche VD 4
Climb name Grade
99 Tony's Chimney
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VD 14
100 Callus VS 4c 2
101 Verve
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VS 4c 3
102 Stonemason's Climb VS 4b 25
103 Going for the One E2 5b 1
104 Blacksmith's Climb VS 4b 12
105 Tuesday's Child VS 4b 9
106 Vector HS 4b 21
107 Sinister Crack VS 4b 7
  Red Wall
109 Moss Corner
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VD 11
110 Finale VS 4c 21
111 Reckless
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HVS 5a 2
112 Rockhopper
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E1 5c 2
113 Rattus Norvegicus E5 6b 2
114 Delectable Direct E1 5c ** 537
115 Red Wall VS 4c * 210
116 Red Wall Variations E1 5b 60
117 The Delectable Variation VS 4c *** 625
118 The Delectable Deviation HVS 5a * 8
119 Cordite Crack VS 4b * 126
120 Playtex
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VS 4
121 Skyline E3 5b 2
122 Block Wall E4 6b * 1
123 Varlet
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VS 4c 1
124 Knave
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HVS 5b 1
125 Slab and Groove
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HVS 5b 4
126 Slab and Groove Variation HVS 5b 2
127 The Anthill Mantel
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V4 3
128 The Anthill Traverse
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V3 3
129 Lone Ridge
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S 8
130 Tricky Cracks
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S 6
131 Tricky Cracks Alternative Finish VS 4c 1
  Little Upper Tier
133 Boonapi f7A+ *** 8
134 Finger Locking Good
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V3 3
135 Erb Arête
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V2 6
  Far Right
137 Howard's Slab
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HVS 5a 25
138 Middle Aged Spread
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E3 6a  
139 Sub-Aqua D 1
140 Aqua S 2
141 Fresher's Slab f6A+ * 2
142 He's so Derick f7A+ ** 2
  Bole Hill Lower Tier
144 Osmosis V4 **  
  Bole Hill Quarry
146 Big Undies f6B 1

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