Altitude 85m a.s.l
Birkrigg © Slyven
Once a well-used after work training venue for Furness climbers, the rock has become extremely polished, yet this just brings added difficulty to the tricky lower traverse, the venues 'test piece'. Birkrigg conatins a fair stretch of routes, most of which can be topped out, and a bold higher traverse to play around on.
The place however has become somewhat confusing due to guide book isssues. Most moderrn guide books given on this page provide the route names and grades available to most people exploring this crag, yet for most routes an older set of names and grades exist, as originally done by Al Phizacklea in 'Rock Climbing in Lancashire and the Noth West'. The former guides often also miss anything on the central and far wall past 'Swinging groove / Birks corner' which start at number 6 on the picture I have provided. As such I have also provided both names, but I'm no closer to clearing this up, which is suprising given how well known Al was and is for climbs in this area. Any information is welcome. Also included are those from 'Eden Valley and South Lakes Limestone' which has some more up to date climbs.
The quarry is located behind Ulverston on Public land. If you're driving towards Barrow, turn left at the traffic lights by Trinity House in Ulverston and follow Mountbarrow Road passed Ulverston Victoria High School until you some lanes. Follow these until you reach a cattle grid and the quarry is on your left hand side.
'No Climbing' signs have recently been erected around the quarry following many years of unrestricted access. The BMC has attempted to contact the landowner (the Crown Estate) multiple times to discuss access but we have had no reply to date. If climbing in the quarry and approached by a representative of the landowner, please ask for contact details and pass them on the the access team at the BMC.
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