Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 62m a.s.l
Irby in the sun © Jamie Hughes
Former quarry, up to 50ft high; good for beginners but toproping sensible as holds not always trustworthy.The easiest descent and walk up can be accessed by going to the North end of the quarry, just past Nimo Wall and on the LH side of this scrambling up a small path and walking round the top of the quarry, but whilst doing this be very careful.
Traversing round the quarry proves a pretty interesting problem, but should only be attempted in dry weather. The main (West-facing) wall does not dry very quickly, but the other wall on the left (South Slabs) faces the sun and therefore dries pretty quickly, but is not advisable to go after rain.
Update: 21/08/10: The quarry is owned by the local authority. This can be clarified by visiting the ranger in Royden park. He will show you the map of area and the boundaries of national trust area. The quarry being very close to national trust border, that may be where the confusion lies.
Update: Feb 2022: Stakes previously in place to assist with rigging top ropes have been removed by the council in the process of adding a new fence along the top of the cliff.
Gorse is steadily encroaching on some areas of the cliff. The Council has requested that any gardening of gorse is done only in the winter months (mid Nov to mid March) to minimise impact on nest sites and that all cuttings are removed off site. Current ranger: Rosemary Illidge, Royden Park Rangers Office Tel No: 0151 678 6151.
See also the new Facebook "Friends Of Irby Quarry" page created Feb '22.
March 5th '22 2 strops and 4 sets of 2 glue in bolts installed by volunteers to cover about 8 routes. Use of this equipment is at the individual's own risk. Thanks to those who turned up on the day.
Take the A540 NW from Heswall for 3mi, then R onto the B5140 towards Frankby. After 0.7mi at a junction by a pub turn R onto a smaller road to Irby Hill. The crag is on the R after 400m; take the footpath through a large wooden gate and up a lane to the foot of the quarry, upon entry the main wall is dead ahead and there is a smaller wall to the left hand side.
Best/biggest car parking is the large layby next to the Irby Cricket Club ground on Mill Hill Road. From here, a footpath cuts West through woodland for 200m to Sandy Lane. Follow Sandy Lane down hill to the last house and then take right-hand footpath North to enter the quarry.
Be sure to read the BMC notes.
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