Altitude 144m a.s.l
Evening climbing at Traprain Law © planetmarshall
This wee crag is perfect for beginners, an easy half-day or summers evening, offering interesting climbing in the lower to middle grades. Dries quickly and climbing can be had at anytime of the year. The routes are relatively short, well protected and the non-serious feel of the crag is pleasing.
Update 5th March 2020
The North Quarry has some recorded climbs and now some sport routes. Access is banned 1st April - 31st July due to nesting Peregrine's. A reminder that disturbing the birds is a criminal offence and they are regularly monitored. The new sports routes stretch some 60m in length. Best efforts have be made to remove loose rock from newly established routes. Helmets are advised for all parties climbing and extreme caution on rock stabiity outside those areas!
South face access
Take great care when parking at the bottom not block the road, nor access to fields. Park as far off the road as possible so as not to block access by farm vehicles using the road. If following the line of the old wall which goes through the field to the style, WALK in SINGLE FILE and DO NOT spread out over the crop field.
Access update from the access officer - April 2013
"He(the farmers son) accepts that people have a right to get to the crags and has said that people can walk the original route, across the crops until a better route is created.
His intention is to build a car park at the bottom of the right of way at the west side of Traprain and for there to be a path from the car park to the crags. I am very pleased that this has been agreed, but I think it will be next year before he is able to start any work on it."
Having had a look this week (30/04/2013) please take care not to stray off the line of the old wall as there are crops planted across the full width of the field.
Quarry access Update (23/04/2019)
There is a car park & seating area on the C105, recommend parking here and (e.g. if in the car park and facing away from the Law, head right) walking about 5m from the edge of the car park then hopping the fence (you'll want to hop somewhere between the car park and the next lay-by), walk up the verge to the next fence and turn left and follow that trail, you'll eventually come into the west side of the quarry. Take care as there's a lot of large, loose rock and rusted sheet metal.
If coming to rappel from top of quarry, park at lay-by slightly further down the C105 cross the road and hop over at the stile then walk up the hill to the top of the quarry.
Nesting birds 1st April - 31st July.
Note - this only applies to the routes in the quarry and not the south side crags.
For the south side crag routes, if approaching along the line of the old wall through the field WALK in SINGLE FILE and DO NOT SPREAD OUT across the field crop. Park as far off the road as possible so as not to block access by farm vehicles using the road.
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