LAWRENCEFIELD


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.

Routes

67 trad routes (D...E6)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Roadside Bay
Under the surprising bend, that gives the Surprise View its name, is a small quarried bay with a...
15
Trad
No sun
Up and down

0 mins

sheltered
Great Harry
The walls and grooves to the left of the Pool have a fine set of middle grade routes that follow...
13
Trad
No sun
Up and down

0 mins

sheltered
The Pool Wall
The most imposing face in the quarry is the tall wall behind the pool. Once an aid practice ground,...
11
Trad
No sun
Up and down

0 mins

sheltered
Gingerbread Slab
Beyond the pool is the attractive and popular sheet of rock of Gingerbread Slab. This is good spot...
14
Trad
No sun
Up and down

0 mins

sheltered
Stonemason's Buttress
The quarry continues rightwards from Gingerbread Slab but the quality deteriorates; there have been...
6
Trad
Early morning sun
Downhill

8 mins

sheltered
Red Wall
Continuing rightwards one section is well-worth a visit; a wall rising above a band of sandy red...
8
Trad
Early morning sun
Downhill

8 mins

sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For LAWRENCEFIELD

    Straight Crack
    "Changed from VD to VD *, 100% of 1 vote for *" 23/Mar

    Three Tree Climb
    "No trees left now - only stumps. Some nice moves between big rests but probably..." 13/Dec

    Tyrone
    "I've led this a few times and its a great climb. No matter how many times i've d..." 01/Nov

    High Street
    "Probably a little soft, but deffo E4 6a compared to boulevard. First couple of m..." 20/Oct

    Pool Wall
    "Had fair bit of soil and vegetation on it affecting holds and gear, but now clea..." 24/Sep

    Three Tree Climb
    "Jugs a plenty, but the start is tricky. Did impressive commando roll on 1 ft dro..." 05/Jun

    Tyrone
    "Fell on lead! Decent climbing that didn't feel too hard until choosing which cra..." 16/May

    Red Wall
    "Climbed the crack. If Millstone grades are anything to go by it's E1 5b(traditio..." 03/May

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