LAWRENCEFIELD


The deeply recessed quarry (named after the extensive moor behind the old workings and called Laurencefield on the Harvey Dark Peak map) has been a haunt of climbers since the 1950s. Initially a selection of easy free routes were developed around the pool before the place was developed into an aid playground with climbers hammering a way up the many thin cracks that split the vertical back wall that rises above the green and greasy pool. By the early 1970s standards of technical ability and the quality of protection, allied to the fact that the majority of the cracks were now wide enough to admit fingertips, meant that many of the aid routes became excellent free climbs in a new route gold rush not see before or since. Although playing second fiddle to nearby Millstone Quarry, Lawrencefield quarry remains a well-liked venue, 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.

Routes

49 trad routes (D...E6)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Roadside Bay
Under the surprising bend, that gives the Surprise View its name, is a small quarried bay with a...
12
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Level

2 mins

sheltered
Great Harry
The series of walls and grooves to the left of the pool have a fine collection of middle grade...
9
Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
Downhill

5 mins

sheltered
The Pool Wall
The most imposing face in the quarry is the fine steep wall behind the pool. Once an aid practice...
10
Trad
Afternoon sun
Downhill

5 mins

sheltered
Gingerbread Slab
Beyond the pool is the attractive and popular sheet of rock of Gingerbread Slab. This is good spot...
11
Trad
Afternoon sun
Downhill

5 mins

sheltered
Red Wall
The quarry continues rightwards from Gingerbread Slab but its quality deteriorates rapidly and the...
7
Trad
Afternoon sun
Downhill

7 mins

sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For LAWRENCEFIELD

    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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