YARNCLIFFE QUARRY


A small sheltered quarry that has been popular for years because of its accessibility. If you arrive and there are more than a couple of outdoor centre/school minibuses parked in the gateway it is probably worth looking elsewhere for your sport, though it has to be said Zapple is often free. The quarry and nearby edge (not described here but worth a look if you are interested in unexplored jungle) are named after the millstones that used to be quarried here; an old name for them was querns and the corruption 'yarn'-cliffe (and also 'Wharn'-cliffe) indicates a location of this ancient industry.

Routes

31 trad routes (VD...E6)
1 boulder problem (f7C+)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
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Approach walk Other
Ant's Slab
Entering the quarry, Ant's Slab is the first section you come to. This is the most popular part of...
11
Trad
Early morning sun
Roadside

1 min

sheltered
Cardinal's Slab
The tall fin of Cardinal's Arete and another clean, cracked slab of Cardinal's Slab, are just...
10
Trad
Early morning sun
Level

1 min

sheltered
Zapple Area
Beyond the initial bays the routes are spread out, many are green and overgrown although there is...
11
Trad
Early morning sun
Level

2 mins

sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For YARNCLIFFE QUARRY

    Soldier Ant
    "Changed from E3 5c * to E3 5b *, 0% of 3 votes for 5b" 23/Mar

    Zapple
    "Fantastic climbing, start is not too bad for 5b." 25/Sep

    Latecomer
    "Enjoyed the route but there were two loose rocks along the way." 21/May

    Cardinal's Arete
    "The blocks in the middle part of this route are a little loose take care if pull..." 12/Apr

    Sulu
    "Climbed this on Sunday while avoiding the gales. A lovely delicate climb - no tr..." 23/Jun

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