LLANBRADACH


Llanbradach quarry is the second largest sandstone quarry in southeast Wales and has the number of routes to match. It also has the biggest routes on sandstone to date - two-pitch routes up to a height of 50m. However, Llanbradach is not a place for those of an unadventurous nature as the wooded lower quarry is a bit of a jungle and the walls are dominated by vegetation, apart from the Expansionist Wall which penetrates the tree canopy. The Upper Tier has some good routes but they have seen little attention in recent years, and many will need a good clean before an ascent. All the routes have good fixed gear and lower-offs - they just need some TLC.

Routes

3 trad route (E3)
84 sport routes (4a...7c)
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
Western Wall
A small section of crag with a handful of routes and one of the best finger-wreckers in the area....
8
Sport
No sun
Uphill

12 mins

Upper Tier
Many of these routes need re-cleaning at the time of writing, but the gear is in good...
38
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

15 mins

Expansionist Wall
In the centre of the quarry lies its largest section of cliff. The lower walls provide a series of...
17
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

12 mins

sheltered
Sinister Wall
A compact wall split into two sections, the right-hand being more overhanging than the left. Both...
12
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

10 mins

Seepage
sheltered
The Luxury Wall
This is the wall next to the pond, and the first encountered on the main approach. It has a handful...
12
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
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