VIVIAN QUARRY


Being close to Llanberis and being full of great climbs has made the Vivian Quarry a popular venue. This was, after all, the birth place of slate climbing back in 1981 when Stevie Haston borrowed a knife from Pete's Eats and cleaned one of the most impressive lines in the quarries - Comes The Dervish which is still on every slate climbers' ticklist to this day.


The Vivian Quarry is in the lower quarries which are best approached directly from Llanberis. From Llanberis, turn left towards the Slate Museum opposite the Snowdon Mountain Railway, and park in the large car park at the museum (fee). There are no alternatives as all parking is now charged in Llanberis. From the car park, head towards the quarry and over the level crossing. The poolside level is accessed through the tunnel by the Dive Centre. All areas, other than the Dwarf Level, are accessed from a path that leads up the left-hand side of the quarry, which is reached by turning left at the Dive Centre and heading down the side of the cafe/station. Head up a flight of steps to reach the small tarmaced access road. Turn left and after 10m the path/stairway heads up the side of the quarry.

Routes

32 trad routes (HVS...E7)
12 sport routes (6a...8a+)
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
The Waterfront Level
A pleasant areas, with popular routes, none more so than Mental Lentils and Psychotherapy.
11
Trad
No sun
Uphill

5 mins

sheltered
The Dwarf Level
A more serious level although Too Bald to Be Bold is a great route especially when linked into the...
10
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

5 mins

sheltered
Comes the Dervish
A great area with many classic routes, in a commanding position above the rest of the quarry and...
23
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

10 mins

sheltered
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