Crosskeys Quarry

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Crosskeys Quarry
( Brook's Quarry )
Rock Type Quarried Sandstone
Climbing Style Sport/Trad
Approach Time
Area Sandstone
Sub Area Sandstone Eastern Valleys
WGS-84 Location 51.632510, -3.124430
OS Grid Ref. ST 222 932
WGS-84 Parking Location
GR Parking Location
Base Elevation 126 metres (SRTM Estimation)
General Info
Faces Direction
Wind Sheltered
Climbing Type
Crags Within 5.0 km.

Blaen Bran Quarry, Cox's Quarry, Crosskeys Quarry, Cwmcarn, Fernlea Slabs - Risca, Henllys Quarry, Sirhowy - Quarry Mawr, Tyle y Coch

Crosskeys quarry


A small quarry in Pontywaun[1], with a couple of reasonable routes. Cleaning required.


From J28 of the M4, follow (Forest Drive signposts) the A467 to a roundabout where the A4048 carries on to Wattsville (Bumpsville) and the A467 swings right to Brynmawr. Follow the A467 to the next roundabout and take the exit right.

Take the third left (next after the Forest Drive entrance) into a housing estate (Silver Street) and follow this road up to the third left (At Silver Street Store) into North Road. Park where the houses change from terraced to semi detached and walk up the hill (between the houses) for 50 m to land directly in the quarry. Map Of Gower and SE Wales


1. Pick Locks - Fr.6b

The first substantial buttress on the left side of the quarry. 14m

R.Thomas 17.10.1999

2. Skeleton Key - Fr.6a

Gain and climb the faint crack right of the black arête. 12m

R.Thomas, P.Hadley 00.07.1999

3. Locksmith - VS,4c

The crack to the right of Skeleton Key. 12m

N.O’Neill, R.Thomas 00.07.1999

Over to the right is another buttress, with an abandoned project up a blunt never-dry arête.

4. Five Lever - Fr.6b+

The wall to the right of the blunt arête, starting up a thin cracks. Some nuts are needed. 12m

R.Thomas 00.00.1999

5. Petersman - Fr.6c

The wall to the right of Locksmith gives sustained climbing on small holds. 12m

R.Thomas, N.O’Neill 00.07.1999

6. Wreckernoitre - VD

Start in the hollow left of the obvious crack at the back of the quarry. Gain and follow the ramp to finish up the slab at the end of it. 14m

C.Shorrock solo 09.05.1995

7. Wreckernoitre Direct - S

The direct start to Wreckernoitre with a tricky mantle to reach the gangway and slab. 9m

M.Hirst solo 09.05.1995

8. Radovan Karadijc - Fr.7a

The centre of the obvious thumb on the right-hand wall of the quarry. 8m

G.Ashmore 17.10.1999

The Ebbw Valley and the entrance to Cwmcarn Forest Drive a pleasant secluded tributary valley with good walking, mountain biking and camping facilities. Crosskeys Quarry and Cwmcarn Quarry are visible and within walking distance of the campsite.


  1. According to ex-local resident David Marsh, in an email to craginfo@ dated 18/03/2018, the name of this quarry is Brook's Quarry; "definitely not Crosskey's Quarry".