Llanbradach Winter Routes

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OS 171 - GR 146895


The quarry, situated 1 mile north of Caerphilly, provides the ultimate in user friendly ice climbing being only 2 miles walk from the main A469 Caerphilly to Llanbradach road. The cliff requires a long period of cold weather to bring these fine little climbs into full condition.


Access to the cliff is gained via a track passing under an obvious reinforced bridge 100m south of Llanbradach village. Follow this uphill and turn left just after the bridge. Walk along the main track with the railway on the left and following a look for a track into the trees opposite an electric station on the railway. The routes are reached in a further 100m; i.e. the lower left bay as facing the whole quarry.


All routes finish by 'abseling' from the available trees. Please don't lower off or top-rope directly from the trees as the moving/running rope will damage them.


All routes can be found in the lower left hand bay:

1. THE GATHERING GLOOM 30 m grade 3 *

H Griffiths; G Lewis 03/03/1986

2. PER ARDVA AD ASTRA 35 m grade 3 *

G Lewis; H Griffiths 03/03/1986

3. DEAR ALISON 35 m grade 4 **

G Lewis; P Littlejohn 03/03/1986

4. BOSSTRICK 30 m grade 4 *

P Littlejohn; G Lewis 03/03/1986

5. THE BIG FREEZE 40 m grade 4 *

P Littlejohn; G Lewis 03/03/1986