Sheriff Quarry, Maerdy

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Sheriff Quarry, Maerdy
Topo Sheriff.jpg
Rock Type Quarried Sandstone
Climbing Style Sport
Approach Time
Area Sandstone
Sub Area Sandstone Western Valleys
WGS-84 Location 51.675450, -3.4919472
OS Grid Ref. SS 969 984
WGS-84 Parking Location
GR Parking Location
Base Elevation 404 metres (SRTM Estimation)
General Info
Faces Direction
Wind Sheltered
Climbing Type
Crags Within 5.0 km.

Blaenllechau, Bwlch Mountain Road, Clydach Vale Cambrian Quarry, Cwmaman Main, Cwmaman West, Ferndale Lower Quarry, Ferndale Main, Ferndale Right, Gelli, Llwynypia, Maerdy - Rhondda Fach, Pontygwaith Quarry, Sheriff Quarry, Maerdy, Ton Pentre, Treherbert Quarry, Tylorstown Quarry

Location Sheriff


Retro-bolting allowed with first ascentonist permission. New sports route allowed. Place bolts high so kids can't tamper with them.


A compact sports quarry. Easterly facing and slightly overhanging dries quickly with an unfortunate proximity to Maerdy. High first bolts so a clip stick is essential.


As the A4233 enters Maerdy it turns sharply right. At this point turn left up School Road, past a bus depot, and then turn right on to Mile Street/Edward Street. Park here (if you dare). From the northern end of Edward Street a track leads winds upwards towards the forest. As the track reaches the edge of the forest a steep track lead up into the forest. Follow this steep track directly into the quarry. A pillar marks the quarry entrance.


Topping out is difficult due to a band of loose rock, so all routes have lower-offs or adjacent lower-offs.


  1. The Sheriff of Loves Brown Canyon - Fr. 6b+
    Very sustained climbing up a twisting crack becoming increasingly difficult until a mud-filled shot hole offers a brief respite.

  2. Maerdy Gra - Fr. 6c
    Scramble onto dusty ledge to start sustained climbing on very spaced out cracks, finger jams and pockets. Relentless.

  3. Project

  4. Kremlin Capers - Fr. 6b+
    Sustained fingery climb to fist jam.

  5. Little Moscow - Fr. 6b
    Face climbing in the right of the quarry.

Topo Sheriff Topo


  1. D. Emanuel 03/06/2009
  2. D. Emanuel, R. Thomas 26/04/2010
  3. R. Thomas
  4. R. Thomas 26/04/2010
  5. R. Thomas 03/06/2009