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Independence Quarry

Clwyd Limestone

A section of Trevor Rocks, these quarried walls contain a number of bolted lines.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Wales Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 20
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 2004
Grid Reference: SJ230435

Restrictions apply from 15 February - 6 June.

Reason: Nesting Birds

Update June 6th 2021 -sadly the birds have failed in their attempt to nest here this year (probably due to poor weather) and the climbing restrictions have been lifted early for 2021. 

Because the crag is contained within a small "amphitheatre", the climbing restriction, due to nesting Peregrines, covers all routes on this crag. Signs are also in place on the approach path.



Parking and Approach

Park on the road above the crag - by driving past Trevor Rocks and continuing along the top road for about 750m to a large layby on the left just past a left hand bend. DO NOT park or  approach from the lower narrow single track road.


CRoW Information

The quarries of ther Trevor area are on Open Access land.

Group Advice


Area information

The eastern side of the Eglwyseg Valley contains some great limestone escarpments and number of excellent cliffs with climbing ranging from trad. protected low-grade classics to modern bolt protected desperates for the steely-fingered. The whole escarpment is a SSSI with many valuable conservation features including; rare cliff flora, well-developed (and undisturbed) scree slopes, and established pairs of legally protected breeding birds. In comparison to other parts of the country, the Clwyd birds appear to nest slightly earlier in the year and voluntary restrictions therefore apply from 15th Feb -15th July inclusive. Local conservation volunteers monitor the nesting birds and agree appropriate nesting restrictions each year with the BMC. Relations between climbers, the local conservationists and Denbighshire County Council remain very good and it is important visitors continue to adhere to the nesting restrictions and following conservation advice. - The nest sites are located between markers placed by DCC at the base of the Craig Arthur, Monks Buttress, and very occassioaly in the Trevor Area (but birds have not nested on that section for over 10 years). The markers are metal squares (15cm across) painted half red, half green. The nest site is usually located between two markers which are usually 30 - 40m apart - climbers should avoid all routes in the 'red zone'. Conservation Advice - If you hear the obvious shrieks of an alarmed peregrine, please retreat from the area. - Stick to established paths across scree slopes. - Do not lower-off with the rope running directly around tree trunks.

Weather Information

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