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Llanberis Slate Quarries 
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Llanberis Pass Rock Climbing 

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Or "The Pass". Usually approached from its summit and down towards the old slate mining town of Llanberis. Drive down this narrow winding road into the heart of the area and get a grand tour of fantastic crags and climbs, culminating I suppose with Dinas Cromlech on the right and it obvious dihedral, known as Cenotaph Corner (5.10), probably the most famous climb in Britain.

There are worthy crags on both sides - and I have created two sub-areas, North Side and South Side.

At the summit of the pass is the Pen-Y-Pass Hotel, now a hostel I think, but in the early 1900's before WWI the scene of an Easter get-together hosted by climber and poet Geoffrey Winthrop Young - the likes of Mallory used to show up for these parties.

The Slate Quarries are a relatively recent addition to the repertoire, but shouldn't be missed if staying in Llanberis for a week.

The B&B's in the town of Llanberis are great, and there's a few restaurants and pubs plus two great climbing shops, one of which is Joe Brown's original (the other is at Capel Curig). There's also Pete's Eats a climbing greasy spoon which is a must do - chip butty (french fry sandwich) and a steaming mug of tea.

Getting There 

Turn off the A5 at Capel Curig and follow the A4086 (great views of Lliwedd and Snowdon) bear right at the sign for Llanberis, then up over the pass.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.4 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Llanberis Pass

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Llanberis Pass:
Flying Buttress   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 5 pitches, 275'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
Cemetery Gates   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
Cenotaph Corner   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
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Rock Climbing Photo: Paul Ross relaxing  in the corner. 1970's

Cenotaph Corner 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Dinas Cromlech
Britain's most famous climb? It used to be.This climb had it's name long before it was climbed, it was attempted by some pretty gnarly climbers from Menlove Edwards (who successfully top-roped it in the 1930's) to Peter Harding before its successful ascent by a young lad named Joe Brown. Joe used a couple of pitons, and the previous generations just weren't into that.1) 120ft 5.10+. It's one pitch long and has a stiff move at about 20ft, then easier until arriving at the niche, some delicate ste...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: Darren climbing near the quarry
Darren climbing near the quarry
Rock Climbing Photo: Llanberis Pass with Dinas Cromlech in the middle
Llanberis Pass with Dinas Cromlech in the middle

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