Vivian Quarry

Llanberis Slate

User attention

Restoration and safety works are being carried out on historical machinery (including the aerial cableway) within Vivian Quarry.  For safety reasons, Gwynedd Council state that no access to the Lower Levels (Mentil Lentils, etc) is possible during this time and the poolside path gate wil be locked. Please avoid while this work is underway.  While it's technically still possible to access the Comes the Dervish levels this is also best avoided while workers are active in the quarry.  from 11/02/2019 to 11/03/2019

The gateway to the slate, this is probably the most convenient of the quarries, especially as you can see it from Pete's Eats café! The rock surrounds a large pool which adds atmosphere to the plethora of excellent routes here - including the famous 'Comes The Dervish' and the infamous 'Dawes of Perception'.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Wales Rock Type: Slate
Importance: National CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Local Authority No. of Routes: 156
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1981
Grid Reference: SH586605

A major rock fall has occured in 2017- access to the lower tier, beyond Dawes of Perception slab has been fenced off to protect the public.
There is currently no access to the Psychotherapy slab or any other routes on the lower level in that area; the small bay directly in front of the scuba diving platform has collapsed rendering this area very unsafe and unstable, with more rock likely to come down.

Access to Mental Lentils and other routes immediately near the entrance to the Lower Level is unaffected. Similarly, access to the Middle (Dervish) level and the Upper Levels is also unaffected by this recent rockfall.
The quarry is within the Padarn Country Park, managed by Gwynedd Council. Climbing is tolerated away from the main paths and the owners make it clear that access away from the main paths is entirely at the individual's own risk and offically not encouraged.

Parking and Approach

The access to Vivian Quarry is shared with the local Vivian Diving Centre. Please refrain from climbing on the Bathtime Wall while the centre is open and operating - do not climb on the Bathtime Wall/Prow area if divers are using the pool due to danger of rockfall. 

The quarry is within the Parc Padarn Country Park, managed by Gwynedd Council. Climbing is tolerated away from the main paths but the owners make it clear that access away from the main paths is entirely at the individual's own risk and is strictly discouraged.

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