Vivian Quarry

Llanberis Slate

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'.

BMC has been informed that a major rockfall occurred here on 12-06-19 and that the landowners have stated that until a full assesment is made,  access to the whole of Vivian Quarry (all levels) for all purposes, including climbing is prohibited. It appears that  the rockfall ocured during the heavy rainfall and mainly affects the routes to the right of "Last Tango in Paris". The "bad step"  to get past the base of the Dervish slab seems to have partially collapsed, as well as a considerable amount of debris falling from higher up above the Conscience slab.  Please avoid! 

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

June 13th 2019 -A major rockfall has occured and until further notice all access to the whole of the Vivian Quarry climbing areas is closed. Considerable loose rock is scattered all over the southern side of the quarry, affecting numerous routes with significant further rock falls likley.  

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 and the areas at pool level as far as Psychotherapy, 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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