Minera Quarry

Clwyd Limestone

The massive limestone quarry near Coedpoeth and Minera has one superb wall of good rock chracterised by a flowstone feature on its left edge. The quarry and surrounding area has recently (2018) been aquired by the North Wales Wildlife Trust and is being amanged as a nature reserve.  It's not yet know what, if any, impact this may have on climbing activities here but concerns have been raised by the trustees of the Wildlife Trust regarding possible disturbance of nesting birds and liability. Please report any access issues directly to the BMC. In the meantime the BMC is looking to negotiate a more longer term agreed access agreement. 

Crag information
Climbing Area: Wales Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Wildlife Trust No. of Routes: 15
Within National Park: No Year Developed:
Grid Reference: SJ251522

The quarry and surrounding areas have recently in early 2018 been aquired by the North Wales Wildlife Trust. This may affect access for climbing and concerns have already been raised by turstees of the Wildlife Trust rgearding liability, bolting and possible disturbance to nesting birds. Be aware that acess could be sensitive at the moment until a more formal access agreement is in place. 
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 in the Trevor Area. 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.

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