Lonnen Quarry (aka Cleadon Quarry)

Climbs 51 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 50m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
A good bouldering/soloing area on the edge of some playing fields in South Shields.

The North of England Rock Climbs guidebook also describes Cleadon Crags near the old windmill. I searched it out on 11/9/07. Beware - it's not a place for shorts; forestry workers overalls would be better. The place is very overgrown and you can't top out most of the routes. It's also very small. Stick to Lonnen Quarry (and The Cove) in future!

21/03/10 - Just updated all the climbs that are possible. A lot of the place has been taken over by trees and bushes. Most of the routes you can top out except for Black butress. Top ropes are advisable as the top is very brittle (I've experienced this first hand by falling from the top onto my back, luckily I didn't land on a car battery or any other bits of rubbish that litters the place) - If you're not top roping I strongly recommend a pad!

I'm unsure on the grades - I have copied straight from the "North East Climbing" guidebook.

Went there yesterday and the harsh winter has killed a lot of the nasty vegetation!

A GOOD GUIDE CAN BE FOUND HERE - http://www.climbonline.co.uk/cleadon.htm

Approach notes
Overlooks the football fields adjacent to Quarry Lane in South Shields, on the edge of the Cleadon Hills

A bit complicated to find. Heading E on the A194 to S Shieds, turn right onto John Reid road (A1300). Turn right at the roundabout with a clock in the middle and after 100 mtrs turn left immedaitely before the trees and go up the minor road with Cleadon Park on the right. After the school the crag will be seen on the right. Park at the houses 1m from the crag.


Out of print: North East England (2003), North of England Rock Climbs (1992)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2The AreteVB 9
3Small WallVB 4c 10
4Small CrackVB 4a 9
5Short WallV1 5b 10
6Short CrackVB 4b 9
7Left WallVB 4c *5
8Central WallV2 5c 4
9Golden YearsV1 5b 6
10Central GrooveVB 4a 9
11Right Wall EliminateV3 6a *7
12Right WallVB 4c ***7
13Blunt BulgeV0 5a 5
14Original routeVB 4a **12
15Hidden WallV1 5b 7
16DepressonVB 4b 10
17GroovelineVB 4c 6
18Pock wallVB 4b 5
19The cornerVB 4b 8
20Girdle TraversesV2 5a/5c 3
21ClitV2 5c *4
22NaybrewV3 6a *7
23Jug WallV3 6a 4
24Thin White CrackV2 5c **6
26PatriarchV1 5b 3
27Chord CrackVB 4b 3
28The ImproviserV1 5b 3
29The SupervisorV2 5c 3
30The Supervisor Direct StartV4 6b 3
31The RatV0 5a *6
32Black Wall GirdleV1 5b/6b **5
33Ragged CrackVB 4c 7
34Left-Hand VariationVB 4b 3
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Steve Crowe - 07/Mar/13
Going to visit Cleadon Quarry tommorow bout 12ish get some decent photos.
Bloomy - 18/Aug/11
Good bouldering, near to Newcastle and 25m from the road. Well worth a visit if in the area and at a loose end, especially if you also visit The Cove.
craig h - 02/Nov/07
The name of the crag is actually Cleadon Quarry and is a extremely useful and free traing wall.
L.G - 31/Dec/04
Underrated. It has a good bouldering section on the main wall. It does offer short climbs - a good fence at the top to tie in. Problem with vegetation underfoot and on top plus litter doesn't make it immediately appealing! I'll follow up with some pics.
Clive - 04/Oct/02