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Lonnen Quarry (aka Cleadon Quarry)Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND
Climbs 51 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 50m a.s.l – Faces SW
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
Climbs at this crag
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.
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