Thorny Bank Hill Quarry

Climbs 39 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces SW

Crag features
An clean exposed south west facing limestone quarry. The rock is very rough, almost like gritstone, and a little loose looking in places.

Online topos availabe at and in the PDF linked at the bottom

Access notes
Access is described as sensitive. Another part of the site is apparently still a working quarry.


Out of print: North East England (2003)

Climbs at this crag

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  Climb nameGrade
2Stick or TwistE1 5b *
3Stacked DeckHS 4c
5Owd BartleVS 4c
6Cobscar WallE2 5c **
7Tumbling DiceE1 5b **
8Dawson's DownfallE2 5c ***
9Winning StreakE1 5b ***
10The StripE1 5b *
11Apedale RoadHVS 5a *
12Apedale Road VariationHVS 5a
13Crocodile SandwichE2 5c **
14House Of CardsE1 5a
15Roll The BonesE2 5b *
16No Cause For AlarmE1 5b
17IndrecE2 5c **
18Chaytor RakeHVS 5b
19It's Good CrackE1 5b **
20Odd-JobE1 5a
21Pussy GaloreE2 5c *
22The ScropesVS 4c
25Forgotten CrackVS 4c
26Big Rock Candy MountainE1 5b *
27Fern CrackVS 4c
29Shy AreteVS 4c **
30Unnamed CrackE2 5c *
31Unnamed CornerHVS 5a
32The Flashing Blade6c ***
33Hibbert's RouteE4 6a ***
34Richardson's RouteHVS 5b
35Scooper Dooper 1VS 4c
36Thumbs UpVS 4c
37GordonE3 5c **
38MassacreHVS 5a
39Starting PointE3 5c *
40Private PileHVS 5b
41Full Metal JacketHVS 5b
43EteraHVS 5a
44TarmaceveVS 5a
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Went here today and there is a big sign saying No Public Access, including equestrian, climbing, walking, motorbikes and vehicles. Went to have a look at the crag and a man in hi-vis orange overalls was wandering around. I assume it is well monitored!
Matt Bill Platypus - 02/Aug/09
Good climbing and gear on the routes on the left. The rock is clean but the alder bushes at the bottom will need cutting down before long as they'll start to spoil the routes.
petellis - 21/Jul/09
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