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Headend quarry

Cumbria, ENGLAND

Climbs 38 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 200m a.s.l – Faces S

Crag features
Head End Quarry forms one of a series of small limestone quarries found in the Carboniferous Limestone which forms a ridge around the northern edge of the English Lake District. Suitable for novices and as an alternative to the cafe when it's raining too hard down Borrowdale.

The quarry has a south facing aspect and is about 30 feet high and 140 feet long. It is relatively quick to dry, views from the top are extensive - North across the Solway plain (and Firth) to Scotland, and South to the back a Skiddaw fells (watch for the sunset behind Binsey - it can be truly magnificent).

Erosion is becoming a problem at the top of the quarry so avoid setting top ropes which will cause any more erosion - get the belay krab OVER THE EDGE. Iron stakes give belays at the top of the quarry, avoid using the small bushes as belays. (Bad for the bush, potentially very bad for you.)

The quarry is popular with groups and can be crowded at times.

Nearest facilities are in Ireby (two pubs one containing the village shop and post office), closest phone box is 300 yards down the hill to Sandale and take the first right.

[Andy Johnston 4/02]

Just a short list of the climbs that are there:

1. Novices' Route - Mod - 25'

2. West End Groove - HDif - 25'

3. West End Direct - VDif - 25'

4. Diogenes - S - 25'

5. Headend Chimney - HDif

Access notes
No access problems, the quarry is a stones throw from the road. Car parking is available along the road by the quarry in a few lay-bys. Space for around 5 cars. Don't be tempted to drive too far up the track towards the quarry to park, cars will ground on the rocks here.


Weather forecast

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0.1mm rain
15 °C
18 kph

6.7mm rain
14 °C
19 kph

3.2mm rain
Mainly cloudy
14 °C
12 kph

0.7mm rain
Sunny periods
15 °C
15 kph

0.3mm rain
Mainly cloudy
12 °C
11 kph
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North of England Rock Climbs (1992)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1Novices' RouteVD 87
2Catlands WallMVS 61
3West End GrooveVD *144
4West End DirectS *98
5Dodgy NeckVS 63
6DiogenesS 83
7Controlled GurningVS 5a 39
8Headend ChimneyMS 99
9KamikazeHVS 5a *51
10Pat The DogE1 5b 10
11Nippo CrackVS 4c *83
12Letter-Box DirectMVS 4b *95
13Divine WindVS 4c *12
14Letter-BoxMVS 4b **106
15Bird's Nest DirectD *97
16BilberryVD 80
17BloodhoundE1 5b 56
18CrusthoundHVS 5b *111
 Climb nameGradex
19Soap GutS 64
20Snail WallS 4a 81
21Fossil AreteHS 4a *29
22Devil's KneecapS 4a *85
23MolluscMVS 4c 7
24BlahS 4b 87
25Crystal CruiseVS 4c *74
26Crystal Wall DirectMS 4a **185
27DidsVS 5a *42
28W.A.CVS 5a *57
29The Butcher's DogHVS 5a *60
30Nut Smasher CrackVD 78
31Terrace StairwayM *80
32TerrazaS 4b 43
33Piggy MaloneHS 63
34BobtailD 56
35Heads or TailsV1 21
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Overgraded compared to rest of lakes. Grades in new fell and rock guide are more realistic.Some routes are very polished.
smollett - 03/Mar/13