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Hobson Moor Quarry

Greater Manchester, ENGLAND

Climbs 96 – Rocktype Grit (quarried) – Altitude 280m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
A pleasant (for a quarry!) climbing ground with easy access and good 'crack' with the locals. Mostly good rock on the right side of vertical! Routes mainly VS and above approx 15 - 20m long. Some of the harder routes are equipped with pegs as sport routes. Best climbs are Crew's Route (VS 4c), Parker's Eliminate (HVS 5a), Tighe's Arete (E1 5a), Great Expectations (E3 6a), Fingertip Control and Hobson's Choice (both E5 6b).

The low level traverse is a classic.

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Peak Bouldering (2014), Over the Moors (2012), Peak District: Bouldering (2011), Western Grit (2009), On Peak Rock (2003),
Out of print: Western Grit (2003), Peak Bouldering - Fax09 (1998), Bouldering in the Peak District Vol 2 (1994)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGradex
2Eastern TouchE4 6a *4
3Apres MidiE2 5c *5
4Gardener's WorldE4 6b *1
5Wanna Buy a Bolt Kit?E4 6b *3
6HeatwaveE2 5c 2
7Hanging SlabE1 5b *63
8Crock's ClimbE1 5b 18
9The Heat is OnE4 6b * 
10Fingertip ControlE5 6b *** 
11Gable EndE4 6a **7
12Hobson's ChoiceE5 6b **8
13Great ExpectationsE3 5c **25
14MonsoonHVS 5b 8
15WotawallE2 5b 1
16Worm's TurnE4 6c  
17RaindropE4 6a *11
18The ScytheE2 5b 34
19Sunshine Super GlueE3 6a **14
20Bring me SunshineE2 5c 79
22Epitaph CornerVS 4b **414
23Sunshine SupermanE2 5b 102
24Parker's EliminateHVS 5a ***521
25Fade AwayE2 5c 2
26GideonVS 5a *285
27Basic TrainingE5 6c *2
28GideoniteHVS 5a *106
29Crew's RouteVS 4c ***608
30Peak AreteHVS 5a 81
31Steve's DilemmaE2 6a 11
32RSHVS 5c 2
33Evening RidgeVD 104
34Midnight VariationS 4a 94
36Dragon's RouteE3 5c *96
37What To Do On A Wet Sunday AfternoonE1 5b *3
38Scale the DragonE5 6b **32
39The HobsonianE6 6c 1
40DrizzleE3 6a **72
41DroughtE4 6a *26
42Foghorn GrooveVS 4c *305
43Wind InstrumentHVS 5a 39
44The HarpHS 4b *513
45Blind TigerHVS 5a 3
46Bird Poo CornerHS 4b 21
47Dark KnightHS 4a 11
48Pocket WallVD *409
49Pocket GrooveVD 12
 Climb nameGradex
50Tighe's AreteE1 5a **322
51Ledge WayHS 4b 115
52Grain of SandVS 5a 79
53Amphitheatre ClimbVD 157
54Heather CornerVD 133
55Right hand wallVS 4c *9
56Right AreteVS 5a 11
57End WallHVS 5c 5
58The Girdle Traverse of Hobson MoorE4 6a * 
60House on the Hillf7B *2
61House on the Hill Left-handf7A 2
62Back Wall TraverseV4 ***94
63One Arm Bone Crusherf5+ *1
64The Locals Are Watching Youf6B 4
65Sunshine TraverseV3 9
66SunshineV2 5c *12
67Basic Training Startf7B+ 1
68Basic Thumb TraverseV3 *20
69Steve Ring Home Startf6B 12
70Pillar Facef7A 7
71Slot to SlotV1 *33
72Block AreteV0 5a 28
73Dragon's Slabf4+ 11
74Right Wall TraverseV2 *44
75Percy 97V3 6a 72
76Percy 97 EliminateV10 1
77Percy 97 DynoV6 9
78Percy's Crackf4 4
79Percy's Crack Dynof6C 1
80Double Dynof6A *1
81Percy Left-handV0+ 35
82Percy Right-handV1 54
83Percy Right-hand (sit-start)f6B 2
84Dirty CornerV0- 25
85Triangle Leftf6A+ 11
86TriangleV4 6a **43
87Triangle Eliminatef7A 1
88Triangle AreteV2 5c *1
89Easy CrackV0- 49
90Slippery GrooveV0- 57
91Edgy SlabV0- 66
92Slab AreteV0- 46
93Low-level TraverseV5 6a ***2
94Green WallV0- 21
95Green RampV0+ 29
96RibV1 27
97The SeamV0+ 39
98FlakesV0+ 31
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Access notes
From the A6018 Mottram to Stalybridge road, take the minor road (at SJ 985967) opposite a set of new build flats for 500m keeping left at any junction. Park next to the quarry.
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There must have been a bit of a clean up since the last comment as there isn't much fly tipped rubbish - still a fair load of small pieces of a glass though - a shame 'cus puts me off bringing my toddler here.
noteviljoe - 11/Jul/13

Saw some guys shooting air guns here, some ledges covered in smashed glass bottles. Lots of fly tipped rubbish, crag is in dire need of a cleanup.
James Oakes - 21/May/13

Clean up? I was very disappointed to see smashed glass EVERYWHERE!!! Also seems to be frequented by campers bent on leaving a friggin mess - a real shame cos the bouldering is quite good.
jules699 - 15/Sep/12

Now looking better after the recent cleanup!
Paul Evans - 07/May/12

adding to craigh comment - every time ive been here ive got into a routine of going to top of routes after seeing the chavs and 9 out of 10 times the krabs are unscrewed and knots loosened, pity tasers arnt legal for climbers lol. Always check gear if you see chavs hope no1 has accidents due to insensitive idiots
philip1984 - 26/Oct/11

Having been here only 3 times over 5 years the climbing remains nice, but the atmosphere has worsened due to the amount of litter and especially broken glass covering most of the ground. The worst is that bottles are obviusly thrown at the walls, so beware glass lodged in or on holds.
steveshaking - 08/Sep/10

nice place, but very busy with outdoor groups top roping and abseiling on the few climbs around VS
adam06 - 30/Oct/09

Cosy little crag with some great routes. Has a tendency to seep after rain, especially the wall above the main bouldering traverse.
SecretSquirrel - 25/Aug/08

Great venue for the HS to Extreme climber. Not much for beginners. Well sheltered most of the time and a real sun trap. Good stake belays and very rarely crowded.

It is not uncommon for gear to go walk about here. This has happened to a few people I know especially when they have taken groups and set up top ropes. Local kids have taken rigging ropes, crabs and even rucksacks being used as rope protectors. Leave nothing valuble at the top especially if kids are lurking and check rigging frequently.
craig h - 30/Apr/04

The low level traverse is great, and dam hard as well. Some other first rate bouldering here as well. Quite a few bats during the summer evenings devouring the midges as well, viva-la-bat ! Nice quarry, nice setting.
Rory - 18/May/03

The petrol station has now closed, there is a pub opposite as well, think it's the wagon and horses but can check this iain johnson
Iain Johnson - 09/May/03