Ham Hill Quarry

Climbs 20 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces S

Crag features
Sandstone quarry with a number of clean faces up to 10 metres high. About a dozen obvious lines and various eliminates exist with the best lines around English 5a to 5b. As with Southern Sandstone the prevailing ethic has been top-roping due to the nature of the rock and some of the top-outs. There are also a few easy obvious boulder problems around the base of the quarry.

The stone is "Ham stone" - a sort of limestone, apparently.

Access notes
Stituated in Ham Hill Country Park with nearby parking and good access.

Avon and Cheddar (2004), Avon and Cheddar (1992)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
  Climb nameGrade
1The Aretenone 5a **
2Traditional Climbnone 5a *
3Gaza Stripnone 5c *
4The ChimneyVD
5Left Edgenone 5a
6Digit Dexteritynone 5c
7Left Wallnone 5a *
8Wobbly Block Lostnone 5b
9The Reachnone 5b
10Via Medianone 5b
11Innominate Cracknone 5a *
12Easy Risernone 5b **
13Stairway Super Directnone 5c
14The stairwaynone 5a **
15Too hard for M and G6c *
16Shortienone 5a
17Not the Cornernone 5a
18The Corner *4b
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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Hi folks. There's been some aggressive gardening and rock removal in upper reaches of the ivy covered chimney which is to the right of the obvious corner. Please note that this area is a bat roost and should not be disturbed. Only the lower (already well cleaned) section of the chimney should be climbed, as access to the adjacent routes. The corner itself should only be climbed to 2/3 height then break out left (grade 4b). Please note the following: All the quarrying exposures used by climbers fall within the boundary of the 200 acre Scheduled Ancient Monument (i.e. Ham Hill). This designation protects the heritage land surface of the Iron Age hill fort and also the earthworks of other later occupations. Use of metal detectors is strictly prohibited under law, as is digging or excavations of any sort. Action will be taken against any party found to be defacing the S.A.M. In addition to the S.A.M. Deep Quarry ( this is where the climbs are) is designated a Geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (S.S.S.I.) Thanks Gerry
Gerry - 25/Jun/14
Toarcian Age A brown, shelly, bioclastic limestone, parallel- bedded and cross-bedded, interpreted to have been deposited in a shallow marine tidal channel. The base displays a change upward from sands or sandstones of undivided Bridport Sand Formation into bioclastic limestone. The top is generally a non-sequence displaying a sharp change upward from bioclastic limestone to cream or grey shelly or ooidal limestone or calcareous mudstone of the Inferior Oolite, elsewhere it may be conformable, displaying a change up into sandy mudstone of undivided Bridport Sand Formation.
The Pylon King - 28/May/14
Whats this sight like for small groups?
TheAloft - 15/Jul/13
Regarding leading at this crag, please see http://www.southsomersetcountryside.com/ham-hill-country-park/recreation-and-leisure-activities/rock-climbing.aspx
Seraphic8x - 17/Jun/12
WTF is this "no leading ethic" bollox?? This isn't decaying barely consolidated and hugely over-used sand like Harrisons. It's just a normal quarry and a wee bit fragile. Place gear with care and use a hanging rope to avoid the top-outs if needed. See the 1992 Cheddar guide for proper details. Anyway it's got me inspired to get fit and go back to lead The Saline Solution at some point.
Fiend - 07/Sep/09
...Ham stone being a type of Limestone
otziiceman - 28/Aug/07
Its not Sandstone, its Ham stone. two reliable geologists have confirmed this...
otziiceman - 28/Aug/07
Ways to reach the top to secure a toprope: 1)Climb up from the bottom then jump the gap 2)Walk out of the quarry, take the first right, then right again. Then jump over the fence into the top of the quarry 3)Walk along the road from the carpark away from the town. walk 20m along a path, then jump of the fence mentioned above.
otziiceman - 13/Jul/07
I would also back up the top roping ethics suggested, the same as the soft southern sandstone. Keep the rock the way it was ment to be. Leading could destroy it for future climbers, and always use a rope sleave at the top of the crag to protect the rock from erosion by your top rope.
boulderingmonkey - 20/Jun/07
sorry fiend but there is a no leading ethic here. feel free to solo to your hearts content though :)
remtherockclimber - 08/Jun/07
Don't anybody think these routes are new. They date back to the mid 1980s. You got the names wrong too.
Gerry - 04/Sep/06
...and some good leading too...
Fiend - 31/Jan/06
Just to say there is easy top-roping here as well
Paul Joyce - 29/Jun/05
Do you have more up to date information?

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