Downholme Quarry

Climbs 39 – Rocktype Mica schist – Altitude 217m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
Small Limestone Quarry in pleasant secluded setting with splendid views across Arkendarth (?) dale. Routes up to 10 meters, some now polished. Very convenient climbing, level top and bottom, stake belays (old, caution). Some holds still prone to flake-off! (though most dodgy ones already gone).

Access notes
Easy access, 5mins from Downholme village through field behind Bolton Arms car park. Supposed to call Catterick Army base (see later North East guide).
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Guidebooks
North of England Rock Climbs (1992),
Out of print: North East England (2003)

Climbs at this crag

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  Climb nameGrade
 INTRODUCTORY BAY 
2Little JayVS 5a
3PongoesS
4StumblerVD
5Brown StaneHVS 5b
6BumblerHS 4b
7D.E.W LineE2 5c
8D.E.W Line EliminateV3 6a
9AlistairE1 5b *
10Alistair Super DirectV5 6b
11Crap HatsV3 6a
12Crystal TippsVS 5a
13Bling AreteV0+ 5a
 MAIN WALL 
15TracerHVS 5b
16Big BootsD
17The Thwarting of The Vamp CowHS 4b
18Fascination StreetS 4c
19Line of FireHS 4b
20Downholme RacerHVS 4c *
21Je Cours Tout SeulVS 4b *
22Pas d'elle y Rhone que nousE2 5b *
23El CapitainHS 4c
24Get in the GrooveE2 5b
25Sweet PleasureE1 5b *
26Soldier BlueE2 5b *
27Bitter SweetE2 5c
28Best BitterHVS 4c
29Never EnoughHVS 5a
30Southern Death CultVS 4c
31Tank TracksD
32Colonel BlimpVD
33General AccidentS 4a
34Incoming!M *
35Matt is a TwatM
 LAMBUTTRESS 
37Lamb DingoHVS 5b
38Lambhead's arêteHS 5a
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I rang the number to see about climbing here and they basically said they are only allowing groups due to insurance etc. Maybe it's needed for the BMC to look into this.
Frankie boy - 03/Jul/14
Updated, based on layout and grades in Steve Crowes North East England Guide (2003); plus a few more recent additions to the crag.
Climbster - 18/Dec/13
Visited today (Sept 2nd '13); walked around but didn't climb. There appears to have been a rock fall fairly recently, in the middle area. Didn't think to take a picture though (sorry!). Sign still present asking to call before climbing. Some stakes now looking very suspect and feel very loose.
NobbyClark - 02/Sep/13
Visited in May 2013. There is a sign on the gate saying no unauthorised climbing and a phone number to ring but we just went in anyway. didn't have time to climb so just went for a look at traversed the base of the crag. Definitely going back to climb soon.
lissymanners - 13/May/13
Currently Catterick Training are not allowing climbing until they "have sorted out issues over liability and insurance". I have contacted the BMC to inform them of this and they will be contacting the MOD to check up on the current situation.
Matt Bill Platypus - 18/Jun/10
Do you have more up to date information?

These details were last updated on 16/Dec/2013
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