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

Alien at Downholme © Andysomething

Crag features

Small Limestone Quarry in a pleasant secluded setting with splendid views across Arkengarthdale. Routes up to 10 meters, with some polish on the classic cracklines. Very convenient climbing, level top and bottom, stake belays (old, caution). Sometimes used by the military and groups. Some holds still prone to flake-off! (though most dodgy ones already gone).

Approach notes

Easy access - In Downholme village; 2 minutes through a field behind the Bolton Arms car park. There are signs indicating that MOD permission is required, but a discreet approach works for the locals who climb here.

Restricted Access

Updated arrangements for using the crag were confirmed on 30.11.2015. Individuals wishing to use the crag must ring the Bookings Office on 01748 875507 to ensure the quarry is free and available. Groups must first obtain a Licence by contacting The Events Coordinator, Landmarc Support Services Limited, Tel: 01748 829522. Risk Assessments, Public Liability Insurance and copies of instructors' qualifications are required together with payment of a fee of £130 + Vat (Nov 2015).


The obvious undercut on Sweet Please is loose about 2 foot below the peg. There's other holds around.
Emilio Bachini - 17/Sep/16
New crampon scratches on several routes and some newly exposed bits of rock. Someone doesn't know the ethics.
johnjb - 03/Jul/16
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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Introductory Bay 
2Little Jay
VS 5a 14
S 31
VD 30
5Brown Stane
HVS 5b 19
6BumblerHS 4b 23
7D.E.W Line
E2 5c 17
8D.E.W Line EliminateV3 11
E1 5b *17
10Alistair Super DirectV5 5
11Crap HatsV3 2
12Crystal Tipps
VS 5a 24
13Bling AreteV0+ 10
 Main Wall 
HVS 5b 20
16Big Boots
D 59
17The Thwarting of The Vamp Cow
HS 4b 30
18Fascination Street
S 4c 36
19Line of Fire
HS 4b 93
20Downholme Racer
HVS 4c *37
21Je Cours Tout Seul
VS 4b *38
22Pas d'elle y Rhone que nous
E2 5b *19
23El CapitainHS 4c 90
24Get in the GrooveE2 5b 9
25Sweet PleasureE1 5b *61
26Soldier Blue
E2 5b *18
27Bitter Sweet
E2 5c 10
28Best Bitter
HVS 4c 14
29Never Enough
HVS 5a 25
30Southern Death Cult
VS 4c 14
31Tank Tracks
D 17
32Colonel Blimp
VD 21
33General Accident
S 4a 16
34Incoming!M *2
35Matt is a TwatM 3
37Lamb DingoHVS 5b 3
38Lambhead's arÍteHS 5a 2
39Holding onto DustVD  

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