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).

Approach 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.


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

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
2Little JayVS 5a 14
3PongoesS 30
4StumblerVD 29
5Brown StaneHVS 5b 19
6BumblerHS 4b 23
7D.E.W LineE2 5c 17
8D.E.W Line EliminateV3 6a 11
9AlistairE1 5b *17
10Alistair Super DirectV5 6b 5
11Crap HatsV3 6a 2
12Crystal TippsVS 5a 24
13Bling AreteV0+ 5a 10
15TracerHVS 5b 17
16Big BootsD 50
17The Thwarting of The Vamp CowHS 4b 24
18Fascination StreetS 4c 23
19Line of FireHS 4b 69
20Downholme RacerHVS 4c *27
21Je Cours Tout SeulVS 4b *31
22Pas d'elle y Rhone que nousE2 5b *14
23El CapitainHS 4c 63
24Get in the GrooveE2 5b 4
25Sweet PleasureE1 5b *44
26Soldier BlueE2 5b *11
27Bitter SweetE2 5c 6
28Best BitterHVS 4c 9
29Never EnoughHVS 5a 23
30Southern Death CultVS 4c 11
31Tank TracksD 16
32Colonel BlimpVD 17
33General AccidentS 4a 15
34Incoming!M *2
35Matt is a TwatM 3
37Lamb DingoHVS 5b 3
38Lambhead's arÍteHS 5a 2
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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