Masson Lees Quarry

Climbs 88 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 318m a.s.l – Faces ?

Crag features
Five main walls, three on the N and two on the S. N wall divided into three by a prominent arete at the end of a calcite wall, and a corner in the black face further along.

S wall is more broken with slabby climbing in the first section and a calcite wall in the second.

Approach notes
On the hills above Matlock; secluded and quiet.

See for access - note that the "broad entrance" to the dirt track on the left is a bit after the left turn off for Masson Leys farm, and has parking on the right hand side of the road, just before the road goes back to a very narrow single track again. Keep left over the gate and follow the ruts from the old quarrying lorries.

Peak Limestone (2012), Peak District: Bouldering (2011), (1995)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2Wake Up Call6b *114
3Crack o' Dawn5a 138
4Mourning Has Broken6a+ 131
5Slumberland5a 151
6Dawn's Chorus4c 108
7Wake Me Up Before You Go Go4a 77
8Oh To Lie In5a 130
9Sludge Money4a 123
10Five Years and Waiting4a 74
12Auto Pilot6c 32
13Moov Over6b *133
14Have A Cow6a+ *155
15Udderley5c 96
16Featherlie Arete6a 66
17Red And Ribbed For Your Pleasure6c *174
18Who Sat On My Satsuma?6a *502
19A Life Of Grime6a *402
20Fun In The Sun6a+ *375
21End o' Taffs Corner4a *145
22The Chemistry Mates3 *61
23Physics Too6b+ 15
25Reactn6b+ 8
26Java Script7a *2
27In the Pocket6c+ *51
28Pocket Rocket6c *253
29Eye, Eye6b+ *410
30Exorcise7b *39
31Exo67a *190
32Bison Fute7a+ *40
33Pierluigi Galena7a *32
34Second Class Citizen6c+ 12
35Quatrieme Quartier7a *66
36Handy Borehole6c+ *67
37The Premier Club7a+ *20
38The Masson Chronicles7b *6
39The Pete Clark Diaries7a *9
40Nice One Masson7a *83
41Woof justice7a+ *20
42Grand Theft Auto7a *11
44The Cows, The Cows7a+ *14
45Masson Accomplished7a *26
46Unveiled7a 9
47Seventh Time Lucky7b *5
48Plucked7b+ *2
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Large rockfall last week at the Black Walls/White Walls transition area.
sammo247 - 31/Jul/15
Still a great area to climb! The only down side is there seems to be less people now climbing this area and the quarry is starting to become a bit over grown in places.
Climber1988 - 30/Jul/15
Climbed at Masson Lees Aug '11. Jonny pulled (key?) hold off 'In the pocket' which landed on his head. I dislodged massive block from 'Nice on Masson' which trashed shirt Jonny had left on ground. Big block came off arete at the start of 'Grand Theft Auto' which trashed Jonnys other shirt - ha! Enjoyed 'Long black veil' and nothing fell off. I won't be back.... Soph
soph - 26/Aug/11
I was referring to POCKET ROCKET.
Pino - 14/Sep/09
Sun, 13th Sept 2009, PM: this morning this route "lost" a small but important foothold, left of the 5th bolt. Harder now, but by how much?? 6th bolt was loose.
Pino - 14/Sep/09
Further to previous comments, downsides include a surprisingly large amount of seepage on the Black and RH Overhanging Walls, and a lot of reinforced / glued on / comfortised holds. A bit artificial but still more fun than the climbing wall. Bolting still very good!
Fiend - 20/Jul/09
..wall, I meant!
Pino - 21/Jun/09
Well bolted routes on good rock; great motivation to climb higher grades and go back to the overhanging all!
Pino - 21/Jun/09
Really quite good. Rock can be a bit dusty but the main N-facing wall has a lot to go out. Great view from the parking but not the quarry.
Fiend - 04/Jun/09
A great crag with a pleasant feel. Rock sometimes snappy but loads to go at in the 7s. Nice job.
DrGav - 30/May/09
For proper topo's to the crag go to
j_clark - 01/Jun/08