Tonacliffe Quarry

Climbs 43 – Rocktype Grit (quarried) – Altitude ? – Faces W

Crag features
A short but worthwhile quarry, in need of a good clean.

The rock quality is mostly good, top outs are slightly grassy but managable.

Plenty of stakes at the top.

Access notes
From Bacup head down A671, Once in Whitworth turn left onto Tonacliffe road towards primary school then left onto Highgate Lane.

Some parking on Highgate lane - be considerate to the locals

Guidebooks
Lancashire Rock (1999)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
  Climb nameGrade
 BAY ONE 
2Andy's AreteVS 4c
3NeanVS 4c
4SnoutHS 4a
5EscortS 4a *
6CavalierHS *
7Groovin'D
8WazzockS
9RetreatS
10The AreteHS 4b
11LuxHS 4b
12Little CameoVS 5a **
13FalloutHS 4c *
14Central PillarHVS 5a *
15The Apprentice's EdgeE2 6a
16Overhanging CrackHVS 5a **
17The CornerVS 4c *
18ShortieHS 4b *
19FlickerS 4a
20The ChimneyD
21Beginners' RouteD
22Starters' RouteD
 BAY TWO 
24Duerdon's RouteHS 4b
25Hand-jam CrackVS 4c **
26Paper TigerHVS 5b
27Layaway WallVS 5a *
28After the OrdealHVS 5b *
29Diamond SolitaireVS 5a
30Icarus AscendingE1 5c
31Hidden CornerS 4a *
32Star of SiriusVS 4b
33The GrooveD
34Blunt AreteVS 4c
35Tonacliffe PillarHVS 5b
36What's LeftHVS 5b
37Travelling LightE1 5b
38Uncertain FeelingHVS 5b
 BACK WALL 
40Blues PowerVS 5a *
41Back Wall LeftHS 4a
42PluggedHVS 5c
43Back Wall RightHS 4a
44PopVD
45The CeilingV0 5a
46Girdle TraverseHS 4a
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I was there a couple of weeks ago, did a little climbing and a little cleaning along the bottom of bay 2 and down paper tiger and Hand jam crack - plenty more to be done.
agolay - 18/Aug/14
Visited on Friday 30th May, 2014. Very green, looked like there has not been anyone up there for awhile. As previous comments looks to be plenty of steady lines, just needs a lot of gardening. Only stayed an hour or so due to midgey fest.
elskorupa - 31/May/14
Visited 12 May 2010 A pleasant crag that would benefit from more traffic The usual- neglected green crag crustiness was evident on some climbs but all the routes climbed were climbable and pleasant with little or occasionally- no gardening. Definitely worth a visit. Seemingly adequate stakes at the top, no evidence of recent rockfall. N.B. The (Blatantly copied out of 'Lancashire Rock' and probably in breach of copyright) directions wrongly state you should turn down Highpeak Lane- this is not the case. Instead turn down Highgate Lane (Highpeak Lane doesn't exist!!!) and park considerately in the residential area of Highgate lane. The top of the road is now sporting No Access signs and so would be an unwise choice.
davidparkinson - 12/May/10
Visited again on Saturday25th April, No seepage or greasy green holds as before, but allot of dusty green needs brushing on most routes. Definite scope for a bit of a laugh and re-vamp there in a week during the summer.
Oll - 27/Apr/09
Visited Tonacliffe on Friday20th Feb, was really impressed with the crag... I like the fact it's kinda closed of to the world and in it's own private little cove. Unfortunately most of the holds and routes are starting to grow mossy and are quite green, we suspected no one had been there for years, and got a real good vibe about the place. The fact it has been quarried has resulted in there being loads of positive holds on the grit (less slopers than the peak) and most the climbs are easy. Which suits me as a beginner to build confidence. I have family down the road so I definitely intend to get down there a good few times in the summer, camp at the quarry too. To start cleaning and restoring the crag. Then should be able to eventually tick everything.
0ll - 24/Feb/09
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